Tiny Kitchen Office on a Budget: Get the Look

Tiny Kitchen Office on a Budget: Get the Look

Sarah Coffey
Mar 11, 2010

One of our favorite home offices is this tiny red and robin's egg blue nook sent in by Apartment Therapy reader Kathryn. It used to be a trash room, just off the kitchen, but Kathryn used paint, IKEA furniture, and a few well-chosen accessories to transform it into a working office. For those inspired by this look, we've compiled a resource guide.

IKEA: Most of the big items in Kathryn's office came from IKEA: the Helmer drawer unit ($40), desk (no longer available), the Estekisk magazine rack (no longer available online), Fansta lampshade ($5), and Henriksdal chair ($60). For more budget options, check out Apartment Therapy's roundups of flat files and cabinets and small space laptop desks.

Crate & Barrel: If you're looking for an upgrade from the IKEA chair that's still less than a few hundred dollars, Crate & Barrel has a good selection of upholstered dining chairs, like the Pullman Leather Side Chair, shown above, for $200.

West Elm: As an alternative to IKEA, West Elm sells a number of small-scale desks for less than $500, including the Parsons Mini Desk ($250, shown) or the small Slideaway Desk ($99). Their Wood Boxes with Lacquered Lids ($14 - $29) would also fit in with this small, modern office.

Fabric.com: Covered in Amy Butler Fabric, the corkboard has a custom look. Fabric.com is one of our go-to budget resources for designer fabrics. The Lotus Wall Flower in Cherry, similar to the pattern shown above, is $9/yard.

Schtickers: This company sells PC and Mac laptop skins in a huge range of colors and patterns, so that you can customize your laptop to match your office. The Solid Red Laptop Skin is $20.

Amazon.com: The prints above Kathryn's desk are Sukie Correspondence Cards, designed by Julia Harding and Darrell Gibbs, and available on Amazon for $12.

Container Store: If you want something a little bit more substantial than IKEA's cardboard storage boxes, we like the fabric-covered Stockholm Desktop Files from the Container Store for $20.

Lowe's: Valspar paint (available through Lowe's) is a popular budget brand. To replicate Kathryn's robin's egg blue and beige color scheme, we'd try Woodlawn Blue Angel 5003-9B and Colonial Gray 6004-1B or Woodrow Wilson Putty 6004-1A.

FilzFelt: To find a mousepad similar to Kathryn's, we checked online store FilzFelt and ran across this Circle Trivet for $10. They also sell mats that can be used as desktop blotters, as well as felt by the yard that can be used to make a custom design.

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