Month six of the COVID-19 pandemic: the husband is still working from home, the kids are all 100% online for school, and I’m still here too. Our office was in need of an update, so I thought this was the perfect time to transform it into a home office and study room that could accommodate our family of five on a budget. Plus, I’m always a fan of a little home update. I have affiliate links throughout the post, but I have a big list all the way at the bottom too.
Budget Friendly Home Office Furniture from IKEA
All desks, tables, and shelves in our home office and study room are from IKEA. We actually already had these items in the house, just not in the same room. With a little rearrangement, we were able to fit them all into the office.
These IKEA shelves and storage bins have been great for organization and keeping our very busy home office clean. The bins are large and accommodating, and I have made the empty shelves into cubbies for the kids to store their school supplies.
Black and White Home Office Decor
Just sharing the photo from above so you don’t have to scroll back. The black and white rug (affiliate link) and sputnik chandelier (affiliate link) are both from Wayfair. Since it didn’t come with lightbulbs, I bought some Edison bulbs (affiliate link) for a bit of an industrial vibe. Large mirror in the back of the room is, you guessed it, IKEA.
I was trying to find accents that would compliment the blonde wood furniture and gray walls in our home office. I went with black and white decor and accents to keep it neutral and attractive to everyone in the family. Didn’t want to make very feminine since my husband works in there too. We don’t get a lot of natural light in the study, so I added these black and white striped curtain panels (affiliate link) to match and allow in as much light as possible.
Mid Century Office Chairs
I went back and forth about what kind of chairs to get for the kids to use at their study area/computer station. I ended up with these black mid century chairs (similar, affiliate link) for a couple reasons. First, I like the way they look. But second, and probably a better reason, they don’t allow as much fidgeting as do the normal rolling/swiveling office chairs.
School Supply Organization
In order to foster independence for the school day, I wanted to make sure the kids had all school supplies organized and easily accessible. This is my favorite IKEA hack in our house – we turned a changing table into a bar cart, which has now become our school supply organization cart! All we used was a can of gold spray paint (affiliate link) and some contact paper (affiliate link). These metal buckets (similar, affiliate link) labeled with chalk marker stickers (affiliate link) are an easy way to organize school supplies. The dry erase board (affiliate link) and markers (affiliate link) is helpful for homework sessions, or just mapping out my own ideas.