Elfa Elfa Elfa, Can I help ya help ya help ya?

I haven't really posted about our loft space in ages (see here for what it originally looked like when we moved in). The loft is above the kitchen and looks out over the dining/living room. Bill works from home, so it currently serves as his office.

This is the wall he uses for his work space. It looked like this when we moved in.
Then, for the last three years, it has looked like this. See why I never shared?
We had this leaning desk/bookshelf combo set from way back in the day. It's actually one of the first pieces we bought when we moved in together in our first Milwaukee apartment. The walls of the loft were painted white when we painted most of the downstairs (it's Benjamin Moore Pure White). Other than that, we've not done anything to the space. In fact, it really has been sort of a catch-all place for storage and stuff we don't know what to do with.
The big problem though, was that Bill really did not have a proper set up for someone who works from home. I'm surprised he lasted as long as he did this way. We had been talking about creating a work space that would actually accommodate both of us, as I work from home one day a week and am on my computer a lot with this whole blog thing in the evenings. We were so happy with the bookshelf unit we created with The Container Store's Elfa system in our living room (see here, here, here, and here), that we decided to use Elfa again for the office.

Saturday we went in to design our system, and the order was ready the same day! Bill installed it all yesterday, and just like that, he has (we have) a proper work space!
This baby is 10 feet long! We used a white bracket system with the Solid Melamine Shelves in Sand. It looks pretty seamless across, but the desk is actually six 24" inch wide shelves (20" deep) side by side. The upper shelves are all 12" deep.
Obviously, it still looks a little rough, but the plan is for Bill to take the left side and I take the right. In the middle, we wanted to put a decent sized TV that could also be used as a monitor. Bill took the lead on that and got us the Insignia 39" Roku TV. It gives whoever is working in the office dual monitor capabilities, plus we can now watch TV in there too. We're still playing around with the configuration. I also need to figure out a way to make it all look prettier, while still remaining completely functional for Bill.
The other side of the room is still a big catch-all, but the plan is to get a nice daybed for this wall. We could use another place to sleep for when we have overnight guests. Plus, it will provide a comfortable place to lounge and watch TV.
Of course the real game changer for this room will be when we close it off, add a closet, and create an actual fourth bedroom! We're hoping to tackle that early next year, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, next on the list to finish up the new work space are two matching office chairs. Maybe something like this. I can't wait to work in there!


  1. Looks like a neat and easy work space. It should be very functional, too. I like it.

    1. I'm hoping so. It's nice to finally have a proper work space. Thanks for reading!