Having a functional home office can set you up for success in your business. Since I began working from home, I realized that working in my craft room or various other places in our home all day was not working for me. So I’m sharing How to Organize Your Home Office (Our Shared Office and Guest Room).
Creating the perfect home office in our home proved to be a challenge as both the hubby and I work from home and his home office was already shared with our only guest room. Here is a post with some before pictures of the hubby’s office combined with our guest room and a before picture below.
And a before from the other side of the room…
It was okay, right? But I needed a space for myself to work in addition to this serving as a guest room and the hubby’s office. We have a full-sized futon in the room for guests so the room needs to be cozy but not too cozy since we needed the space to be functional so we continue to be productive.
My craft room is located in a large walk-in closet in the guest room/office. It’s nice to have that closed space for crafting, (since it can get messy when I’m working on major projects) but it was not ideal for me to be stuck in this tiny room all day. Here’s a picture of my craft room…
So I put together a $300 budget since I knew I would need a new desk, new chair and maybe a few other things and we started brain storming.
Our first task was to remove something from the room in order to find space for my desk. We started by removing one of the file cabinets since everything that was in them could be consolidated to one file cabinet. We moved the cabinet to the other side of the room, along with the TV/printer and moved the dresser that was next to my craft room door into Leela’s room (it worked out perfectly since she didn’t have a dresser). Since this is the guest room, we had some existing hooks on the back of the door for guests to hang items.
We moved the futon in-between the 2 ladder shelves and I de-cluttered the office supplies in the baskets on the shelves.
I arranged some fun decorative pieces on the top shelves. Some of these items have been in storage from back when I staged homes – it’s nice to have a use for those items finally!
The dresser that we moved out held linens for guests and since we removed it, we’re using the baskets on the ladder shelves to hold linens (sheets, blankets, etc) for guests. The very top framed artwork has our degrees displayed – his on his side and mine on my side 🙂
We moved the mirror above the futon and the hubby built some awesome mason jar wall lamps – which are currently pictured with small potted succulents but there is a large (battery operated) candle in the jar as well. To make this lantern: cut some wood to the size of the jar and paint to distress. I painted the jar lid black and the hubby drilled some holes in the lid, attached a small chain and hung from a screw.
I hung a DIY floral wreath with some burlap ribbon on the mirror. We literally made the wreath and lanterns with scraps from around the house!
It feels SO cozy in this part of the room, I can’t wait for guest to come over and (hopefully) they feel right at home.
So, you may have guessed that since we moved the futon, that gave us space to put my new desk in the room. Oh, and we moved the hubby’s desk to face the windows so we are not in each other’s faces all day while we work! Plus he likes to look at the window while he works 😉
I added some painted cork squares above his desk. Just add painters tape in any pattern, paint and arrange in a pattern on the wall.
This wall file organizer was in our mudroom, but I like it so much better in the corner of this room for paper organization.
The hubby was against putting curtains in this room when we first bought our house 2 years ago. He wanted to keep it masculine and simple. So before installing curtain rods, I tested things out by placing 1 white curtain panel on each window using a tension rod. After a few weeks, I got his approval and we installed curtains 🙂 I tied some burlap ribbon to each panel to make the space feel cozy.
I’m so excited about my desk, it’s pretty bad-ass since it can convert to a standing or sitting desk pretty easily. We choose a white desk for me, although the hubs had a black desk and black chair, opposite with a white desk and white chair. I guess this room is like Yin and Yang now, haha.
Above my desk, I hung some of my free printable work space quotes. You can download the free printable wall art by going HERE.
I took the small baskets that we had on the ladder shelves and placed them under my desk for extra storage. This works perfectly with smaller items that I don’t want scattered all over my desk top.
My new shared office/guest room ended up staying well under our $300 budget 🙂
- White Desk – $110, Ikea – here, convert kit here
- White Chair – $90, available here
- Desk lamps – $20/each, As-is section at Ikea – here, similar
- Artwork frames – $1/each, Dollar Tree
- Curtain Rods – $5/each, Ikea
Total cost – $256
You can find the other items shown in the room below…
- Cork squares – here
- Black desk – Ikea, here
- Black desk chair – here
- Black file cabinet – here
- Wall file organizer – Home Goods, similiar, similar
- Futon frame – painted, Craiglist find
- Futon mattress – here
- Throw blanket – here
- Burlap bow pillow – handmade
- White throw pillows – Ikea
- Curtains – Ikea
- Ladder book shelves – here
- Mirror – Home Goods
- Mason jar wall lanterns – handmade
- Wreath – handmade
- Baskets – Home Goods
- Owl – Home Goods
- Clock – Home Goods
- Potted plants – Ikea
- Globe – Home Goods
I really love our new office/guest room. This is a pretty popular room in the house now since the kids can watch TV or do crafts in my craft room while both the hubby and I work. The hubby and I also like to watch TV in this room at night. We don’t have a TV in our bedroom (I’m totally against it) so the new set up works out perfectly. I’ve been so much more productive since we made-over our home office and I love how we were able to keep the guest room part inviting and cozy.
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