How to furnish a beautiful and functional office on a budget
For me, one of the most unexpected benefits of working from home is that you can style your office the way you want it to look. When I started as a marketing strategist I decided to make my home office a place which was beautiful as well as functional, and that showed off my eclectic side instead instead of a bland corporate persona. Here is how you can do it, too, without spending a fortune.
I looked through lots of websites to get some inspiration before I bought anything. Pinterest is great place to start looking for ideas and trying to picture your office. I also spent some time wandering around my local second hand furniture stores looking for pieces that made me feel inspired. These places are filing cabinet graveyards. There is no point buying one brand new. The more banged-up the better, as far as I am concerned, and the cabinet I chose looks like it could tell a few stories if only it could talk. I spend a lot of time in my office so I need it to inspire me, and this sort of piece does exactly that. If you have time for a weekend project, you can also refurbish an old filing cabinet. Check out 10 ways to Refurbish a Filing Cabinet as a starting point for ideas.
Use unique displays for inspiration
I need to juggle a number of tasks and come up with plenty of ideas during the day, so it suits me to place clipboards on the walls and have a big stash of post-it notes near me. The clipboards act as inspiration boards for the likes of sample marketing campaigns and materials. (This link has an artist’s take on clipboards and other interesting organization ideas.) Post-it notes are indispensible for me. Without these, I would have far too many ideas floating around in my head to let me concentrate on one of them at a time. I know, I know. I’ve tried the digital equivalent but I spend so much time on tech devices, I find making a dedicated offline creative brainstorming such a breathe of fresh air.
Another store where I found useful furniture at a decent price was IKEA. There I came across the wonderful white Fredrick desk. I use two of them side by side to give me more workspace. You can get hold of good value stuff in IKEA. I also grabbed some IKEA Billy Bookcases.
At the moment I am still using an old (though very quaint) second hand dinning chair. Sitting in it hour after hour can’t be good. Any suggestions?