Over the past few weeks, many of us have started working from home. If your ‘office’ is in a corner of the hallway or bedroom, here are a few budget ideas to combine work and living spaces
If you are confined to working on the kitchen table, then you will be pleasantly surprised how cheap desks and office chairs can be. Also make the most of shelving to reduce office clutter.
Micke desk with a slot to hide cables, £40; Skalberg/Sporren swivel chair, £30; and Harte LED work lamp, £15, all from Ikea.com
Dice shelving unit, £150; House by John Lewis task lamp, £9.50, Johnlewis.com
If space is tight, look out for practical solutions, such as the over-door storage, above.
Pretty storage boxes will work well in an office-bedroom or you can save money by decorating old shoe-boxes – B&Q, Wilko and Wayfair all sell sticky-back plastic, with prices starting from around £4 for two metres.
Loft Living Over Door Storage Frame, £12, Sainsburys.co.uk
Skadis pegboard, £12, with clip-on containers, £2 each, Ikea.com
A6 peach storage box, £4.50, Paperchase.co.uk
House magazine holder, £17.50, Redcandy.co.uk
Choose accessories to blend in with existing décor or to make a statement. Gold and rose gold are popular now for anything from paperclips to scissors.
A desk lamp can be decorative as well as functional, either picking up accents of colour in the room or featuring on-trend metallic finishes.
Left: Neo mint green metal desk lamp, £16.99, Tkmaxx.com
Right: Eden metal desk lamp, £27.99, Very.co.uk
Woven pen pot, £6, Paperchase.co.uk
A lick of paint
If you are on a tight budget, perhaps you have an old bedside table or chest of drawers you can transform into office storage or look out for items neighbours have disgarded or thrown in builders’ skips.
This old cupboard has been given a facelift using Crown.
Multi Surface Primer & Undercoat, £20.49 for 750ml, and then topped with Non Drip Gloss in Oxford Blue, £16 for 750ml, Crownpaints.co.uk
You can also use paint to create a feature wall to define the work area from the rest of the room – like the mid-tone grey below, which creates a calm working atmosphere.
Wall painted in Clocktower chalky interior matt by M&L Paints, from £25 a litre, Mandlpaints.com