When we moved into our house in Baltimore, we had big plans for the home office. But sadly, I’ll admit, it became a dumping ground for our crap and was merely a room we had to walk through to get to the bathroom.
In this house, the home office takes priority. Not necessarily because of my desire to make up for my lack of progress in our last house, but because The Mister now works from home. Yeah, let’s all take a moment to calm that green-eyed monster that’s going crazy right now. For the past 2 months he’s been having to work from our living room on the couch which is a less than ideal situation. The coffee table isn’t a great place to spread out, it’s surrounded by distractions, and provides quite possibly the worst back support for a person required to sit for 8 hours a day. So let’s get started.
For this house, it was important that The Mister have room for his work. He needed room to spread out papers, room for an additional monitor, speakers, etc. But since we were dealing with an extremely limited square footage, I didn’t want to buy a desk from a store that would be too large and limit it’s placement. No joke, we’re talking about a 9’x9′ room. That’s how the custom desk plan was developed. A long 14″ deep desk that spans the entire back wall. And then 3 long floating shelves on the right-hand side for additional storage.
But this was also the only room we could stick a guest bed in, so we needed to be able to fit that in as well. Unfortunately, if we had a perfectly made guest bed in this room at all times, it would take up about 70% of this room. We talked about possibly having a murphy bed in the room, but unfortunately, those also take up room and leave a large box of unusable space in the room. So we were left with a sleeper sofa option. We could at least use the sofa as extra seating in the room and then be able to offer a bed to any overnight guests. It’s not ideal as I’m already dreading having to tell the men who deliver the couch that they have to take it upstairs and somehow fit it through the doorway (and I already know the door will have to be temporarily removed). But with plans for a desk, we couldn’t get a sleeper sofa that was big a plushy. It needed to take up the least amount of space possible. That’s how we came upon Crate and Barrel’s Davis Full Sleeper.
It’s hard for me to show the couch in the room like the mock-up above using MS Paint. The couch will be on the right side of the room in front of that panel on the right side of the desk where we’re putting some hidden storage for a few items we don’t use often (e.g. my sewing machine and our keyboard).
Here’s a top-view of the room to give you an idea of just how everything fits together. The couch will miss the door by about a half inch if I build the desk perfectly. No pressure.
The theme for the room is kind of a Mad Men-esque ’60s vibe. An olive green accent wall. Some cool light fixtures. But we’re not stopping there. I’ve looked into building in some power sources – like one of those pop-up outlets you see in conference tables and public libraries. Adding some wall mounts for The Mister’s guitars kind of like these from Lettered Cottage. And of course the remainder of our wall space will be adorned with a variety of our favorite concert posters in some homemade frames.