10 of Our Favorite Home Office Redos to Inspire Your Work-from-Home Setup

published Mar 20, 2020
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Whether you’re a seasoned work-from-home employee, or find yourself newly working at your kitchen table along with so many others in recent days, a dedicated work space is crucial to productivity. And if you’re looking for some fresh ideas for your home office setup, you’re in luck: We’ve rounded up some of our favorite home office Before and Afters to get you inspired. From IKEA hacks to wallpaper refreshers and everything in between, these home offices prove that you can love your workspace—and still have it work for you. Here, our top 10 picks.

1. A Storage Nook Turned Chic, Practical Home Office for $150

A work space can be carved out of the most unlikely places—like that little nook in your basement filled with junk. In making her home office, Holly from @calling_allcreators knew she didn’t have the space to work upstairs—so she headed down to her unfinished basement and found the perfect spot, right under the stairs. She stenciled the concrete floor, giving it a more upscale feel, and refreshed the walls with contrasting paint colors. Then she chose an inexpensive desk and an affordable chair that were minimal and wouldn’t look too bulky in the small space. Just like that, she created her very own office space.

2. This Home Office Nails the Beverly Hills Hotel Vibe on a Budget

If you’re going to make the effort to create a space to work, it helps if it’s a space that inspires. Kate had a perfectly lovely home office but her taste and style had changed since she first set it up. She wanted a place where she could work in the retro glam and glory of the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. The next best thing to working in an actual cabana? Cabana stripes in your office of course! See how paint completely transformed her new office space.

3. This Charming DIY Home Office Goes Fabulously Un-Gray

With a little bit of DIY spirit and a lot of hard work, Carmen and her husband transformed her once thrown-together home office/craft area into a fun and functional space. They started by creating an accent wall using geometric wallpaper, then laid a self-stick marbled vinyl floor (so the chairs can actually move around as intended!), and finished it all up with a DIY desk unit. The end product is a place where creativity is bound to thrive!

4. This Awkward Space Gets the Office Glow-Up It Deserves

We’ve seen our share of awkward spaces—weirdly angled walls and tiny little windows, and they can cause a lot of confusion when it comes to decorating. For her home office, instead of camouflaging the little oddities—like the off-center window—with a paint color that would blend in, Allisa Jacobs decided to draw attention them. To do that, she painted the little wall black, a stark contrast to the otherwise bright space. She peppered in other gorgeous design details, making it a serene space that is anything but awkward.

5. Someone Found a Way to Make a White Wall Interesting

The ever talented Rachel Mae Smith from A Crafted Life took an incredibly dull white wall and made it into a dedicated workspace she and her partner could share. Using a wall-mounted shelving unit and plywood, she created a rainbow colored office against what was once a boring white backdrop.

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6. See a Bedroom Clutter Zone Become a Functional Home Office

An office with a view? What a concept! Lizzie Ravn of Emerson & Fifteenth loved the third floor bedroom’s window, but felt its beauty was wasted by the pile of junk that had found a home underneath. It was an odd space, a gap in the middle of two lower quality built-in cabinets, that Lizzie was able to transform into a huge workspace, thanks to two beautiful live-edge wood planks.

7. This Plain Entryway Was Transformed into a Much More Useful Space

An entryway might seem like the least likely space to put your home office, but for Jenna Schreck it was the perfect fit. Located just around the corner from the kitchen, it allows her to grab a quick snack, or meet with clients without bringing them all the way into her home. The space is definitely wider than your average entryway, and looks light and airy because the furniture is bright white to match the wall color. Artwork on the walls and an added rug help define the space, making it feel less like a desk in an entryway, and more like a beautiful home office.

8. This Once-Generic Room Is Unrecognizable After a Makeover

Catherine Leavitt of Friday & Co. Design and her husband Mike are in the business of turning generic rooms into rooms with character. For $750 they did just that to this very bland, very yellow home office. Their biggest design element is actually the most affordable: paint. The addition of trim on the walls combined with the perfect shade of blue (Sherwin-Williams’s Indigo Batik) is a fairly simple DIY that completely transformed the space, giving it a modern vibe with a traditional feel.

9. A Dark, Dated ’90s Camper Gets a Bright and Airy Reno

If you think your place is too small for a dedicated work area, check out Brooke and Sam’s solution for a home office in their Jayco Eagle camper. It proves you really only need a small bit of space and a big dose of design to carve out a space that feels like an office.

10. A Smart IKEA Hack Makes This Home Office Extra Practical

At the opposite end of the spectrum, a large room completely dedicated to a home office can seem like a total bear to design—there are almost too many options! Fariha Nasir approached her home office by creating two zones: A shiplap accent wall sets the scene in front of the new work station on one side of the room, and a designated (and well-organized!) reading and play space for her son sits on the opposite side.