Ideas for Decorating an Office on a Budget


Decorating your home office to look like a professional office that's comfortable and functional doesn't have to cost a small fortune. Get the office you want, whether light and airy or rich and sophisticated, and stay within your budget by being creative. Write out your budget, take stock of what you already have and prioritize for the things that are most important, such as an ergonomic chair.


  • Paint the office in a light, airy color with one wall serving as an accent wall in a vibrant color. Red, for example, is a stimulating color that typically induces energy. Choose a color that you enjoy. Add an area rug that incorporates colors or a design that complements the wall color or a basic decorative color scheme you wish to incorporate into the room.


  • Sand and stain old office furniture with any color of stain or paint to create the office furniture you desire. Create a set of furniture that appears to match, even if the pieces come from different places. Alternatively, make your own desk using the backside of a plain door and legs purchased from a home improvement store. Spray paint wire shelves or racks if you can't purchase new shelves. Create a makeshift credenza or table with painted filing cabinets. Use slipcovers to update old chairs if you need additional seating in your office. Check out second-hand stores or yard sales if you don't have old furniture you can bring into your office.

Organization and Storage

  • Provide enough space to store and organize all the papers and files you need to keep in your office. Hanging files, woven baskets or plastic bins can keep your papers organized without costing too much. Use plain banker's boxes if you have tons of files to store and no cabinets in which to store them. Keep the boxes in a closet if you don't need constant access to the files. Incorporate as much storage into your furniture as possible. For example, repurpose an old coffee table with a shelf and drawers to use as storage and a bench by adding baskets underneath and cushions on top.


  • Brighten up your work space with simple accessories that bring in a lot of character. Use decorative pots, vases or urns as pen holders on your desk. Add a couple of plants, whether silk or live. Display your books or encyclopedia set on a bookshelf. Frame a large cork board or whiteboard with a thick frame painted the same color as a shelf or file cabinet. Display a few photos in frames painted the same color. Use a task lamp on the desk to provide the proper lighting for when you're working. Hang mirrors or artwork on the walls in groups of one, three or five. Use pleasant images that complement the style of your office.

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