Is your boring office space causing you to nod off at work? Tired of staring at the dull grey walls of your cubicle? Designer Evette Rios shares some tips that will help turn your cube into an inspiring sanctuary.
Evette's first challenge is dealing with a desk that dwarfs the space. This small cube also has some big items that aren't even being used. When Evette takes over, the space becomes functional, colorful and fabulous!
A cluttered desk and lack of storage make this space unworkable. Evette creates new storage by taking the space vertical with bookcases. She also uses magazine files to store papers and takes the clutter off the desk. Lavender fabric helps to create a much-needed sense of calm.
In one cube, the space is so tight that the worker has to jump over the desk just to get inside! Evette adds bookcases and displays sports memorabilia on the walls. She then takes the sports theme a step further and covers the walls in pin stripped fabric -- and hangs up a basketball net for a quick recess break!
A collection of pigs greeted Evette at another cubicle. Evette saves it from becoming a sty by moving part of the pig collection to new bookshelves. To create a look of elegance, she uses two different fabrics on the walls: one on the upper part and one on the lower. She also brings in a desk light to create a warmer atmosphere.
Evette's tips for making your cube more inviting and work-friendly:
Accessorize. Bring in your own light from home for a warmer hue; place framed pictures of your "peeps" on your desk or a bulletin board; add flowers or plants for a colorful visual.
Go vertical. Shelves and bookcases create extra storage in a small space by using height rather than floor space.
Bring in a a little inspiration. Place an item in your cube that reminds you of the reason you come to work every day. This could be a picture of your family, a brochure of a vacation you're saving for, or even an ad of your dream home. You can make it the screensaver or background on your computer if you don't want to take up space!
Decorate with fabric. Cover walls with fabric, securing it with staples or double-sided tape. You can also staple patterned fabric to a frame and hang it up in your cube like colorful wall art!
Lose what you can't use. When working with small space Evette's biggest rule of thumb is, "if you don't need it, don't keep it!"
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