Articles in: Home Office

DIY Curtain Rods from Galvanized Pipe

Posted by: on March 12th, 2015 | Make A Comment

DIY Curtain Rods from Galvanized Pipe


These DIY curtain rods are made from galvanized pipe, so they have a cool, industrial-chic look to them. And with the gold spray painted finish, they’re also quite glam.

Monica Benavidez, the creative DIYer who writes Monica Wants It!, came up with this project using pipe for our series here on The Home Depot Blog DIY Challenge: Pipe. We asked Monica and several other impressively talented crafters and bloggers to come up with ingenious DIY projects that use pipe as an ingredient. It could be just about any kind of pipe: galvanized pipePVC pipe or, as in this case, copper pipe.

Just follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own DIY curtain rods from pipe. 

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Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby’s Room and Craft Room Combo

Posted by: on January 28th, 2015 | 2 Comments

Room Makeover: Space-Saving Baby's Room and Craft Room Combo

Making the most of a small space is important if you live in a condominium or apartment. We’ve seen how Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love turned her tiny balcony into a versatile, comfortable outdoor space. Now she shows us her craft room, which she needed to turn into a combination craft room and baby’s room (for little Markus).

Wait. A craft room AND a baby’s room?

Yep. This room makeover creates a combo space for a baby and for crafting. As you’ll see Amber makes it work beautifully. Along the way she shares mini tutorials on how to hang a gallery wall, a super clever way to add the appeal of wall paper without actually hanging wall paper and a cute art project made from paint brushes.


When we moved into our current condo, my one request was to have a craft room. For two years it was my office and allowed me to be productive and grow my blog. When I found out there was a baby on the way, I wasn’t quite ready to give up my workspace, but I knew it had to change. Big time.

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Check Out the DIY Bookshelves in This Home Office Makeover

Posted by: on September 29th, 2014 | 9 Comments

DIY Bookshelves in a Home Office Makeover

Bookshelves generally play two roles– functional and aesthetic. In this home office makeover, the DIY bookshelves add some much needed shelf space, and they certainly make the previously bare room look warm, comfortable and sophisticated.  

These DIY bookshelves were created by Tracy Laverty and her husband Steve. Tracy is the author of the DIY and lifestyle blog Right Up My Alley, and this DIY bookshelf tutorial and home office makeover are part of our ongoing DIY Challenge series here on The Home Depot Blog. We pick a particular material– in this case, plywood — and challenge some of our favorite bloggers to come up with useful DIY projects or inspiration to share with our readers. 

We’re so impressed with Tracy and Steve’s woodworking skills, and as you’ll see in the photos, the home office makeover resulted in a bright, elegant and well-organized work space. 

Our home office has been in the same condition since the day the contractor finished building it; contractor grade walls, no curtains, essentially the storage room where we put things that have no other home. As you can see in the photo below, it was also unorganized and ready for a revamp.

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Inspired: Wall Clocks

Posted by: on August 26th, 2013 | Make A Comment

An inspiration board rounding up various decorative wall clocks


We love the way wall clocks can lend both function and an interesting focal point to any room, from the bathroom to an entry, and even the kitchen! We rounded up a few of our favorites — there’s something suitable for every style and space!


The GE Night Light in Wood Finish looks classic, but it glows warmly at night for added function. The gorgeous 18-inch Wooden Wall clock has a beautiful finish and classically styled arms for a look that lends elegance to a room. For a slightly different look, the Home Decorators Collection Fusca wall clock has a chalky finish that looks traditional but still distinct.

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Make a Beautiful Wall Organizer with Repurposed Shutters

Posted by: on June 18th, 2013 | One Comment


Shutters on most residential homes today are merely window dressing. Nailed in place to the side of your house, they are unlikely to provide much privacy or security.

But please, don’t take these statements as an indictment of shutters. We love them, and they perform a much-needed decorative function, framing windows with architectural detail and often a splash of color. They have attractive and useful applications inside the home as well.

The team at Martha Stewart Living created this short video to show you how repurposed shutters can make a beautiful wall organizer for your home office or almost anywhere around the home. Anduin Havens, design director for video at Martha Stewart Living, demonstrates just how easy it is to do, using little more than a drill, a few screws, paint and shutters (of course).

Anduin uses Martha Stewart Living Brownstone Brick Textured Metallic paint to give her shutters a dazzling bronzed finish. You’ll find many other exciting options to suit the style and décor of every room in your home in the Martha Stewart Living Paint collection.


If you like this idea, you’ll find a million-and-one useful storage and organization solutions for your home online and in-store at The Home Depot. Plus, check out more decor and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Places: Organized Workstations at Home

Posted by: on January 17th, 2013 | One Comment
Image of a workstation built into a bookcase

Image via My Growing Home


For many of us, having a room dedicated to working at home is just not an option. And the thought of workstations generally bring to mind images of a somewhat messy corner in a home with a small office desk piled with computers, papers and surrounded by a tangle of cords – or worse.

When Elizabeth from My Growing Home was confronted with the need for a workspace that would provide additional wall storage, she and her husband, Jim, devised a plan to build a custom workstation and shelving unit from scratch. With plywood, paint and a few yards of eye-catching ikat print fabric, they constructed this impressive bookcase with a built-in workstation.

We did some homework and discovered quite a few more innovative and stylish solutions crafty homeowners have come up with to create productive workspaces in places you may not have considered.

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Home Office In A Box From Martha Stewart

Posted by: on January 17th, 2013 | 2 Comments


Martha Stewart and her design team are practically geniuses when it comes to all things craft, home décor or storage and organization. In this short clip, Martha will show you how to transform a simple, affordable, easy-to-install closet organizer kit into a home office.

The Martha Stewart Living Deluxe Starter Closet Kit comes in an espresso, wild cherry or white finish. By adding on a few extra accessories like file drawers, divider racks, paint cans and a galvanized message board, her team turned this ordinary wood shelving system into an extraordinary home office/workstation that can be used anywhere in the home – and so can you.

And when it comes to organizing your home — closets, kitchen, garage, wherever — The Home Depot has everything you need in our online Storage and Organization department.

We have more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.


Inspired: A Dark & Moody Home Office Space

Posted by: on August 28th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Office space inspiration board

Without a design plan, a home office can quickly become a hodge podge of odds-and-ends and leftovers, hardly a place you’ll feel inspired, motivated, and comfortable. We encourage you to put some thought behind your design before outfitting your space with files, folders, bookshelves, and other storage options. By creating a color scheme and coming up with an overall feel of the room, your space will feel pulled together and orderly, a much better environment for tackling your daily office tasks.

In this inspiration board, a sedate and sophisticated office space.


For the home office above, we wanted to create the option of two workspaces but with a single desk. In order to do this, we used a dining table as our desk and we allocated all of our storage and organization to the Essex 6-Shelf Bookcase in White. This bookcase leaves plenty of space for storing your office supplies, filed papers, and books, allowing you to keep your desk area clean and clutter free.

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Places: The Closet Office

Posted by: on June 18th, 2012 | 3 Comments
Image of  Colorful Home Office Closet Conversion

Image via Country Living


In the 17th century wealthy French families were the first to have closets in their homes. They were typically small private spaces behind the bedroom, used for reading and relaxation. In many of today’s small homes and apartments, where space is at a premium, people are revisiting the idea of the closet as personal space to carve out functional home offices. As you can see in this small, colorful closet office we spotted on Country Living, with a couple of rolls of wallpaper, paint, a lovely chandelier and some imagination a can be quickly and easily transformed into your home office.

Read on to explore even more cleaver closet conversions …

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The Perfect Home Office: Top 10 Home Office Colors

Posted by: on February 6th, 2011 | 10 Comments

Colors play an important role in creating the right environment to be productive and successful in your home office.  Glidden has released the top ten colors that are sure to make your home office, computer room, den or workspace is as creative, comfortable and productive as it can be.  Colors like Toasted Coconut, Totally Teal, Terra Cotta Rose and Soft Sage lead the way. 

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