IKEA Desk and My Budget Friendly Workspace

Hello hello!

I’m so glad you’re here today!

Today I’m talking about my new IKEA desk and how I created a new workspace on a super small budget!
Ikea Desk My Budget Friendly Workspace for Less than 200 dollars

You all know that I like to do things on a budget. For me, living in rentals and base housing over the last almost eight years I never know when my office may have it’s own room or when I have to make a space for it in my living room like this space so spending a bundle is out of the question.

In our old house we had a little nook at the top of the stairs that was made the perfect compact office nook. This house doesn’t have anything like that. Since we don’t have a room that is a dedicated office I have to get creative when it comes to a workspace.

Since our living room is extra long we have a portion of it that hasn’t been used, making the perfect little area for a workspace.

Budget Friendly Workspace via Making Home Base

It all started with this IKEA desk. I’ve been through many desks in the last few years and this IKEA desk has to be my very favorite. It’s small but still functional. I love all the options there are when it comes to drawers and legs. I chose the Alex drawers with the Lerberg trestle leg. I wanted some storage to hide all of my supplies (ehmm… junk).

Small Work space on a budget

This chair has been floating around our house for years. It’s also from IKEA. I’d love to find a nice comfy upholstered chair for this space eventually but for now this one works.

Small Bright Work Space via Making Home Base

Since this workspace is technically part of the living room I had to find the perfect rug to define the space so it didn’t look like a random desk in the corner. I love this trellis rug from Rugs USA. It’s super comfy and the pattern is great.

Workspace on a budget via Making Home Base

Ah… accessorizing is my favorite part. I love this wood caddy from Home Goods. It’s great for holding envelopes and notebooks and other random supplies I might need within an arm’s reach. I also adore these little glass jars I got from the thrift store. I think they may have been candle jars at one point but I’m not sure – they are the perfect size for holding pens and pencils or little thumbtacks.

Small Work Space

And of course the biggest statement piece of the whole workspace is my oversized chalkboard! I’m going to share the details on that tomorrow. I have a secret about that chalkboard. Here’s a clue it’s not what it seems.

But here’s the breakdown on cost.

IKEA desk: Linnmon Desk Top: $15.99

Alex Drawers: $79.99

Lerberg Trestle Leg: $10

Rugs USA Trellis Rug: $83

Grand Total: $189

Less than $200 is not bad at all!

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  1. Looks great, Chelsea! Amy (Atta Girl Says) and I went to Ikea (my first time) and she bought a desk for her craft room!

  2. Love the rug, the chalkboard, the desk….but I’m really jealous of that awesome computer screen! πŸ™‚ Great workspace!!!

  3. The space may be small but it’s super functional and pretty! I especially love the rug and the Home Goods caddy πŸ™‚

  4. What a great workspace. I homeschool my son and we use our kitchen as our “schoolroom” so I know how you feel with the limited space. I’m always looking for ideas to help the space function better, so thank you for some inspiration!

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  6. I cant believe you did this for under 200$, that is GREAT! This turned out amazing

  7. What a pretty little space, Chelsea! Using the rug to make it look like it’s own little area is a good tip.

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  9. Hello!! I love this space! Did you paint the drawers and desk top? In the picture they appear grayish….

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