So. I'm an admitted workaholic. It's true, and hey, I'm working on it. Naturally, then, a home office is an absolute necessity for me. The good news is I've got the perfect bedroom corner for the space. Bad news? Not a lot of extra dough.
I smell a Curbly challenge!
Over the past few weeks, I've been to Goodwill and back more times than I'd like to admit. Two trips to Ikea, three to Office Depot, and a jaunt to Salvation Army, and I now present to you:
Nine to Five for Ninety-Five: A Stylish Home Office on a Not-So-Stylish Budget
Here's how I did it:
IKEA Hensvik Bookcase [left of picture]: $59.99
Goodwill desk/chair painted white: $18.00
Goodwill lamp: $4.50
Goodwill mailbox painted black [hanging on wall]: $.50
Office Depot mini-storage unit [on top right]: $3.99
Office Depot file folders [black/white paisley]: $2.99/3 pk.
Goodwill remaining decor [top shelf]: $8.50
Grand Total: $96 [and then some].
Stick with a color scheme. You can always paint over a mismatched color, but it's easier to thrift when you stick with something consistent. Because you can't match style with a limited budget and time frame, match the color for quick and easy results.
Splurge on the big pieces. I was lucky to get a desk and chair for so cheap. Had I not found these two, I'd recommend checking IKEA for both.
Get creative. I used a goblet for a pen holder, a utensil tray for my desktop, a soap dish for a paperclip holder, and some paper hat boxes for miscellaneous supplies.
Whatever your need, creativity and your nearby thrift store is sure to supply you with top-dollar style!