A Long term Solution To A Second Work space

Oh with Covid-19 being the new reality and Mr. The Petite Press being home from work full time I’ve offered up my office for him to work in. His reality is needing privacy when taking phone calls and dealing with his files, and mine I have less of that issue.

The thing is, I don’t really want to just buy a random desk and set up when I know this isn’t going to be a long term reality. So, I tried to come up with a plan that could grow with as and be adaptable to our needs as our lifestyles evolve down the line.

Here’s the thought I had immediately when I thought of adding a workspace to our living room.

IKEA SVALNÄS Wall-mounted workspace combination


When thinking about a smart solution for the space, I thought a wall full of shelves would be a beautiful addition in our living room. And, this set from Ikea is customisable and very affordable given how much wall space you can fill with it.

Personally I plan to buy pieces individually and creating a third row of shelving. Once I have that purchased I’ll break down how I came up with the design and the amount of shelving I went with along with a moodboard to show you what direction I take this piece.

The IKEA Svalnas shelving system with desk and cupboard storage is made from sustainable bamboo and can be configured to suit your workspace #wallmounteddesks #svalnas #ikea #shelfsystem #officestorage #officeshelves #workspaces #workfromhome #officedesign


This pin spoke to me instantly when I came accross it. We don’t really have a scandinavian style home which I always feel the need to be critical about what comes into our home from Ikea to stick true to our home style. I like some scandi elements mixed into our design which mostly comes from wabi-sabi design inspiration. Ikea actually while being know for it’s Scandinavian inspiration it actually has alot of farmhouse, traditional and retro designs aswell. But this set is very much inspired from modular shelving back from the MCM era and that does definitely fit into aspects of our home vibe.

Something like this down the line can be painted to change the style direction it’s currently heading in and simply styling the shelves with a mix of modern and traditional pieces can totally change the vibe all together. So it’ll be fun over time to see how this piece changes over time.

This image feels modern but vintage and classic but eclectic. And those are elements I stand by. I think long term being able to readjust the shelving to our needs, moving the desk around to fit in a comfy chair will turn this space in our home into a great reading nook long term. And longevity and flexibility in design is something we really value with alot of spaces in our home.


I can imagine spending many hours studying, writing blog posts and having a place for all my thrifted tchockis to live. But when all this chaos in the world passes, rearranging and configuring the shelving to our needs, lighting a candle, having a task light and getting cozy with a book during sundown. And that’s the practicality were looking for when designing a second workspace in our home during circumstances like these.

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  • Reply
    April 11, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Great temporary solution, I love that. I love all things IKEA, so affordable and beautifully designed ❤️

    • Reply
      The Petite Press
      April 11, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Thank you friend! I think it’s great since I could always remove the desk and replace it with a shelf down the line! I agree, so affordable and so beautiful and classic! So good! Thanks for reading, and commenting 🙂

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