When working from home (or, even working a lot from home- even if it’s not your day job), I think it’s important to create a space that spurs creativity and feels warm/inviting. I’m always on a mission to improve my workspace and I recently decided to do a sweeping overhaul (all thanks to see this image of IKEA’s new line.) While the products are lovely, I actually fell in love with the dowel rack showcasing the items. Without fail, I always end up with props shoved into closets and cupboards in some horrible mess. I decided to turn my office into a new space that I could not only work in, but have storage that added to the room. Below are the before and after photos of what I did (and I have to say, this pinterest board has me wanting studio space one day!)
Do you have a favorite part to your home office? Any good studio/office inspiration pins/boards- I’d love to hear!
While the office was starting to feel more like home, there were a couple things I knew I wanted to change. I wanted more storage and eventually a stand-up desk (but the ones I had my eye on were anywhere from $2000 upwards of $4000- whew!) And so, a couple trips to target and one trip to IKEA resulted in a brand new look (for under $400!)
• The standing desk was put together with three key ingredients: This IKEA Kitchen Cart ($100), a 47″ long white table top ($15), and 1 4×4 piece of lumber to bring the desk up to a good height ($8) all joined together with 6 5″ long screws. I was also eyeing this IKEA island (nearly went with this one) and this one as well (I’d love this one for a communal workspace with a large table top.) However, I wanted to do this fairly cheap (just incase I didn’t end up liking it.) However, so far, I’m really loving it!
• The bookshelf is also IKEA (for $60). The one I have isn’t sold online, but this is the smaller version!
• The chair (for those times I don’t feel like standing) is a tall bar stool from Target (and so comfortable!)
• The rack was built from 3, 1×2′s and a mix of 6′ and 3′ long 1/2″ dowels. This projects was super simple (measure holes and drill with bit that is slightly larger than the dowel size). For now I left it unpainted and not secured together. I also snagged a few hooks and caddies from IKEA that are meant for hanging items in your kitchen!