Create A Home Office

By Robert Robillard on Uncategorized

How To Create A Home Office

Before Photo:

A home office can mean many things.  It could be a laptop and a briefcase with followers that gets set up at the kitchen table or a large room with dedicated officer machines and furniture.

Consider a few of these factors when thinking on how to create a home office:
  • Will the space be a dedicated office or shared family space?
  • will you be building a niche office or a dedicated room?
  • What will you need for electricity, modem, internet, phone, and lighting?
  • What type of furniture will you need?  Do you have the space? [files, chairs, couches, printer, etc]
  • What is your budget?

Converting A Living Room into an Office:

In my situation, my plan was to convert a living room into a place where the kids can do homework or I can work away from the noises and hustle and bustle of the main household.

The pictures below show an old built in bookcase that I converted into something a bit more functional for the office.  I determined that I needed a large file cabinet and a place to store office supplies,  but did not want to clutter the room with a piece of furniture.

So I added file drawers to the built-in and a power source in the shelf area for a printer, backup drive, pencil sharpener, MP3 player, etc.

The Process:

The first order of business was to remove the old doors – no longer needed.

The top casings on the bookcase, door, and windows were also changed.   I decided to change out the door and window trim and use large head casing instead.   The idea was to create an entablature detail that had a more period character and charm to the 1863-year-old house.

Adding Drawers and A Cabinet

I split the lower bookcase section into two spaces.  I installed a vertical divider partition on the right to support full extension Accuride slides and create a space for a cabinet and hidden shelves.  These slides are rated for 100 lbs which should be plenty for a drawer full of paper files.

Beefing up The Shelves:

Below Photo:   Shelf edges were changed from 3/4″ round edges to 1-inch square edges. Bottom cabinet doors, the shelf was removed and file drawers were added.

Maple Drawers with Dovetail Construction:

The Maple dovetail drawer construction ensures a sturdy and well-made drawer system.   Dovetail joints are extremely strong and attractive joints and are traditionally used on boxes, chests, quality furniture, and cabinet drawers.

Later I will add poplar face plates and drawer pulls to the drawer boxes.

the two drawers measure 30w x 14d x 10h. There are slots cut into the drawers to allow aluminum folder hanger slats to fit in. These slats will support dozens of file folders.

The right side of the case was left open for access to a previous light switch, not shown that powers two recessed lights above the top bookcase shelf.

Divider shelves will be added to this storage space, a small door will finish it off.  This will be a great place to store paper, printer ink, and other supplies.

Below Photo: of the new electrical box.   I will purposely stop the shelves short from the rear of the cabinet so I can run electrical cords up and through a 1-1/2″ hole in the bookshelf counter above.   This will be where I place my printer and modem.

Photo:  Drawers are made from 1/2″ maple with dovetail construction. 3/4″ Poplar faces with drawer pulls will be added to the drawers to dress them up.

This shows the location of the old receptacle and the new is pictured on the right. The removable bottom drawer clears the outlet by 2 inches when closed.

Finished Photos:

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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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