I realize I am about 4 months late but I bet a lot of you are still tired of balancing your files, your laptop, and your coffee while sitting on the couch ( hint: fellow bloggers). But a lot of people just don’t have the extra room or even finances for one of those gorgeous home offices you see on Pinterest. And I don’t care what they say, they did not make it themselves out of only toothpaste and sawdust.

If you don’t have a room you can dedicate as an office here are some tips.

  • See if you have a little corner in your bedroom that you could use.
  • Some of these look so good they would elevate an empty space in your living room( although distractions may be unavoidable)
  • Do you have a large closet stuffed with unnecessary items? Take the doors off and you have the perfect work space.
  • If all else fails consider kicking out relocating your 25 year old child to her own place. Just an idea.

I decided to give myself a little challenge to design an office nook including a desk, chair, lamp, and a place to store files. All for under $200. I sure wish I would have allowed $300 but that’s beside the point. Some items are on sale at press time and prices fluctuate so please don’t hold me accountable if the total is higher in the future.

I was elated when I saw hundreds of cute, affordable desks online. But my bubble popped when I saw over three quarters were out of stock. But there will be more in October if you are willing to wait.

I have put together three micro -office ideas. I hope you will find some inspiration. But remember, these desks are very small. Enough room for a laptop and a notebook. I will be doing another post soon including larger desks.

I am an affiliate for some of these retailers. This means if you click on the link or make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. At no extra cost to you.

The Neutral Office Nook

This neutral office area can easily be unisex and would be perfect in your bedroom or even in your family room. This look boasts a desk ( available in other colors) with shelves on the side, an ergonomic chair, and a super cool wall grid. The grand total on this room is…$196.84. And that is including 2 of the wire mesh file folder bins.

The pieces:

Lansing Writing Desk • $82.99

Mainstays Mesh Task Chair with Plush Padded Seat, Multiple Colors – Walmart.com • $25.88

AmazonBasics Mesh Steel Desktop Hanging File Holder, Black • $13.99

OttLite LED Cone Desk Lamp, Silver • $29.99

2 Pack Grid Wall Panels Metal Wire Photo Rack Multifunctional Display Organizer Black • $30

The Completely Portable Home Office

Small home office solution. Work from home office

I love this idea. It really is a just a larger glorified tray table but it is so pretty. And it folds up, as does the bamboo chair. I included a clip on light and a stylish file folder bag. The bag comes in other colors as well. You’ll need to shell out $195.79 to achieve this look.

The pieces:

The Tiny Yet Classy Corner Office

Small stylish office look. Work from home. Small desks

I have to admit that this is my favorite look. The desk with the little hutch area, the chair, and the lovely command center with the floral whiteboard. This would look great in the foyer, dining room, former daughter’s room, you get it. Your credit card balance will go up by $186.27 for this look. How about that? My favorite look is the cheapest, er, most affordable.

The pieces:

Annie Secretary Desk with Hutch • $73.99

Flash Furniture Elon Series White Plastic Chair with Wooden Legs • $60.50

Wall Pops Garden Rose Gallery Organization Kit, Multicolor • $19.60

Newhouse Lighting NHDK-OX-WH Oxford Desk, Flexible Goose Neck Table Lamp with 40 Watt LED Bulb Included, White • $16.99

Rubbermaid Unbreakable Expandable Three-Pocket Wall File Set, Clear (65976) • $15.19

Now you have 3 ideas to use or be inspired by. You may even have a tray table you could spray paint or a a pegboard to use as a command center. The only thing that matters is that you are happy. Oh, and you should probably get back to work. I’m off to spend my $11 for an iced cappuccino.

Doing what I love,

4 thoughts on “Style Challenge: Design a Home Office Nook for Under Two Hundred Dollars

  1. I love these ideas – they can work in dorm room, apartment, and even in my classroom!

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