8 Awesome Office Ideas from the Curbly Archives

by Bruno Bornsztein

Eight awesome office ideas from the Curbly archives

We're kicking off 2012 with workspace month – dedicated to helping you improve the spaces where you work and get creative. Whether that space is a home office or a soul-sucking cubicle (or, improbably, an amazingly great cubicle), we've got some good ideas for you. Check 'em out:

Capree's Mod Office Accessories Roundup

Mod office accessories roundup

Need a little inspiration to bring your office space into the modern era? You're not still using that cardboard desk calendar your realtor sends every year, are you? Well, Capree's the lass to get your time-travel started.

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The 5-Second Standing Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

This January (like last year) we're talking about the creative spaces where we get work (and art, and doodles, and crafts, etc.) done. Yesterday I stopped by a letterpress printer's shop (getting some cards printed up for my upcoming trip to Alt Summit), and I was really struck by one thing. The guy's desk chair looked like it hadn't been used in about 27 years. His whole job happens standing up, moving around.

And then there's me. And my laptop. The majority of my work happens in the space between my fingertips and the keyboard, which means the rest of my body is out of the loop. But it turns out sitting your skeleton down in a chair all day is pretty much suicidal.

The five minute standing desk

Fortunately, our friend (and editor) Chris Gardner came up with a quick way to fashion a standing desk out of 

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A Glitter-y Vintage School Desk Makeover

by Bruno Bornsztein

Schooldesk makeover, before

Against all my expectations, my daughter Ayla is a princess-loving, pink-obssessed, necklace-wearing girly girl. She's two, and yet she often demands wardrobe changes several times per day. Honestly, I don't know how this happened; I always kind of thought I end up with a tomboy, but no, her favorite games are 'jewly' (jewelry) and and dressing up her 'babies.'

It's cool, though. I can adapt. And here's proof: this fall I was driving...

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My Total Office Makeover: Done!

by Chris Gardner

Welcome to our blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into a space where work can actually get done, and look pretty cool while it happens. 

created at: 01/27/2011

Part VII: The (Big?) Reveal For a year and a half, I had a spare bedroom that was more-or-less the kind of of place where you shut the door when you had company over. Heck, I didn't even like spending time in there, opting to do most of my work on the sofa instead.

So, I toughened up, made a few trips to the hardware and craft store, came up with a few original IKEA hacks, vowed to keep my space organized, and created a space where I spend more time than in any other room. Sometimes I even entertain in here!

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How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

by Chris Gardner

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/26/2011

Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. For my new office space, I wanted an opportunity to have an ever evolving and changing collection of images, allowing me to curate, add, and reorganize as necessary. So, immediately I thought "corkboard!" and upon checking out the prices at the office supply store, immediately I thought "DIY!" (Seriously, $45 bucks for a bulletin board?!)

So, I did a little research, and came up with a solution that allowed me to create attractive and HUGE pushpin-able surfaces for under $5.00 each, allowing me to cover all of my walls for less than $20.00.  

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How to Make a DIY Adjustable Drafting Table from Any Desktop

by Chris Gardner

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/16/2011

Part V: The DIY Drafting Table Having figure out adequate storage solutions, a media workstation, and an all-purpose desk for general work, the last major furniture solution loomed: I needed a large work surface for art and craft projects: sewing, fabric-cutting, drawing, papercrafts, design and layout, etc. It'd have been awesome to have a dedicated cutting table and an drafting table, but I wouldn't have the room. A large drafting table would work, but they're often very large, and the support trestles can take up a lot of space, and I didn't have any to spare.

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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

by Chris Gardner

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/11/2011

Part III: The Custom Desk

(Read Part II here) Having figured out a functional floorplan, I busted out the hex-key and got things assembled. I chose a basic rectangular desk top with basic legs for my media workstation, and weeded my collection of gear down the essentials. It was still very apparent, however, that I needed more space:  

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Desk-A-Day: Imogen Heap

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

credit: Future Music [http://www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/in-pictures-imogen-heaps-amazing-home-studio-225425#content]

January 2011 is Workspace month on Curbly; we're exploring DIY ideas, organization tips, and design inspiration to make our creative spaces amazing.

Imogen Heap's desk

Every day in January, we're featuring an inspiring office or workspace in a series we're calling "Desk-A-Day". Today's desk comes from British-born singer and composer Imogen Heap. Note the furry exercise ball in lieu of a chair. And the grand piano shell that serves as a container...

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Desk-A-Day: Einstein's Desk

by Bruno Bornsztein

You don't have to understand the theory of relativity to know a creative workspace comes in many forms. And some of the most brilliant are also, well, messy:

Einstein's desk on the day he died

Here's Einstein's desk, photographed by LIFE's Ralph Morse on the day the great physicist died (April 18, 1955). 

Einstein's desk

The point here, I think, is that a work space doesn't have to be minimalist sparse and futuristic to be inspiring. For some people, a little clutter sparks...

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Work _____: Kicking Cubicles to the Curb

by Bruno Bornsztein

No more cubicles!

Picture yourself in a gray cubicle, surrounded by a dozen others, on the fourth floor of a suburban office building large enough to have its own postal code. See the little ridges of dust behind your aging computer monitor? See the worn spot on your mousepad where your wrist has rubbed the color off? Below the desk, just behind the trash can (which is the changing-est thing in the cube, by simple virtue of its being emptied every night), there's...

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