In the past two months we have moved twice. Our most recent move was to our bigger space at Pacific Place in Dallas, Texas. We are small business owners so we did not have an unlimited budget to create our office. We are also creative people, so we knew we didn’t want our office to look like the same old-same old either. We had $1000 to spend, and 450 square feet to fill. Here’s how we did it, and how you can create your HQ on a budget.
Our Brand Comes to Life
It was important for us that our office be representative of our brand identity. We wanted to use the small space that we have to bring our brand to life. 2930 Creative is a values-driven agency, so it was important to show our values on the wall. We are also a fun group, so we wanted to have our personalities come out a little with how we decorated our desks and office space. Our brand colors are red, black, grey and white. We tried to stay away from the typical brown and black office furniture and steer toward a more modern interior design that reflected us as a company.
Our first stop was Ikea where we found some amazing “DIY” desks. Skip over the prefab desks and go straight to the “make your own office” section to find some great deals. We were able to get great birch desktops and match them with silver legs. For our conference table, we used a longer birch color desktop and matched it with four red legs. Each desktop was $20, and each leg was $3.50 each. Total per desk came out to $35. Our conference tabletop was $36 with each leg $3.50, total $50.
We wanted to keep our desk space simple but also fun. We chose these red lamps that came out to $13 each. In addition, each of our desks has their own personality. We brought in some of our favorite figurines from home. See if you can recognize any of our friends in some of these pictures.
We also would need storage since our new office doesn’t really have any supply closets or space to store things. We wanted to make sure we were also keeping our clean, modern design even though we were still staying on the cheap. We found these great shelves at Ikea that would allow us to mix and match. We fell in love with the bright red lacquer finish of the shelving units because it matched the 2930 Creative red. The shelves created a bold statement piece while also serving a purpose for storage. The two longer shelves (4ft X 2ft X 1ft) were $90, and the shorter shelf (2ft X 2ft X 1ft) was $50. We also bought these boxes in various shapes and sizes to keep things organized on the shelves ($50 in total). For personal desk storage, we found these rolling drawer units at Ikea for $60 each.
Our walls are where we decided we could really show off our personality. One of my favorite parts of our office is our growing picture wall. We designed and printed our value posters and framed them in silver Ikea frames we found for $5. The two photographs are prints by our friend Mouyyad Abdulhadi. One of my favorite finds on Etsy this year was a store called Patent Prints. We have the patent for the Nintendo Game Boy.
As I’ve mentioned before, our values are important to us. In addition to the values framed on the wall, we also found a really cool wall decal from an Etsy shop called The Lovely Wall. When I found it in the store, I had to get it because it was so in line with our mission statement. For a pop of color, I purchased some simple arrow-shaped decals in red and used them throughout the office. Total for wall decals and art: $250.
Since we are a creative team, it was important to us to make sure that we could have a part of the office dedicated to brainstorming ideas. Our good old whiteboard made the trip into our new office. In addition, we added two magnet panels ($13) that we found at Ikea to hang up color swatches, messages, and inspirational items.
Office total: $889.
We had a lot of fun decorating our office, and it’s still a work in progress! We would love to see how you are decorating your personal offices at home. Tag @2930_creative on Instagram with your office pic!