So as you know, we have a second bedroom that acts as an office, storage, and workout room. It contains a desk, a table, weight set, treadmill, and other assorted junk. The original setup looked something like this:
Keep in mind, this is the only decent picture that I could find (so its from September 2011, shortly after we moved in). I then reorganized the closet and was left with this:
It was great. Everything was in place and working well. Then…well, life took over and the room turned into a pile of stuff. It got to the point where in order to use my desk, I had to put piles of paperwork on the floor. Neither one of us wanted to even enter the room because everything was SUCH a mess. I was also having some serious storage issues. Since we’re both in EMS, we tend to accumulate a lot of textbooks and notebooks, and we were running out of room for them all. On top of that, there was a serious lack of vertical storage. We had our printer perched precariously on top of boxes that we shoved under the table. So, a few weeks ago, when the Fireman was away for training, I secretly redid the room.
For awhile, I’d had my eye on an Expedit from Ikea.
Not only was it functional, but it offered separated storage as well as a flat surface on top. And, at only $35, I thought it was a pretty good deal. Unfortunately, the nearest Ikea is 3.5 hours away, and parcel post on the bookshelf was equal to the furniture itself, so that went out the window. So I went to the Christmas Tree Shop and Walmart in search of the perfect bookshelf.
In Walmart, I stumbled upon these suckers:
At only $15 a pop, they were a steal. I snagged two of them plus 6 photo boxes for storage. The best part? I paid only $7 more than one Expedit setup. Winning!
I found the shelves simple enough to put together, and so far I haven’t had any complaints about the sturdiness of them. By installing them in the office, I was able to get rid of the desk that I’d had in there. In all honesty, I’d been thinking about getting rid of it anyways since the drawers were small and it seemed to just get piles of paper stacked on it. Now we’re left with a more streamlined look…wanna see?
Not only did everything fit perfectly into these boxes, but now they’re labeled…so now I don’t have to say, “They’re in the top right hand drawer in the container in the back.” Well, hopefully.
The boxes themselves only ran $2 a pop, so if down the road I decide to change colors or one breaks, I won’t be heartbroken over it.
This side still has room (which is great, because we’re always adding
crap stuff to our office).
With everything easily in reach from the new desk, I now have no excuses left on why I don’t want to do anything in there. Oh, and if you’re wondering, those blue boxes hold all of the letters that the Fireman received when he was in bootcamp and tech school. 167 of them are from me, and they’re sweet to look back on once in a while.
What I love the most, though, is that there is FINALLY a place for the printer to live that’s actually accessible. Truth: I dreaded printing stuff at home because it required such an effort to locate the printer, find a stable surface, hook it up, etc. Oh, and I can also finally display my butterfly globe! After all the work I put into it, you’d think I’d want the darn thing bronzed!
These old silver dishes came from my great grandparents house, and I love that I can display/use them all the time! Plus, they’re handy for holding current projects.
All in all, I’d say that it’s a pretty successful cheap upgrade!! Down the line, I’d like to add a little bit of interest to those plain old suckers, but for now they work perfectly. What about you? Have you done any cheap furniture upgrades like this?