Over the past couple years, millions of people have been forced to learn how to work from home. Most likely, you scraped together whatever you could to make it work. It’s time to upgrade your home office to make it more functional. Check out these quick and easy DIY projects that you can use around the office to take it from drab to fab.
30. Paint Your Filing Cabinet To Make it as Unique as You
One quick and easy DIY project you can do is to paint your faking cabinet. Normally, metal filing cabinets come in their standard colors like gray and black. But with some metal spray paint, you can get it to match the aesthetic of your room. Use painter’s tape to add borders and design if you like. This light pink cabinet from All Things Thrifty was actually painted with chalk paint, and metallic gold spray paint.
29. Organize Your Messy Wires With a Cardboard Shipping Tube
There’s nothing more annoying than a bunch of messy wires underneath your desk. Normally, you can’t help it, because they need to be plugged into the power strip on the floor. But what if the power strip was elevated? BuzzFeed Nifty has this idea to buy a large cardboard shipping tube, and cut it apart so that you can insert the power strip inside. Screw the tube under the desk, and you now have a suspended place to plug in your wires.
28. Use Wooden Bed Slats to Create an Organization Wall
This next project is simple and straightforward. All you need is twin size wooden bed slats and some hooks. You can also buy baskets with hooks that will hang on the wall for extra storage. Shower curtain hooks or “s hooks” work just as well for attaching small items like tape and scissors. Keep in mind that this DIY project isn’t exactly cheap. A set of wood slats from Ikea costs $30 apiece. You could buy and assemble the wood slats from Home Depot much cheaper, but the job would be significantly more difficult and time-consuming. For full instructions on how to make this, click here.
27. This Gigantic DIY Pegboard Wall Gives You All The Storage Space You’d Ever Need
It’s easy enough to buy a pegboard wall for your home office, but the bloggers at Making Manzanita decided to go one step further by creating their DIY giant pegboard. The idea behind the pegboard was that they wanted to utilize as much space as possible for storage. After building the wall from scratch using sheets of plywood, they gave it a nice coat of paint. For full instructions on how to make the pegboard wall, click here.
26. Update Your Desk Chair To Something More Glamorous
Getting tired of your desk chair? Over time, the fabric might start to fade or even rip from sitting in it every day. If this sounds like you, a great DIY may be to give your chair a makeover. A blogger called Golden Glue Gun transformed their standard black office chair into a fabulously feminine faux fur chair. For full instructions on how to do this, click here.
25. Make a DIY Built-In Floating Desk to Fit Your Work Anywhere
Sometimes it’s difficult to fit a desk into a small space. This is especially true if the family is forced to work from home or school during lockdown, and there is nowhere to fit a desk. One solution to your issue could potentially be to create a built-in floating desk. Check out the full instructions from the DIY Passion blog.
24. These Mason Jar Organization Cups Are a Crafty DIY Project
This next DIY comes from Frugal Kreations For You. They created a set of three Mason jars that have been painted, and they added a bit of rope with a faux pearl bead in the center. Of course, you don’t have to make a DIY that looks exactly like this. Mason jars are versatile, and can be used as a base for many projects. Heck, you could even use plain jars to stash your pens, pencils, and paint brushes.
Sometimes, you want to think outside of the box when it comes to your office decor. A blogger called Tamara Central took a Billy bookcase from Ikea and transformed it into a little doll house. This could be perfect for a kid’s bedroom, but it can be for adults too. It’s really for anyone who feels young at heart and wants to fill their dollhouse with pictures, mementos, and books.
22. DIY Rope Desk Organizers To Fit Your Odds and Ends
If you have a nautical themed office, this next craft could look great on your desk. These containers are great for holding your pens, plants, and whatever else you need to put away in a container. All you need is a string of crafting rope, yarn, scissors, white lace, and hot glue. For full instructions on how to make these, check out the Craftsy Hacks blog here.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to figure out which cords go to which device. Organizing your cables can be as easy as using colorful washi tape to identify which cord goes with which charger. Washi tape is available at nearly every craft store, and you can also find it online. For more ideas on how to label your office cords, check out this blog post by Simply Spaced.
20. Turn Ikea BEKVAM Spice Racks Into Floating Bookshelves
One of the best Ikea Hacks out there is to use the Bekvam spice racks and turn them into floating bookshelves. They only cost $5 each. You can paint them any color, so you can match the decor of the rest of your home office. In the photo above, you can see how someone combined using a pegboard with the floating bookshelves, which is the ultimate organization hub in a home office.
19. Give Your Office Bookshelf a Makeover With Fancy Wallpaper
A lot of people buy plain black or white bookshelves from Ikea or Walmart for their home office. At roughly $30 apiece, you can’t go wrong when it comes to giving your office a lot of storage space. However, that can get dull after a while. A great DIY project would be to add some wallpaper to the back of the bookcase. Check out the blog The J Petite to see step-by-step instructions on how they made the bookshelf above.
18. Give Your Feline Friend a Cute Cat Bookshelf Hideaway
If you have a cat and work from home, then you already know how they like to “help” during the workday. My cat loves to lay under my desk or sit directly next to me at all times. That’s why this cat hideaway bookshelf insert is such a good idea. It’s designed to fit into an Ikea Billy bookcase. So if you already have one in your home office, it just makes sense to give your cat their own little hideaway. If you’d like to buy it, click here.
A lot of people have a cork board in their office to hang notes, photos and calendars to look at. But what happens when you run out of space? The Binti Home Blog took this one step further by creating a cork board that was so huge, it takes up the entire wall. For instructions on how to make this, click here.
16. Add Colors and Labels to Your Clear File Organizer
This next DIY project assumes that you have already purchased a clear stackable file organizer from The Container Store. However you might have clear acrylic pieces from places like Walmart or Target that are getting a bit old. A great DIY to spice things up is to use colored paper and printable stickers to label what each section is for. To see step-by-step instructions on how to make this, check out Just Destiny Mag.
15. This Boho Cane Webbing is the Ultimate Ikea Hack
If you’re trying to make your home office look more bohemian, you might want to consider using cane webbing. This gives off the vibe of vintage wicker furniture used in beach homes back in the 1970’s. Bloggers called The Hardins transformed an Ikea Alex bookshelf into the cute cane webbed piece you see above. For full step-by-step instructions, click here.
Some of you out there are in a situation where your partner- or maybe the entire family- are not working from home and school. When there is more than one person working, space can be limited. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a gigantic 12-foot desk that fits two people? A blogger named Caitlin Wallace Rowland did just that. For full instructions on how she pulled this off, click here.
When you buy a desk, it doesn’t have to fit the standards of what you see in the home office section of your big box stores. A desk can be made out of any table. For example, I have an old retail table as my desk, and it’s huge. I love it. In the photo above, you can see that designers from Sanctuary Home Decor decided to use an old kitchen table as a desk in their home office. It’s beautiful, and provides a lot more space that your standard desk that you’d find at Ikea or Walmart. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box the next time you go browsing your local thrift store or furniture shop.
12. Black Paperclips Work Great as DIY Wire Holders
Do you tend to lose your headphones? Or maybe the cords of your various devices get tangled up on your desk. A quick and easy DIY solution to the problem is to get those large black paper clips, and secure them to the end of your desk. Now you have little clips that will hold your wires in place in a neat organized fashion.
If your home office is in your bedroom, you already know how that can be a bit chaotic. It takes away your feng shui, and makes it difficult to enjoy your bedroom as a place for peace and relaxation. Martha Stewart came up with a really clever idea on how to keep your office supplies in the bedroom in a more discreet way. Keep it all in a chest at the end of the bed! In the photo, you can see how she keeps all of her files there. But once the chest is closed, you would never know what was inside. It just looks like a normal piece of bedroom furniture.
Those bottles on spinning racks can be used for so much more than your spice collection. Redbook Magazine came up with this cute idea of using your spice rack as a place to keep your office supplies. If you had this sitting on your desktop, finding something would be as easy as rotating the spice rack to find the little container you need. The only downside to this DIY is that it can be a bit pricey. Walmart sells a metal rotating spice rack for around $20, but it doesn’t come with bottles, since they assume you’re putting your purchased spices in there. Sets that come with the empty glass bottles cost anywhere from $40 to $60 apiece.
9. Don’t You Wish You Had This DIY Crate Bookshelf
When you’re creating or updating a home office, you need to ask yourself if it’s providing enough space and privacy. Luckily, you can use bookshelves as a room divider if it’s in the middle of the room. Or, if it’s up against the wall, it provides an ample amount of storage for your home office. One of my favorite DIY bookshelves is to nail together wooden crates. This can be done by up-cycling wooden wine crates, or buy wooden crates from Ikea or Walmart. For step-by-step instructions on how to make the shelves seen above, check out the Make and Do Crew blog.
8. Marie Kondo Would Be Proud of These Divider Trays in Drawers
Anyone who has seen the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo will already be familiar with the concept of putting smaller containers into your drawer to keep things organized. So why not follow in the steps to spark joy in your own home office? These containers and drawer inserts are available at Ikea, Target, Walmart, The Container Store, and Amazon. Depending on the brand you buy, it should cost you anywhere from $10 to $20 to complete a quick project like this.
7. Chalkboard Labels Help to Organize Your Belongings
When you’re organizing your office supplies, it’s always a good idea to label them so that you know where everything is. These little chalkboard labels should be available at most Dollar Tree stores. They even sell chalk board pens in various colors. But if they’re out of stock, you can definitely find it at your local craft store.
6. Or Organize With Clear Boxes With Printable Labels
Depending on your line of work, you may have a lot of supplies stashed away in the closet of your home office. Sometimes the best way to organize your stuff is by having clear boxes. Even then, it’s a good idea to print out sticker labels to designate which items are inside of the box. If you don’t have a Cricket or Silhouette machine at home to make these labels, check out the Shop Molly Ellen Etsy shop, where you can buy these stickers.
5. This Utility Cart Is Versatile For All Office Supplies
When you’ve been working from home for a while, supplies tend to accumulate. And depending on your work setup, you might want the ability to move your products from one room to another. Rolling utility carts are available in most craft stores, Ikea, and Amazon. They’re usually around $30, which makes it affordable to do a quick DIY project that will give you all the extra storage you may need. Check out some more ideas for rolling carts on Pinterest.
Sometimes, if you want to create a home office, you need to get creative in order to fit it into a space space. (Especially if you live in an apartment.) In the photo above, you can see how a closet nook was transformed into an adorable bedroom home office. If you want to see the full video on how this closet was transformed into an office, check out Lone Fox on YouTube.
Depending on what you do work for, you should consider soundproofing your home office. Whether you’re recording for a podcast, or just want to cut down on the echo during your zoom meetings, these panels can be a real lifesaver. All you need to do is buy some canvases from the craft store, and sound foam squares online. Glue the sound foam to the back of the canvas. You can choose to keep the paneling plain white, or paint them any color you want. In the photo above, you can see the example from Instructables where they asked their kids to turn the soundproofing panels into works of art. No one would ever know that they were more than just artwork hanging in your office.
2. Ikea Hanging Storage Just Makes Life a Little Easier
Sometimes, the only way you can get extra storage in your home office is to work with your vertical space. That’s where the Ikea Fintorp comes in. These are floating bars that are technically used for the kitchen, but they work really well in any room of your home. Adding those buckets to the hanging bars gives you plenty of space to store pens, pencils, and so much more. For a step-by-step tutorial on how this was made, check out the Beth Bryan blog.
A lot of people have old clipboards leftover in their house from years ago. Or, you might find them in your local thrift store. These are a great DIY project to upcycle into cute little memo boards. In the picture above, you can see how they even spray painted them gold to match the aesthetic of the rest of the office.