Design problem: narrow workspace project

Current problem: You may not be able to see it from this view point, but that desk - made from a fridge door, filing cabinet, and legs - is pinching into the dining table. Moving the dining table over reduces traffic flow on the near side. The current clearance is not enough and we need 6" more between the desk and the table, leaving me with maximum 15" of surface depth. We have been searching for a Parsons table to help solve the problem, but then what can one do with the files, printer, paper etc.

Inspiration: Apartment Therapy recently had a DIY post on the Expedit bookcase from IKEA. They flipped it lengthwise, took off a side, wrapped it in fabric and painted over it. What can't you do with an Expedit bookcase these days? Everyone loves them.

Courtesy Apartment Therapy

Next step, design and space plan. Leave a comment to suggest an idea.