Convert the end of a hallway (5 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft.) into a home office.
- Cappuccino brown walls and surfaces: dark and chipping
- Beige linoleum floor: beaten up and ugly
- No window treatment: very stark and bare
- Door to the bedroom covering half the north wall
- Attic door covering half the south wall
- Window covering half the east wall
Budget: $75.00 or less
But, where do I fit the printer? These days, printers seem to be getting bigger and full of more options. This is great from a business standpoint, but terrible when you're working with limited space. In this case, we're dealing with a printer/photo copier combination. The cords weren't long enough to put it in the southeast corner and I couldn't put it next to the desk because it would obstruct the door.
The computer desk has a pull out keyboard tray, bringing users about a foot away from the desk. I found a storage box holding rarely used craft supplies, stuck the unit on top and pushed it under the desk. There's still enough leg room and space to lift the top to make copies. Users only have to remember to keep the tray pulled out so the chair doesn't run into the printer.
After it was all done, the total came to $55.36 for a savings of $19.36 to use toward transforming another room in the apartment into a "livable" space.
I'm not afraid to go knocking on doors to find good deals, which, ultimately, aided in the success of this conversion project. By shopping around, buying or acquiring things used, adding a fresh coat of paint and using space saving solutions, I was able to convert what looked like a cramped and dark space into a usable bright working environment without going over budget.
Jennifer Hollowell is the Editor of J.M.H. Creative Solutions.
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