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Organizing a Built In Office IKEA Hack

by - Friday, October 21, 2011

Thanks everyone for your kind comments on my last post.  It all seems a bit unreal but I’m sure by Monday it will sink in!

I’ve been slowly doing some organizing the last few weeks to get prepared for the photo shoot with Style At Home magazine. One little thing that was nagging me was the state of our home office. This built-in office is an IKEA hack and it's functioning beautifully. We have lots of storage but things always ended up just piled on the desk – fabric scraps, papers, magazines.

 

Built-in Office Organization  


Getting organized in the home office takes a bit of planning. You want to have things organized in a way that makes sense and keeps things accessible.


Want to see how we put this built-in office together using IKEA products? Check out this post, this post, and this post too.
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built in office IKEA, home office organization, tips for office organization


Fabric Storage:


I got these metal bins at Loblaws. They’re perfect for holding my fabric hoard scraps. I love the look and clean feel of metal bins.

Using the metal bins keeps things neat and orderly. They're easy to pull out and I could use the label holder on the basket if I wanted to be even more precise. The best feature though is that I can see what fabric I have at a glance. Plus, with the limited size of the basket, it discourages me from hoarding even more!

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Magazine Storage:


I also decided to do something with all those magazines I have about. I have them stored EVERYWHERE around my house… these are just the Style At Home ones ;)  

I had some old cheap Ikea magazine holders but was tired of the pattern on them so I covered them up with Chloe’s art paper. I like looking through the magazines seasonally so I separated them into four boxes and made up these labels on my computer. Seasonal decor ideas don't tend to get dated so looking at magazine ideas collectively over the years makes sense.

 
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Vertical Storage:


It took a bit of work but putting this IKEA Home Office for 2 together made great use of this small space. We really wanted a built in office look on a budget and an IKEA hack was a great solution.

Affixing the Expedit bookcases to the wall really took advantage of the vertical wall space. You do want to spend extra time and attention on ensuring your bookcases are secure and well supported when doing a 'hack' like this. Check out this post for the details on how this built-in office came together.


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The mix of open and closed storage keeps things interesting. We used the closed doors to hide less orderly items like my camera and lenses. The doors also help prevent things from looking too cluttered; the doors provide give your eye a place to rest and add some nice white space to the room.

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Now, with the painted office chairs, the entire room looks looks brighter and whiter. The mix of colourful books, green wall and cabinetry has given us a fresh and lively space to work in. Ready for the close up now!

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