Create a Budget-Friendly Home Office in Your Apartment

Working from home has its share of ups and downs — from setting your own schedule to saving money and time by eliminating your daily commute to the office. However, working from home requires that you set up a home office that promotes productivity in a non-traditional work environment.

Home offices come in all shapes and sizes. They can be as large as a spare bedroom in your apartment or a small nook in the hallway.

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Before you designate a corner in your apartment and call it an office, make a list of all the basic things that you will need in a home office. This list should include important items you must have in your office such as a small desk or table for a work space, a comfortable chair, filing cabinets, desk lamp and so on.

While making your list be sure to consider all the ways in which you plan to use your office. For example, will you need additional seating for meeting clients? Do you plan to use a large desktop computer or small laptop?

The biggest advantage to creating a home office in your apartment is that you have autonomy to personalize it any way you like. Say goodbye to boring cubicles and spaces that lack personality and color. If you’re a small business owner, your home office can reflect your company’s brand or evoke an emotion that you want to feel while you work. The mood in your office can be bright and cheery or calm and relaxing.

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Consider the following design concept for a happy, chic home office for under $1,000. For more tips on home office design, schedule a consultation with Gray Livin’ today.


Home Office Design Concept  |  Credit: Gray Livin’

Let’s shop! The product sources for each item in the design concept above can be found in the shopping list below.

1. Mid-century Modern Desk. Source: Target, $161.99

2. 5×8 Red Odina Kilim Indoor-Outdoor Rug. Source: World Market, $199.99

3. American Atelier Living Clear Seat w/Gold Legs. Source: Overstock, $124.99

4. Kubu Jillian Tote Basket. Source: World Market, $49

5. Honey Comb Wood Shelf. Source:  Urban Outfitters, 2 for $80

6. Carpenter Brass Table Lamp. Source:  CB2, $99.95

7. Orange Letter Trays. Source: Poppin, 2 for $24

The paint color for the accent wall is Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red. And the total cost for these items comes to $819.92, excluding tax and shipping fees. Not bad for a stylish work space on a budget.

If you’re looking for a new apartment with plenty of room for a home office, be sure to visit Apartment Showcase.

Danielle A. Gray

Danielle A. Gray

Washington, DC based interior designer, blogger and creative force behind Gray Livin', a home interiors brand inspiring cool people to live soulfully with style. To schedule a design consultation, please visit:

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