Budget-Friendly Ways to Create the Home Office of Your Dreams with Limited Space

Article by Guest Writer – Alice Robertson from TidyHome.info  

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So, you’ve decided that you’re ready to set up a home office. Perhaps you are an entrepreneur that needs a space dedicated to work. Or, maybe you’d just like a room you can retreat to where you handle both business and personal-related tasks. Whatever the reason, don’t let limited space deter you from putting something together. Setting up a home office can be budget-friendly as long as you plan accordingly.

Map It Out

The available space for your home office might not be much, but the best home office will maximize productivity. As you begin planning, ask yourself some important questions:

● What will you be doing in the office?
● What equipment will you need?
● Will colleagues/clients visit?
● Will you make conference or video calls?

Keep in mind that you don’t need a huge office, but it should be separate from other areas of your home such as a spare bedroom or quiet nook. While an interior designer can help you visualize the space, this is pricey. Instead, save money by using online design tools to create a concrete, visual plan for how your office will look. It’s easy to get carried away with your designs, so be sure to create a budget. To do this, make a list of all the absolute necessities that you must purchase such as a desk, chair, printer, phone/internet, office supplies, etc. The price might start to add up, but look into savings at retailers like Best Buy. Finding deals and using Best Buy promo codes can really help you save.

Always Shop Smart

Before you get lost in a sea of Pinterest home office designs, make sure you know when to save and when to splurge. The centerpiece of your home office will be the desk, and it needs to be sturdy, appealing, and spacious enough to hold your computer and various supplies. Desk chairs are equally as important, as you will spend a lot of time sitting. A good desk chair will offer comfort and back support. While you can certainly find office furniture for a reduced price at consignment shops, it is best to shop around to find the highest quality. Look for sales and cashback opportunities for retailers like Overstock to save money. Once you’ve got the basics, you can hit the thrift stores and garage sales for deals on décor, lighting, rugs, and wall art.

Maximize Space

You might not have a lot of space, but a cramped and unorganized office isn’t conducive to productivity. If you have an area where you could add a built-in desk, this can be a great way to economize on space. Built-ins can be created with the help of a pro or you can go the DIY route and add a desk that folds down and is easily tucked away when not in use. When it comes to storage options, opt for something flexible, such as adjustable shelves that can grow with you, as well as be easily repositioned. Shelves are a great example of vertical storage, which utilizes every space possible without taking up that precious square footage. You can turn an entire wall into storage with a feature wall. Be sure to use a variety of storage options, including bins, shelving, and storage sets. To keep savings at the forefront, look into DIY options for both storage and décor.

Make It Appealing

Nothing is more boring than an office with plain white walls and zero décor, but how can you add color and personality while sticking to a budget? A fresh coat of paint is a cheap way to completely change the look of the room and bring in a pop of color with an all-over paint job or accent wall. For added color, bring in fresh flowers or add greenery with low-maintenance succulents. A quick search on Pinterest will reveal all sorts of DIY tutorials for home décor, but don’t be afraid to check for weekly sales at home goods stores.

No matter the size of your space, your home office is your productivity zone. Keep costs down and maximize efficiency by first laying out a plan and budget. Then, once you’ve got the basics squared away, let the creating and shopping begin.

Article by Guest Writer – Alice Robertson from TidyHome.info

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