Where do you work at home? I found myself working on the dining room table, sofa, loveseat, and my bed. The real drag was scurrying to find my laptop charger each time my battery was low. The need to create an office space came from me not having a clearly defined space to WORK. How did I fit an office space in an apartment with 1400 square feet of living space? It was actually simple!!!! I knew I wanted to utilize the wall space between the dining room and the living room, presto my office space was BORN!!!!
I mapped out what the was going to look like before putting it on a piece of paper. If you are ever in need of any ideas to get your creative juices flowing just go to Pinterest. Again I call Pinterest, INSPIRATION NOT DUPLICATION!!!
I visited IKEA online to search for a desk and chair for under $100. The BORGSJO desk was $59.99 and the FINGAL swivel chair was $39.99. Yes, 2 cents shy of my $100 budget!!!! Some may say IKEA boo-hoo -I can’t put anything together. If all else fails, I will find someone who actually enjoys using their hands and invite them over for an IKEA/Pizza party and as an extra include wine or beer!!!!! Whatever works to get the job done!!! I like a challenge and being hands on so I put together my office chair in 30 minutes and the desk in 1 1/2 hours. Kudos to IKEA for great quality control because all my parts were accounted for in each box.
Target has a great selection of office/home organization supplies so I decided to use three boards, a calendar, a cork board, and a white board. Each board serves a purpose in addition to my google calendar, I need visual reminders as well. The cork board serves to hold inspirations, schedules, pictures, etc. and white board is for me to list daily/weekly tasks and ideas. The black/white boxed art is from Home Goods and TJ Maxx and the shadow box with roses is from Marshalls!!! I have a love for fresh flowers so my desk must have flowers every week(Whole Foods, found some for $3.99/arrangement).
From my previous work office I was able to repurpose my IKEA floor lamp, pillow, vase and area rug. The best part of creating a space is everything has a purpose at some point. The black box with quotes is from HOME GOODS, this is perfect in black/white; incoming/outgoing mail, bills, to do tasks and filing.
In an apartment space, the best advice is to MAXIMIZE wall space. The rod and basket are from IKEA’S kitchen design center. The $1 jars are from Target’s $1-$3 aisle and the office supplies are from Target’s office accessory aisle. Oops I almost forgot the lime green pails (found in IKEA plants department) were $.99! Initially I wanted to use them for small potted plants but the pop of color is really COOL!!! Fresh flowers are a part of my deskscape!!! Flowers brighten any corner.
I ordered my HP printer/scanner/copier from Amazon(PRIME member) and since my desk is smaller I found a sturdy IKEA file cabinet. The cabinet has a dual purpose: a place to set the printer and 3 drawers for storage.
Side view of office space…….If you missed my blog post on how to DIY a desk mat-Desk Mat
Rear view of office space……
This was so much fun and I am looking forward to starting on my DIY bedroom -DD’s ballerina themed room. HOME GOODS, IKEA , and HOME DEPOT here I come… STAY TUNED !!!!!