One of the great things about blogging is that wherever you are, as long as you have access to your PC, tablet or mobile you can always busy yourself in someway or another. Drafting up a post from the comfort of your own bed or catching up on your favourite Instagram feed on the bus. This can be really handy but I never feel like I’m in the best frame of mind to write unless I’m sitting at a proper workspace. For months my proper workspace was the end of the kitchen table but I got sick of the laptop constantly being there along with the homework, marker pens, unidentified crafty creations etc etc. Oh, and sometimes we even needed to eat our meals on there.
I’d been eyeing up the only teeny available spot in the house (living room bay window) as potential ‘office space’ but knew I had to move fast to get in there before it was commandeered by Barbie and Co. I got busy with the measuring tape and realised I had all of 110cm x 45cm to work with, ah. Well on the plus side, the Borrower-esque dimensions majorly limited my options so I didn’t have to concern myself with all that pesky ‘decision making’; in fact I wasn’t fully convinced I’d find anything at all to fit. To make things even more tricky the miniscule space had a minuscule budget to match so bespoke was out of the question.
As Himself will confirm once I get an idea in my head I’m like a dog with a bone – I will not let it go! I was determined that I would make it work. I simply had to create a workstation that met the following criteria:
- Compact (!)
- Plenty of storage
Okaaaaaay. So first up, the desk. Sourcing this basically involved ruling out 90% of everything I found online (including kids furniture) as most were too deep. Eventually good old IKEA came to my rescue with this little number (£30) which fitted perfectly and even better the glass top means the desk disappears into the space nicely and doesn’t look intrusive to the rest of the room. Being total geniuses the clever bods also offer an equally bargainacious set of drawers (£10) which fit perfectly underneath providing somewhere for me to hide my mess – result!
Luckily being quite vertically challenged meant I could get away with a kids desk chair (I considered a stool but knew ideally I would need back support). This white one (£25) has castors, an adjustable seat and fits perfectly underneath which means it can be stored away neatly when not in use. Obviously the most fun part of the whole project is the final process of prettification (P.O.P). I went for a mostly monochrome theme as I wanted to keep the space minimalist and sleek. As well as being the most exciting part, P.O.P is by far the most tempting in terms of blowing the budget so I allowed myself £20 for ‘non-essentials’ (although I’m pretty sure ‘inspirational quote’ ranks highly on the list of blogging essentials, right?).
I spied this ‘Actually, I Can’ postcard (90p) in my local stationery shop a while ago and knew it was the perfect little reminder that I sometimes need; the frame was from a nearby charity shop (60p). The notebooks were from a selection at TK Maxx (£10 for both) and these cute little pencils were from Home Bargains (99p for a pack of 4).
Now I don’t know if you’ve noticed but over the past few months Primark have increasingly outdone themselves in the home office dept making the whole P.O.P on a budget totally doable! This candle (which smell gorgeous btw but will serve merely a decoration in fear of setting fire to the curtains) was £4 and bears a striking similarity to a Tom Dixon one I saw for £55 (£55!). At £1.50 I couldn’t resist this spiky little fella to keep me company and he comes with the added bonus of me not being able to kill him due to being a 100% genuine fake – perfect!
So there you go – a complete compact workspace including the lovely things for a grand total of £83, pretty chuffed with that I have to say. Would look better with a shiny new MacBook though wouldn’t it?