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Hello, I’m Michael Sliwinski, founder of Nozbe - to-do app for modern teams. I write about productivity, #NoOffice, #iPadOnly and I believe that work is not a place you go to, it’s a thing you do.

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My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk

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Almost every year I’m changing the look and feel of my Home Office. As you know in Nozbe we all work from home so my home office is actually my main office. My last major change was at the end of 2013 with a few tweaks last year but this year I went for a bigger overhaul:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk

Let’s start with a stand-up desk!

I really like stand up desks. I’ve used them in the past and when I went #iPadOnly I built a permanent stand up desk for my iPad. But I’ve always been tempted to get a height-adjustable desk so I could also work standing when on my Mac. Up until now these were very expensive but IKEA finally added these desks to their offer and they’re pretty affordable… So when I went with my wife to shop at Ikea for things for our new kitchen, I impulse-bought this desk, which prompted the entire home office renovation series:

Step 1 - get the desks ready

Here are the steps I took to build my new home office, I started with deinstalling my computer and its external monitor:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - old desk

I started small by redesigning the space behind my back - the shelf with printer setup and document drawer, gained lots of additional space which still looks clean and nice:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - back office

Then I finally built the Ikea height-adjustable desk. I went with the basic 80cmX120cm size desk and it looks and works great:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - stand-up desk

Now I had to disassemble my previous long desk to make room for the new beast. When I did that the new desk looked perfect in this spot, right next to my whiteboard:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - put the desk in place

Step 2 - cable management and ambient light

After that the real work began - the fun part of putting cables in place and thinking how it all should be wired together… and adding some “ambient light” in the process:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - cables

The result of the ambient light was stunning:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - ambient light

And I’m really happy how my 2015 home office turned out - lots of space, lots of place to work and most of all, I can work standing on both my Mac and my iPad if I want. Here’s the result in daylight:

My Home Office 2015 renovation with Ikea’s height-adjustable desk - finished office

Question: How do you like my 2015 home office? How does your look like? Link it up in the comments!