Ten Office Upgrades You Can Do Yourself

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Ten Office Upgrades You Can Do Yourself
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So maybe your workspace isn’t a cluttered mess, but maybe it just isn’t the haven of productivity you wish it was. If you’re looking to upgrade from your modest laptop on a desk to something more impressive, here are 10 cheap DIY upgrades to make it a battle station worthy of your time.

Note that you don’t need to follow all these projects to the letter. As with all DIY projects, think of them as inspiration — they may not work in your space the way someone else did them, or you may find a cheaper way to do the same thing (like getting supplies at Bunnings instead of IKEA).

#10 Build a Better Desk

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Photo by verseguru.
out of an old doorbuild yourself a standing deskbuild one out of wooden palletsbuild a custom one from scratch

#9 Add a Whiteboard or Chalkboard to Your Workspace

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a big boon for productivitymake your entire desk dry-erase friendlyadd a chalkboard surface too

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#8 Raise Your Monitors to Eye Level

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we’ve got optionsfor that too

#7 Manage Your Cables


IKEA Signum traystore those cables in a rain gutterwith a few binder clips

#6 Add Some Power or USB Outlets to Your Desk

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this fancy USB hub

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#5 Give Your Webcam or Microphone a Moveable Stand

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this cheap one from IKEAmicrophone

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#4 Raise Your Speakers to Ear Level

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floor-standing modelson-desk models for studio monitors
make a cheap, simple hanger out of a desk legone of these folding hooks from IKEA

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#3 Add Some Extra Storage

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doubles as a stand for your laptopbuild some makeshift storage

#2 Hang Your Hardware

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hanging it on the wall with a few hooks

#1 Build a Real Office Anywhere

Top 10 DIY Office Upgrades

in a closeteven a garage can work

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