A work desk is a constant companion in your life, and whatever your job is, you spend most of your day there. For me my work desk at home was a place to work (well, of course), but also to play, craft and eat. It can definitely be styled sporadically, but most of the time your desk is an expression of personality and creativity. Mine was an old oak bureau when I was ten, stained with paint and scratched by countless pens and pencils. Then came the next one, a bit more professional and clean. I didn’t like it, but it served its purpose.
Now that I have my own place, it’s time to live it up a little and be more stylish. Although at the same time I still have to combine a place to study for exam with one to make DIYs. Not always an easy task! So my work desk is in a constant process of being transformed serving one purpose or another. Still, I like it to be a place where I can store my ideas, and I am currently working on perfecting the system.
But, what makes a good work desk where you feel comfortable and mentally challenged at the same time? I am not talking about the desk itself, there are plenty of options for that. No, I want to make a construction plan of the ideal stylish work desk!
Style your Wall
My first work desk was in front of a window, so I could see what was going on outside while working on my first creative projects (mostly child’s drawings). But if you happen to have your desk placed facing of a wall, a few possibilities open up. You can go into a more creatively-chaotic direction and just pin some magazine pages, drawings and whatever you like directly onto your wall. Or maybe you want it to be more artsy and hang some prints! There are a few options that I like:
- A peg board with all sorts of racks and hooks to display and organise your crafting materials or office supplies
- Some sort of grid you can use to apply postcards and notes with clips – there is a cool solution with a climbing trellis from IKEA
- Floating shelves you can use as storage and decorate them with all kinds of things
Organisation is Key
Although you can easily use your wall storage system as an organization tool, most of the time you still have some stationary left on your desk. May it be letters, notepads or pens, you might want to think about a stylish way to display them. So, what we need are some cool storage ideas that don’t look boring! I always like to go for wire baskets, especially copper-coloured ones, but there are so many more cool things. Plus I’d like to get a rectangular trey for my stuff, or maybe I just use my Vanity Tray for that. Furthermore there are tons of tutorials to make your own wooden desk organisers, and you can easily take everyday items like mason jars or empty cans for the small stationary and pens. Go for things that look cool and organize your stuff as well, and think outside the box sometimes!
And I still love those stationary supplies from my “Spring Cleaning” post!
1 Clear Glass Jewelry Box | 2 Killstar Story Time Journal | 3 Grier Vanity Organizer Brush Holder | 4 sugar paper Classic Desk Calendar | 5 Acrylic Marble and Gold Stapler | 6 kate spade new york Gold Stripe Pencil Pouch | 7 Pink Metallic Large Basket
Decoration should be the last step of your work desk styling. There are some essentials for me: A desk lamp, a calendar (although that counts as organization as well) and at least one plant. Oh, and don’t forget the pictures if you don’t already have some on your wall. This way you can personalize your work desk even more and make it feel comfortable. How about a fresh bouquet of spring flowers? Working will be much nicer when you feel at home at your desk!
So what do you think? What are your work desk essentials?