Is it a working spot in the pantry? Or a storage room in the office? At first, we didn’t believe it was possible either, but one space can really accommodate both. See how our interior designer Alantė has managed to combine two rooms with completely different functions in one.

Before the renovation

When Aušra and Nerijus started working remotely due to the pandemic, they did not have a separate office at home, so one of them had to move to a storage room. To be more precise, it was actually the former guest room, which has turned into a pantry over time. The area of the room was quite large (almost 15 square meters), but due to the abundance of different items, their desk could only be placed in the very corner. The family had a great desire for change, as their everyday work in the so-called office was distracted by clutter, not to even mention the long and tiring search for necessary items in the pantry.

Challenges and results

Our interior designer Alantė had a challenge of setting up a comfortable, functional, and cosy workspace, as well as creating better (preferably closed) storage for all family belongings. How did she solve it? Have a look.
 
“Pay attention to your working environment. You will spend many hours here every day, thus your space should motivate and inspire instead of making you feel pinned into the corner.” 

Alantė Zubrytė, IKEA interior designer

A home office on one side of the room...

The room that used to look like a pantry, turned into a full-time home office. On the brightest side of the room, by the window, there is a comfortable MULLFJÄLLET conference chair and a desk created by the interior designer herself. She took the EKBACKEN worktop and added for adjustable OLOV legs, simple as that. To tell the truth, anyone can build their own desk from scratch with our desk planner. Just combine different legs and table tops to suit your style.

To provide enough storage space for home office items, Alantė decided to place a roomy KALLAX shelving unit next to the desk and equip it with drawers, boxes, and magazine files. Above the shelving unit, she has placed several SVENSÅS memo boards to create a large cork wall for children's drawings and notes.

With every piece and item neatly sorted, there is even a place in the room left for the family barbecue!
 

... and a storage room on the other

The designer decided to use the full height of the room to store family belongings. She has installed a BOAXEL shelving system on the back wall of the room, the dimensions of which are easy to adapt to the space and items one needs to store. Alantė has grouped all the items into transparent SAMLA boxes. In such a way, they will always look neat and be easy to find.

When the storage system was finished, Alantė covered the area with curtains so that the items stored behind stood out of sight. The brightly coloured MAJGULL curtains work as both a great way to hide the pantry and a beautiful background for work-related video calls.
 
 

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SAMLA

box, 56x39x28 cm/45 l, transparent

5,99

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KALLAX

shelving unit, 77x147 cm, black-brown

59,99

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SAMLA

box, 39x28x28 cm/22 l, transparent

2,99

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KALLAX

insert with door, 33x33 cm, white stained oak effect

10 €

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KUGGIS

storage box, 30x30x30 cm, white

12,99

KALLAX

insert with 2 drawers, 33x33 cm, white stained oak effect

19 €

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KALLAX

insert with door, 33x33 cm, black-brown

11 €

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KALLAX

shelving unit, 42x147 cm, black-brown

54,99

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HEKTAR

wall/clamp spotlight, dark grey

15,99

KALLAX

insert with 2 drawers, 33x33 cm, black-brown

19 €

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LACK

wall shelf, 30x26 cm, white

5,99

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BRÄDA

laptop support, 42x31 cm, black

5,99

RIBBA

frame, 30x40 cm, black

5,99

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OLOV

leg, adjustable, black

7,50

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SOCKERBIT

box with lid, 38x51x30 cm, white

12,99

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SOCKERBIT

box, 19x26x15 cm, white

1,99

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ÅTGÅNG

vase, 26 cm, grey

11,99

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SOCKERBIT

box with lid, 38x25x15 cm, white

4,99

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SKRUTT

desk pad, 65x45 cm, black

3,99

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KVISSLE

magazine file set of 2, white

12,99

SKÅDIS

pegboard, 36x56 cm, white

9,99

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SKÅDIS

container, white

3 €

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SKÅDIS

container with lid, white

9 € / 3 pack

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SKÅDIS

shelf, white

3 €

FYRTUR

block-out roller blind, 140x195 cm, wireless/battery-operated grey

179 €

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EKBACKEN

worktop, 186x2.8 cm, matt anthracite/laminate

75 €

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ENEBY

portable bluetooth speaker, 15x7.5 cm, black

24,99

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BOAXEL

wall upright, 100 cm, white

4 €

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TRÅDFRI

wireless dimmer, white

7,99

RESENSTAD

rug, flatwoven, 170x240 cm, handmade multicolour

289 €

MULLFJÄLLET

conference chair with castors, Naggen beige

149 €

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EFTERTÄNKA

decorative hourglass, 15 cm, clear glass/sand

6,99

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BOAXEL

shelf, 80x40 cm, metal white

9 €

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BOAXEL

mounting rail, 82 cm, white

3 €

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STAVREBY

door mat, indoor, 40x60 cm, handmade/braided natural

10,99

BLÄDDRA

box, 33x38x33 cm, grey

9,99

SVENSÅS

memo board with pins, 35x60 cm, cork dark brown

12,99

BOAXEL

mesh basket, 60x40x15 cm, white

9 €

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VIDGA

glider and hook, white

2,50 / 24 pack

VIDGA

single track rail, 140 cm, included ceiling fittings/white

9,99




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