You can ABSOLUTELY make your Home Office look GREAT on a budget! Here’s 21 CHEAP & EASY Ways to Make a Home Office Look Better!
21 Ways To Make Your Home Office Look Better
Do you have a home office that makes you cringe every time you see it? Are you afraid to let anyone see your messy workspace on Zoom?
Is your home office a dark and depressing space? Or, does it just feel boring and empty?
Well, I have some great low cost and a few FREE ways to turn your home office into an inviting workspace that you’ll look forward to using.
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And, you’ll be proud to show your updated office off on all those endless Zoom calls. Here’s 21 FANTASTIC ways to make a home office look better without spending much money.
21 Ways to Make a Home Office Look Better On A Budget
Rearrange Your Office Furniture
Just rearranging the furniture can completely improve the flow and feel of a home office. First, think about how you want your home office to function as a workspace.
Think about what view you want from your desk, the best wall for books and shelves, and where you’ll place anything you need to easily grab or use while you work (like a printer or files).
Once you have everything set up to be a great workspace, you can add in extra comfy seating or tables, if it makes sense.
Swap Furniture & Décor Between Rooms
To save money, you can always swap furniture and décor between rooms in your home. That’ll give your home office an updated feel without spending much money.
Just be sure to not pull any items from a room that you already LOVE. You don’t want to ruin the look of one room to improve another.
Redo Your Office Furniture
You can also redo your office furniture, to add style and color. Paint your bookcases, shelves, furniture, and desk. Or, reupholster your office chair for a fresh new look.
Check out How to Paint Furniture for beginner tips to get a professional look. And, this post with 25 Easy Furniture Painting Tutorials For Beginners to get style and color ideas.
I also have a tutorial for a Beautiful DIY Office Chair Makeover. And this post on the 50 Best Fabric By The Yard Online On Amazon & Etsy to help you find great fabrics.
Buy A Comfy Office Chair That Looks Great
Another great way to make a office look better is to get a better looking desk chair. So many office chairs are black or gray and NOT AT ALL stylish.
But you can find great office chairs that are comfy AND look good! You can get the pretty, faux leather office chair we have for around $200.
Check out this list of 25 Comfortable and Attractive Home Office Chairs on a Budget for more options.
Declutter & Organize
I don’t know about you, but I honestly CANNOT work in a messy room. AND, a messy or cluttered office never looks good. Spend an afternoon going through all of your books, files, and piles.
Get rid of anything you don’t need anymore. And, pack away anything you don’t need to see often. Then hide those boxes and hardly used items out of sight.
Hide Away Some Of Those Books
This may shock some of you book lovers. But, generally bookshelves look best when they are a mix of about half books, half décor and plants.
So, pack away your least attractive, least used, and least favorite books. I always find that less books always looks better than an overstuffed bookcase.
Mix Great Décor In With Your Books
And, after you remove some of those books, that’ll free up some space for colorful or interesting objects, collectibles, clocks, vases, pretty bookends, or plants.
I LOVE pretty faux plants for bookshelves. Then you don’t have to worry about watering them or cats trying to eat them. Velener faux plants on Amazon always look great.
Add Natural Light or Brighter Lighting
Sometimes the biggest design problem in a room is poor lighting. If a room feels dark and dreary, it can affect your mood. AND, bad lighting affects your overall impression of the room, in a bad way.
Brighter, natural light gives you more energy. That’ll help you get all of that work done. And, brighter lighting makes you feel happier and more positive, overall.
So, keep the blinds and curtains open during the day. Give those windows a good cleaning, inside and out, to let more light in.
Then add enough lighting to really brighten and energize your home office. I prefer daylight light bulbs, lately. Check out the 35 Best Milk Glass & Schoolhouse Lights for some of my favorite light fixtures.
Paint Your Office Walls
Of course, this is on the list. Painting the walls is always a cheap and easy update for any room in the house! A fresh coat of paint can absolutely make a home office look better.
BUT, go with whatever color you LOVE. You want your home office to be a space you look forward to working in.
Add Some Color
Even though I like light or white walls, that doesn’t mean I don’t LOVE color. And, it’s easy to add pops of color with furniture or décor in light rooms.
I went with a beautiful color on the built-in bookshelves for our home office makeover. Then added more great color with the large area rug, curtains, plants, and shelf décor.
Paint Your Office Trim and Doors
If you really want to make your home office look good, don’t forget to paint the doors and trim too.
Doors and trim get dinged up, scuffed, and dented over time. So, give them a fresh coat of paint too. I promise, freshly painted trim always makes a room look better!
Add Some Classy Molding or Wainscoting
I am a HUGE FAN of classic crown molding, wainscoting, and trim in a home. You can install traditional chair rail and picture frame wainscoting in a room WITHOUT spending much money.
You can easily give your home office a beautiful new look, in a weekend, if you’re comfortable with a Miter Saw and brad Nailer.
Go For A Great Feature Wall or Wallpaper
You can add great wallpaper, murals, or even painted feature walls in a home office without spending much money too.
Give yourself a beautiful mural background for Zoom calls. Or just a bit of style that makes your office space more inviting and enjoyable.
Don’t Forget The Curtains & Pillows
If you want to make your home office look good, I highly recommend finding a way to add some fabric. Go for pretty curtains, pillows, and upholstery to give the room a cozy, styled feel.
Find A Great Second-Hand Desk
Search those local real-life or online resellers for a decent used desk. Give it a clean and a new coat of paint for a fresh new look that you’ll LOVE.
A Beautiful Rug Can Work Wonders
I LOVE area rugs, but I don’t love spending much money on them. Luckily, you can find large, beautiful area rugs on Amazon for around $150. That’s an amazing deal!
Check out this post with my picks for the 17 Best Area Rugs on a Budget. There are so many great options on that list.
Add Affordable Bookshelves or Shelves
Of course, any home office makeover wouldn’t be complete without bookshelves or at least some nice shelves to store some books and décor.
You can always head to Ikea to find budget-friendly bookshelves.
Or, check out this great, low price Set of 3 wall shelves for books. I think I’d group 6 or 9 of these together to turn one wall in my office into a book display wall.
Check out my steps to cover toe kick with baseboard in a previous post.
Clean or Restore the Flooring in your Home Office
If your office floor is looking grungy and old, you can give it a good cleaning without spending much money. Fresh, clean flooring always makes a room look better.
Rent or borrow a carpet cleaner, steam clean those tile floors, or give those wood floors a deep clean and polish.
Add Beautiful Wall Art or Photos
Don’t forget to hang some great wall art, mirrors, or pictures too. A few great pieces can really make a home office look better on a budget.
Print and hang your favorite vacation or family photos, pick up a beautiful mirror, or check Home Goods, Target, and Etsy for some fantastic, budget-friendly wall art.
Add Plants or Faux Plants
I already mentioned that I LOVE to add plants or faux plants onto bookcases and shelves. But, they look great on an office desk or in large pots on the floor too.
A little greenery can be a huge improvement when you’re trying to make a home office look good! Check out this great 6 foot fake Ficus, if you need faux plants around pets, like me.
Replace Dingy or Outdated Outlets and Light Switches
Here’s a small change that usually needs to be made in older homes, it’s changing the dingy or yellowing outlets and light switches. This small change can make a home office look better.
But, of course, it’s only a cheap fix if you are comfortable with basic DIY electrical work.
OK, guys, that’s it for my cheap home office makeover ideas. Good look with your office remodel!
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Feeling inspired? That’s it for 21 ways to make your home office look better on a budget! Let me know if you have questions.
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Stephanie Abbott has been remodeling homes, updating & building furniture, and working on DIY home maintenance and cleaning tips for over 20 years. Her remodeling has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. And, her DIY YouTube channel has had more than 8 million views.
Most of the DIY tutorials and videos on this site focus on beginner to intermediate level DIY Projects that can be done in an affordable way without high-end, expensive tools. All of the cleaning tips on this website have been tested in her home.