Are you working from home? If so, you've probably figured out (now more than ever) how essential it is to have a functional, inspiring, and productive workspace. US News reports that over 58% of Americans have started working from home ever since the COVID-19 pandemic. And in between the kids running around, the dogs barking, and the roommates partying - you're going to need a quiet space to call your own. The good news is, though, that a revamped home office setup doesn't need to come at the cost of your wallet.
In this article, our team at The Underground Print Shop shares our favorite budget-friendly office upgrade hacks.
Bring the Outdoors In
Bring your porch flower planters or outdoor plants indoors to your office space doesn't cost you anything extra. If you don't have too many greens lined up outdoors, find a wholesale nursery near you and collect all the plants you can. Why? Well, plants have been scientifically proven to increase feelings of productivity, happiness, and even relaxation. And with the right greens in your office space, you'll have enough oxygen circulating to get all that thinking work done with ease.
Stay Functional, Yet Stylish
Offices need to be designed keeping in mind the everyday practicalities. Most people sit at their workspace for upwards of seven hours a day, so ergonomic furniture will be an absolute must. Invest in a sit-stand desk if possible (check out eBay or Craigslist to find well-loved items for cheap), as that will ensure you keep your back happy and the pains far away. An ergonomic chair customized to different heights, tipping points, and more will also be critical.
At the same time, don't forget that your space needs to capture your spirit too! Be sure to incorporate some unique and funky items. You can go DIY here - why not use pallets as storage or thrift funky lighting for a mix of mood and task lighting options? Add in your favorite art prints from local designers - check out these options at The Underground Print Shop for some inspiration - and voila! You have a worthy video call background for all those remote meetings, not to mention a functional and comfortable space.
The most budget-friendly way to keep your space looking fresh and tidy is by ensuring you're setting yourself up for organizing success. If you have a closet handy, keep all your office documents and equipment like printers and fax machines tucked away - out of sight, out of mind. Or else DIY or thrift a personalized storage cabinet that is designed to fit everything you need. Don't forget hidden storage solutions like drawer organizers, under-table storage, and furniture with built-in storage.
How Do I Afford All This?
While DIY and thrifting go a long way, there will likely be some key items you want to invest in. Whether that's ergonomic furniture, new tech, or a comfy new couch, you may need some funding help along the way. Choose to ‘refinance my home’ as it is essentially a way to replace your existing old loan with another that offers a higher balance. You'll then be able to cash out the difference and use the amount to transform your work from home office space!
Despite all the people working from home, a survey conducted by Furniture and Choice revealed that a third still don't have a dedicated workspace at home. A lack of working space can cause a lack of motivation, failure to be productive, and even discomfort and back pain. Worst of all? You'll never feel truly settled into a routine. So take the time and consideration to design a space that works for you and with you.One of the most budget-friendly ways to upgrade any space is through curated art prints and artwork. At The Underground Print Shop, we support up-and-coming artists that put as much love into their art as you do into your work. Be sure to shop our fabulous art prints here today!