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Hey all, I'm moving into a new place in November and need to figure out how to organize my new home office. Here's the layout. Focus on the "Den":

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And a picture to put things into perspective:

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So what should I do? I have my 28" high computer (on wheels), 2 24" monitors, and plenty of other stuff I will bring in! Down the road I'd eventually like to add a couple of rack mounted servers, switches, a router, and a UPS so it would need to accommodate that!

I can't really say for sure what I'm looking for just yet, and I've gone through lots of pictures on the "Show us your computer room!" thread but it's really too "juvenile" for a home office.

I'm looking for something geeky but something that says professional. It would also be nice to have file storage or some place to put "stuff" to get it out of sight. For example, I really liked the looks of this, but I don't think I'm a fan of glass desks:

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Bright, clean, and plenty of space to work and move!

I know my room isn't this wide, but just imagine the desk and the hutch/desk in the back. I wouldn't have the hutch though. I like the layout of something like this (though I think the style of the desk is old). But where would I put my monitors? I don't want everyone walking by seeing what I'm doing...

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I seem to get more hits of what I'm looking for if I search Google for "executive office". For example, shrink this concept down by about 30% to make it fit:

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Aghhh please just post any pictures if you think I would like it and I can comment to give you a better idea!
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Anyone? frown.gif
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What's your budget? Are we talking IKEA shopping bonanza, Craigslist fixer-uppers or DIY? You have to settle on a style and allowance first. Use Sketch Up or drafting paper and get some ideas in front of you. Draft things like your computer, server racks, desks, bookshelves, etc. to size. Figure out how to maximize the floor space you have with a layout you would feel comfortable and relaxed in.

I like the desk and hutch idea, but I'd turn into into an L-shape. Put the computer desk (hutch) in the back corner against one of the 12 ft. walls, with the paper-work desk facing the double doors. Slap some paint up, throw a rug down, and put in some book cases.
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What's your budget? Are we talking IKEA shopping bonanza, Craigslist fixer-uppers or DIY? You have to settle on a style and allowance first. Use Sketch Up or drafting paper and get some ideas in front of you. Draft things like your computer, server racks, desks, bookshelves, etc. to size. Figure out how to maximize the floor space you have with a layout you would feel comfortable and relaxed in.

I like the desk and hutch idea, but I'd turn into into an L-shape. Put the computer desk (hutch) in the back corner against one of the 12 ft. walls, with the paper-work desk facing the double doors. Slap some paint up, throw a rug down, and put in some book cases.

Great post! +rep

I'm not feeling IKEA just because I get the "junk" feeling when I think IKEA. Not too into anything on Craigslist or anything DIY either. I would be willing to do some DIY, but not from scratch.

I can work on a draft for sure. I will do this ASAP and post in here when done!

The den is carpeted (cream-colored with a hint of brownish) and I haven't settled on a paint color yet. Perhaps a very light brown? Depends on the furniture to be honest. I can't decide between cherry-colored wood or brown-colored wood. Right now I have a Bestar Embassy Desk and side attachment (to make an L).
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I know what you mean about IKEA stuff. I can't justify hundreds of dollars for minimalist particle board furniture. Since you don't have windows in there, I'd keep it on the lighter side of earth tones like you're saying. IMHO, go for cherry to get some rich color/texture. thumb.gif
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I know what you mean about IKEA stuff. I can't justify hundreds of dollars for minimalist particle board furniture. Since you don't have windows in there, I'd keep it on the lighter side of earth tones like you're saying. IMHO, go for cherry to get some rich color/texture. thumb.gif

It's funny you bring up color. The dilemma I'm going through now with colors is that this room is diagonal from the kitchen, which has stainless steel appliances and you guessed it, cherry colored cabinets. It's a nice cherry color. The below picture isn't my place, but this is actually a pretty accurate representation of the countertop color and the cabinets are the exact same brand and color that I have:



The carpet in the den actually looks like the floor in the above picture. It may be closer to cream colored, but it does have some light brown in it. It's quite hard to find a decent modern-style cherry colored desk.

Anywho, I think coming up with a layout that maximizes room space and allows decent storage is most important over "style" though, at least for now. smile.gif

Any additional thoughts?
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