Working from home on a budget? Here's how to nail your home office design

Updating your working from home set up needn't cost a lot, just check out these fab quick tips...

Working from home: how to nail your home office design on a budget
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Working from home has so many benefits, an extra hour in bed, not changing out of 'loungewear' (come on they are basically pyjamas), getting to make a snazzy lunch every day. And all these things are very enjoyable, but we very quickly realised that WFH can become a right faff when you don't have the right set up – a comfy chair, the right desk, somewhere quiet etc. etc. 

To help you out we have come up with our top tips for creating a home office that will give you a comfortable place to work and feel productive, but won't cost you a ton. So keep on scrolling for the best budget-friendly home office ideas to get you inspired...

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Tip one: shop your own home first 

Neptune Carter desk, Brompton desk lamp in Antique Brass , City plan print

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Our top tip when you are trying to update any room on a budget, shop around your own home first. You will probably have to invest in a good office chair and you might not find one of them hanging around, but a console or dressing table that could become a desk? Or some neglected shelves you could turn into office storage? Perfect.

You could always update them with a lick of paint too, just. check out our guide to how to paint furniture to learn what to do. 

Tip two: find a nook or an alcove for a home office

Victorian cottage slow living scandi home office

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Sure you don't have the budget to build a garden office or turn the garage into a work space, but if you're looking for a place to pop your desk that feels separate, look to the nooks in your home. We are talking alcoves, under the stairs – anywhere Harry Potter would be at home, you can make into a home office. Make it feel cosy and add personality with pictures, plants and lighting, even paint the space if it needs it. 

Tip three: DIY a practical wall planner

Chalkboard wall calendar above a desk in a home office

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So now you have your little nook filled with your already owned furniture, time to make it really practical by adding a wall planner. These are great for jotting in meetings, deadlines and all those fabulous weekend plans we are all making at the moment (not). It's super easy and cheap to create the look at home all you need is masking tape to create the grid and chalkboard paint to create the squares. Remove the tape once the paint is dry and then fill in the numbers with a chalk pen. Easily done for under and tenner and it looks fab!

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