Magazine article Sunset

Home-Office Nooks: Three Examples Show Where to Find Extra Desk Space. (Home)

Magazine article Sunset

Home-Office Nooks: Three Examples Show Where to Find Extra Desk Space. (Home)

Article excerpt

A home office may not require as much square footage as you think. Indeed, shrinking computer equipment makes it easier to imagine extra closets or other underutilized areas in your home as sites for compact workstations.

Workspace tips

* Plan a desktop that's at least 3 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet deep for a computer like an iMac and a keyboard; more if you need to spread papers out while you work.

* Install grommets at the rear of the work surface so cords and wires don't dangle off the front of the desk.

* Balance the light sources so there is no glare on your screen.

RELATED ARTICLE: Along a hallway

An upstairs hall can be more than a passageway, as this example vividly illustrates. The 4-foot-wide alcove occupies part of a soaring two-story accent wall and overlooks the kitchen. It functions as a homework station for the kids in the family. The counter provides plenty of room for a computer; above it are built-in bookshelves.

DESIGN: Bret Hancock, Thacher & Thompson Architects, Santa Cruz, CA (831/457-3939); Lorri Kershner, L. Kershner Design, Santa Cruz (831/426-0177).

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