Build a Home Office on a Budget

Building a home office is easier than you think. Here’s how one couple did it themselves.
By: Kathy McCleary
Related To:
homeoffice1

homeoffice1

The construction of my home office wasn't expensive. My husband and I stripped the old wallpaper, primed the wood trim and did all the painting. The pine bookcases, mine since childhood, had languished in our basement for years, but my husband sanded and painted them and they look perfect in my office.

I hung a pair of Roman shades that had been in my parents' house-a good reminder that if you get custom window treatments, you should choose a neutral color because windows often are standard sizes and you may be able to use those treatments again if you move.

The furniture-a pine trestle table, a rolling chair and a small drop-leaf desk-was all things we already owned. Because the drop-leaf desk is small, I cleaned out the drawers and use it to store paper, pens, envelopes and other office supplies. I bought an inexpensive white-framed bulletin board and moved in a lamp from the bedroom for my desk.

Since we didn't have to buy furniture, window treatments or office equipment for the room and saved money by doing the painting and other labor ourselves, I decided to splurge on a high-quality Tibetan wool carpet. Even that, though, we purchased online from the manufacturer in a closeout sale for less than 25 percent of the manufacturer's suggested retail price. The result is a room that, aside from the rug, cost less than $200 to turn into an attractive, functional office.

Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Build an Office Workstation

Design and construct a custom work space with these step-by-step instructions.

Garden Design on the Cheap ($50 and Under)

Simple, frugal gardening tips for making the most of your budget.

Building a Home Theater

Gather all the info you'll need on building a home theater, and get ready to construct a comfortable and stylish entertainment space in your home.

Design Budgeting 101: Outdoor Rooms

Professional designers know how to stretch a buck. Joan Grabel and Katie Z. Leavy share some of their best ideas for decorating an outdoor space for less.

How to Keep Home Office Equipment Clean

Household hints for getting a home office in order.

Budget Bath Remodeling

Add style and comfort and create future-buyer interest with radiant heating and the right mirrors, lighting and showerheads.

Build a Flip-Down Kitchen Table

Got a small kitchen? Try this easy do-it-yourself project with step-by-step instructions on building and installing a flip-down table for two.

Staycationing? Update Your Living Room on the Cheap

Breath new life into your living room with these budget-friendly update ideas.

Cheap Garden Design Ideas

Check out these tips and see how gardening actually lends itself to thriftiness.

Home Office Tips: Monica Ricci

Mission: Organization guest Monica Ricci offers helpful tips for creating a functional workspace you can enjoy.

100+ Photos to Inspire

Browse beautiful photos of entryways, offices, basements, bars and more.

On TV

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.