Now that most of us are spending a great amount of time indoors (for a good reason of course), it’s apparent that a home office is of the essence. Unless you are an essential worker, then your home has been your new office for the past 2 months now.
I can only imagine how so many households are trying to juggle, home schooling their kids, cooking meals on time and also being on stand-by for that important Zoom or Skype call from the office.
Despite all the drama surrounding you at this time, I’m here to give you hope on how you can carve out a small office space in your home. A space that is fully functional for an office and calm enough to meditate your way to sanity.
Carving out a home office space and decorating it may be the furthest thing on your mind right now. May be you are pinching pennies due to an unforeseen lay off or you are saving up because the future seems uncertain. Nonetheless, you can create a comfortable space that you enjoy spending time in and still stay within budget.
Here’s where you can set up your fully functional home office on a budget amid this Covid-19 pandemic.
- Living Room
The key to carving out a small home office is to first define the space. Take for instance the 2 work spaces featured above. The home owners were able to define an unused corner of the living room and turned it into a functional home office. Making use of whatever space you have in your home is a great step to creating a budget home office.
- Balcony/Patio/Terrace Area
If you have a balcony space that you seldom use, then this is the best time to turn it into your budget home office. With a table, a chair that can fit and somewhere to plug in your power supply, you are good to go. Furthermore, you can steal a couple of minutes to yourself while at the balcony by closing the door to avoid interruption.
Set up a desk and chair whether it be in the master or guest bedroom. Establish a corner or section in the room where you can get things done as effectively as possible.
For more inspiration on setting up offices in the bedroom, here is a home office that we set up in a guest bedroom for a client.
- Under the staircase
You may think that the space under your staircase lacks potential, but I’d advise you not to be too quick to dismiss it. There are smart ways you can carve out a budget home office in that cramped, low headroom area.
I love how Grillo-designs transformed the space under her staircase into a homework station that can be used as an office too.
Other factors to consider
- If you must buy home office furniture at this time, shop around for used furniture or source at thrift stores and flea markets. You’d be very amazed at finding really good quality furniture at a cheap bargain.
- Be on the look out for ongoing sales and people disposing furniture via groups on Facebook.
- Before you think of hiring any professional services, challenge yourself to a DIY and have fun while at it!
I hope by now it has already dawned on you that although your home may not have a separate room to turn into a home office, there are plenty of corners and spaces that you can carve into a budget home office.
Have a look at another inspiring article for small home office ideas: 10 smart design ideas for small home office spaces.
These tips should help you set up a functional home office space regardless of your budget. If you think about it, you only need a desk and chair and a well defined space. Then slowly, you can decorate it to give it a personal touch.
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