7 Ways to Update Your Home Office on a Budget: Home Office Desks and More
Your home office may not be the most exciting way to spend your interior decorating budget. If you work from home, your home office is a necessity, but it’s probably not your favourite location in the house to spend your time.
However, a quality setup with the right home office desks, chairs, and other furnishings is important in creating a space that will allow you to be comfortable, energised, and productive.
In a small house or apartment your potential space for a home office may be limited, but whether you have a separate room to work in, a guest bedroom that doubles as a workspace, or you simply need to carve out a corner of the living room as your study, it’s worth setting up a separate ‘office’ area to help ensure work/life balance.
And upgrading your home office on a budget is easier than you might think — read on for seven ways to save when you’re revamping your workspace.
1. Make home office desks your main investment
There are endless furniture options for your WFH or study setup, but home office desks and chairs are the two key pieces that you need for a comfortable and productive space. Therefore if you’re working with a limited budget, these are the items you should make your main investments and buy first. Home office desks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles, but no matter what desk is best suited for your space, it’s worth choosing one that’s built to last and specially designed to fit your needs.
2. Choose a chair that promotes long-term health
If you’re relying on an average kitchen chair to see you through your 9 to 5, you run the risk of bad posture and back pain. Choosing the right desk chair will make all the difference in terms of ensuring comfort throughout your routine and finishing your workday feeling fresh. Office chairs with mesh backs, lumbar support, and other features are all great options and worth the investment.
Tulla Light Oak Study Desk with Storage€199.00
Markus Black Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair€99.00
Breffin Office Brown Swivel Chair€249.00
Komo Black Mesh Office Chair with Headrest€199.00
Cashel Black High Back Adjustable Office Chair€229.00
French Partner Desk with Drawers on Both Sides€1,249.00
Tulla Walnut Desk with Under Desk Storage€199.00
Freda Charcoal Plush Swivel Recliner Chair and Footstool€529.00
3. Create a work zone with wall paint
Now that we’ve covered the pieces that are most worth your investment, let’s talk about revamping the rest of your space on a budget. Creating a work ‘zone’ in your house helps to create work/life balance, but you may not be able to dedicate an entire room to your home office. Instead, use a different colour paint on one part of a wall to separate your space. Opt for a shade that promotes productivity and will help motivate you throughout your day.
4. Use multifunctional furniture to save space
In particularly small workspaces, your home office desks or other office furniture may have to pull double duty so you can squeeze in everything you need. A bookcase desk is a compact option that offers convenient storage above the desk as well as surface space for your laptop or notebooks. Looking for a great option for kids’ study spaces? Choose a bed with a built-in desk and add an extra practical element to their bedroom floor plan with ease.
Tuck an office space into an unused nook and style it up with our fab range of Little Greene paint.
5. Take advantage of ‘odd’ areas of the house
Your workspace is a way to make the most of corners, nooks, and other underused areas of the house. Set your home office desks beneath staircases, add bookshelves into alcoves, or even convert a hallway space into your personal office. Not only will you find a use for a part of your home you don’t think much about, but choosing somewhere out of the ordinary will make it easy to separate your workspace from your leisure time.
6. Add fun accents for a personal touch
One of the best budget-friendly ways to upgrade your home office is to decorate with accessories that inject a touch of personality into the space. It’s easy to neglect style in your workspace as it mainly serves a functional purpose, but adding figurines, photo frames, faux flowers, or other decorative details can spruce up your home office desks and help create an energising atmosphere.
7. Brighten up your workspace with the right lighting
Depending where your home office is situated — and particularly if you’re utilising one of those ‘odd’ spaces we mention above — your lighting setup might not be ideal. For a better work ambiance on a budget, add a desk lamp. This is a simple, low-budget way to improve the atmosphere of your space and offer a touch of style.
Home office desks, chairs, and more at Corcoran’s
Whether you’re looking for style on a shoestring or you’re ready to splash out on your workspace, you can find fabulous office furniture and accessories of all sorts at Corcoran’s. Shop online now or visit us in-store to find the best bits for your home office. Plus, learn more about the future of home working with our informative infographic.