If you're living on a tight budget, having your own home office may seem like a distant dream. You may have a spare room or space just waiting for the day you can transform it into your office. A trip to your local office supply store dashes your hopes even further when you see the price tag on office chairs, desks, and storage units.
However, creating a home office that's practical and stylish can become a reality when you turn to secondhand finds. Used furniture stores, flea markets, and yard sales are excellent resources for finding everything you need to design a home office without breaking your budget.
Used furniture stores
Your first stop should be at your local furniture dealers. You will probably be able to find most of the basic furnishings you need for a home office at a much lower cost. Some items you can find at used furniture stores are desks, chairs, and bookcases.
If you can't find a desk at the used furniture store, select a table instead. A small or medium-sized dining room table will make a great desk. In fact, tables look less cluttered than desks and will give you more work space. A table placed in the center of the room in a home office looks nice and will free up wall space for other items.
Look for a good desk chair that is comfortable. Upholstered chairs are typically more comfortable, but don't rule out a wooden one. You can always purchase a separate cushion for the seat. Sit in the chairs and find one you could see yourself sitting in comfortably for several hours.
Shop for bookcases to use for storage. Don't overlook used entertainment centers. Anything that has shelves and some cabinet storage will work well for storing essential office supplies.
Flea markets are where you can find unique decorative items for your office. From lamps to framed art prints, visiting a flea market is like going on a treasure hunt. Pick a few items that catch your eye and use them to make your home office uniquely yours.
You can also find items to use for organizing your office. Small tins and jars make nice pencil and paperclip holders. Baskets in a variety of shapes and sizes can be used for storing items.
Whether you prefer online yard sale shopping or visiting local community yard sales, you're sure to find something you can use in your office at a yard sale.
You can look for curtains, throw pillows, and accent rugs to add the perfect finishing touch to your office. An old kitchen utensil holder can be used as a desk drawer organizer for holding small office supplies. A table runner can be used to add a splash of color to your office desk.
No office is complete without a few conversation pieces. Old books or an old typewriter are sure to draw attention and can add a wonderful vintage look to your office.
Having your own home office no longer has to be a dream when you shop for secondhand treasures. You will be able to create a vintage-style home office that is uniquely yours as well as affordable.