Hey, there!!! How was your Thanksgiving? We had an excellent time and some much needed time off. The Hubs was home, the kids were home, I was home – good times! Also, I finished up a project that was a long time coming – my own, tiny-living inspired, vertical Photography work space/office!
Now, while everyone else in my house has their own space, I do not and never have. LOL Each of the offspring has their own room, complete with desks and entertainment systems. The Hubs…well, the entire back hallway is his studio for music or art or model-making or research or writing – whatever his thing-of-the-moment is, he’s got plenty of space for it. Me? I’m wherever I can find an unoccupied spot in the house. Up to now, that has usually meant the kitchen table or on my bed. I constantly battle with dinner plates and homework and family stuff for valuable real estate. And I’m always having to move out of my spot for someone else who needs it.
One night, while sitting at the kitchen table and checking out Ikea Hackers, I realized if I bumped some stuff around in my kitchen, I could pull about three feet of single wall space together for me to use. I pulled this tutorial for a charging center off Ikea Hackers (which is what gave me the idea for a vertical workstation in the first place). Then, I planned my shopping trip to Ikea here in St. Louis. My list included the Bjursta wall-mounted, drop-leaf table and this Ekby shelf, plus the Samla container, Samla insert, and Blecka hooks needed for the charging station hack. I realized I had a few components of my workstation already, including my awesomely retro stepstool chair and some odds and sods I had stashed around the house containing things I always need but can never find.
And The Hubs and I went to work.
I made and hung the charging station, which worked out perfectly. I hung it just off the floor, leaving a spot for my toolkit beneath it and a nice little spot next to it for my camera bags. And, it holds everyone’s everythings to charge. Heh.
My computer found a nice, secure home in a office style file pocket bolted to the wall. My mail sorter/personal key rack I mounted on the side of my refinished hoosier cabinet. And the family key rack/chalkboard/bulletin board stayed right above my work space.
The Ekby shelf holds a light, my cameras, chargers, and other miscellaneous stuff and looks very awesome. And my Bjursta desk lifts up to hold my computer, my mouse, and my tablet – necessary for the watching of Netflix while I’m editing photos or doing other SSC work.
Talk at me, peeps, and let me know what you think!
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