If you didn’t know by now, I started grad school last Thursday. Because I am enrolled in an online Graphic Design MFA program, I needed a space at home that would act as an office and a home studio. Instantly, I knew that area would be my sitting room right off my bedroom. It’s almost the size of a bonus room and allows for me to only steps away from my assignments, projects, and readings. Now I know most people don’t agree with having an office in your bedroom, but it’s what I wanted to do so might as well, right? Also, this frees up my other rooms for other purposes and I can always add something to separate the two (one day). But because of recent life events, money has become a little scarcer than usual so I knew that this would definitely be a task. After a few donations, sales, and prayers, I was able to have my studio and for less than $160 too.
First thing acquired was my drafting desk. I simply tweeted that I needed a desk and without really any hesitation, Victoria graciously offered to give me one that she hadn’t used in years. I was excited to have a desk, but after I assembled it, I realized that I needed something to prop my hunky printer on. Apparently, just one desk wasn’t going to cut it. I also needed a chair for said desk as well and the dollar signs began to float in front of my eyes. Also, bookshelves would be a nice addition as I had acquired my textbooks for the year and found relevant, related books in boxes. I really didn’t have too much money to work off of but I knew I couldn’t do this half-way. Go hard or go home.
One day, I ended up in Target and found myself purchasing a desk, a side table, and a chair. But once I got home, I found that assembling that chair was next to impossible. So the next day, my friend and I went to Office Max after lunch and I found another chair. Since it was the last chair they had in the store, I was able to take the floor model and of course that means the floor model price as well. I also saw this cute little cabinet that I felt would be perfect for the printer. (Thank goodness for the back to school season) I forgot that I already owned two bookshelves that were at my mom’s house so she graciously brought them over. Once I noticed that everything sorta came together, I started assembling, moving things around, and about five hours later, I had an office.
And voila, my home studio/office. To recap, I got the…
- Drafting Desk from Victoria as a donation (Check out FreeCycle.org for free items in your area)
- 2 Bookshelves from Wal-Mart for $19.99 (I already owned these, but throwing them in the calculation)
- Parson’s Desk from Target for $29.99
- Parson’s Side Table from Target for $14.99
- Desk Chair from Office Max for $29.99 (Box models were $39.99)
- Cabinet from Office Max for $39.99
All of this adds up to right under $160, excluding tax of course. And if I wanted to add in the prices of the picture frames from Rite-Aid plus the lamp, I’d be sitting under $175. Still not bad! Now, let me get to some school work… :)