Use that empty wall space for a family calendar.

How to Decorate a Home Corner Desk Space

by Kris Gleba

When you're faced with the task of decorating the corner desk space in your home, be happy you're not actually having to work at the desk. Decorating is a lot more fun than paying bills and other office tasks. Determine who will be using the desk space and the items you need for decoration, but do it all while practicing your best dirty dancing, while singing, "nobody puts Baby in a corner."

1. All Hands on Desk

A desk in a corner uses that awkward space efficiently, but decorating is challenging. Corner spaces require custom-built desks or desks specifically built for corners since these two options take full advantage of the space within a corner. A custom-built desktop works when placed on top of file cabinets or other storage. A traditional desk placed in the corner of the room limits the storage potential on either side of the desk. Consider how the desk will be used. A desk in the corner of the living room strictly meant for supervised computer use won't require much paper storage. The same can't be said for a desk for homework or creative pursuits.

2. From Desk 'til Dawn

Create a desk space that can be used any time of day with comfortable seating and proper lighting. When choosing a seat, ensure that it's comfortable for all desk users and fits within the corner. Choose a chair that can be easily moved up and down to accommodate all users, tall and short. Provide task lighting, either with a floor or desk lamp, but again, remember all the desk's users. A floor lamp with a switch on its base is easier for little kids to turn on and off. If choosing a desk lamp, opt for one with a base that doesn't take up precious desktop space. Invest in small but effective office technology. A behemoth of a printer sucks up too much space and power; buy a smaller one and reap the rewards of a smaller electricity bill and extra desk space.

3. Goodbye Family Storage Wars

Save yourself the agony of hearing endless whining by providing the same storage options for each member of the household. Keep outgoing papers in folders stored either on the desktop, in a file cabinet or in a wall-mounted file holder and incoming papers in covered storage, such as a file cabinet or bin. Color coordinate and label the folders. Make use of the empty spot on the corner of the desktop by storing items on a lazy Susan. Make full use of the lazy Susan by using a round storage object, such as a bowl for pencils and writing tools or a two-tiered metal basket, originally meant to hold fruit, for stamps and packages of stickers.

4. The Storage Is on the Walls

Keep the wall space around the desk space useful and visually stimulating at the same time. Designate one piece of corkboard, either round or square, for each desk user. Encourage the kids to use the pieces as they see fit, but with a healthy balance of useful information and pure decoration. Create custom wall storage with magnet paint. Paint the same size squares on the wall for each family member to hang important papers with magnets. Chalkboard paint can be used, but eraser dust can get messy. In lieu of paint, mount individual white boards. Make room for a large family calendar that can easily be adjusted as needed. If additional wall space is available, install floating shelves to hold storage jars and craft supplies.

About the Author

Lowell, Massachusetts-based writer Kris Gleba has been writing home decor articles since 2008. She enjoys all aspects of small home living, from complete gut remodels to ingenius home decorating that incorporates style and function. She has previously written for the “Athol Daily News.” She holds a degree in professional writing from Fitchburg State University.

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