How to Deck Out Your Startup Office Space On a Shoestring

Written by MicroStartups

So you have started up your own company and everything is moving very fast. Your company has grown and you have decided to move into your very own office. The costs of taking the plunge and starting your own company can be high, but it doesn’t always have to be, especially if you are delving into the world of ecommerce. There are lots of tricks to keep spending to an absolute minimum and still transform your office space.

Cutting down the costs at the start of a new business venture is always a high priority. So here are the best ways to can deck out your first startup office space on a shoestring budget.


A lick of paint will go a very long way. Brighten your office space with light or neutral colors, and take this on as your own little project. Painting the space yourself will cut down on costs and help to make your office look professional and clean.


Anything that you can do yourself, you should. Putting office chairs together or fitting shelves in your office, try to do these things yourself to minimise the outgoing costs of setting up your new office. Don’t hire someone else to do it for you.

Flat pack

Flat pack furniture is always super cheap and usually lasts a while. Get your hands dirty and assemble a bookshelf or a desk for your office. Check out places like Ikea, West Elm, CB2 and Flor to stock up your office. Once they are assembled you will feel a great level of achievement.

Buy second-hand furniture

Don’t pay full price for desks and drawers. Furniture can be one of the biggest costs when starting a company so have a rummage at your local flea market or second-hand store. If pieces are looking a little worse for wear, then you can always upcycle and repurpose them.

Damaged items

Try and dig out any damaged items by asking at your local furniture store. Many items that have a tiny chip on their surface may be deemed ‘unsellable’. By asking around and keeping your eyes peeled, you may be able to pick them up at a very low price. Even just the packaging can drop the price of certain items.

What do you already have lying around?

Look at bits and bobs that you have already, maybe lying around the house or at a family’s home. Do you have things you can utilise at your new office? If a piece of furniture is not quite right for your space, try upcycling. This can be a really good way to cut the costs and still pimp your office.

This is especially true for those starting their own ecommerce or online business. You may only need a laptop or computer, PC screen, desk and chair to get your office space decked out and chances are you already have these things lying around your home.

Finding ways to do more with less is a core part of starting your own company. And this should be the same with your office space. Use your initiative and come up with creative ways to minimise the costs and still get your office space decked out. Have you recently decked out your startup office? Did you find any of these tips useful? Let us know in the comments below.

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