Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Minimalist Home Office Set Up

The LifeEdited 2 home office / guest bedroom is a classic in space efficiency. Apartment dwellers can work at a large stand-up desk with a 34-inch screen and two guests can sleep comfortably, all in one room that is just a bit bigger than a queen-sized bed.

What we used:

  • LG 34UM95 34” wall-mounted monitor
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse
  • MacBook & printer in the closet, connected via hidden cables running through the wall
  • LifeEdited-designed moveable sofa segments that assemble into a guest bed
  • New Concept Table from Resource Furniture (two of these, they fold down)

What we like:

  • It’s a potent home office
  • It has a minimalist feel to it — the messy bits are in the closet
  • Transformation to guest mode is pretty quick

Alternatives:

  • That 34” screen is *really* nice, but a 24” could also work well
  • You could wall-mount an all-in-one computer e.g. an iMac or curved HP Envy

This post is one in a series that describes our LifeEdited 2 showcase apartment. LifeEdited 2 embodies our green, space efficient, and minimalist principles. We view LifeEdited 2 as a lab for experiencing things that are consistent with these principles. The fold-down table described in this post was given to us, which we appreciate, but we would not have accepted if we didn’t believe in it.

  • candy

    I really love this apartment as a whole and a lot of the solutions are great. But I have a few issues with this office.

    What I don’t like:
    – I don’t like to stand up all the time when I’m working. I need a flexible stand/sit solution. Have you investigated how this could be solved, while still maintaining the small space/footprint of the office?
    – Just like in other parts of this home, I don’t like that the cupboards don’t go all the way up to the ceiling. I live in a smallish space myself (43 square meters) and I know exactly how dusty it gets in a small space – notably on top of cupboards. What’s your solution for the dust problem?

    • lifeedited

      For sit/stand flexibility, an adjustable height stool or chair can be a reasonable and flexible solution. However, we haven’t found any such chair that we’re super happy with yet, but your mileage may vary. As a practical matter, when I visit that apartment, I often sit in the living room to work. If you don’t need the ability to transform from office to guest room, there are a number of motorized sit/stand desks on the market now, including a pretty great one from IKEA.

      No magic answer to the dust question. Graham did try putting a Roomba on top of the cabinets, but the Roomba has an insufficient fear of heights…

      • candy

        Poor Roomba 🙂 Thanks for your answers!

  • Casaz

    I saw your apartment in Dwell magazine and love it all. I really was intrigued by the Hufcor door and thought it was a perfect solution to have an open space that could also be closed off. I called the local Hufcor dealer in Arizona and he was a bit discouraging for a residential installation and said the accordion door was prohibitively expensive ($25/sq foot). Does that sound consistent with your apartment?

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      We’re quite happy with the Hufcor moving door/wall. We knew it would be good, but it turned out to be even more useful than we thought. For instance, if the lady is sleeping in, her partner can be behind the Hufcor working (or the other way around of course). It’s also nice in the summer as just that little Hufcor-enclosed office area can be air conditioned. Hufcor moving doors/walls are more commonly used in institutional settings, but can work nicely for residential. It provides visual privacy, auditory privacy, and thermal isolation. If you just need visual privacy, then there are simpler solutions e.g. curtains. But if you need auditory privacy or thermal isolation, then you need something more substantial, like a Hufcor.

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  • marina

    Can you (or would you) really work in that desk without a chair? I mean editing is cool, but as a designer I can’t imagine myself doing any creative work where I can’t even move much (I’ve been there, not nice). Table looks way too high as well, don’t quote me on this but I’ve heard high chairs are ideal for your posture, since you can’t rest your feet to the floor). I like the concept, don’t get me wrong, good idea. But seriously, for how long are you willing to do work in that multi-use room standing on your feet? I wish I could edit efficiently myself. Thanks.