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The project of the day (actually for the last two days) is my office! Wow was it horrible! I just relocated from the burbs of Atlanta to the burbs of Denver with my family in October. I got the kids bedrooms and our living spaces together but we just threw everything in my office and walked away. After several months of four kids and myself using this space, it was a total nightmare!!! I could hardly type because my desk was completely covered! Rubbermaid containers waiting on Christmas decor to be put away was in one corner, my husband's guitars were hanging out and a bunch of random pieces of artwork that still have not made their way to the wall yet. It was chaos!
So I spent all day clearing out the space and sorting through what was necessary to stay and it was left looking like this:
I know.....it's drab and ugly but at least you can work! Our house in Atlanta had a great built in office so now we need to find new furniture. When you approach any project, it is always a good idea to find inspiration. Inspiration can come from anywhere! I find a ton of inspiration on Pinterest when I should be sleeping =) Anyways.....here is my inspiration and the link where I found it!
Isn't it pretty? I'll probably use a Tiffany Blue instead of the red and paint the walls a very light shade of gray. I typically spend a ton of time in my office so I really want something that is crisp and clean yet stylish and sophisticated. (I will also have to make it less feminine because I have to include a work space for my husband as well.)
After I found my inspiration, I created a floor plan to determine how much space I have and how large the new furniture can be. Because I have the tools and the knowledge on how to use AutoCAD, I used it to create my floor plan. You can easily use graph paper to do the same exact thing. Allow each block to represent a foot and measure off your walls. Make sure you depict where the windows are located as well as the doors. (Don't forget to measure how far out your door will swing too!)
Planning an office is one of the most difficult design tasks because you can't just go with what looks good, you have to make sure that the items that you pick work well with your body's movements as well as your measurements. Ergonomics, or the way that you body reacts in the space around it, is a very important factor when creating a work space. I want to make sure that I give my office chair ample room to move about and I want to make sure that the door will not swing and hit the desk or armoire near it. If you are not familiar with ergonomics, here is a link to learn more!
Now it's time to shop for furniture! This re-design has to be on the cheap so most of it will come from Ikea. If you are not familiar with Ikea, they have very inexpensive furniture but some of the best storage solutions! As you can see from the second image above, I created blocks in AutoCAD based on furniture that I found on Ikea's website. I was able to make it exactly the same dimensions and place it into my floor plan. You can create little blocks of furniture out of graph paper by keeping with one block=one foot measurement. This will allow you to move the furniture around and see what arrangement works best.
Once you have determined what type of furniture that you would like to use and have some rough measurements, you can use masking tape to create templates on your floor. Simply use a measuring tape and place the tape in the area where you have planned on each piece of large furniture to be placed. You can see where I used green painters tape to mark where I would like for our desks and armoires to be placed.
This is the most difficult part of designing a room! Clearing out the clutter, creating a floor plan, calculating the maximum measurements for furnishings and mapping out how to arrange them have all been completed. De-cluttering is where most people have the most difficult time but I promise you that if you can get through that step, it will motivate you to keep going!
Now I have to buy some paint and furniture! I can't wait to reveal the final product to you! Thank you for visiting my blog! Check Cayde out at www.Cayde.com. Even if I'm not in your local area, I do offer virtual design for clients that live too far for me to travel. You can check my virtual design link for more information!