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DIY projects to update your home office

If your home office needs an update, we've put together a collection of DIY project ideas to add something new to your home office.


From DIY desks to easy storage solutions for your home office, we put together a compilation of DIY crafts and projects to give your home office an update and help keep it better organised and looking good.

One of our most popular DIY projects on Home-Dzine is this desk for your home office. It's got clean lines, is easy to make, and you can finish it in your choice of colour. Follow these simple instructions if you need to replace your desk with a modern alternative.

If you're looking for a desk for your home office with more elegant lines, we've also got step-by-step instructions to make this feminine desk that can also be used as a dressing table. Or pop onto our DIY section for even more desk designs.

And let's not forget the thousands of ideas that you will find on Pinterest, Instagram and similar sites. Nowadays there are so many ways to add a desk to your home office using items you might already have, recycled items, or using items in different ways.





Every home office needs a comfortable seat, but there's no reason why you can't add a bit of glam to your office setting. If your office chair is looking drab or damaged, add a touch of glam with some luxurious faux fur fabric to upholster your chair seat, or if your sewing skills are sub-par you can make a cushion for the chair, or place the fabric over the chair seat.

Contact self-adhesive paper comes in a variety of designs and it's an easy way to give your desk an instant update. The marble-look is trending right now, and you will only need a roll to cover the top of your desk. To find your nearest retail stockist, get in touch with - or you can order online for delivery anywhere in South Africa.

If you have any Contact paper left over, use this to revamp office accessories.

If your office needs more storage for better organisation, look at how you can upcycle cardboard boxes, glass jars and food cans with Contact paper and spray paint. They're easy to make and free, and it's a great way to recycle.

Metallic finishes are hot, hot, hot and using spray paint to give tins and cans a new look is an easy way to update your home office. You will find the full range of Rust-Oleum spray paint products at your local Builders store and they have a selection of metallic finishes in silver, gold, copper and brass that will add warmth and style to your office space.

Every home office needs a bunch of fresh flowers to refresh and invigorate the space. Recycle glass jars into vases and fill with flowers cut from the garden. You would be surprised at the difference a small bunch of flowers can make. As an alternative to fresh flowers you can make your own crepe paper flowers or fill a vase with silk flowers and fake it!

Make mundane tasks more interesting - decorate files and office folders with colourful or patterned wrapping paper to make shelves more interesting.

Use plain wrapping paper in solid colours to introduce specific colours to your home office. Install wall shelves in a small office to make use of unused space for effective office organisation.

Let your personality shine by adding personal touches that are special to you. Just a few items will go a long way towards making your home office feel more comfortable and a place where you love to spend time - even if you are working!

Put your DIY skills to good use and make accessories for your home office. Scraps of wood are all you need to make a business card holder or plant holder...

...or to make your own desk organisers and accessories.

For a chaotic home office that's a mish-mash of collected items, all you need is a can or two of spray paint, a tin of chalk paint, or some fabric or wrapping paper to transform secondhand or hand-me-down pieces into stylish accessories.

Buy furniture on the cheap and then give it some TLC to give your home office all the storage space it needs to be properly organised.

Every home office needs a memo board and it's easy enough to make your own. Buy a piece of softboard at your local Builders Warehouse and cover this with your choice of fabric. Use decorative upholstery pins that you can buy at Gelmar to add a finishing touch around the edge.

If you want to practice your DIY skills to make a memo board - for home or office - make a basic frame, staple chicken wire to the back of the frame and then pop on a backing board... easy!

An even easier way to add a memo board to your home office is to have a piece of wire mesh cut to size. You can buy wire mesh at your local Builders and simply mount this onto the wall to corral office clutter and keep your desk neat and tidy.



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