As I sit at my “desk” writing this post, I am so unbelievably grateful to A. still be working and B. have a place I can sit and comfortably work (my dining banquette). But I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss my real desk and more importantly my cushioned chair. I am sure some of you can relate. Going from working in an office to suddenly working from home comes with some potential challenges. How do I stay productive? Where and how do I set up a home office to keep me sane?? These are daunting questions so I interview Arlyn (EHD alum if you are new here) who worked from home for two years and wrote a post about her awesome and actionable insight. But today, we’re here to talk home offices.
Now I want to be clear that a dining table is a perfectly fine place to work (she says to herself). But for those of you who are wanting to create a small corner in your home, a place to work away from the distractions (maybe kids? roommates? a lover? O la la..) Julie has put together seven AFFORDABLE office setups to help bring back a tiny bit of normalcy to your work life. And even if you don’t have the space for an entire home office (trust me, I get it) adding a piece of art, a plant, candle, or any other accessory to your work space has serious positive effects.
So for today’s budget rooms (yes, budget rooms are back people!) we decided to include a small to standard-sized desk, a chair, a table lamp, and a few accessories. I don’t have the stats but I know that it’s 100% true for all of us that a pretty space equals more productivity and creativity (which if you come back later today you will see for yourself:)). So let’s enjoy Julie’s office design genius, starting with…
Warm, neutral, textural and the classic Scandinavian color palette. Yes, please. I know this is only the first combo but I think it’s my personal favorite. I love the deep but happy blue color of the desk that grounds the rest of the neutral tones. It looks like the calm hug we all likely need.
Remember you can always add a cute cushion to a non-cushioned chair for extra comfort.
Cool is exactly how you will feel in this little setup. And not only will you feel cool but you also feel smart because this little desk has an outlet cubby. Yep, cord management has never been easier. Cool, right? 🙂
This little joyful combo is pretty genius. Not only is it an instant jolt of happiness to the eye with its happy pastel accents, but that desk is a true dream for those having more than one “work from home” person in the house. Also, it’s great for homes with more than one kid doing school work (two sides). Lastly, can be conveniently tucked away when the work or school day is over (note the adjustable leaves). Told you it was a dream.
Since we’ve been in a very “English Country” mindset lately, Julie thought to bring the feeling of the simple life to your work life. This desk is also a great adjustable option and the colors of the art are perfectly reflected in the other accent pieces. And how freaking cute is that faux lantern?!
Would this roundup be complete without a little glam? Nope. Now, a corner desk is a great option for creating that perfect little nook and this one is super cute. It’s simple but has that copper finish for the right amount of sparkle. Also, Emily actually bought that desk chair for one of her upcoming projects. Stay tuned for that:)
This is another one that tugs at my design heartstrings. Mainly I just love that chair (it would also be a great accent chair). But I also love that it feels sophisticated without looking stuffy.
Let us end with the sweetest office setup of all…The Whimsical Hygge. In case you are wondering how to pronounce Hyggee here is a very short video. I figured we all might as well officially learn it now that we have the time. Maybe someday I will look at that word and pronounce it properly in my hea. But back to the office, I have nothing more to say aside from the fact it is a workspace that will undoubtedly make you feel inspired. Also, I really have a thing for lamps because that little $12 cutie is calling my name. Can one be a collector of table lamps in a 363 sq ft apartment?? No? Ok, ok you’re right, you’re right.
Before we leave, we know that some of you are going to need a more classic style office chair. Sure they aren’t as pretty as the ones you just saw and won’t be a good accent chair for after we all head back into our real offices. But comfort is important and these come HIGHLY rated (by thousands of people) and are still very affordable. We think this one is a good affordable classic leather office chair, this one looks like a good mesh back option and this one is a pretty cute blue fabric one that helps with your posture.
UPDATE: Julie found this great (and highly rated) Ergonomic chair that is affordable and super pretty.
Well, that’s it from me (but come back later for the return of our afternoon snacks). We hope that you are happy with these budget combos and let us know in the comments if you have any home office products you love. Also, yay for the return of the budget rooms, right?! We are just as happy as you are:)
Love you, mean it.