Your Dream Office on a Tight Budget - Part 2

Furniture (Desk) Selection

So, you've figured out where your office or workspace is going to be, GREAT! You've figured out what furniture pieces you need, TICK! Now you need to figure out what they're going to look like.

The most important piece of advice I can give you at this stage is...

Measure, Measure and Remeasure

You don't want to be one of those people who brings home a piece of furniture and it's too large for the space, can't fit through the doors, windows and it has to be taken back. Get it right from the get go! Measure the length and depth of the area where your desk will go, so that you're armed with maximum dimensions of the piece of furniture you need. 

Here we've outlined 3 not-so-ordinary ideas of desks/tables types and things to consider with these pieces. In each case, you will determine your preference of style of the desk. In each piece we're showing you, there's a multitude of styles out there e.g. traditional, contemporary etc. Don't be afraid to mix and match, this is what getting your space to look all your own is all about. Choose pieces you like, or that you can tweak to your taste, with some paint, hardware, elbow grease and the internet almost anything is possible. 

 

Type 1 - "Surprise I'm a desk!"/Multi-purpose

The Secretary Desk

A secretary desk can also work at the foot of your bed and hide your bed from view while you're working. 

A secretary desk makes a compact storage and workspace solution that can easily hide itself away when not in use. (potterybarn.com)

A secretary desk makes a compact storage and workspace solution that can easily hide itself away when not in use. (potterybarn.com)

There are so many types of Secretary desks (domino.com)

There are so many types of Secretary desks (domino.com)

The secretary desk is placed next to the bed and can be a perfect solution for the bedroom if you have the space for it.

The secretary desk is placed next to the bed and can be a perfect solution for the bedroom if you have the space for it.

Danish Modern anyone? (chairish.com)

Danish Modern anyone? (chairish.com)

Budget Friendly Options

  • Scour garage sales (newspapers and Facebook), auctions, Goodwill (USA/CANADA) for one, paint it, and replace hardware to suit your style. If all else fails ask a grandparent, auntie or elderly neighbour if they know anyone who has a secretary desk that they may be willing to part with.
  • Get quotes from joiners, you'll be able to get exactly what you want and can specify the measurements to suit your space.

Coffee Table to Desk

You can design a similar piece, maybe with a shelf/drawer underneath and have it fabricated by your joiner. (westelm.com)

You can design a similar piece, maybe with a shelf/drawer underneath and have it fabricated by your joiner. (westelm.com)

Budget Friendly Option

Get your joiner to make the top of the coffee table to your particular design using these pieces for inspiration. If you want metal legs, you can then take your top section to your metal work guy to fabricate them. 

 

Type 2 - Rustic and Transitional

Sawhorse Desk

Any flat, sturdy surface can become a work table or worktop with a little imagination and elbow grease. You can make or have two sawhorses made and top them with a door, a sheet of metal or another sturdy, flat surface. If you want to be fancy you can order some glass (laminated/tempered) or stone (marble, granite, quartz, soapstone etc)

Zebra wood, glass top sawhorse table (gavinzeigler.com)

Zebra wood, glass top sawhorse table (gavinzeigler.com)

Door-top, floating, wall-mounted table, topped with glass (www.thislittlemiggy.com)

Door-top, floating, wall-mounted table, topped with glass (www.thislittlemiggy.com)

Filing Cabinet Base

You can score some outdated looking filing cabinets cheaply at a garage sale and spruce them up with paint and add legs of your decor style. You will need to add legs to raise the table to workstation height. Add a flat surface: wood, stone, glass, metal, your choice and VOILA!!! Gorgeous table on the cheap! 

Take into consideration the thickness of the surface you will be adding to determine the height of the legs. Floor to top of surface height can comfortably range from 28"-33" depending on your needs.

Filing Cabinet makeover.

Filing Cabinet makeover.

One cabinet can also work (refashionablylate.com)

One cabinet can also work (refashionablylate.com)

Type 3 - Movable vs Built-in

If you're living in a rental and you don't plan on staying there for an extended period, movable. If you're there for awhile and your landlord approves built in. Get quotes. Sometimes built-ins can work out cheaper, especially here in Trinidad and Tobago.  

Built-in workstation in open space.

Built-in workstation in open space.

Built-in installed in home office nook, under the stairs.

Built-in installed in home office nook, under the stairs.

Storage Tips

  • Think about your storage needs. Do you need to store large or small items? If you need to store large items, securely, away from little hands, then you need to look for appropriate storage, with locks. Your joiner can also install locks on some units.
  • If you are able to find a piece of furniture that matches your dimension requirements and has built in storage GET IT.
  • Not enough space on the length of your selected area for standing storage? No problem. You can store pull-out, drawer storage for files etc, under your desk/table. Wall mounted storage above your workstation or sitting top of your desk can work
This complete workstation has two drawer units below, smaller storage drawers sitting on top and wall mounted storage. 

This complete workstation has two drawer units below, smaller storage drawers sitting on top and wall mounted storage. 

Storage drawer units in this craft station, along with open shelving units sitting on top the desk work. 

Storage drawer units in this craft station, along with open shelving units sitting on top the desk work. 

You're now armed with a bit more info to get you looking out for the perfect desk. Next week, we'll get more into seating and take you even closer to that dream, budget friendly home office. Drop us a line and let us know if this helped and what dilemma are you having with your home office.