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Pinterest Worthy Desk Ideas & DIY Home Office Tips

It’s only April, and already 2020 has totally changed the lives of millions of people. Chances are you are going to be working at home for a while. For some of us, working from home has been a reality for years, but for many others it is a new and scary challenge. Your home office is probably sparse and impersonal, and not a space you enjoy spending time in. Or maybe you don’t even have a home office at all, let alone a Pinterest worthy desk.

The next few weeks offer you a chance to change that. You can commit to some DIY crafts projects to turn your home office into a personal haven. Or if you want it done and dusted in just a few days, use a design-and-furnish company to create a stellar workspace from scratch.

Why not create a space you actually want to be in, rather than a room you just want to escape from?

Here’s some inspiration. Read the following tips for transforming your home office and soon you’ll be full of Pinterest worthy desk ideas. Good luck!


Upcycled vision board

a homemade collage vision board made up of magazine cut outs. Some phrases include "life in the city" and "my world."

Vision boards have known benefits on productivity and motivation. The process of planning out your vision board gives you more clarity on what you want out of your life, particularly in the near future. Even better, you can create a vision board from your own upcycled materials!

Start by finding items you are considering discarding, and see what you can do with them. You may want to check the recycling bin or use an old cereal box to start out. An old calendar can provide you with ample space to design or collage, while also reminding you of a significant time in your life. Scraps of clothing can be used as design elements on the board, using your aesthetic sensibilities to motivate you to sit down and bring your vision to life.

A homemade laptop stand

a man with dreadlocks leans over a laptop

Unless you have incredible craftmanship skills, you should probably not attempt to make your own office chair. After all, an office chair needs to be comfortable and should be designed to give you the support you need. A DIY pallet bench or something similar may look like a Pinterest worthy desk idea, but it might actually cause you more harm than good.

But a nice piece of carpentry you could create for your home office is a homemade laptop stand. Standing while working is both healthy and a good way to keep focused. If you want to work standing up, you will need a platform for your computer. Trust us, a pile of books just doesn’t cut it. Adding your own sweat and labor will make you feel good about yourself every time you stand to work.

Personal art

a double exposure photograph that shows the photographer and an image of the city overlaid

Many working people don’t have time to pursue their own art projects. They love to paint or take photographs and they have quite a bit of skill, but just aren’t able to get around to displaying their work. This is the perfect opportunity to dedicate some time to bringing your art into the world. Create the painting you have always dreamed of. Write up the poem that is tumbling around in your head. Print off some of your favorite black and white photos that are sitting on your hard drive. And then, hang them up wherever you work. Now that’s a Pinterest worthy desk idea!

Your office space should remind you of your own creativity. Seeing your work on the wall is much better motivation than any inspirational poster. Whenever you feel worn out, you can look at your work and get a boost thinking about the hard work and creativity it took to create that art.

Natural light and greenery

a small plant on a table with a laptop, black notebook, and camera lens

Studies show that having some plants and access to natural light can actually boost your productivity. If you can, look for some small potted plants (fake ones are good too). Arrange your furniture around the availability of natural light and make sure to open the blinds when you’re working.

Whether you have a specific home office space or not, a little bit of fresh air and natural décor can make a huge difference to making your workspace feel inviting.

If you’re at a loss for how to style a desk, just pop over to Pinterest or Instagram. There are plenty of examples of desk styling and Pinterest worthy desk ideas on both platforms.

Ergonomics and taking breaks

a black woman talks on the phone and smiles while working on her laptop

The trickiest part of working from home, apart from maintaining focus, is how to keep your body happy. People without a home office set up often find themselves sitting on the couch or slouching over a dining table. It’s easy to damage your spine, neck and shoulders with bad posture. 

One way to solve this is to order an ergonomically designed office chair for your home. There are special sit/stand desks you can buy that you can program to exactly your preferred height. Another way to combat body pain is to take regular breaks from working. Stand up regularly, even if it’s just to walk to the kitchen for a glass of water. 

Overall, working from home can be a blessing in disguise, as those who have been doing so for years will tell you. If you spend some time creating the ideal work space for yourself at home, you will find it easy to reap the rewards.

And if you need help creating a work space at home, our designers are ready to assist with plenty of Pinterest worthy desk ideas! It’s free to start a room request. All you have to do is tell us about your space and your style, and we’ll take care of the rest. 

This guest post was written by Josh Mishin.

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Work from Home: Furnishr’s Top 5 Tips

You might be surprised at some of the benefits you can reap if you work from home.

For instance, did you know that, if you work from home, you can deduct square footage and office supplies when you file your taxes?

Well read on, because we’ve got a lot of great tips for you, whether or not you’re new to this whole work-from-home situation. Remember, YMMV depending on if your business is actually based out of your home (like crafting or counseling) versus if you telecommute for a corporate job. If you’re an entrepreneur considering your next move, a shared office space could be the right fit.

Either way, these tips should help!

And if you need help configuring a home office for yourself, we’re the pros. Here is our article about how to budget for a home office. And it’s free to see what a custom home office would look like in your space. Talk to one of our designers today and we’ll take care of you.

1. COMMUNICATE

This one is key. And it solves a major worry for both employer and employee. You, the employee, are probably worried about your own productivity at home. You might also be worried how your employer will know that you’re actually working.

By communicating with your boss or colleagues regularly, you demonstrate that you are in fact putting in the same hours as everyone else. You show you are still engaged and contributing to the company’s projects, and you show that you work a full day. Make sure you check in with your boss and your team about how they prefer to communicate. Do they want mid-morning checkins on Slack? Zoom voice calls once a week? Email reports on Fridays with a breakdown of your work?

In unpredictable economic times, it’s super important to focus on showing value at work. So if you’re working at home, make sure to communicate regularly so your team knows you’re in the trenches with them, too.

2. MAKE YOURSELF A HOME OFFICE

a home office desk with a large desktop screen displaying a clock and a vase with yellow flowers beside a bookcase

If you’re a long-time telecommuter, you know this already. But for people who are new to working from home, it can be tempting to just sit on the couch, or even climb back into bed with your laptop! We’ll admit, it is a major benefit of working from home that you can move around and adjust your body to more physically comfortable positions than you might otherwise do in an office.

However, eventually the temptation (and neck cramps) get in the way of your to do list.

So, choose a spot right now which will serve as your home office. It can be a nook, a small end table cleared off in the living room, or your spare bedroom. Tell your partner or housemates so they can leave you alone while you’re working. Consider using a blocker or signing out of social media accounts during work hours. Set up your space with office accoutrements and things that make it feel focused and professional.

Your home office should feel comfortable but not too comfortable. You should imagine having a Zoom meeting your boss without being totally embarrassed by the decor.

If you need help figuring out how to decorate or organize a home office, Furnishr can help.

3. LEAVE THE HOUSE AT LEAST ONCE DAILY

a person wearing shorts and a tank top walks down stairs to the street. she is holding a phone.

When your work is at home, and your life is at home, and there’s no commute to give you fresh air or a change of scenery – well, you can see how easy it could be to get trapped indoors all day!

Some of our favorite ideas are to take a short afternoon walk to a nearby park. The NY Times recommends this as a way to combat the sluggish afternoon hours when most people get tired and distracted. Or you could take your lunch outside to your yard or patio. Remember, you should only do this if you can still practice social distancing! If it’s too crowded outside, try opening a window and breathing some fresh air.

Not only is it a good idea to try to leave your house once a day, but we also recommend finding someone to chat with outside your work group. It helps you disconnect, so you can come back refreshed. Why not take a virtual lunch break with an old friend?

4. KNOW HOW TO SIGN OFF

Patio furniture on deck of cottage

For people who work at home, it can be difficult to separate work from home. For instance, in the office, you have all the normal cues where people start to pack up around 5p.

But at home, it can be easy to just keep working, just for a few more minutes… until suddenly it’s 6:30p.

Don’t let working from home turn you into a lazy employee, but don’t let it turn you into a workaholic, either.

A lot of telecommuters have some kind of ritual that helps them close out their work day. It can be an alarm and something as simple as sending a final message via Slack to your team and then closing the laptop and getting up.

5. ENJOY YOUR FLEXIBILITY

Man working on the floor

Remember that not everyone has the option to work from home! It comes with challenges, true, especially if your home environment is not super conducive to focusing.

However, you have a lot of flexibility compared to most office workers. There are a lot of benefits to working from home, and you should try to enjoy them.

For instance, you can hydrate as much as you want (and pee as often as you want!) without incurring the suspicion of your coworkers.

You can stretch out and do yoga, or sit in positions that work better for your body than stuffy old office chairs.

You are more in control of the soundscape of your work environment. You could blast Rihanna all day and no one will ever know!

You’re also better able to feed yourself home cooked meals, which saves on money and is usually healthier for you than eating out.


We hope you put these tips to good use!

If you’re ready to explore what a home office could look like for you, schedule a free consultation with our designers. Here is the easiest way to get started.