With so many people working from home these days, home office solutions are a high priority. I’m excited to share with you our Ikea home office design and layout. This space has provided us with a beautiful, functional and organized place to work and hopefully it will give you some inspiration and helpful ideas for your own space.
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When designing a large project, like a home office or kitchen, I highly recommend you use the free Ikea Planning Tool. This tool will give you insight about the design, layout, materials and budget for your project. Once you have an idea of your space (dimensions, outlet locations, plumbing, windows, etc.) you can take your plan to the Ikea Store and have one of their store associates help you make corrections, give insight and order your materials. Before making your trip to the store, be sure to schedule an appointment.
I’ve included a list of the materials we used to help.
LIST OF RESOURCES
IKEA CABINETS AND COUTER-TOPS CREATE A BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL SPACE
We chose the Ikea Sektion Cabinets because they were budget friendly, easy to assemble and install. I love the soft close hinges and the large drawers on the bottom for storage and organization.
The white Bodbyn Door/Drawer Fronts fit the style of our home perfectly and the Ekbacken Countertops (concrete effect) provide a nice contrast to the cabinets. They have a slightly textured surface for a more realistic appearance.
IKEA OFFICE DESIGN AND LAYOUT
I designed our home office to have two built-in work stations. The picture below is the desk on the left side. Both desks have a width of 64″. The tall counter along the back wall is standard kitchen height, which is 36″. The side desk counters drop down to a height of 30″. The two lower end cupboards (under the desks) are microwave cabinets that I added faux drawer fronts to. I love the extra storage they provide and they give me a spot to put odd shaped items, like my paper cutting mat.
The image below is the desk on the right side of the office. You can find the tutorial for the window trim here. Both desks are supported by cleats that are screwed into the wall studs and then held in place with corner braces. I also used the corner braces to attach the counter to the back side of the faux drawer fronts. The front of the desk is finished off with trim molding and painted to match the cabinets.
DESK OUTLETS AND CORD CONTROL
We added these outlets to all of the counter-tops in our office. Honestly, these are the best feature in our office redesign. You can’t have enough outlets and USB ports!
I highly recommend them. They have two USB ports for charging, two outlets and a decent size extension cord to plug into your wall outlets under your desk. We added them to each of the desks and to the back counter-top.
To install them, use a 3″ hole saw attached to a drill. Mark and tape the surface of the desk with masking tape. Then drill the hole from the top. When you’re about halfway through the counter, stop and finish the hole from the under side of the desk.
Place the outlet in the hole and plug in the extension cord under the desk.
We also added desk grommets for cord control to the opposite corner of the desks for our laptops. They are installed in a similar way.
OFFICE ORGANIZATION AND FUNCTION
The glass cabinet doors keep the dust out while maintaining an open airy feeling. I added some extra storage for my craft supplies with these Ikea Storage Boxes. They received a designer makeover in this post.
I keep my card-stock and paper behind the hidden doors in magazine holders.
The deep bottom drawers have a hidden smaller drawer inside. This is where I store my smaller craft supplies.
The other drawer houses our office supplies.
The bottom middle drawer is large enough to hide our printer.
The cabinets have helped us stay organized and definitely provide ample storage.
REMOVABLE WALLPAPER FOR THE BACK-SPLASH
I chose a grey medallion removable wallpaper for the space between the upper and lower cabinets. You can find the tutorial for applying it here. The wallpaper pattern I used is available on Amazon. This is not the peel & stick tiles. It’s actually an 18 inch by 9 foot roll of peel and stick wallpaper. The scale of the pattern and the height of the roll were designed to work perfectly as a back-splash.
To finish off the edges, I added a decorative cove molding around the perimeter and attached it with brad nails.
DIY OFFICE WALL ORGANIZER
Recently, I’ve updated my desk, utilizing the wall space for extra organization.
The file organizers, cork board and dry erase board keep my desk clutter free and organized. The top shelf provides extra space to store my binders and office decor. For the full DIY tutorial, you can visit this post.
BEFORE AND AFTER
When I took at the before pictures, I didn’t know they would be posted on my blog. I’m sorry for the grainy poor quality images. This project has transformed our work-from-home experience, and I’m so glad we did it!
I’ve since refinished the bookcases and you can find the tutorial here.
This is how the design looked on the Ikea Home Planning tool. This software really brought my design to life and gave me the confidence to move forward.
Here is the another after photo.
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Are you getting ready to renovate your home office? Tell me about your plans in the comments. Hopefully our Ikea Home Office design gave you some inspiration!