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How to Decorate Your Home Office On a Budget

Updated on September 15, 2014

Makeover Your Home Office for Cheap

Creating a calm and organized home office is a must for those working from home full time or part time. Decorating your home office can be challenge when you are on a budget but with a little effort you can carve out a work space that inspires you to create,

There are several do it yourself projects that cost a few dollars and make a high impact in your space. From wall art to creative clipboard filing you will find something to brighten up your home office and the best part is that the cost is low.

Vintage Art by Dee Speed on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

Inject Your Personality into Your Home Office

One of the best pieces of advice I can give you about decorating your home office is add your unique personality to your office. You want to be true to who you are and what you like. Creating an office designed for someone else will come across cold and an empty. That is not to say, you need to add a bunch of childhood pictures of yourself all over the walls - but you can if you want. You can keep your office professional by utilizing colors, shapes and patterns you like. Add a picture or two of your family if you want. After all, people's desk are littered with them in the outside workforce.

Look through magazines or the internet and find ideas you like. Give these ideas your own personal spin. Think about how the look was create and what materials you would need to create the look at home. Often you can find a low cost approach to creating designer looks if you think about it.

You can find a few ideas below to help your decorate your home office on a budget.

Image by fotologic on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0

A Home Office Makeover

Home-office-makeover by love Maegan on Flickr reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0.

Putting You in Your Home Office Upgrade

Tastes vary from person to person and the ideal office can be different things to different people. You want your home office to inspire you to work.

What kind of home office to you wish to create?

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Clipboard Bulletin Board

I recently got into decoupage and came across a Mod Podge project for turning boring old clipboard into functional wall art on Martha

Here is the clipboard I made:

What You Need

Contact paper


Mod Podge

Craft Knife

low grit sandpaper

I used a plain piece of paper to work out the pattern for the clip board. I traced the pattern on to the back of the contact paper and slowly applied it to the plain clipboard. I smoothed the bubbles out out from the middle out. Next I trimmed off the excess paper. I sanded any rough edges off I covered the clipboard with a layer of mod podge. Finally, I sanded lightly and then added another coat of mod podge.

The result, decorated clipboards that add color to the wall and are functional. You can see more clipboard decoupage at Echoes of Laughter.

Decorate with Mod Podge

Find the right Mod Podge to finish off your project.

Canvas Art Work & Frames

Artwork does not have to cost a fortune. You can create a high impact look for only a few dollars. If you have a favorite shirt, picture or paper you can apply it to an artist canvas with decoupage. Create interesting one of a kind pieces for your home office that reflects your taste.

Another art project is to frame your diplomas, newspaper articles or magazine blurb on the wall of your home office. Repaint an old frame or buy a new one. To give your framed artwork more professional look try matting your work.

If you are short for ideas on what to frame. You could always browse through an old calender you like and clip out any pictures you like and frame those. Recycling an old calender is cost-effective and a smart way to recycle old products.

Imageby Foxtongue on Flickr reproduced under Creative Commons license CC BY 2.0.

Use Office Accessories to Add Pops of Color

Think about the tools you use in your home office. Your pens and stapler can act as a piece of art if they are displayed right.

Use box shaped shelves to hold your stapler and hole punches. Buy solid color pens that go with your color theme. This is an inexpensive way to give you room a pop of color while keeping your desk area clean of clutter.

The 6 Piece Purple Crystal Office Supply Set is the an example of a color set of office supplies that can be used in your home office to give it a burst of color.

Customize Your Cookie Cutter Desk

If you bought your desk at a big box store or picked up a second hand desk a little TLC is all you need to give you a customized desk that will be the envy of your friends. One way to dress up a desk is to give it a color makeover. Just make sure you prep your piece of furniture before begin.

Add character to your desk with wood detail trim. It can be adhered with wood glue and give your desk a more regal look.

You can also decoupage your desk and give it a more unique look.

The easiest way to give your desk a new look is to purchase some new handles or knobs. It's a quick change that can update the style and look of your desk.

DIY Recycled Computer Desk by Hey Paul Studios on Flickr reproduced under Creative Common license CC BY 2.0

How to Paint Furniture

This video shows you how to paint furniture step by step from start to finish. You can apply these tips to painting your desk to give it a little bit of character. The woman in the video does use a paint brush but you could use a spray paint to get a smoother finish.

Home Office Makeover on a Budget

With DIY projects it is easy to get a fabulous looking office for cheap. Second hand office furniture can become diamonds in the ruff. You can usually find a great piece of furniture that needs a little tender lover and care at a thrift store, on online classified sites like kijiji, and at a garage sales. You may need to repaint and sand to get the look you want but the effort is worth while.

Consider using household items in new ways in your home office. You can re-purpose and old glass vase or cookie jar to hold paper clips. Trying filling them with one certain color of paper clips to compliment you design scheme.

Image by Tax Credits on Flickr, reproduced under Creative Common license CC BY 2.0

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    • accfuller profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! Due to limited space, I recently set up a table in the corner of my dining room. Looking forward to sprucing it up. I gave you a squid-like and a g+1 ...:)

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      8 years ago

      I would like to implement this idea !

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      8 years ago

      nice lens!

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      Ben Reed 

      8 years ago from Redcar

      An interesting lense - nice ideas.

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      8 years ago

      Nice Article

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and interesting ideas! I'm not big on DIY but your tips and suggestions inspired me to add a little fantasy and personality to my bedroom/office.

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      What an excellent lens! I can see someone else has recommended you for the Purple - well-deserved. Everyone likes to save money, and yet look classy. The crafts you chose with decoupage are easy enough for busy people, and I think it would feel good to do them. Pinned to two of my boards: "crafts I love" and "home beautification" and out by digg.

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      Laura Hofman 

      8 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Great ideas here! You definitely want to inject your unique personality into your home office. I find things that help calm me are art, photos of loved ones, favorite colors, mementos from vacations...etc.

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      8 years ago

      that print/picture in the lens main photo is great - I'm going to try and recreate it

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      Darcie French 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Love the cookie cutter desk!

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      8 years ago

      Some really good and easy ideas here. Thanks a lot for the inspiration.

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      8 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Wonderful tips and ideas for to revamp your Home Office .

    • chocochipchip profile image


      8 years ago

      Love The ideas!!! Thank you for the lens!!

    • roseambrose profile image


      8 years ago

      Thanks for the great ideas. I only have a small space to use for a home office and I want to make it special and my own space while still keeping an office atmosphere, but only have a small budget. So this lens has been written at just the right time for me!

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      8 years ago

      These ideas are cool, I will look at this lens again when I revamp my office!

    • LBlanco profile image


      8 years ago

      @ThisisMissyMiss: That's a great idea!

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      8 years ago from The Fabulous Midwest

      I am thinking about painting my wall with chalkboard paint so I can just reach over and scribble down ideas. It's easier than fumbling around for paper and a pen.

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      8 years ago

      As my job is creative I need to change the office look and feel quite often so it's fresh. I use large posters mainly to achieve this and choose locations to set a theme like city, jungle, desert. Then I pull in a few nick nacks that emphasize the theme and change them around every 6 months or so.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens, I am trying to get a bit of inspiration for my home office at the moment. I want to keep it very simple so am getting it re-decorated next week, now looking for a focal piece of art to brighten up the wall

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips and suggestions. I have a home office and I am always seeking new ideas to improve it while saving money. The best tips are the canvas art and adding colorful office accessories.

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      8 years ago

      you have created a nice lens, i like it

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      8 years ago

      I enjoy the hunt of finding unique things that inspire me. I don't have the budget to go to one of the trendy stores and outfit my workspace. Plus, my area wouldn't be all that unique that way.

      While it takes more time, I love thrift store and consignment stores for developing my own unique look. You can sometimes find original art, things that could be repurposed into something practical and all sorts of goodies.

      If nothing else, they're a great place for finding low-cost frames.

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      8 years ago

      Fun ideas here! Have to try some.

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for the great ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you very much for liking my lens.

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      dogface lm 

      8 years ago

      Awesome lens!

      And of course nice tips! (-:

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      8 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I agree with your tips! It's very important to me to surround myself in my work space with inspirational art and symbols. I sit facing a large framed puzzle of a beautiful Butterfly Fairy and a set of windows that open to let me see the evergreens in our yard. I also have a vision board hanging near my desk that helps keep me focused and inspired with my goals.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great tips! I've seen the canvas photos before but I've never seen the clipboard idea before, very cute!

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      8 years ago

      wow this lens is really inspiring. I so wanted to change the atmosphere of my workbench.

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      You've got me motivated. I'm going to stop right now and make my home office more inviting. :)

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      EABarnes LM 

      8 years ago

      Great info, well laid out and to the point--helpful!

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      Vikk Simmons 

      8 years ago from Houston

      Turned the dining room into my office a couple of years ago. Fun project. Enjoyed reading about yours.

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      8 years ago

      Very nice Creative ideas...Thanks for sharing... :)

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      8 years ago

      Some amazing tips there

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      bluelily lm 

      8 years ago

      Office makeover for workplace sound great. Aesthetically pleasing and organised environment motivates you to work more.

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      8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips i actually required to start my own business of exports from India and have budget issues for office setup.

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      8 years ago

      Fantastic lens, thanks for the creative tips to brighten up this place !

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      8 years ago

      Oh its great. I'll try to decorate my own office.

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      8 years ago

      These are some good tips on ways to decorate a home office, I know for mine I was most interested in how my walls would look, because I wanted colors and nice picture frames. Thanks for the nice tips.

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      8 years ago

      Love the bright and clean look. I recently bought a Mod Podge and your decoupage suggestion sounds like a great idea.

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      8 years ago

      These are very doable tips. I like a fresh new look every so often.

      Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed this very much. :)

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. You inspired me for a re-decorate my home office.

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      8 years ago

      Great ideas and congrats for your TOD!

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      8 years ago

      Love the orange board design

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      My home office is in my living room. Oh boy. I try to keep my desk tidy, which is my greatest makeover move I can think of!

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      8 years ago from Diamondhead

      My home office could use a makeover, but I've been too busy doing the other rooms of my home. I think the office will be next. You inspired me!


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