Working from home is balancing act, especially when you work, live, sleep, relax, and party all in one apartment you share with a roommate! This is the largest apartment I've ever lived in, but it's been a challenge to make my combination office/dining room/living room space function well as all three while keeping it looking good. Lately the pieces have fallen into place and I've hit a happy balance.
On the way home one night I spied a large, simple wooden shelf on the side of the road. Clues told me it was a customized built-in shelf that someone ripped out during a home renovation. I happily carried it up the stairs so it could begin a new life as the heart of my small "shipping/packing" station. The boxes on the shelf hold packing peanuts and pillow packs.
I painted the bookshelf a bright, springy minty green. The black wire "baskets" break down completely and are meant for selling at markets/conventions. I'm tempted to spray paint them yellow or orange but I may regret that when I do an art show or convention again so I'm leaving them black for now. The boxes in the first picture were covered over in IKEA fabric, DIY on that coming soon.
The next thing I needed was an ever-ready "photo studio". It's low tech for now, I'm going to order and create backdrops in the future. It saves a lot of time and frustration to always have my studio ready for me to take photos for my Etsy shop. Frequently used items and props are stored below my backdrop.
A work space is always an evolution as you edit, remove, and add things to work more efficiently. Next I want to find or make some inexpensive rug, craft more storage boxes, and frame inspiring art. To see more of my work space evolution behold my Woodgrain Dry Erase Board DIY and my Desk Makeover.
Where do you work/craft/computer at home? How do you make mutli-function spaces work for you?