My Thrifty Approach to Furnishing a Home Office

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I like to have a budget for everything, whether it's something big or small. Furnishing and decorating your home can get expensive if you don't set a limit for how much you want to spend. But each room deserves to have you pay attention to it and transform it into a space in which you enjoy being. A lot of people, including me, need some space to work at home. It might be because you're self-employed, doing some homework or keeping your blog updated. If you want to create a beautiful home office space, you don't have to spend a lot of money on it. Here are my top tips for furnishing an office on a budget.

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Choose a Small Space

Your home office doesn't have to be an entire room. If you think about it, you usually only need a desk with space for a computer, printer and a little storage. It can be a good idea to have other things like books, but they're not essential. The smaller you keep your office space, the easier it is to fill. So don't worry if you're limited to a tiny box room or the corner or your bedroom. It will be easier to create a space you can work in that won't seem too empty. On the other hand, you will have to be diligent about ensuring it's not too cluttered.

Find Bargain Furniture

If you're trying to keep your home office minimal, the only pieces of furniture you need are a desk and a chair. That gives you something to sit on and something to put your work on. It's not difficult to find a cheap desk and office chair, but finding ones you like could be harder. If you want to snap up a bargain, there are a few things you can do. The first one is having a look at second-hand furniture, especially desks. Even if something isn't quite to your taste, you can always repaint it. You can also find some great deals online or during sale seasons. Don't forget to check discount stores too. They may have simple pieces to choose from, but they could be adequate for you.

Brighten Up with Small Accessories

A lone desk and chair can look a bit bare, so don't forget to add some extras. While keeping your desk as neat and tidy as you can, you can add some small items. For example, a desk lamp will allow you to work later in the evening and focus more. A stationery pot gives you somewhere to put your pens and pencils so that everything stay organised. Turn your attention to the walls too and personalise your space. Look at funny calendars you can hang or put up your favourite photo of your family. Small touches can go a long way to creating a better space. Try recycling and reusing things like boxes and pots to save on buying them new.

Setting up your home office shouldn't cost you much of anything at all. You'll soon have somewhere you can work without spending a lot.

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