The Basement Office / Nursery is Complete

I was recently hired to help someone organize her basement office so it could function both as an office (she wasn't even really using it for that as it wasn't an enjoyable space to work in) as well as a nursery for when their baby arrives in a few months. My client, D., works from home and while the baby will sleep in the master bedroom at night, needed a functional office as well as a space to keep the baby's clothing, diapers and other baby essentials. Here are the before pictures:

The view from the door to the room
Basement Office Before 7

The desk - cluttered and disorganized.
Basement Office Before 2

Behind the desk was a stacked storage unit that was hard to use as well as a drafting table that was just collecting piles of stuff.
Basement Office Before 1

The built in is a great asset to this room but the cabinets below weren't well organized.
Basement Office Before 6

And finally, the closet which was completely dysfunctional.
Basement Office Before 4

I selected a very pale grey wall color to help brighten up the room but to give it some definition. This room has just one window and poor lighting so I didn't want to create a cave-like feel by going with a color that was too dark. I also touched up the white trim paint throughout and painted the inside of the closet white. Next I added some adjustable shelving above her desk and together we evaluated her storage needs and organized a number of different boxes, baskets and bins to make it easy for her to stay organized long after I'm gone. I moved a bunch of books out of the built-in and onto a bookcase that was sitting empty in another room so there would be room to store the CDs as well as new books as the collection grows. I also added two closet organizer systems to store craft supplies on one side and baby stuff on the other. She purchased a cozy glider chair, I added some curtains and we both worked to use many of the framed photographs I discovered in piles.

Here are the after pictures:

The new view from the door
Basement Office After 9

A cleared off desk with boxes on the wall to hold everything from paper to keepsakes.
Basement Office After 6

The closet received not one but two organizers and I added the wheels on to the craft storage unit in the middle.
Basement Office After 8

Craft storage with lots of adjustable shelves. This is the same unit as the one on the other side but I put all 6 drawers in the other one leaving this one with shelves only.
Basement Office After 4

I moved the fiction books onto another bookshelf to make room for CDs, pictures and nonfiction. D and her husband purchased the dark brown glider armchair and matching footstool. I also hung some shelves on the wall to hold some pictures and some other special items.
Basement Office After 1

The silvery grey curtains with white dots and an organic drape to them were perfect in this otherwise plain room.
Basement Office After 2

They are also arranging for a handyman to come install a new door to the room as well as a new closet door. Both will be white to compliment the room.

In the end D. is very happy with the results as am I. The room is warm and cozy and functional with simple elegance. I've never designed an office/nursery before but I think the elements all came together nicely. When the baby arrives they'll be putting a simple pack-n-play in this room for naps as well as a changing table pad on top of the filing cabinet until the baby starts to get too wiggly to safely be near those shelves. At that time they'll either opt to do the changing up in their older son's room or bring down a small dresser/changer combination to put in the office.

Thank you for reading,


  1. Wonderful! I love reading stories like this, you must have been so proud. Hope you're all doing well now! Safco


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