11 Tips to Create a Home Office with Little or No Money

Find Available Space 

The first step to create a home office is identifying what free space you have in your house or apartment. You don't necessarily need a lot of space, but make sure it matches your needs.

Decide What Is Essential

When creating a home office, make a list of things you absolutely need and the things you want to have. For example, you'll certainly need a desk and chair. But, will you need a bookcase, a filing cabinet, or a printer/scanner? 

Set a Budget

Before you start shopping, how much spending can your budget handle? If you've got credit card debt, are still catching up on past bills, or don't want to dip into your savings, make it a no-spend project. 


Before furnishing the space with furniture, start with a clean slate. There are several things you can do on your own instead of hiring an expensive contractor. You don't need to install in-ceiling lighting when floor and desk lamps go a long way to brighten a space.

Repurpose What You Already Have

Office furniture can be expensive. So, before rushing to the store to buy new furniture, look at what you've got at home and see what can be repurposed for your home office.

Keep Ergonomics in Mind

If you’re trying to set up a home office on a budget, make sure to get the ergonomics right to prevent expensive and painful neck and back issues.