Whether you work from home full time or just need somewhere quiet and organized to sit and pay bills or blog or whatever, you probably have an office area at home. Often, this home office is a glorified term for the spot where your computer is sitting but it doesn’t have to be. If you spend any amount of time trying to get stuff done, you deserve a nice, organized space in which to do it.
If you are looking for inspiration, check out Lifehacker’s Featured Workspace thread. Sometimes, spaces are featured because of creative uses of space or materials, sometimes for making good use of frugal favourites like IKEA and Craigslist (or even Freecycle!) I’m always impressed by the office spaces that are created out of closets, armoires and other "found" space.
I also recommend checking out these pages:
- Shop Talk’s One Day $0 Home Office Makeover making use of stuff she already owned.
- Laid-Off Living from Time Out Chicago offering budget options of higher end perks.
- BHG’s Budget Makeover: Home Office Heroics they spent $1000 but go to page two to see where the money went and where you could spend less.
- Pearl Street Interiors’ Little Green Notebook: The Office which gives great tips for painting second hand furnishings
As with every budget makeover, the place where you save the most money is doing things yourself — putting in the elbow grease painting or sewing window treatments or refinishing furniture. If you have the time, though, it’s a great place to focus on home improvements.