Something like this would look great in the entryway:
Pros: Easily achievable. A long expanse of wood (Ikea Numerar comes to mind) with some Lack floating shelves above it.
Cons: No window or natural light. And Lack floating shelves, while spare and elegant, would not hide all the office stuff and my files would still be in the second bedroom.
What about this corner of the living room, near the window?
Pros: Good light. Nice expanse of wall. I could float the left side of the desk in the corner and anchor the right side with a file cabinet, moving my files out of the second bedroom. We could hide equipment in a row of mounted cabinets on the wall.
Cons: The room is already very "shelv-y" and mounting cabinets on the wall will start to close in the room. Also, do I really want my office out in the open in the living room? Wouldn't it be nice if we had a door to close, especially on nights when working late? Or in the middle of a project, when papers pile up.
What about the second bedroom?
Right now it's serving as a multi-purpose TV room/guest room/music room. Though we rarely watch TV in there instead of the bedroom. If I rearranged the furniture I could float a long shallow desk in the corner where the book case is now and anchor the other end with a file cabinet.
Pros: We'd have great natural light coming in through the corner windows. And wall mounted storage like the Ikea Besta would look great here. Something like this:
Cons: If I float the desk from the corner and anchor it on the left with a file cabinet, the chairs are going to be bumping into the sofa when you roll out. Really, the file cabinet would have to go on the left. Which means the table would have to have legs, shooting my desire for a floating desk.
In addition, moving the book case to the other wall means the TV will be too high.
But what about that other wall? Should we replace the entertainment center with a solution that houses both -- media and desk?
Right now, the TV sits on this Besta Burs media console that I hacked, adding chrome legs and hanging files in one of the drawers:
|Ikea Besta Media Console|
I'd need two Besta 24x25 cabinets, one for my hanging files and the other for Ross's piles of papers that are under the bed. The TV could sit on top of those to the right, while the salvaged top could be braced on the back wall and against the radiator cover if I wanted to float it. Would it be stable enough? I lifted it up. It's actually fairly heavy. It might require legs. If so, I'd want some mid-century style legs. Something airy.
Perhaps these hairpin legs from Tablelegs.com:
I am beginning to get excited about this home office project!
Ikea Hicksville is on our way home from Greenport this weekend. Would Ross mind a little stop over?