Ways To Make New Shared Office/Guest Room Cozy on a Budget?

Ways To Make New Shared Office/Guest Room Cozy on a Budget?

Regina Yunghans
May 29, 2013

Q: My boyfriend and I just moved from a one bedroom apartment to a two bedroom. My boyfriend is in school and I love to sew and craft. In our old place, we shared the desk in the livingroom. Though he mostly used it to study and I often spread my work over the couch, floor, and coffee table, making quite a mess. Needless to say, we are both thrilled to have a space for study and projects other than our primary living area. Only, we are sort of stumped on how to arrange the space on a budget:

Our current desk is a solid beautiful teacher's desk that my dad refinished when I was in high school. Most of the home offices I see have matching desks. I am stuck on the issue of a second desk because I am concerned that two teacher's desk would overwhelm the space. I do not want to exchange our current desk for two that match, but I feel that something cheap from IKEA beside it would look, well, cheap. Could someone suggest a style of work table or desk that would complement the desk we already have?

In addition to a second work surface, we would like to include a small bed or couch for guests. There is a baseboard heater under the window on one wall, and the closet and entry door on another. I feel like I should be able to fit everything and make this room cozy and functional, but I am really uninspired. I would appreciate any suggestions on how to arrange our new space.

I've included panoramic photos taken with my phone of the office from the door and the living room and kitchen to give you an idea of the rest of the apartment (a bit bare since we just moved). The carpet smelled a bit, so the white spots in the photo are baking soda.

Thanks for the help!

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