How Interior Designers Organize Samples & Materials
Ever wonder what the office of an interior designer actually looks like? Even the most have-it-all-together designers are organizationally-challenged. From the guest room-converted office space to the stacks of loose fabrics and tiles piled up in the garage, interior designers continue to impress us with their creative ways to design a workspace.
Take a look at how Ivy interior designers organize their samples, store client project binders and materials, and setup workspaces for daily tasks and meetings.
“We hang our fabric books so we can flip through them as needed…it’s easy to unhook the ones we need. I had the maple “bookcases” custom built (and they’re tapered). My carpenter attached the chrome closet Hardware Resource rods and holders at varying heights based on the different book sizes. We use the simple stainless circle shower curtain rings to hang the books by their cord handles. We store loose samples in “Multi-Purpose Bins” by the Container Store.” – Ivy Designer P.D.
“I find my Ikea pieces have worked no matter where I move and a big statement light makes it fun!” – Ivy Designer H.M.
“I outgrew the home office a couple years ago. I share this space with an architect. We use Ikea bookcases for catalogs. The wood bins on top hold tile. Fabrics are stored in decorative baskets on the other side and fabric books live on another bookcase unit.” – Ivy Designer S.P.
“At first my office was a small room in our house with samples overflowing into our dining room and garage. Now, my studio is a work in progress and is not styled or finished. Our Kallax by Ikea unit houses all of our fabric swatches, tile samples, rug samples, etc. Our large table is where we host meetings and work daily. I used the Alex by Ikea for basic stationary. I use my row of cupboards and long countertop to hold pretty much everything else such as job binders, cabinet samples, countertop samples, exterior sample, etc.” – Ivy Designer S.B.
“I currently work out of our small guest room! I have samples I use frequently on the shelves and the rest of them are in our basement 😩.” – Ivy Designer J.K.
“I have three of these lateral files. One has plastic client bins that I use to store their folders, samples, etc. Another is for my business-related documents including receipts, taxes and such. The third holds my catalogs and samples, etc. This system works beautifully for me. I bought each used for $70 and had them powder coated in white.” – Ivy Designer K.S.
“My office is currently in progress. I’ve had this small office in the same building as my husband for years now, this way, we’ve been able to commute together (occasionally) and see each other when working long hours. I got a little frustrated working from home and I felt uncomfortable having employees at home. Best of all, no more vendors or clients in my house. Almost everything is from Ikea except the table is from West Elm which is where we work/host meetings for 4 and lay out floor plans and samples. I recently purchased 2 additional office chairs for the table. It’s important for us is to have the wall TV for presentations. All of this is possible within a very limited space and low rent!” – Ivy Designer M.G.
I use the Ikea Fjalkinge shelves to flank a custom desk and an Ikea large sawhorse leg table for a standing worktable. I’m definitely bursting at the seams of my home office. I need more closed storage, etc.” – Ivy Designer A.G.
“I rent an office on the waterfront in my town. It is very small – 167 square feet with 8′ ceilings. I use Ikea bookshelves and I had a custom desk made.” – Ivy Designer A.M.
“I love Ikea cubbies, they pretty much line my garage and I have rows for certain clients.” – Ivy Designer S.W.
“We LOVE our tile and paint wall in our studio! It’s so easy to see and pull everything.” Ivy Designer K.F.
“During projects, I use these scrapbook cases from Michaels. They stack on top of each other, latch closed, have a handle, and fit a paint deck or two perfectly! They are great because they keep all of the samples neat, organized, in good condition, and out of my bag. File folders fit perfectly as well.” – Ivy Designer A.P.
“I decided that this was my space, my office, and my business so it was going to look like I wanted it to look: fabulous, just like my design style…I wanted to make sure that if I had reps or clients come over that I would be able to take meetings. I needed to make sure it was functional; interior design samples can be a nightmare to keep organized. I also needed a space that was beautiful and that I was proud of, that my creativity was not constantly interrupted by an unsightly view.” -Ivy Designer Sarah O’Dell, Owner/Designer of Dwell Chic Interiors
“We have a big wardrobe for fabric, wallpaper catalogs, drawers with tiles, wood samples, and PAX from Ikea (inexpensive magic). We have an Ikea kitchen island with drawers storing more sample goodies. We also have wall bookshelves housing books, catalogs, client binders, etc., all organized by subject.” – Ivy Designer L.C.
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