Bamboo Interior Design Home Office Makeover - Part 2

So if you're here it's probably because you've read Part 1 and are getting serious about creating a home office! So let's delve deeper into the nitty gritty…


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
The perfect desk set up!

My wonderful Stepdad is a very talented carpenter and fitted all of the inbuilt furniture in the office for me! I’m incredibly luck that he was able to do this as the cost of materials has gone up quite steeply recently and sheets of MDF have recently doubled in price. All the built in furniture is made of 200mm thick MDF which was then primed and painted with a water- based white paint.


I love a huge workspace so I really wanted the desk space to be as large as possible. I’m a really messy worker and I love to be able to spread out. I love to be organised in life but when I’m working on a project it’s complete carnage (I like to call it organised chaos!). My husband has also been working from home a fair amount since Covid hit and whilst we knew he would be going back into the office more often we wanted to ensure we each had a work station to avoid having to pack our things away in order for the other one to use the desk. I decided on a large desk spanning the whole length of the room. I'm forever astounded at how optical illusions in designs can make a space feel larger or smaller and the large desk had just the effect I was hoping for, of pulling the room outwards and making it look a lot bigger! The desk is two sheets of MDF, side by side, with the join in the middle. Each is supported by one of the drawer towers one end, and a baton of MDF which is attached to the wall on the opposite side. The drawer units stop around 10cm from the back wall so we have space to run wires to the plug sockets behind.


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
Office desk in the making..

Twin sets of inbuilt drawers sit in the centre of the long desk which means my husband and I each have space to put our bits and bobs. The top four drawers house pens, notepads, stationary etc whilst the two deep bottom drawers are filing cabinets. I’ll link the suspension files here. I went for foolscap as everything fits in more easily and with room to spare. I think it's so important in interior design to leave enough space when designing as these are the sorts of things which can irk us on a daily basis! Always opt for more space whenever possible.


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
Love a bit of stationary organisation!


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
Foolscap suspension files for that bit of extra room

I decided on chrome D-cup handles for the drawers. I deliberated over going for brass ones but decided I liked the classic look of the timeless chrome. It’s not a problem mixing metals and I find it more flexible anyway!


Credit where credit’s due… the bookcase behind the door was entirely my Stepdad’s idea. There was only a thin space behind the door but instead of wasting it it’s now put to use perfectly housing all of our well loved books. This photo was taken mid build- the extra shelves were added I'd decided what height I wanted the alcoves to be.


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
Bookshelf loading...

The built in cabinet is super useful for storage. The lower part houses three shelves behind doors for things I’d rather weren’t on display. I wanted to keep the shelves above open to keep the space airy and open as well as for displaying items. The base cabinet was built first then the top unit added a few weeks after.


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
In-built cabinet before the top shelving unit was built

Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
The finished cabinet! Let the shelfie faffing commence!

Controversial decision.... I could have had some built in shelves in the space next to the built in cabinet but I actually ended up leaving this free to fit our clothes horse. It would have looked beautiful and completed the room to have some shelves built in there or a continuation of the base unit but, as always, good interior design is about the balance between aesthetic and beauty. Practically, we need somewhere in our home which is out of the way to hang clothes to dry - the clothes horse never seems to go down with two small children whose clothes are constantly being washed!

The chairs are from The Cotswold Company. They're the Upholstered Office Chair in Stone Linen. I'll link them here. They go perfectly in the space and are super comfortable. I was worried about them getting dirty because of the colour but so far so good! Even with the cat often using them as a comfy place to curl up. They’re a big comfy size to sit on but don’t feel too big for the space. I trust Cotswold Company too and have used them for years so knew we’d be getting our moneys worth ordering from them.


Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
Bamboo Interiors workspace in action

Bamboo Interior Design's workspace. As an interior designer it's crucial to have a large working space for me to spread out whilst creating my designs. To find out more about how I went about creating my interior design studio and Bamboo Interiors HQ read more of my Home Office blog.
The material and texture of that chair!

So there you have it! I hope you've picked up some inspiration from this and, as always, if you have any comments or questions I'd love to hear them so drop a comment below!


Kate x

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