Before and after: A clever IKEA hacker makes this home office very convenient

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Home offices often get stuck in any available space. But even when you have a dedicated room, like Fariha Nasir at home, it may seem like an afterthought – not that Fariha’s office hasn’t been used! She and her husband shared the space, using it for work and play. “My husband is a video game enthusiast and needs his two monitors and an extra long desk,” says Fariha. “Our son also plays here and needs his toys, but they are always scattered without a designated place.

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So the office needed to accommodate three people, and still feel homey and cozy, something that was missing. “It was a basic building office with no personality,” says Fariha. Think: beige carpet, beige walls, boring flush mount light.

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A cozy accent wall instantly transformed the walls into white. Fariha used vertically installed nail boards with construction adhesive and then nailed them in place with a Brad nailer. Once in place, she painted them moss green (Sherwin-Williams Thunder).

The desk was a custom creation, assembled with three sets of IKEA ALEX drawers and a wooden top long enough to hold two people. Above it, Fariha hung a thin shelf to display her favorite artwork.

Fariha also replaced the recessed frame with a six-light fixture that is much richer in character and has a wrought-iron look – a perfect complement to the farmhouse coup. The perfectly washed rug is a product of BoutiqueRugs.

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A new shelf across the room has baskets on the bottom shelf – a much more organized way to store toys!

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