Hilary Duff's home is full of inspiration. From spiked consoles to a Samsung TV (all of which I've purchased), her home doubles as a blueprint of our wishlists, and in recent months, she made a huge update.
After welcoming daughter Mae in April, Duff candidly explained she turned her last remaining "free" room into a newborn nursery.
Now, while we can't exactly blame her (the room is stunning), it did leave the Younger star without an office. And, that was problematic — given we're all working from home these days.
The solution? Tapping her longtime interior designer, David Ko, and some out-of-the-box thinking — which was what exactly? A floating desk.
A floating desk is a foolproof way to create a working station — without performing any pricey renovations to your home, and Duff is living proof.
“I decided to utilize this sweet nook in our bedroom for a small thinking space/office for myself. I loved the idea of a floating desk, so everything still felt very light and sleek," she explains.
Why is a floating desk one of the best investments?
"A floating desk is great because you are limiting the overall square footage to a certain area. [A] desk can be clunky, and on top of that, a desk chair. Since everything has pretty much gone digital, a lot of people only need their laptops and a place to sit/work. Also depending on the style of floating desk, you don't need to compromise function over form. When you aren't working, you can hide all your "office supplies" and transition [the floating desk] into shelving if it happens to be in a common/high-traffic area," explains Ko.
With so many of us WFH, do you believe we'll see more of these space-saving desks? Is this a trend, or will it be more of a staple in homes? If so, why?
"I think it would be more of a staple since it is super versatile, and as mentioned, if you want to clear off your space and use it as you would a shelf and accessorize accordingly, it then becomes a versatile piece. This space for Hilary was more of a place for her to do some creative thinking and writing and [use] her computer. If you need multiple monitors or something like that, then this is not the setup for you. This is also a great solution for kids' rooms," adds Ko.
What are the requirements to replicate a space similar to Hilary's? Is there a specific amount of space you need or items? Any restrictions?
"Make sure you have a contractor or handyman install a wall-hung desk because you want to make sure it's secured on studs. You could not only damage the drywall but also seriously injure yourself/someone if not properly installed. We had a perfect nook space where we were able to tuck the desk into a corner and have it be more asymmetrical. Since you are against a wall, I would ensure your desk is deep enough for comfort reasons. You don't want your legs to be squished up against a wall, " concludes Ko.
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