Tiny Kitchen Office on a Budget: Get the Look

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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