AD| As a self-employed blogger, naturally the dream is to create a home office. On a budget of course! When I lived on my own, I had my own office as I rented a two-bedroomed flat. But now, my lap is simply my office. I’m usually on the sofa or laid in bed next to my sleeping baby while blogging.
As I plan to work from home as a blogger for the rest of my life, I NEED an office in our next home. We won’t be moving house for 3 years but a girl can still plan her dream home office, right?
Here are some home office ideas on a budget.
Go second hand
Facebook marketplace makes it so easy to get second-hand items no problem! I bet you could get desks and desk chairs on there. Just search for concrete desks, swivel chairs or whatever you’re looking for!
I’ve actually just checked and I’ve found the most stunning desk on Facebook marketplace, a corner desk with a dark wood top for only £40!
Etsy have so many fun office prints, such as this one!
I’ve got a favourites list of all my favourite prints on Etsy – you can view it here. This is a cheap way to bring some motivation, humour or colour to your home office.
Make your own!
If you don’t want to pay for a print, you can make your own. If you have a printer, you can easily use a free tool such as Canva to create a design and then print it. There are lots of templates already and you can just put the text you want in, or add photos or other graphics and make some beautiful designs perfect for your space!
If you join Canva using my referral link, you can get a credit to get a free premium element to make your designs extra special!
Or you could use a service like Photobox to get some photos of your kids, pets and family. They have some great photo blocks which are good for standing on a desk.
A basic desk
A basic desk is all you need! There is no need to go all out. Like I said at the start of this post, you can get a desk for free or cheap on Facebook Marketplace or other second-hand shops.
I adore this velvet office chair! You can get it in a few colours. Rose and green are my favourite. The price is decent, but you could get it cheaper second hand!
You could even use a chair you already have, such as a dining chair with a pillow for added comfort. This would cost you nothing.
Get a stylish but cheap laptop stand like this one. Getting a laptop stand or riser is important as typing on a laptop keyboard on a desk can cause wrist discomfort – it might be better to use an external mouse and keyboard.
The ultimate dream would be to have an iMac but this isn’t in line with my office on a budget plan, so we will just stick to the laptop for now.
Adding plants can help to brighten and freshen up a place. If you already have house plans in other rooms, you can learn how to propagate your existing plants to save money.
Failing that, you can always buy artificial plants. There are lots of lovely artificial plants you can get, or even dried flowers. Dried pampas grass, lavender and dried seasonal flowers are all cheap and look fantastic!
Do you have any tips for how to create a home office on a budget?