How to decorate a 2 bedroom apartment on a budget: home office

Last week was all about the master bedroom, so to spare readers the boredom of reading about a second bedroom, we’re going to share how to use that extra bedroom as a home office/guest bedroom.

The second bedroom in our 728 sq. ft. model used to be decorated as a kid’s room with child-size furniture and a Minnie Mouse poster. The curtains were white lace with teddy bears in the pattern (who knew there was such a thing as teddy bear lace!).

guest bedroom/home office
This futon’s black faux leather is just the right look for extra seating in a home office. Plus, it lets the room double as a guest bedroom.

We thought back and forth on whether we should redecorate the room into a bedroom or to transform it completely into a home office. So we compromised: throw a chic futon in a home office, and you’ve got a smart, stylish multipurpose room.

Now, “chic futon” might read as an oxymoron, but Walmart has exactly that in a variety of styles at great prices. The in-store pickup is free, so we had our personal favorite, a black faux leather number, delivered to the nearest store and picked it up at our convenience. A couple of throw pillows and an end table with a lamp make this a cozy retreat, even if you’re just taking a break from the desk across the room.

home office/guest bedroom
Alvern Gardens has plenty of space for a corner desk with a tall hutch for anyone who works from home or just likes to keep an organized home office.

For the desk, we went to IKEA, where we found something that fit our needs, budget, and style. The corner desk with its sizable hutch shows off the size of the space while also filling it comfortably. Its location directly opposite the door gives it maximum visual impact (luckily the fact that no one actually uses it means the impact isn’t one of clutter). The top of the hutch is a great shelf for displaying nicknacks and artwork without damaging walls and risking a lease violation. Once again, we decided on black-brown wood for the desk to keep the

look cohesive throughout the apartment.

If you work from home, or are otherwise in need of a 2  bedroom apartment, contact Alvern Gardens Apartments at 412-561-4663 or alverngardens@yahoo.com to ask about our current availability.

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