My first full-room makeover and my pride and joy is most certainly my home office space. I completed it as part of the One Room Challenge in the fall of 2021. I’m so glad I was convinced to take part and was able to finally tackle a space that was giving me some serious issues. The home office put up a struggle because I was nervous to commit. Clearly, all I needed was a shove in the right direction because I (obviously!) committed and this home office is now a space I’d never turn back on. Although, as I was completing my second one-room challenge (my garage!) and going down memory lane on this home office, I realized, I never gave you a full cost and source breakdown. Never fear, I’m here to fix that today.
The Cost of the Home Office
Expensive. The home office was expensive. Joking. It wasn’t terribly expensive – especially since I did it myself (advocating for you to pick up those tools and give DIY a try!). However, the cost of materials was a little bananas while I was doing this build. I also recognize although it wasn’t a huge amount of money it is still a decent amount and not everyone can afford it at the drop of a hat. Just be aware that this room took me 8 weeks to do and over that time, I purchased items slowly and as I needed them over the course of the one-room challenge.
I did try to make this as affordable as possible while still selecting quality items. I went with a combination of purchasing ready-to-go items from Ikea that needed a little bit of pizzazz, for example, and building some items from scratch to achieve the custom look I wanted. So here’s what I made and how much everything cost.
Cost breakdown of the Home Office:
- DIY Cabinet Base – $0 – made with scraps
- Ikea Ivar Hack – $384.49 (includes new drill bits)
- Shiplap (old tutorial, not related to the office but the same method I used) – $100
- DIY Desk Top – $79.80
- DIY Bookshelves – $229.16
- Paint + Additional Materials – $168.51
The total cost of this home office renovation was: $961.96
Not too shabby for a full room renovation, right?! Now, this also doesn’t include the decor that is a must-have as part of a room renovation. So let’s get into those sources.
Decor Links for the Home Office
The home office was not too hard to decorate. I have a set of bookshelves, a desktop, and a ton of open space in the middle of the room that needed some TLC. Here are the links and/or sources (where I could) to what I used to decorate the home office:
- Paint: Ashwood Moss – Benjamin Moore
- Desktop Stain: Flagship – wait for 1-minute, wipe off. Briarsmoke – wait for 1-minute, wipe off.
- Small and Large Baskets (originals HomeSense) – Similar here and here
- Bowl and moss balls – exact here and here
- Coffee table books (HomeSense is the most affordable when you can find it)
- Vases (original HomeSense and Indigo) + Greenery – Similar here and exact here and greenery here
- Feather decorative piece (HomeSense) – similar here
- Round rug – exact here
- Office chair – exact here
- H Blanket – exact here
- Sconces – exact here
- Planter pot – exact here
- Brass bells – exact here
- Ceramic heart vase – exact here
- Chair – here
- Plant – here
- Art + frames – here (similar here) and frames here and here
Let me know if there’s anything I’m missing and I’ll add it in for you!
Here’s where I need to do a better job of tracking what I spend on a room – I have no clue what this all cost me as a lot I had on hand and it got transferred to this room, some of it was also part of gifted collaborations. That just means we omit decor as a line item from the budget… right?!
There you have it, all of my home office secrets. Enjoy them.