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If there are two adults regularly doing work from home, what kind of desk combination / arrangement would work? Right now I have an L-shaped desk and - I am sorry to say - it is cluttered with work material, books "I will read soon," and more. Dh just gets his stuff out of his bag onto the kitchen table which is a large harvest type table. 

If we took the space where my L-shaped desk is right and put two desks there facing each other (not as deep as my current one perhaps), there would be room for chairs (and it would force me to have less clutter).  Please help me brainstorm. Kudos if you can link or post pics.  :biggrin: 

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think vertical.

bookcases on walls.  you can put letter trays on the shelves and get them off your desk.

an outgoing 'mail folder' on the wall near the door  so whomever is on their way to the post office can mail it.

 

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I have a computer armoire.  It is a beautiful piece of furniture and I can close it up when not in use. 

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I can't believe it but I actually signed on Pinterest just to look at desks...

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56998751506733854/   This is the type of arrangement I was thinking of, perhaps different styles.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133841420150052516/   similar here. I looked at IKEA online but have not found a whole lot that would work.

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I have a long narrow desk from IKEA. I like that I can spread out the piles but it's not deep enough to really clutter. For two people, my ideal is desks side by side. I don't really like facing people when I work. If space allowed, it would be nice to have one long section divided by an "l"in the center in case you needed to work together. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/276619602090674176/

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4 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

I can't believe it but I actually signed on Pinterest just to look at desks...

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56998751506733854/   This is the type of arrangement I was thinking of, perhaps different styles.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133841420150052516/   similar here. I looked at IKEA online but have not found a whole lot that would work.

 

Too shallow.  You’ll be kicking each other.  

Im hoping for side-by -side with a wall of bookcases behind us and the printers and scanners in the same room.   

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2 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

 

Thats more like it but we have to use existing furniture at least as much as we can 

I’m wondering about two corner desks with a uniting table between them for printers, scanners, maybe on Two levels, file cabs supporting the top between the desks.  

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4 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/300052393893706648/  Something like this could work. We could do a custom DIY design. I wish the wall was slightly longer...

 

Same here.  I’m also aware that it makes a big difference if you have the same ability to organize and keep things tidy. I’m getting cold feet in some ways re a shared office.  That said, when ds moves out and I get a little hobby space, maybe we can look at getting some of my dh’s more ...stable stuff out of the disaster/dump that is his office/hobby room and give him some elbow room.   I’m not entirely grabby but honest to John, I can’t stand the endless amount of stuff he refuses to clear out. I could take his books that we know we want to keep but not the (I’m not kidding) 50+ boxes of books that have not been looked at in at least 6 years.  

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3 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/387591111667213965/  Here is something with two corner units just to visualize it.

I cannot use my existing desk. I just measured and I have less space than thought. I am never good with visualizing 3-D space.  :blush: 

 

 

This is not pretty but it’s in a smaller footprint.   https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/475922/Realspace-Magellan-Collection-Corner-Desk-Classic/fromLocalBrowse=false;jsessionid=0000fXDYGXo-jXPyPNmSMacHLbr:17h4h7aom

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16 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

How I love neat and tidy...except we would probably pile stuff on the middle section...

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/429460514453509521/

and we don't have this kind of space unless we throw the guest bed out and take over that room. :happy:

 

 

How often do you have guests?   I’m about THIS FAR from paying for a hotel for the 10 nights a year we have guests. 

I’m  still recovering from losing my 3x amount of space for office and hobby.  Dh got the biggest bedroom for his space and I got 1/3 the space I had.   So when ds moves out, that room becomes the guest room (for now) because the light is poorer for photography and arts stuff.  It will relieve the well organized but taut organization in my current space.  

And then maybe each space can start to emerge past pure function and start to have a little beauty as well.  

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5 minutes ago, Patty Joanna said:

 

How often do you have guests?   I’m about THIS FAR from paying for a hotel for the 10 nights a year we have guests. 

I’m  still recovering from losing my 3x amount of space for office and hobby.  Dh got the biggest bedroom for his space and I got 1/3 the space I had.   So when ds moves out, that room becomes the guest room (for now) because the light is poorer for photography and arts stuff.  It will relieve the well organized but taut organization in my current space.  

And then maybe each space can start to emerge past pure function and start to have a little beauty as well.  

 

Our son visits every holiday from out of state and hotels in our little town may be booked up fast around that time but I have never considered it. I do enjoy though having friends over and being able to offer the guest room if needed.

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My high schooler and I have desks that face each other, like in your first pinterest links.  Next to the desks are bookcases where we can store stuff.  DS's desk has lots of drawers, but I mostly use the bookcases (my desk doesn't have drawers.) 

I sit in a wingback chair and he sits in a sturdy wooden chair with a pillow on it.  The desks aren't huge, but they work for us.  I suppose you just need to find desks/chairs that'll fit in your place, and maybe some skinny bookcases for extra stuff.  

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7 minutes ago, Liz CA said:

 

Our son visits every holiday from out of state and hotels in our little town may be booked up fast around that time but I have never considered it. I do enjoy though having friends over and being able to offer the guest room if needed.

 

I do too. One of the great joys of my old house was that it simply swallowed people.   I could have gatherings of a hundred, or offer a family if up to 6 an entirely private suite, or take in people who were between-times re: housing.  I miss that like I can’t tell you.  ❤️

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dd and dsil do have a dedicated office in their house.   they have one huge l shaped desk. (dsil has the corner)   dd has one "wing". she uses a laptop so she doens't need as much space. but they have file cabinets at each end, and the other "wing" has printers/etc.

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If you do desks facing each other, Ikea now has a cool peg-board system for which adaptors can be purchased to serve as desk dividers.  The hook boards can hold quite a bit of desk odd-n-ends.  The system is called SKADIS I think.  

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12 hours ago, Liz CA said:

I can't believe it but I actually signed on Pinterest just to look at desks...

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/56998751506733854/   This is the type of arrangement I was thinking of, perhaps different styles.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/133841420150052516/   similar here. I looked at IKEA online but have not found a whole lot that would work.

When my DH was in medical school and I was a graduate student, this was the set-up we had. Our desks were fairly large, and we had tons of books on a wall of bookshelves. It worked out great. The whole thing was located in the second bedroom of our tiny apartment. 

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I have a fitdesk next to some shelving.  (The shelving holds personal files.)  Mostly I just use the fitdesk.  With only about 6" x 10" of desk space next to my computer, there is little temptation to pile junk there.  I tuck away my "books I'm going to read" etc. into shelves in nooks so they don't look like clutter.

In the unusual event that I need more space, I can use a table somewhere else in the house.  I also have a small foldup table in case I ever need it - it folds up smaller than a briefcase - but honestly I have only used it like once in 5 years.

Is there really a need for either or both of you to spread out on a desk every day?  If limiting space would force you to file stuff more often, isn't that a good thing?

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