23 Brilliant Ideas & Projects For Your Home Office


I don’t know about you, but even though my school days are long over, the onset of September still gets the butterflies in my stomach going and I suddenly feel the urge to buy pencils, notebooks and fresh new planners. This yearly stirring presents a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf at home, too—a second January, if you will. September usually finds me clearing out desk drawers, reorganizing my filing cabinets, and sprucing up my at-home workspace. If you get in a similar mode when the fall mood sets in, we’ve got some snazzy, handy-dandy tips, ideas and projects to get your back-to-school/back-to-work workspace in tip-top shape! Check out all 23 after the jump! —Max

Above: Take a page from Yield Design Company’s book and turn a large portion of your office’s wall into a peg board—you’ll find endless uses for it, from organizing to a place to hang inspirational artwork!


Above: Turn a fallen branch into a beautiful notepad station for reminders!


Above: Got extra closet space but no room for a home office? Turn one of your closets into a miniature office area!


Above: Transform run-of-the-mill cork boards into a stunning showpiece with a few easy pieces.


Above: Tired of the same-old pushpins? Get crafty and make some of these easy gemstone-shaped ones!


Above: Organize your desk or craft table by corralling your essentials into jars on a small tray.


Above: Make a beautiful keepsake storage box for all of your letter-writing and stationery needs.


Above: If you’ve got some scrap wood lying around, turn that bad boy into a snazzy (and handy!) pencil holder!


Above: … Or you can use your scrap wood to make a charming little stand for your smartphone!


Above: Keep your books from falling over with these easy-to-make pyramid bookends.


Above: Got a two-person home? Butt two tables up against each other to create a functional communal workspace!


Above: Try your hand at these affordable hand-painted paper organizing boxes.


Above: Or, if minimalism is more your forte, try these color-blocked storage boxes made from folded paper!


Above: Give your office supplies a makeover with this tried-and-true marbling technique!


Above: Hang books, magazines, folders and more with this shockingly simple DIY project!


Above: Put a luxe twist on the age-old hanging clipboard technique with this lucite and gold option!


Above: Color-code everything from keys to cords with these easy-to-make tassels!


Above: Need something to do with those phonebooks that keep getting piled up on your stoop? Try making one of these phonebook letter organizers!


Above: Or, if you want to show off your green thumb, try out this charming nature-filled organizer!


Above: Craft a stunning modern paperweight with paper and concrete!


Above: Keep your letters corralled with this simple yet beautiful leather mail basket.


Above: Craft a remarkably easy, absolutely beautiful organizer for papers and letters from a piece of wood and some scrap leather!

  1. Keriann says:

    Love some of these organization tips, but I especially appreciate visual examples of really functional work spaces like the first picture or the two-desk room. As someone who telecommutes, I’m always on the hunt for inspiration for a home work space that’s designed for heavy, everyday use – real chairs, great storage, multiple monitors, etc. A closet desk is genius for bills and writing the occasional thank you note; not so much M-F, 8-5. Would love to see a feature on DS dedicated to examples of the full-time home office!

  2. so many great ideas! love the communal workspace.

  3. ♥♥♥♥ all of these office ideas, but my absolute faves are the push pins, colored block boxes and the tree branch is so creative yet so cool!

  4. Alexandra says:

    I love the thought of a communal workspace in the home, it would be so sweet to work with my love!

    Warm Regards,

  5. Love the desk in the closet. This post reminds me of other great home DIY projects, especially for those of us with home offices, on http://www.abeautifulmess.com. I think they just released a new book too!

  6. Caroline says:

    That cupboard desk is the definition of perfection… I need!

  7. Mary says:

    So many great ideas! I get that same feeling in September. Love the book organization with the stone tile base & mini terrariums . Earthy, pretty,brilliant!

  8. Love the DIY Thumbtacks for a different modern look. My favorite aspect, though, is that you don’t have to give up your aesthetics for organization.

  9. Leah Culp says:

    My husband and I “share” space in the middle of our Great Room! Dining table behind me, Recliner and Chaise in front of me. We but a beautiful old door between my small desk and the living room chairs just to block off living room/ dining room…..wish I had a wall. I love, love all of your DIY projects!

  10. wow these are really good, i want to try to build a workspace but im not sure that i can do it :)


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