Your Home Office Organization or Tech Tip:
This is my office while I study architecture at University of Idaho. My biggest tip is to do as much as possible for no money, and never feel like you are finished.
I made the monitor stand from an Ikea lack shelf. It was purpose built to hide my keyboard so I can do homework on the desk while I watch movies. The speakers are also DIY. They aren't done yet and the speaker stands are rolls of 2" masking tape, but they get the job done until the weather gets nice and I can finish. The cube with hearts is actually a sub woofer I built and is modeled after the companion cube in Portal.
The total cost of my framed Left 4 Dead posters was $105. The posters were $20, the frames were $50, the mats were $35. I cut the mats and then gave them some authentic zombie damage.
A cheap folding table with a nice drawing board is great for drafting and the board can be put away for bigger projects. The woman on the wall is a drawing of my wife I made late last year. I painted the filing cabinet white from beige, another free solution vs buying something. Above the scroll saw is a frame I built that holds 10 comic books. It's a storage solution that shows off my favorite comic books.
I feel like every part of my space should have a personal touch, but that all the elements should come together and complement each other to create an inspiring space where I can get a lot of work done. If that means something ugly needs to be exposed instead of in the closet, so be it.
The carpet can't be helped since we're living in a rental, but I feel like it's easily overlooked by the impact of the rest of the space. The key is to do what you can. $3 cable organization can make as much of a difference as new floors.
Finally, don't be afraid to change things up. I posted pictures of my space on my website just four months ago. A lot has changed in the space since then and I'm sure it will be different four months from now. This brings me back to my first point: don't ever feel like you are done. You will be missing out on the space you could be using today.
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