When David and I bought this house, one of my major projects I wanted to tackle was adding built-ins to our home office space. I view a home office as a space for inspiration, to be productive, while also being comfortable enough to relax at the end of the day with David and the boys. While I love having an office space, the room we had lacked storage, so I thought a nice addition would be built-ins. Here is the first part of how we updated our home office with built-ins.
You can find our home office inspiration here and home office light fixtures here.
How to Make your Own Home Office Built Ins: a Complete Tutorial
Wanna see what our home looked like when we first bought it? Check out this post featuring photos from the listing. Here is how our home office looked prior to the renovation, clutter and all. Keep scrolling for our how-to guide to make your own home office built ins and more photos of our progress!
Materials Needed for your Home Office Built Ins
- 8 2X4s
- 7 Sheets of MDF Boards
- 10 15 ft. pieces of Trim for Shelves
- 8 ft of thicker trim
- 144 ftBaseboard
- 13 boxes of Pergo Flooring in Coastal Pine
- Sherwin Williams Grizzle Gray
- Behr Interior Ceiling Paint
- Behr Stain Blocking Primer & Paint
- Ryobi 6 Tool Kit
- Tape Measurer
DIY Home Office Built Ins Step by Step Tutorial:
Step 1: David started by taking the carpet up and removing the baseboards around the area where he building the built-ins. He really didn’t measure it out, but went based off of how comfortably the chairs would fit in the space. We saved a bit of money on the flooring by doing that.
Step 2: Next, he started framing the built-ins. He also re-routed the register for the air vent.
Step 3: He added the supports for the window seat, then finished that entire section.
Step 4: Once he finished the window seat portion, he moved on to the actual built-ins, where he finished framing those.
Step 5: He then started adding in the shelves to the bottom of the built-ins and the sides to the exposed shelves.
Step 6: Then, he added sliding doors to the bottom portions of the cabinets and detailing around the built-ins.
Step 7: My favorite part was him pulling up the carpet that was long overdue to be replaced, and adding doggo-friendly Pergo flooring.
Step 8: Next, we painted the ceiling, built-ins, and trim white, while opting for Sherwin Williams’ Grizzle Gray for our walls.
Step 9: Lastly, we started styling the room. We still have a few things to finish up, including hanging the crown molding, plus painting the new base boards and crown molding. However, I am so pleased with how this space turned out. Once all the painting is done, I’ll put my finishing touches on the built-in shelves.
Home Office Before & After:
Interested in seeing more home improvement projects we’ve tackled at our ranch? Here are a few favorites: DIY Mudroom Bench with Shiplap Detail | Reclaimed Wood Wall | Updating Our Curb Appeal with Vantage Shutters
We’ll be doing a final reveal of the finished product once our crown molding is installed. We’re excited to share the final looks at this space in the coming weeks! Stay tuned!
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Wow- the end product of the office looks great! It transformed the room so much!
The Good says
So impressed by david’s ingenuity Nice looking room!