At first glance it looks like an elegant bookshelf in the living room. However, once the functional and stylish sliding doors are pulled open, they reveal a practical home office. Read how Elfa transformed minimal space into a complete work area for the Ling family.
By: Charlotta Flinkenberg Photo: Nina Karlsson
Ultimately, the family recorded a video showing what their house looked like and explained their wishes.
– The challenge for Elfa was to create a space where the adults could work and the children could do their craft activities. We didn’t want it to look messy either. It was important that the space could be concealed in a simple way.
The family was selected for a makeover and the Elfa team set to work. One of the living room walls was chosen as a suitable place for the project. It is a rather long and narrow area that you might not normally associate with a home office. A lot of people think that a separate room is necessary for a home office. But not all homes have that extra room, but thanks to Elfa’s flexible storage systems, it is possible to find alternative solutions.
The sliding doors have semi-transparent sections, covered at the bottom and with transparent windows at the top, making them ideal for this purpose. When you don’t want the office area to be visible, you simply slide the doors shut.
What tips do you have for others who are considering setting up a home office?
– You don’t need to have a separate room to work in. Make maximum use of longer walls in one of the rooms to create your workspace. We like being able to spread out over a long surface. Our home office is 3.5 metres long. Leave a bit of space rather than having storage down to the floor. This creates an airy feel and makes cleaning easier. Use the wall area up to the ceiling for even more storage opportunities. An attractive sliding door and good lighting add the finishing touch. This smart, functional home office has really brought the space together.
Malin Ling, 42, Sales Executive in the logistics industry, with her husband Ola, 45, Chief Analyst in the IT sector, and two children Ebbe 9 and Nils 7. The family lives in a house in Värmdö, on the outskirts of Stockholm.