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DIY Ideas for Your Home Office

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Work from home, or have a home office for your admin work? If the space you work in bores you rather than inspires you, it’s time to do something about it.

A clean, uncluttered workspace can improve your productivity and general work mood each day! Here are some DIY home office ideas to get you started…

Utilize the walls

Do you find that wall in front of your workspace lacks inspiration? Here’s one great idea to improve the look and make it useful at the same time. Section the wall into squares, and think of a different material or purpose for each square.

If you run a handyman business, you could drill in a few peg boards into some of the squares, where you can hang containers for your stationery you use for your administrative work. You can use chalkboard paint on some sections to write notes on it or cover some areas with glass or plastic and use a whiteboard marker – easy!
DIY cork board

For maximum functionality, install a cork board to pin up memos or bills, or better yet, photos of your dream cars so you keep your eye on the prize while you’re working. Every space is different so if you want your cork board to be a custom size then simply create your own!

You’ll need to make a frame:

  • Either purchase a pre-built frame, can be purchased second hand online or at your local op shop. Or, build one yourself (this may require a mitre saw or box)
  • Cork tiles, which usually come in square sheets but are able to be cut to size (these can be found at a hardware store)
  • Plywood for the backing

To build it:

  • A drill to pre-drill holes into the frame assembly
  • A saw to cut the cork tiles or plywood to size
  • Contact adhesive to glue the cork tiles to the plywood
  • A hammer and nails to fix the frame to the plywood

To finish it off:

  • Sandpaper to smooth the frame for painting (optional)
  • A bracket or mount to fix it to the wall (these can be found at a hardware store)

Add personality to your desk

Need to upsize your desk space? If the sizing constraints of your room permits, build your own desk. Using an old solid door you can create a bench that’s strong and sturdy, simply cut the wood to size (if needed) sand it, paint it and make it your own. Look around to find an old desk frame and simply replace the top or build desk legs from timber. If you want to it to look that extra bit ‘fancy’ hunt around for some old galvanized pipes for a unique look – this will definitely show off your DIY skills!

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Desk’s don’t have to lack personality, use your creativity!

Small shelves lying around the house collecting dust may be better used to form part of a desk. Find a top for your table (like the above mentioned solid door) lay the bench on top of the two supporting shelves. Prime and paint everything to suit your style and mount everything together with brackets. If it has drawers, you can choose a different colour for each drawer, or keep it to a minimum by using the same colour, but different shades on each one. You can apply the same concept to the legs of your desk if it does not have drawers.

DIY desk

Recycled timber can give your workspace a rustic look

A quick tip, to avoid messy cables running from your wall to the computer, using a holesaw you can create a hole in the timber to feed through the cables. This is an easy way to create less clutter!

Give your chair some personality

We understand that you probably chose your office chair for comfort (and maybe even OH&S considerations). But that doesn’t mean your chair has to live forever in it’s original boring material.

So why not go out and find a material that might inspire you each day and duck into a local upholstery store and ask them to rejuvenate your home office chair! Bright colours, football team colours, your business logo – there’s virtually no limit to what can be printed for you these days.

If you want to take your “Motor Enthusiast” passion to the next level, build your own racing seat for your workspace. You can build one with parts from an old office chair (try Gumtree, an op shop, or buy a cheap one brand new) and find yourself a racing seat – there are plenty available online or through performance dealers. The process of building the seat isn’t overly difficult, just jump on YouTube and watch the endless tutorials if you get stuck…

Where to start:

  • First up, turn the office chair upside down. This will allow you to access the steel plate (this attaches the upholstered seat to the shock mechanism and controls)
  • You’ll need to remove the upholstered section of the seat from the pedestal – there are usually a few bolts which hold the seat in place, these can be removed with the appropriate sized ratchet
  • Keep it centre between the two sides of the seat, position the mounting plate for the pedestal against the base surface of the racing seat. Allow approximately 2 inches back from the exact centre of the seat.
  • Mark the position of the mounting holes against the racing seat base with the pencil – you’ll need to know where to drill
  • Then drill through the base plate without causing any damage to the seat cushion by peeling back the upholstery of the racing seat
  • Drill through the base of the racing seat using a drill bit (note: use the same size drill bit as as the bolts you will be using to attach the pedestal to the seat)
  • Feed through a bolt from the top of the seat, down through the holes in the mounting plate of the pedestal. Ensure you install a washer and a nut onto each of the bolts, tightening them with a ratchet.
  • Finally place the upholstery back onto the seat bucket to finish off the job! Now, sit back and relax!

Organise it

If you have a few open shelves and have no idea how to organise pens, clips, and other small tools you need for work, put those containers or jars to good use by lining them up on a shelf or two and use these to store the small essentials. They are very effective in keeping things in their proper place. You can also add some baskets to the rest of the shelves to store tape, notepads, and other stationery items. Using organisers and storage compartments you’ll keep your workspace tidy and organised.

SCA Parts Bin - 18 Drawer

SCA Parts Bin – 18 Drawer

If you want to get extra creative, why not create your own concrete pots? There are plenty of How-To tutorials on YouTube showing us just how easy they are to make. Other than using them for adding a bit of life into your workspace with a plant, they can be a great way to sort your stationery. There is an endless supply of potential moulds out there. Check out yard sales and op shops for a variety of shapes and sizes – just avoid using anything with great detail! Easy!

Even if your business is for lawn mowing, plumbing or auto mechanics, you probably have a home office to retreat to when it comes time for the paperwork. So Grab a pen and paper and jot down your ideas to add personality to your office space.

We’re keen to see what you can do! Comment below or Email us!

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Thanks to GreenSocks for sharing some project ideas with us!

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