In keeping with the tiny, one-bedroom apartment theme, I also thought my husband’s desk was a space-waster. Plus I wanted a desk of my own to work on projects. I was working with my laptop and projects on the couch and glass coffee table so one can imagine how cluttered the place looked.
Desk-hunting became one of the most second-guessing projects ever aside from car-hunting. It’s a good lesson for those of us who tend to weigh ALL of our options only to realize it’s impossible to do that. So I looked everywhere in the sky to find 2 smaller desks for us that could also hold the scanner, office supplies, books, and file folders. In a 3 X 10 foot area of space, it was a tall order. Speaking of tall, I got online to get inspired and realized the only way to make it work was to go up. I would have to build shelves above the desk to hold those office supplies and books.
But I was finding the shelves to be expensive and small (about $30). I ended up going to so many stores to get an idea of what I wanted. We went to OfficeMax, Staples, Target, Walmart, HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, and even Ashley Furniture HomStore. An unlikely source was The Container Store because I thought they only sold boxes and containers. Heavily pregnant at the time, I waddled through their office section and was surprised by the slew of desks. They also had shelves-though not cheap. Finally, I came upon this metal-framed desk that was stacked like book shelves.
I’ve had my fair share of wood-framed book shelves and there’s a reason they don’t last long. I liked that I can stack the frames together and connect them with individual shelves.
It ain’t cheap by any means but 2 desks, book shelves, a scanner, and office supplies fit where one desk used to fit and they are sturdy.