Last time you saw this space, I'd just gotten everything I needed for my office into this area. And it worked fine, except for one thing. I didn't have any table wide enough that my new white chair didn't scrape against the sides.
So I knew I was going to have to come up with a different strategy so I didn't end up with a scraped chair.
I've been scouring Pinterest and the internet ever since. I quickly decided that if I was going to have to get something different to put the computer on, then I might as well get something that would extend the flat surface space to accommodate doing crafts.
This is such a wonderful light-filled area. I don't have this kind of light any place else in the apartment.
It took me a month to figure out what to do. I went back and forth. Get file cabinets and put a door over them? Unfinished kitchen cabinets that I could put a big board on? I looked and looked at handmade desks online.
But all those turned out to be expensive. So here's what I ended up doing...
I got an eight foot folding table that is strong and durable for $109.
I wanted a red one that I found online, but just couldn't afford the shipping, which doubled the price.
Plus, I really wanted to see it myself first to make sure the top was sturdy enough for a heavy computer.
Did you know there are online sites that sell very durable and similar tables to places like schools and prisons? I didn't either until I started looking at every conceivable need for such a table that was sold online. And they would have to be sturdy!
I considered those. But it was the shipping once again, and they were a bit more expensive than a folding table.
The coffee bar is right behind the desk/craft area. How convenient is that?
It's really hard to get photos in this narrow space. I did the best I could.
I took most of the craft supplies and put them in here, freeing up the space where they were before.
I bought this eight foot folding table at the Office Depot right down the street. Luckily enough, it fit in my Pathfinder and I could shut the back!
I could have gotten a slightly cheaper one, but it needed to be sturdy. If it wouldn't hold up to what I needed to put on it, then it would end up being useless.
Buying this folding table for $109 was far cheaper than anything else I came up with. I saw them online everywhere, but this way I didn't have to pay shipping.
When you live in a small space or apartment, you have to think hard before you purchase things. They either need to serve more than one purpose, or be something that can be put away easily if the need arises.
A folding table can be used in various ways, plus it can be folded up and put aside. Or even put outdoors.
I love working in here and being able to look outside to the patio. To watch the squirrels and birds, and the leaves falling from the trees.
I have my office things at one end, and my craft supplies at the other. I can spread out and actually make crafts if the whim hits me!
My chair can roll easily from one end to the other. It's no longer getting scraped by table legs.
Have you come up with a good way to have an office or craft space without breaking the bank? Would you share your ideas and suggestions?
Also, as you know, when you move one thing, everything else usually ends up getting shifted around. So now the living space looks a bit different. More on that later.