OR­DER IN THE HOUSE

Don’t fret if your home lacks an of­fice. You can trans­form an un­der­uti­lized back en­try with clever prod­ucts and sim­ple stor­age hacks.

Do It Yourself - - Features - PROJECTS MERED­ITH LADIK PHO­TOGRAPHS JAY WILDE WORDS MARIA V. CHARBONNEAUX

A small-space of­fice so­lu­tion chock-full of or­ga­niz­ing ideas? Look no fur­ther.

DIY DESK In a high-traf­fic en­try, a slimwork sur­face is a must. Us­ing 3/4-inch Baltic birch ply­wood, con­struct a mod­u­lardesk that has handy slots for a lap­top and sleek stor­age trays. Choose a join­ery tech­nique that’s suited for your skills and equip­ment. For ex­am­ple, you can use the Kreg Jig R3 ($45; kreg­tool.com) to join the boards with pocket holes or a router to cre­ate rab­bet joints. Mount the desk on heavy-duty brack­ets se­cured in studs at a com­fort­able height—be­tween27 and 46 inches off the floor.

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