Since our guest room/office is turning into Michael’s new room, we knew we needed to get creative with contemporary office ideas. When Brett first told me he could turn the junk closet in our game room into an office space, I didn’t quite understand how much I would love the finished product. I’m all for making every space in our home functional and useful, so we started researching the best contemporary office ideas that would fit the style of our game room. We came up with a game plan, and I couldn’t believe how easy Brett made the whole process look! (If you’re new around here, you must see my closet makeover that Brett did two years ago!) We took progress photos of this project along the way in order to show you exactly how he did it!
Isn’t it stunning!? I’m still in awe that this was just a closet full of junk. We have already used this more than the big desk that was in the guest room.
My only job was to style the shelves and find the perfect chair! Many of the items on the shelves are from Target! They have so many pieces that fit the styles of the contemporary office ideas we had fallen in love with.
Progress Pictures + Notes from Brett
Michael was anxious to help every little bit he could!
With this type of desk, planning is important. For example don’t forget to have the bottom plank of plywood placed in before you build your frame. The tight space in the closet will not allow you place it in later. I used standard 2×4’s to build the frame and attached it to every stud I could for added support. This is very similar to building floating shelves, as we will get to later on. Be sure to use your level often during this process to ensure an even surface.
To connect your plywood to the frame, I chose to use scrap pieces of wood. Make a pocket hole in the middle (I used a Kreg Jig) to attach to the plywood and drilling two more holes on both sides to attach to the frame. This will also be more appealing to the eye as your screws are hidden. I attached the bottom plywood first to make it easier on myself. I would advise doing that too.
The desk is up, now it’s time to start on the shelving. This is the same principle for floating shelves, only difference being is that I was able to attach my frame to both side walls for extra support. I used 2×3 wood studs for the shelving to give it smaller thickness from the actual desk.
With the shelving frames in place, I started on the tongue and groove wood wall planks. Really liked the color option, and it is extremely lightweight and thin. I used a brad nail gun to attach them to the wall straight to the drywall. there are other options out there, however this package is fairly inexpensive and is real wood. You can pick these ones up at Lowe’s. Notice I placed the the top planks on already (this was for planning and they are not attached yet).
Every desk needs lighting! I found these cool LED lighting strips to give it a clean modern look. This was probably the more complicated part of the project. I want the lights to be hidden from view, so I used my router to cut an even strip on the back end of the plank. I then used the adhesive lighting strip and placed it in the groove.
With the lights recessed into the planks, it gives a nice modern touch to the desk along with adding plenty of light to the work area.
We added a few more outlets (one under the desk) for the computer, lighting, and charging your smart devices. I would either ask a friend in construction for help during this process or hire an electrician if you aren’t comfortable with electrical work.
We hope you enjoyed this glimpse into our home! Thank you Brett for contributing to the Contemporary Office Ideas post! Don’t forget to checkout my closet makeover post! I don’t know how he is so handy, but I love it! I have a few other home posts coming soon including our nursery reveal and our new downstairs playroom that I’ve been working on!