Guys, I got a new-to-me desk!
Thanks to our friend Matt‘s desk upgrade, he no longer needed this old teacher’s desk. I was thrilled to get it for several reasons: one, it was $0, and two, it is quite deep for its petite size. Since the study is a very small room (8’x10’, with odd protrusions on one wall), I needed a smallish desk — but I much prefer deep desks. This was the best solution possible!
It even has this nifty pull-out surface extension!
Because the study is so small and relatively low-light, I had a bit of a debate about where to put this desk. I knew that I preferred to face the doorway to the living room because light shines in through the bay windows of that room. But I also recognized that the space might not permit that: a path needs to remain clear and easy from the living room to the kitchen.
So I tried four different desk configurations. First, I did the “sensible” thing and placed the desk against the wall… and was immediately bummed out.
I’ve had a desk against the wall before, so I’m not completely against it. However, that desk was always in rooms with ample natural light, and if I’m remembering correctly it featured a hutch that pretty much necessitated a wall. This desk, against the dark wall, looked undersized even with the shrimpy wall length we were dealing with. Remembering my initial plan, I turned to a new configuration.
I rotated the desk 180 degrees and placed it near the window (the same window that is a couple feet from the neighbor’s house).
Hm. Not centered under the funny landscape print we picked up last weekend, the desk looked kind of odd. But moving the print would have looked even odder, so I tried moving the desk.
Here you can see the area behind the desk in positions 2 and 3.
Not bad! It still looked a little lonesome in the middle of the room, but it was a definite improvement on option 2.
So which one did I go for? Well, I added some desk stuff, moved our flea market machine drawers around, and finally stepped back and said: ahhh.
Option 3 met all of my needs: maintaining good flow between the rooms, facing the sunlight, and looking nice to boot. I happened to be doing this at the time of day when the sun shines in the most from the living room: the morning. Here’s an unedited photo showing the sunlight:
The lamp is from Target; the chair is Ikea (and soon to be replaced, I hope); and the wall color is Ben Moore Knoxville Gray (inspired by LGN).
It’s great timing to get this sorted out, as I start class a week from today! Unbelievable!