Office Design: 20 DIY Tutorials for a Happier Workspace

, ,

    Creative workspaces have a big impact on how you feel about the work you're doing. If you change your home office decor, you may find that your motivation and productivity make a big leap forward. Browse through the 20 creative office ideas we've curated here, and imagine how they could transform your own home office.

    YAY Wall Art

    Give your creative office a boost with these charming lightweight plywood letters. On her site, Vintage Revivals, decorator Mandi gives a tutorial on how to create this professionally sleek look. You'll need a jig saw and some thin plywood underlayment pieces.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Vintage-SignPin It

    Rustic Shiplap Wall Makeover

    Take your office from plain to rustic-chic with the application of a new wall covering. Jill of Jillify It gives simple instructions for applying strips of maple plywood over the existing wall. A coat of antique white paint completes the look.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Wood-WallPin It

    Sequined Showstopper

    Who doesn't love a little flash and dazzle in their office space? Pick up some gold sequins, spray paint, foam board, pins, and you're good to go. Classy Clutter shows how to surround your inspiring word with pure gold.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Sequins-Wall-ArtPin It

    Pretty Penny

    Pennies may have more value as decorative objects than currency these days. Rebecca at Crafted Sparrow shows a super-easy way to give texture and character to paper-mache letters. A jar of change, some paint, and glue will get you started.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Pennies-Letters-SignPin It

    From IKEA to Chic

    The application of some decorative woodwork turns an Ikea table into a stylish office desk. DIY crafter Kate Steuernagle shows each step of the transformation. All you need are a few pieces of wood and some confidence.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-TablePin It

    Succulent Phone

    A succulent or air plant growing right out of a hot pink rotary phone is one office accessory guaranteed to lighten your mood. Jenni at I Spy DIY shows you exactly how to take an old thrift-store phone apart and replace its innards with potting soil.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Succulent-PhonePin It

    Organization Mini-Command Center

    Office decor begins with your working tools, and this discreet command center fits into a corner and keeps them all together. Jenn Menteer at My Fabuless Life shows you strategic arrangements of a few clipboards and picture frames.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Command-CenterPin It

    Copper Pipe Icosahedron

    Who would have thought geometry could be so stunning? This light fixture built from copper pipes can be made for a total investment of $50, and Brynne Delerson at The Gathered Home totally demystifies the math for you.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Copper-Pipe-Icosahedron-Light-FixturePin It

    Wall-Mounted Kraft Paper Roll

    If your office is also a studio, you probably have a thousand uses for a Save. But where do you stow that unwieldy cylinder? Pick up some Ikea shelf brackets and miscellaneous hardware, and follow this easy tutorial from Kim and Scott at Yellow Brick Home.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Paper-RollPin It

    Vintage Locker Bins from the Dollar Store

    An artfully applied coat of Rustoleum Flat Antique Nickel paint is all it takes to transform froggy green plastic bins to dignified vintage metallic. It's a super-affordable touch of class from Hometalker "Chic California."

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Tin-Basket-LockerPin It

    Industrial Piping Shelves

    You'll never find stronger shelves than the ones in this tutorial from Taryn Whiteaker at Design, Dining & Diapers. Pick up some heavy-duty galvanized piping, boards, and mounting hardware for this cool industrial look.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Piping-ShelvesPin It

    Paint Chip Memo Board

    Do you fall in love with the Pantone color samples at your local paint store? Now you can add a whole palette of favorites to your office design. Shannon Claire's Burlap and Lace blog gives you construction details.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Wall-Calendar-PantonePin It

    World Map With Lights

    Choose a beautiful, large map, mount it on foam backing, and make it come alive with tiny LED lights on a string. Heather Gleim at Hazel and Ruby illustrates how easily you can put this project together.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Wall-Map-VintagePin It

    Mid-Century Clock Makeover

    Start with a starburst wall clock and transform it into a Mad-Men-era art piece. Once you have your clock, Anu at Nalle's House shows you the tools and materials you'll need. Round wooden balls from a craft store are the key.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-MidCentury-Modern-ClockPin It

    Canning Jar Speakers

    If you enjoy tinkering with unexpected combinations of objects, you'll love Apartment Therapy's plans for putting audio speakers into canning jars. Drilling a hole in glass jars may require some practice, but the end result will be a sure-fire conversation starter.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Mason-Jar-SpeakersPin It

    DIY Watercolor Clock

    This aesthetically appealing watercolor clock can double as a painting. The Makers Society offers step-by-step instructions for assembling this clock in one quick session. You'll want to make some for gifts, too.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Watercolor-Gradient-ClockPin It

    DIY Wall Lamp

    If you've ever had any desire to learn how to wire a homemade lamp, Hannah at The Homesteady gives the most stunningly detailed pictorial instructions you could wish for. The featured lamp is a simple reading lamp with rustic jute wrapping on the cord.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-LampPin It

    Hexagon "Marble" Wall Clock

    Simple assembly instructions for an adaptable wall clock are presented by Erin of Earnest Home co. As shown, the project uses shelf-lining paper to create the look of a marble clock, but any textured paper would work beautifully.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Marble-Wall-ClockPin It

    DIY Brass Chandelier

    Why not put a chandelier in your creative home office? This sleek-looking brass creation definitely doesn't say "DIY," and interior designer Megan Pflug offers easy step-by-step photo instructions.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-ChandelierPin It

    Pineapple Planter

    One last office DIY project that's as quirky as they come: Hobby:Design shows a photo tutorial, but you'll have to guess at some materials since the site is in Korean. The finished planter is cute, and it may inspire you for your own creative possibilities.

    Office-Ideas-DIY-Pineapple-DecorPin It

    You'll be eager to get to work in your home office when you liven it up with office creative ideas from one of these simple tutorials.

    Products Seen In This Post:


Log in