How to Build an Ikea Home Office
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How to Create a Home Office From Ikea Under $200

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How to Build an Ikea Home Office
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Keep Calm and Work From Home

If you’ve never wrestled with the demon that is working from home, it can be a challenge. There are about 100 things to distract you from the tasks at hand, and without a proper home office setup, staying productive can be nearly impossible. We’ve scoured the Ikea catalog to help you turn that guest bedroom/dining room/dark, cobwebby corner into the home office you need. Take a look at these options and mix and match to your heart’s content — you should have no trouble putting together a combination of these essentials for under $200.

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Brusali Desk
Ikea

Brusali Desk

Price: $55
Buy It
It’s hard to start anywhere else: You really need a desk if you’re going to be working from home. Working from bed, the couch, or the coffee table doesn’t quite do the trick (and can also mess with your back). This guy right here is sort of an all-in-one, with shelves and a space to hide cables. And, for $55, it's a steal. The walnut color ain’t hideous either.

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Linnmon Corner Desk
Ikea

Linnmon Corner Desk

Price: $70
Buy It
Not all of us have a perfectly flat wall for placing a desk, but luckily that’s no big deal. Peep this Linnmon, which will fit nicely into the corner you didn’t realize was about to become your home office.

Micke Desk
Ikea

Micke Desk

Price: $79
Buy It
This is sort of an upgraded version of the Brusali, with a more modern and sleek finish (and, most important, actual drawers). A desk setup that comes with storage space for under a hundred bucks is hard to beat.

Linnmon Desk
Ikea
Hällan Storage Unit
Ikea

Hällan Storage Unit

Price: $50
Buy It
Feel like the barren Linnmon won’t getting the job done? Stick one of these extra storage spots underneath and you’ll be looking more professional in no time. Bonus: The desk comes in white, if you want to keep the pieces color coordinated.

Why Not Just Build Your Own Desk?
Ikea

Build Your Own Desk

Ikea really knows what it's doing, so if none of these options are working for you, just tap straight into your own creativity and build your own with this awesome feature on the Ikea website. You can get way specific, from functional choices like swapping desk legs for file cabinets, all the way to color and material preferences.

Flintan Office Chair
Ikea

Flintan Office Chair

Price: $80
Buy It
Chairs might not be the cheapest things at Ikea, but this is one of those situations where you really want to just spend the money. There’s a world of difference between a wooden stool with no back and this extra comfy, extra roll-y chair. And how 'bout that mesh backing?

Millberget Desk Chair
Ikea

Millberget Desk Chair

Price: $70
Buy It
Go full-on corporate America with this cubicle-style leather chair. Arms are a nice thing to have too, and — for 10 bucks cheaper than the Flintan — you’ve got some right here.

Örfjäll Swivel Chair
Ikea

Örfjäll Swivel Chair

Price: $50
Buy It
For a lower-cost (but still comfy) option, this Örfjäll is as fun to own as it is to say. And, hey, maybe that orange material is just the color you need to spice up your new office.

Micke File Storage
Ikea

Micke File Storage

Price: $60
Buy It
We live in a digital world, but many of our jobs require us to deal with a whole lot of documents. This file storage system features three standard-size drawers (and one big one), as well as some wheels in case you feel like using it as a skateboard.

Helmer Drawer Unit
Ikea

Helmer Drawer Unit

Price: $40
Buy It
Got an awkward amount of space between your desk and the wall? Got way too many files to store in a tiny little Micke? Need something to hide your extensive collection of romance novels? Here’s a drawer tower that can stand upright next to your desk, provide an extra surface to put stuff on, and hold a ton of stuff for all your office needs.

Pallra Mini Chest
Ikea

Pallra Mini Chest

Price: $15
Buy It
Okay, so you’ve got some files to organize, but you’re not the library of records and you don’t need an enormous tower of cabinets taking up your precious home office space. Grab this mini chest to take up a fraction of your desk space and hold the papers you’re afraid to accidentally throw away.

Forså Desk Lamp
Ikea

Forså Desk Lamp

Price: $27
Buy It
There are a variety of reasons why you’d need a desk lamp, ranging from your actual job all the way to the physical location of your home office, so don’t underestimate how helpful a desk lamp can actually be. This guy is extra adjustable, too.

Drönjöns Desk Organizer
Ikea

Drönjöns Desk Organizer

Price: $10
Buy It
If you’re living the junk-all-over-your-desk life, get this desk organizer going. It’s got pencil and pen storage, file space, and enough room to house that one very specific thing sitting on your desk that you’ve been wondering what to do with.

Vivalla Tablet Stand
Ikea

Vivalla Tablet Stand

Price: $13
Buy It
It’s 2020 and we live in a world where not everybody actually uses a computer for their work. Your job may require only a tablet. This cheap bamboo tablet stand will end up saving your neck a whole lot of strain.

Koppla Power Strips
Ikea

Koppla Power Strips

Price: $6
Buy It
You’ll be shocked how quickly you’ll find yourself searching for extra power — you can literally never have too many power strips. Lucky for you, the wizards at Ikea are selling two-packs for six bucks.

Satsuma Plant Stand
Ikea

Splurge: Satsumas Plant Stand

Price: $30
Buy It
There’s something to be said for going a little over budget to make sure your work space isn’t entirely joyless. Listening to your inner Marie Kondo and splurging on a little plant stand to brighten up your home office is far from the worst idea — plus, it gives you an excuse to take a break when you need to water them.

Eneby Bluetooth Speaker
Ikea

Splurge: Eneby Bluetooth Speaker

Price: $25 
Buy It
Depending on the type of work environment you’re used to, you might need a little help staying focused. Did you come from a loud, bustling office? The silence of your home office might take an unexpected toll on your productivity. If you can’t work without music (or just need a good, old-fashioned head-banging break from time to time), give these weirdly cheap Bluetooth speakers a look.

Tillreda Mini Fridge
Ikea

Splurge: Tillreda Mini Fridge

Price: $99
Buy It
All right, look, your office is just about set up, but it’s missing something, right? That extra oomph? You’ll notice exactly what it is around 4 p.m., when you realize you need a bit of a pick-me-up, be it a soda, energy drink, bottled water, or craft beer. A mini fridge is exactly the type of finishing touch you need. Consider the $99 price tag an investment in your productivity.