Have you ever seen some of those really cute home offices and glam rooms or living spaces while browsing instagram and be like “if only my house can have the perfect office!”. But in reality you tell yourself 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.
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.
Hire 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 utilize that money for something else.
Here are some of my favourite picks in dreamy home offices to help you create your perfect office:
Girly Desk Stationery & Caddy
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