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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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