When I finished university, I was lucky enough to land my perfect job, and it meant working from home. It also meant that I really needed a decent work space. I was doing all of my work on the sofa downstairs or hunched on my bed, and it wasn’t great for my muscles. It meant only one thing… a room transformation was in order!
I had a trip to IKEA with my mum and splashed out on a desk, and we spent a whole day transforming my little space. There’s a little sneaky before and after, but I’ve got loads more for you. I took photos as the transformation progressed, and it’s great to see how different it looks. It looked so messy and cluttered before, and now I love it! Let’s have a proper look, shall we?
My room used to have a bookshelf, a chest of drawers, a TV and a bedside table crammed into the tiniest space. Then all of those things got filled up with junk and it just looked a MESS.
So… it was time to strip it out. Definitely not the fun part! I emptied my entire bookshelf and chest of drawers, found somewhere safe for the TV and my iPod dock, and put all the crap left on my bed. My bed became my dumping ground for all the stuff that was in the way.
Next, to get the piles of books off the floor and the bed and everywhere, I started to arrange them on my new half-size bookshelf at the end of my bed. You know what really isn’t fun? Trying to fit a whole shelf of books on a MUCH SMALLER SHELF. It took so long to arrange them, and I still had piles of books. But at least the new shelf looked pretty!
So then it was time… desk building time. I had help from my wonderful mother (like, she pretty much built the desk herself while I faffed with books). We brought the desk into the room once it was built, and I had a terrifying worry that it wouldn’t fit the gap, despite measuring it about 250 times. But, alas, it fit! I had a desk!!
This was the part I was so excited about. I had spent weeks preparing. Pinterest was full of desk ideas. I had my eye on 425 homeware items in Primark. Now it was time to decorate.
When I bought the desk, I also bought a little desktop shelf thing. We realised when we came to attach it that it was for a different type of IKEA desk, and not the one I bought. Faaab. But did we give up? We did not! We persevered, whipped out the hammer, and nailed that thing in. It’s never coming off. Ever.
Are you ready to see the After pictures?!!!
I added some fairy lights, stole my 11-year-old step-brother’s desk chair (we bought him a new one though, I’m not a thief), and decorated the shelves. I really love it! It’s the perfect place for me to work, and it’s a lovely white background for blog photos. Here’s what the whole room looks like now:
I’ve actually re-organised my shelves again since these photos. I’m still playing around with getting them perfect! I want to go with a kind of white/gold/green theme, so that’s what I’ve attempted to start with my new shelf layout (after buying a few bits from Primark and Wilko):
Starting to love my desk shelves! I'm going for the typical theme of gold and white but I LOVE IT. pic.twitter.com/UklkM9tcPD
— Charlotte 📚☄️ (@WBookishBlog) May 6, 2017
I was going to do a source list and tell you where everything was from, but I realised almost everything is from good old IKEA. The desk, the chair, the desktop shelf, the little white pen pots – all IKEA. The little plants are from Primark and Wilko, and the gold candle holder is also Wilko. The fairy lights I thiiiink are from Primark as well.
What do you think?
I love my small bedroom. It’s so cosy and I’m working out how to store things so it doesn’t look cluttered and gross like before. I’m considering writing a post about small room storage, so let me know if you want that!
Finally, here’s a fancy picture you can pin. If you liked this post and maybe even got some inspiration from it, I’d love it if you could pin it or share it on social media! This was one of my favourite posts to write.
If you want more posts like this, please let me know because I love writing them! I’m planning on doing one about small room storage, as I mentioned above, and also I’ll be writing a tutorial soon for DIY tiny bookshelf bunting!