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Create A Home Office

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:

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 house hold.

The pictures below show an old built in book case 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, back up drive, pencil sharpener, MP3 player, etc.

The Process:

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

The top casings on the bookcase, door and windows was 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 edge. Bottom cabinet doors, shelf was removed and file drawers 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 into 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: 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 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 this by 2+” when closed.

Finished Photos:

~ a concord carpenter

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