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How To Create A Home Office On A Budget?
If you’ve ever wondered how to create a home office on a low budget, you’ve come to the right place. Have you ever seen some of those really cute home offices and glam rooms or living spaces while browsing instagram. Then your minds wanders off and you’re like: “I wish I had the perfect office in my home!”. But in reality you are convinced that you can’t afford that lifestyle?
Yeah me too! Especially after walking into a department store or searching online at IKEA and realize how much money the simplest item costs. Not that you can’t afford it but you rather spend your money on something else. If that is the case then you can compromise to achieve your dream office with a little persistence.
Designing My Home Office
Recently I have been tasked with decorating one of my rooms to make it into an office. After months of looking for ideas I finally decided on a look. In my hunt for inspiration, I was able to find some amazing office spaces on Pinterest which I am going to share at the end of this post.
I created and pinned my favourite designs to my “offices” board so that I would be able to use them as a blueprint. Although this project is still a work in progress, I wanted to share the tips I used to get started on my office.
Here are the steps on how to create a home office on a budget:
Cut back spending on other things
Firstly I made some adjustments to my budget in order for this dream office to become a reality. It was difficult at first having to spend less on personal shopping but as the room started coming together it became easier. In fact, that was my only motivation to continue cutting back on bad spending.
Make a list of all the basic items that are needed for your space
Then I went ahead and made a list of all the items I needed such as furniture, stationery, paint, wall décor, a computer and a printer. You may use what you already have instead of buying over new ones. Making a list is critical so that you do not buy unnecessary things or forget the important stuff.
Decide on a budget
This step is extremely important, as it is very easy to get carried away (like I did at first) with more and more pictures and Pins I looked at. When you are doing your budget, if you find that it is too high, leave out the non-essentials for now. What I did was focused on the furniture first and gradually added décor. By doing this I was able to revert to my usual spending habits quickly.
Now that you know what you need to get and the budget you are working with, you can start shopping around both online and in stores.
How to create a home office by hiring a carpenter
A low cost option might be to have a carpenter build your desk and or storage cupboards. Show him a picture of what you are trying to accomplish and hire him if he can build it at a lower cost than the store.
Use a small corner of your living room instead of converting an entire room
Decorating a small space is more cost effective as you can utilise that money for something else.
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Here are some of my favourite dreamy home offices to use as inspiration in creating your home office:
BUILDING THE PERFECT OFFICE AT HOME
Have you have been thinking about having a practical office at home but concerned about the limited space available to do so? Well today I am here to tell you that regardless of how small your living space is, it is possible. You don’t have to worry about spending extra funds to add a new room neither do you have to convert one of your existing rooms. Of course, unless you absolutely want to but that is not what this post is about.
STEPS ON HOW TO CREATE A HOME OFFICE
Before starting out, you are going to need to get creative and think about your work space requirements. Whether you need to rearrange the existing living room; type of table and seating required as well as access to lighting, internet and electricity outlets. Decide on storage needs, office supplies, paint/wallpaper and other decor you may want to incorporate. Once you have all of this figured out then you can jump right into your DIY home office project.
FIND A GOOD SPOT
Locate a corner of your home that you can create a mini division from the rest of your living space. Ensure the space is adequate to add a small table or computer desk. When you have found your ideal spot, paint the wall that the table would be against. This is the wall that would be facing you when you sit. A great idea is to use an accent colour paint that compliments the rest of the room. Using a vibrant colour will help boost your mood and give you the much needed energy while at work.
CHOOSE COMFORTABLE SEATING
So now you have a secluded area with a bright painted accent wall and a desk to work with. Now you should have a better idea of how you want your setup to look so go ahead and add a comfortable chair. Either use one that is sitting around the house or invest in one that is more appropriate since you will be spending a lot of time in it.
HOW TO CREATE A HOME OFFICE BY PARTITIONING YOUR EXISTING SPACE
By now you should have a practical office however, this step is optional but highly recommended. Get a folding room-divider to create a barrier between your office and the living room. These are available in various designs and materials as well as different textures. Room-dividers are also good for blocking distractions from the TV or household members. They almost give you that privacy similar to that of a typical room/office.
PERSONALISE YOUR OFFICE
For your desk area, make sure that you have sufficient lighting like a desk lamp, especially if you have a central lighting system. Additionally, you may wish to buy some storage containers and place them below the desk for the purpose of preventing clutter; or opt for using a desk with built in drawers. Things like work files, supplies and stationery can be stored in them.
Accessorise your office area with a mat or rug to prevent damages to the floor or tiles. More lighting may be required such as floor and standing lamps. Requisite lighting is important for productivity as you do not want to fall asleep due to dim lighting. Vision and mood boards for the accented wall is another great idea so that you are kept motivated and can keep track of tasks and goals.
This entire process will cost a lot less than building an actual room. Similarly to an office, productivity is guaranteed working from home in a comfortable work space. Good luck with creating your home office and please come back and let me know if you tried it. If you enjoyed this post share it with someone who may find it helpful.
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