Steal These 10 Things From Home to Transform Your Office Workspace

Cubicle life doesn't have to be devoid of good design.

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Whether you have your own office or are a member of the cubicle community, you spend a lot of time at work, so don’t overlook your workspace as a place for great design potential.

Here are ten things you can steal from home that will add some character to your office (and keep your wallet happy, too.)


Violet Lamp on Sideboard

Violet Lamp on Sideboard

Office lighting can be dull especially if you aren’t close to a window that lets in natural light. Bring a decorative lamp from home and brighten things up. It’s a great way to provide extra light and it adds a personal touch. Bonus points if the lamp is colorful, too! (Nothing like a bright pop to dress up greige cubicle walls.)  

Area Rugs

Modern White Home Office With Bold Red Desk Chairs

Modern White Home Office With Bold Red Desk Chairs

Bold red desk chairs bring a fresh splash of color to this white modern home office. A striped rug adds texture to the space, while subtle artwork makes the room feel welcoming.

Photo by: Kapito Muller Interiors

Kapito Muller Interiors

Even if you have just a little floor space, adding a patterned area rug is a fun way to give your office some energy.

Books & Journals

Book Covers

Book Covers

Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Make some space for a few of your favorite books and journals and prop them up with a bookend. Not only can decorative journals add a little visual glam, they offer an organized way to jot down ideas and tasks so you can get rid of messy sticky notes and basic notepads.

Paper Prints

Contemporary Dorm Room Dresser With Poster

Contemporary Dorm Room Dresser With Poster

The I Love You Blogs and Coffee poster, created by Jennifer Ramos, is a hip addition to this dorm room dresser vignette.

Bring in some of your favorite prints and pin them on the wall. If you want to get extra creative with it, use twine and clothespins to hang your prints.

Kitchen Glassware

Office Supply Holder

Office Supply Holder

Need a splash of color in your workspace? Use a colorful antique tumbler as an alternative to your typical office supply holder.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

I have a problem of buying too many cute glasses and then running out of kitchen storage. If you're like me, here’s an easy solution: Take them to work and use them to hold everyday office supplies.

Fun Frames

Simple Decorations Add Practical Style for a Lived-In Look

Simple Decorations Add Practical Style for a Lived-In Look

It's important to make a workstation feel personal and lived-in so you'll be drawn to the space when it's time to tackle business. Keep the overall look simple using stacks of books as risers to display happy items like fresh cut flowers, then layer in framed photos of loved ones and shared memories.

Photo by: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

I’m sure we all have a couple of our favorite photos displayed somewhere in our office space. Instead of a cluttered picture wall, give your photos some love and attention and put them in decorative frames.

Snack Jars

Glass Mason Jar Food Storage With Neutral Chalkboard Jar Labels

Glass Mason Jar Food Storage With Neutral Chalkboard Jar Labels

Keep your kitchen stock organized with stylish removable labels. Like to switch up your cereal and candy choices? Opt for chalkboard labels that can be updated as your tastes change.

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Photo by: Jennie Andrews Photography

Jennie Andrews Photography

I am a snacker. In fact, I have an entire drawer at work for my snacks. If you also get the work munchies, here is a creative way to store your favorite treats: Rummage through your kitchen, collect all those miscellaneous jars and pack them with snacks. Paint on chalkboard tags to keep them organized. 


Bring life into your workspace, literally. Succulents and terrariums are great and space-friendly ways to bring the outdoors inside. While you might not have any extra terrariums lying around, there are tons of easy ways to make your own at home.




With technology these days, we don’t really need a tangible calendar. However, displaying a calendar with a cute print can add some charm to that blank wall or desk space.

Photo Bunting



If you have an abundance of photos you want to show off at work but have little space for them, consider a photo bunting banner. It’s small, dainty and easy to hang up anywhere in your office.

For more ways to jazz up your workspace, check out the new digital series, Cube Takeover, starring HGTV Handmade's Meg Allan Cole

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Short-Term File Storage

Files for active projects should be easy to access. Add a small desktop file storage area to prevent papers from piling up for each project. Get more desk organizing tips.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Medium-Term File Storage

For files you access monthly, use a file cabinet or wall-mounted file system. This will free up space on your desk but keep your documents easily accessible. Get more home office organizing tips.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Printer Station

Consider picking a printer stand that incorporates closed storage. This lets you create an organized printing station. You’ll want space for extra paper, new ink cartridges and old cartridges ready to be recycled. Get more home office organizing tips. Get more tips for creating a home office printer station.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Mailing Station

Much like the printing station, designating a mailing station will save time and unneeded frustration. Gather various envelopes, stamps, return address labels and note cards in one place. Sending a thank you card will be easier than ever!

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Big Ideas Notebook

Have you ever ended up with scraps of paper containing the various thoughts and ideas that come up while you are working? Designate one notebook to write them all down. It will keep the ideas safe and your office organized. 

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Memo Board

A dry erase board is a great way to keep your weekly goals at the forefront of your mind. It’s also great for task lists and brainstorming. Make this custom message board.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat


Paper is the biggest organizing challenge in most offices. Make sure you have one designated location for all incoming papers that need your attention. A second tray is helpful for items that no longer need action but need to be filed. Just make sure to set aside time to file each week. 

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Divided Pencil Cup

Not all pencil cups are created equal. Try a divided version to hold pens, pencils, highlighters and sticky notes all in one spot. 

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Open + Closed Storage

Look for bookcases that provide a combination of open and closed storage. The open area helps the room feel larger and provides easy access to books, while doors and drawers hide items that could make the space look cluttered. See this home office before and after.

Fire-Safe File Box

Papers you are keeping for long term storage are generally the most important, but you don’t need them at your fingertips. If you don’t have a safety deposit box, keep your most important documents in a fire-resistant box.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Drawer Dividers

Drawers can quickly become a disorganized mess. Separate small items like paper clips and pushpins with a drawer divider. When each item has its own place, keeping things organized is easy! 

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Magazine Files

Much like papers need an inbox, magazines and catalogs need an assigned location to prevent them from cluttering up the office. Use a pretty magazine file to gather incoming unread magazines. When you need a break, you’ll know where to find the latest issue. Get more desk organizing tips.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

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