This Ikea home office makeover on a budget features the Kallax bookshelf as a room divider, a Linnmon table desk hack, a comfy chair, pegboards, and more!
Ikea Home Office Ideas…
As my design business and blog have grown, I’ve realized that I need a larger dedicated workspace, as well as some storage for files and camera equipment, backdrops, art supplies, etc. Today I’m excited to show you my brand new home design studio/workspace! The best part about this makeover was the price tag- about $400 total!
I chose this spot for one reason: It’s near two windows and has the best and brightest natural light in the whole house. So, of course, it’s where I want to spend my time. I also need that light for photography. Oh, and I have a nice view of the pond from here too.
This isn’t a transformation from terrible to amazing. I liked the look of my drafting table before. It just had zero storage. And contrary to what they would have had me believe in design school, I really don’t need a drafting table that tilts up- though it was nice for keeping the dog off of it.
We have this big rectangular room at the front of our house. It’s the entryway/not sure what to do with
I got this IKEA KALLAX bookshelf to use as a room divider. I love all the storage it offers- and that it allows light to pass through. Eventually, I plan to use the lower shelves for toy storage bins on the playroom side. But one project at a time! (Actually more like 12, at least in my head).
I love this Serta Valetta home office chair. It’s comfy and I’ve had it for almost two years now- and it still looks brand new.
My thinking was that this would create a separate, dedicated work space. No kids allowed! No tiny pieces of construction paper cut into bits and stuck to the desktop with strawberr jam. But who was I kidding?
I love these IKEA KVISSLE stacked letter trays because they fit perfectly into the cube shelves, and they’re great for client projects. I also picked up some of these TJENA magazine files to hold fabric and paint swatches, window treatment samples, flooring pieces, and more. I suspect my collection will grow, so I may have to go back and get more. And they’re all labeled with my favorite chalkboard sticker labels from Amazon, (which can be found all over my house).
The LINNMON tabletop is designed to work with the Kallax bookshelf- so the top of the desk lines up with the third shelf. We used these brackets to attach the desk and bookshelf. I got this LINNMON corner desk piece, and two 4′ long LINNMON table tops to extend it in both directions. Then we used these white ADILS legs.
This is the first spot in my house that I’ve really gone nuts with indoor plants. I decorated most of the inexpensive plant pots in the photos myself with paint pens and/or spray paint. You can see the tutorials below. You can also check out my tips to style indoor plants.
I love these
Now my only problem is that Zoe likes to hop up on my desk to look out the window. I’d been wondering why my desk was getting mud on it. But with kids, you never know. Then I caught her in the act the other day. I was sitting at my desk and she brazenly hopped up next to me in one leap. She likes to look out at the pond and bark at the ducks. So it looks like I’ll be adding another leg to this section of the desk- just to be sure it doesn’t break.
I’m sure this space will continue to evolve.