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Updating a Home Office

This DIY Basic will provide tips on how to update a home office.

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Home office

Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Gather Your Materials and Tools

Materials and Tools:

wall paint
paint rollers and covers
drop cloth
painter's tape
sound-resistant fiberboard
stock cabinets
stock countertop
power drill
stud finder
wood screws
sticky nails
adhesive hooks
adhesive picture hanging strip
adhesive wall clip
adhesive cord clip

Step 3: Paint the Room

A home office should be efficient and easy to work in. Start by painting walls and ceiling in colors that enhance work mood: blue for calming, neutrals for concentration.

Tip: Let the paint dry for at least seven days before hanging items on the wall.

Step 4: Build the Desk

Build desk out of stock cabinets and countertop.

Desk cabinets should be 24 inches deep.

For ready-made drawer, use base kitchen cabinet. If floor is carpeted, use cabinets with feet.

Build desk around corner to maximize space.

Remove baseboard behind desk.

Clamp two left-hand cabinets together, then join with screws and from inside screw to stud.

Leave 20- to 24-inch kneehole between cabinets.

Set right-hand base cabinet against wall and from inside screw to stud. Attach right-hand cabinets to wall studs.

Clamp on countertop and screw to cabinets from inside. Make sure screws do not penetrate surface.

Step 5: Add the Finishing Touches

Use wall above desk to organize work. Adhesive fasteners won’t damage walls.

Hang wall clock with sticky nail.

Use adhesive hooks to hold wall calendar or memo boards.

Hang photos and mirrors with picture hanging strips or adhesive clips.

Hang small blackboard on outside of office door for messages.

Use adhesive cord clips to control electronic cords.