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7 Easy DIY Projects for Your Home Office

While there are many pros and cons to working from home, there’s nothing like being able to work in a space that is 100% your own. So, why not take it a step further and leave your mark on your home office through some easy DIY projects? Let’s get to work!

1. A desk that does the job

First things first: you need a desk. Not just any desk, but one that meets your own professional needs. If most DIY desk ideas seem a bit too complicated, check out this one. This desk will help you get straight to work, and it doesn’t get much more DIY-friendly than a simple yet efficient slab desk. Or, mount it a little higher for your very own standing desk—just make sure you get a taller chair for when you eventually need to sit.

2. Nothing like a comfy chair

Now that the desk is sorted, all you need is a chair. One of the main perks of a home office is being in the comfort of your own home. And, nothing is more comfortable when you’re working than a nice desk chair. In fact, we dare you to find something cuter than this pink faux fur chair. You may need some sewing skills for this one, but the end result is totally worth it!

3. File in style

What’s a home office without a good old file cabinet? For this one, you need a metal cabinet a chalk paint color of your own choosing. Whether the cabinet handles need some care too is up to you. The devil is in the details, so pay extra attention to the instructions for awesome results.

4. Hide those wires

It’s time to address the elephant in the home office: loose cables everywhere. If you’re lucky enough to need only a laptop to do your job, you might not have this issue. But, most people working at home need other office devices, as well, like a printer, scanner, or shredder. One easy solution to the wires is to organize your office appliances in drawers. This simple solution can work for most of the devices in a home office.

5. Paper mates

Organizational skills are a must when you work from home; this is true not only in how you conduct your work, but also in how you manage your office space, supplies, and especially your paperwork. Because everyone is different, there’s no one right answer to organizing, but a pegboard could be the way to go. So, here is one of the easiest and most clever ways to organize your paperwork.

6. Trust sturdy shelves

Storage is essential, no matter your field of work. That’s why shelves are a must—and the more the merrier! Something like this could suit not only your home office, but also anywhere else in your home. You just need a few hours to spare and some solid crates; just don’t forget to sand them—especially on the inside. Then, choose a nice stain color to go with the rest of your office décor. And, voila! You’ve got an extra place to hold all of your heavy files and specialty books.

7. Inspire and be inspired

The downside of working from home is that it’s easy to get caught up in everyday work—and hard to separate your personal and professional lives. In times like these, you may need a little reminder of who you really are and what motivates you. This board does just the thing without crowding your office space or interfering with the overall design of the room. Use it to you’re your favorite photos, souvenirs, accessories, and anything else that makes you smile.

These are just a few DIY ideas that prove that working from home can be a blessing in disguise. The reality is that you’ll be spending a lot of time in a familiar environment, so make the most of your time in your home office.

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Alexandra Ciuntu
Alexandra is a creative writer and researcher for RentCafe. With a background in e-learning content writing and a passion for knowledge-sharing platforms, she's covered topics from prop-tech to renters insurance to interior design tips. Very familiar with the renter lifestyle herself, Alexandra enjoys researching and writing about renter demographic shifts and residential real estate market trends as much as she loves writing about how to get along with roommates. You can connect with Alexandra via email. Alexandra’s work includes collaborations with financial and business publications. Her articles have been featured in several national and international online publications, including the New York Times, Barrons, Inman, Forbes, Architectural Digest, Marketwatch, Bisnow, and Curbed. Her educational background includes a B.A. in Japanese and English and an M.A. in Journalism and Cultural Studies.

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