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When I became a freelancer full time in March last year, I turned my spare bedroom into my office to give myself a proper setup and make sure that I was able to work comfortably and also effectively. Although it started out as a desk with a screen and PC, I managed to transform the room into a more enjoyable space. So I thought I’d give you some tips on how to transform your spare room into a home office, with a limited budget.
Bold coloured office walls
If you’re like me, adding colour to a room really helps to boost my mood. By adding a mustard coloured wall in the room, it makes me happy to look at. Before the walls were a cream colour and lacked any personality, so being able to change the colour of the walls has really boosted my motivation. You can grab paint from most Supermarkets, B&Q and other hardware shops.
Get a new carpet
if your carpet is old and dated it may be time for an update, if you fancy sitting somewhere else in the room, it’s a cool idea to create a comfy corner as sitting a desk all day can get a bit much. By creating a comfy corner with new soft carpet, you’ll add an extra element of comfort. What is the cost to fit a new carpet? There are plenty of ways to get it done for less, including doing it yourself if you feel confident, search around for the best price of labour and if possible don’t scrimp on the quality of the carpet.
Adding a bookcase in your room can be a great way to add storage to your office as well as somewhere to store decorative items, I love to have a variety of pens, photos and books on the shelves, it makes me happy to have my stuff close by and also means I don’t have to store it in my bedroom as I can leave the office and forget about work for the day.
What’s on the wall?
I have plenty of things on my walls too, including a day to day planner with a whiteboard pen, a corkboard, vinyl records in display cases and a calendar, all of these things create a happy place for me, so I am glad to have them around me.
If you’re looking for more tips for updating your office, check out this post on Real Home and Living.