Rethinking my writing space

What’s your idea of the perfect writing space? Here’s a round up of inspiring photographs from my favourite design bloggers

Desk in spare room to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph from A Storied Style via I Heart Organizing

I probably spend more time at my desk than anywhere else in the house and I’ve recently come to realise that I need to upgrade my working space. The most pressing issue is arm and shoulder pain – my desk is very narrow so my elbows are not supported, which is apparently the cause of the problem.

Beyond that, it’s a pretty uninspiring space. When we moved into this house, two and a half years ago, we chucked a bit of plywood over a cabinet as a temporary measure and – guess what! – it’s still there today. I’ve added noticeboards and some picture shelves but it’s definitely a long way from my dream office at the moment. Here’s what it looks like now:

Photograph of my desk space to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing space

If you think it looks like a teenager’s desk then you are entirely correct, it does. And yes, there is a stick of wood holding it up on the left hand side (screwed in I hasten to add). It was never supposed to stay like this for long, but you know how it is. We had an entire house to furnish (having moved from a two-bedroom flat in London) and this room slipped right down the priority list.

So, what would I prefer? Well, a view would be good:

Desk by window to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via The Glitter Guide

I would seriously love to look out over some rolling green hills or a thicket of trees. However, despite living in an area that is surrounded by rolling green hills and thickets of trees, they’re not visible from our study window (unless you stand up and look a long way into the distance, which would be good for my eyesight at least). Besides which, my husband bagsied the window spot for his computer, which is a lot bigger than mine and somehow muscled its way into prime position. But swapping things around is not out of the question, and I would love to be nearer to some natural light, like so:

Glamorous desk area to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via The Everygirl

Large desk in front of window to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via Emma Persson Lagerberg

Desk in Manhattan apartment to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via Cup Of Jo

I also like the idea of having my desk in the middle of the room, “Dallas” style. Did you ever see JR Ewing making oil deals while squished into the corner of his office? Winners sit at the centre:

Desk in front of wall to wall and floor to ceiling bookcase to illustrated a post about rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via Emily A. Clark

Unfortunately, I also share this room with my husband’s desk, the children’s desk and an airing cupboard. If the room were bigger we could do something like this (with me in the middle, naturally):

Bright and airy office to illustrate a post on rethinking my office spacePhotograph via Young House Love

Now that would be awesome – I would definitely be in charge with a layout like that (although I’m wondering about cables…). When the room grows to twice its current size I’ll get back to that. In the meantime, I need to work out how to sort out my arm. Perhaps a corner desk?

Photograph of a corner desk to illustrate a blog post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via Beneath My Heart

A round desk?

Office with round table to illustrate a post on rethinking my writing spacePhotograph via The Everygirl

What would your ideal writing space look like? Do you need a beautiful view or artwork to inspire you or do you prefer as little distraction as possible? Do you like a tidy desk, or do you find clutter comforting? Right now I’m off to start planning – so watch this space…

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