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In Need Of A Office/Loft Redesign

Right now, I am in the planning phases of our next organizing project. This is our current office/book/loft space.

Besides being a mess at the current time, this space has lots of problems.

  • Notice the huge desk and chair that are blocking access to the bookshelf behind it.
  • Our desktop computer used to reside on the desk, but since we’ve moved to laptops, we don’t use the desk. It needs to go.
  • We are in our fourth year of homeschooling and we are running out of storage for all that comes with it. These days, we need less desk space and more book space.

So, I’ve been scouring the internet for inspiration to transform this space.

I like the flexibility of these cubbies/boxes. They could hold books or bins with homeschool supplies neatly tucked inside (or haphazardly thrown. Who would know?) The kids could reach everything and we would have the option of storing things on top. If I used something like these, I could, also, keep my existing corkboard for the kids art.

I like this look. These floating bookshelves would look very clean and open up the space.

My husband could create something like these that look like built-ins, but could be taken out if needed. I have always liked the “wall of books” look.

Or, maybe just a couple free-standing shelves would do the trick. We kind of have that going on right now, but it might look better once we get rid of the desk. I could still store supplies and office stuff in baskets on the shelves.

And then, I wondered if I could fit a reading nook in the back!

So, Creative Mamas…what do you think? Which way should I go? Got any other ideas? What is the best way to transform this space into something usable for our homeschool books and supplies? I’m open!

About Marci

Marci has a passion for helping people get the busyness and clutter out of their lives so that they can slow down and enjoy what is really important. She is proud mama to an 11 year old daughter and a 7 year old son. Head over to Marci's blog Overcoming Busy to read more about how she cuts the clutter and gets organized! You can, also, find Marci blogging about homeschool science at The Homeschool Scientist.

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  • Aneta Isaacs

    How about shelves that go higher up (whether it be floating or built-ins) to the left of the window and then a reading nook under the window? And if the space needs better balance, you could put shelves a little higher off the ground (so that they don’t intrude on the reading nook) on the shorter wall to the right of the window. If you forego the shelves on the short wall, then maybe put the cork board on that wall. So many ideas, so hard to express.

    Personally, if I were doing this in my home, I’d probably get the opinion of my brother-in-law. He’s an excellent builder and his daughter (who I guess is my faux niece) is fantastic at interior design and creating visual interest. Let me know if you want contact numbers. I’m sure they’d love to help and have lots of opinions.

  • Marci

    Great ideas ladies! Now, to share them with the hubby….wish me luck!

  • Emily @ Make It Happen Mama

    I like the idea of floating shelves because it doesn’t look as “full” as the big bookshelves, but you are still taking advantage of all that beautiful vertical space. Good luck! Can’t wait to see the results :-)

  • Shaunna

    Hey Marci! I would do the floating book shelves, you could always put some little baskets in to hold school supplies and still have it look open and neat. Then you could totally fit in the book nook. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  • Claire

    Such potential! I think you should do a wall of books like this
    and a reading nook! I have always wanted to create a reading nook

  • Donna S

    Hey Marci!! So if you get rid of the desk completely I could see you mixing tall bookcases with shorter shelves that way you could still have some work space on top of the smaller bookshelves. If the shorter bookcase is made well (strong) then you could put a cushion on top and create a little reading nook that way( kind of like a window seat) . I’d also recommend getting really tall bookcases so that you’re using all the vertical space you have. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Erin B

    I love the reading nook idea. We took an old crib mattress and placed it on a base that my husband made with 3 openings to store books/baskets. An idea I got off of pinterest. My children are still a little young for it but they like to climb up there and lay with their dollies…