With the number of entrepreneurs in the U.S officially on the rise, more of us are ditching the "lean in" message to "opt out." In fact, one in five Americans now work from home, giving way to a new, multipurpose interior design style called the work/live space—famed illustrator The Cartorialist showed us how it's done in her L.A. home. Thanks to advances in technology (and the cloud), the traditional office has been distorted with flexible hours and a drifting desk mentality.
So if you're going to bring the office back home and dedicate a significant portion of your personal space to the professional, you might as well make it stylish. Right? This is where our favorite piece comes into play: the humble IKEA trestle. Its straightforward design is anything but simple, and we guarantee it works hard for little money. Every home office needs this practical workhorse. Scroll down to see some of our favorite ways to incorporate the table at home and shop the look.
Scandinavian design rates high on our lust list (it's up there with the French) and the minimal monochrome look is a perfect match for the home office too. This clutter-free look is conducive to productivity. (Marie Kondo would approve.)
We love the slim, slightly curved legs of this trestle. Uncomplicated and cool.
If you prefer a minimal look, opt for the all-black trestle. This table means business.
Inject some femininity into your home office with gold touches and a hint of pink, just like Los Angeles–based PR firm BLND did for its recent makeover. To redesign the space, the agency tapped Laurel & Wolf, which blended the IKEA trestle among the luxe accents with ease.
If you're going for the glam vibe, opt for warm neutrals like this timber and white trestle. The gold will add a touch of opulence.
For that minimal look, opt for this sleeker version with slim black legs.
We understand the many trails that come with size-challenged spaces, but there are a few design tricks you can use to squeeze in a home office without compromising on taste. Editing is key. Keep it simple with an IKEA trestle, adding a pop of color for visual interest like Homepolish designer Casey DeBois did here.
Stick a glass top on your trestle to open up the room.
This glass-topped trestle will be the black beauty in the room.
This post was originally published on September 19, 2016, and has since been updated.