Four-in-One Home Office

Short on space? This versatile small office is long on ingenuity.


How much can you fit into 150 square feet? How about a full-size desk, a bookcase, a guest bed, and a media center?

Space in the San Francisco home of architect David Hale is tight, so even a spare room must serve several purposes.

After an earthquake knocked out the shelf system in David's old study, he surveyed the damage and started over with space-savvy built-ins.

He designed a daybed, a media module that doubles as a room divider, bookshelves, and a desk large enough for sketching and planning. "When you build in things, you don't have those leftover little vacant corners," Hale says.

See the photographs below and on the following page for more details of small space savvy.

1. An oak tabletop serves as a desk; the open grille on the left side is a working grate connected to a baseboard heating unit.

2. A side table also serves as a custom bed for pampered pooch Reggie.

3. The media center separates the office area from the living room, and accommodates a TV, stereo, bookshelves, and storage cabinets.

4. Drawers constructed in varying depths hold CDs and videos. The striking grille pattern that fronts the cabinetry is made of three-dimensional oak bands.

5. The storage compartment behind the daybed hides pillows and guest linens.

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