I am loving my new house, but I’ve got a few completely empty rooms. I’m sure I’ll fill them with the furniture they deserve with time, but I decided one of the highest priorities was a desk for my office. I needed it cheap and as soon as possible. It’s kind of hard to keep yourself on task when you work from home, I am easily distracted and move slower than I should. I thought maybe if I wasn’t working from the couch that would be better (even if it’s just that I don’t feel like such a couch potato!) I think a designated, functional workspace will not only help me stay on task and organized, but also inspire me! I went back and forth about what I wanted for a while, but as time was ticking by and I still had no desk I began to feel desperate. The thoughts in my head went something like this “I should just get an ugly desk from craigslist. Who cares what it looks like? I just need to get organized.” Then “why are all the ugly desks on craigslist still $50 and up? I could make something for that.” So then when I decided to DIY I just wanted it to be easy and be as functional as possible. Thus was born this beautiful IKEA Hack desk – for under $60.
What I ended up deciding was to get two small bookshelves from Target ($18 each) and then a big butcher block desk top or counter top from IKEA. But those were going to be a little more of an investment than I felt I should make at this point (lots of other things we’re saving for right now.) So while I was at IKEA staring at the pretty butcher block that I wasn’t feeling the price of, the plain gray LINNMON desk top spoke to me. It said “I’m going to be cute, just put some pretty things on me. Really. I’m on sale for $19 and you can even fit me in the car.” So, he convinced me. I took the gray desk top home and moved forward, feeling really good about the price tag and okay about how it would look.
My husband helped me with all of this but I could’ve done it myself too, it was that easy. All we had to do was put the desk top face down on the floor, measure where we wanted the bookshelves to be and make sure they were even, place the tops of those on the bottom of the desk top, and screw them in place.
I looked at it and almost had second thoughts but then I remembered my fun, white and silver cart (also from IKEA, only $25!) that I had gotten for Christmas and I thought, actually these look really nice together. I think this is going to work!
A few accessories and organizers later, I think we’re in business! I still have big plans for an art wall above the desk to keep the inspiration really flowing, but for now I decided to hang up a little banner. I love the phrase “like a boss” and I feel like it’s perfect for the office because it’s a little bit funny and a little bit encouraging.
I should add that I could have just gotten IKEA desk legs too, they are even cheaper than the shelves were, but I really wanted something with storage since I have no other furniture at the moment. There is another bonus too – that I didn’t think of until it was set up – the shelves hide my cords! I can plug everything in and it’s all just tucked behind the shelf.
Have you ever compromised and gotten something you liked way less to save a few bucks? Sometimes it’s worth it in the end… If you like the heart print above, you can print it for free right here! You’ll probably like my new accent wall too, and maybe even my little house tour (the place we lived before the big move to Texas!)
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