The Best Home Office Desks Under $1000

I’ve scoured the internet for what I think are the best home office desks under $1000 available online now. So what’s stopping you from graduating away from the kitchen table? Or even, ironing board!?

Under $250

The IKEA Finnvard / Linnmon is a versatile and affordable option for under $250 at just $129.99. You can mix and match your choice of table top and legs. The legs come in white or birch options, and the table tops come in multiple different color combinations and sizes. You can even choose a flat or tilted table top which is good for either laptops or drawing.

IKEA LINNMON / FINNVARD Table

The Nova Contemporary Industrial Computer Desk available at Walmart is a sophisticated option for under $250 at just $218.66. It’s clean lines, yet rustic feel are perfect to add a touch of class to any home office.

For something a little more glam, the Kason Desk by Joss & Main at $216.99 is a great affordable option in chrome and weathered grey manufactured wood.

Kason Desk

Under $500

The Mong Credenza desk from Wayfair is a stunning mix of rustic and modern for just over $250 at $259.99. Available in brown, taupe or grey wood.

Mong Credenza desk

The Driftwood and Gold Metal Cristela Desk by World Market is a vintage modern looking desk with gold legs and a driftwood grey finished wood top. It wouldn’t look out of place in a bedroom or living room, if you don’t have the benefit of a separate office space. Available for $399.99.

The Aldwin Home Office Lift Top Desk by Ashley Homestore is an aesthetically pleasing desk and practical all for under $500! At $349.99 the lift top design extends the desk surface to 41.5″ high, giving you the flexibility to sit or stand.

Under $1000

The Camden Writing Desk available at Target is a more refined architectural drawing style desk. With adjustable height from 28-38″, this sturdy desk made of pine solid wood and veneers will surely stand the test of time.

Camden Writing Desk - Distressed Brown  - Treasure Trove - image 1 of 4

The Morris 60″ Desk by Crate & Barrel is a beautiful pinewood desk made from reclaimed pallets. Available at $799 in Ash Grey or Chocolate Brown, it’s a great option for an authentic vintage look.

Morris 60" Chocolate Brown Desk | Decorist

The Printmaker’s 48″ Desk by Restoration Hardware is great for small spaces. Available in two finishes: Espresso Pine and Antiques Pine, this piece is crafted from distressed solid pine. With the RH Membership the desk just makes it into the best desks for under $1000 at $918.

Printmaker's 48" Desk

I hope you enjoyed reading this round up of the best home office desks under $1000. From rustic to modern and everything in between, there’s something here to please everyone. Thanks for reading!

Jo @britflipper

(Prices correct as at 10/5/20.)

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Modern or Traditional Cabins?

As the temperatures start to rise in the Midwest and winter finally starts to release its tight grip, people start dreaming of being at their cabins. But with the current pandemic and stay at home orders it’s not possible right now to travel. So why not use this time to start planning a cabin makeover for when you can finally get back to that little piece of heaven on the lake?

Living in Minnesota, the vacation rental market is all about cabins, lots of them! Something I’ve come to realize is that to be a true Minnesotan, you have to vacation in a cabin ‘up North’ at some point during the year. Before the pandemic happened, my husband and I and our two dogs went to stay in Biwabik, Minnesota at the Giants Ridge Ski Resort in one of the lakeside cabins. I soon began to understand why this type of vacation is so popular.

A frozen lake at Biwabik, Minnesota
A frozen lake at Biwabik, Minnesota

The purpose of our trip was actually to purchase one of these cabins as an investment property, but after a lot of back and forth we concluded it wasn’t going to be a good deal for us. But it did get me thinking about design…

So many of the cabins I’ve seen are of the traditional style – log walls or golden timber cladding, plaid, a moose picture somewhere, or maybe even a bear, giant stone fireplaces and furniture made out of logs. It’s certainly cozy, and don’t get me wrong I do like it, but what about the alternatives?

Big Moose, New York Log Home rustic-living-room

I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to shopping for houses. I’ve already decorated the bathrooms, and laid out the soaps in my head before I’ve even made an offer! This was no different. I started to research ‘modern cabins’ online and found my new favorite style. Here’s a collection of my favorite.

Like this simple, cozy and elegant bathroom by Baucos Group.

Cabin Master Bath modern-bathroom

Or this amazing modern kitchen by PurParket Inc.

PurParket Porcelain- CABIN Project Sales Centre modern-kitchen

Or this kitchen design by CLB Architects. I love that they’ve transformed the chunky traditional log cabin walls just by painting them white.

Yellowbell Renovation rustic-kitchen

I love the juxtaposition of the modern clean lines against the traditional log cabin wall here in this design by Haus.

Scandinavian Rustic Cabin scandinavian-powder-room

Or this cozy little reading nook by Fernau and Hartman. They’ve kept the warm golden wood cladding but styled it in a more modern feel.

Outdoor living in Palo Alto scandinavian-family-room

This bathroom by First Lamp Architects is a beautiful balance of warm wood and clean modern whites.

Herron Island Cabin Master Shower / Tub modern-bathroom

This design by Marcusse Construction is a little more transitional with the shaker style kitchen cabinets, but definitely has the muted pallet and warm Scandinavian vibe.

Blackshire scandinavian-living-room

A beautiful entrance way by DeForest Architects. I love how everything is so simple and clean, except for the beautiful piece of old gnarly wood they’ve used on the wall as decoration.

High Desert Modern modern-entry

The Scandanavian style can even translate to the staircase. I love this design by Texas Construction Company.

Clifford Residence scandinavian-staircase

And don’t forget about the exterior. This bold barn style cabin in black by Alchemy Architects is just about as perfect as it gets.

Winhall Barnhouse farmhouse-exterior

So which do you prefer? Are you a traditional log cabin lover? Or do you prefer the clean lines of the modern Scandinavian style cabins? I hope this post has inspired you to re-think the traditional cabin look just a little bit. To see the possibilities of what else they could be.

Thanks for reading.

Jo @Britflipper

 

IKEA bathroom hack

I love the clean and simple lines of the IKEA Godmorgon sink and wall cabinets for the bathroom. However, they can sometimes look a little standard or low grade. In this IKEA bathroom hack, we upgraded the look with a live-edge white oak countertop, chrome handles, Kohler top-mount sinks and wall-mounted Grohe faucets for a more luxurious look.

IKEA Godmorgon bathroom cabinet with customized countertop and sinks

Materials and tools needed:

  • Live edge wood (we used white oak)
  • Heavy duty saw
  • Sandpaper (heavy to fine grade)
  • Electrical sander
  • Polyurethane (oil based)
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Drill
  • Small L brackets and small screws
  • Large L brackets and large screws or other heavy duty fixings
  • Top mount sinks
  • Wall-mounted faucets (can use top-mounted faucets, just need to cut an extra hole)
  • Handles
  • Screwdriver

Instructions:

STEP 1: Buy all the necessary materials needed. Including finding a piece of live edge timber that you like and that will fit your IKEA Godmorgon cabinet. Many sawmills will cut the timber to size for you, and also kiln dry them. I’d recommend this, as we didn’t have ours kiln dried and we let it dry naturally in our garage for a number of weeks before we installed it, but it did warp and crack and we had to re-cut it to get it straight again.

TIP: Get your live edge timber kiln dried and cut to size at the sawmill

STEP 2: We chose a double vanity, but Godmorgon also comes in single vanity options. It’s available in black brown, white stained oak effect, brown stained ash effect, high gloss grey, high gloss white (which we used) in modern flat front cabinets. They also sell traditional style fronts Kasjon Godmorgon is dark grey, light grey and white options. They also have a very interesting dimensional high gloss white front – Resjon white.

IKEA Godmorgon bathroom cabinet
IKEA Godmorgon cabinet in high gloss white. (Image courtesy of IKEA.)

For these instructions we’ll refer to the double vanity high gloss white option that we chose. Cut out the holes for your sinks. For this you will need a heavy duty saw to go through the wood. We chose a thick piece of wood (about 3”) and it was very difficult to cut through it. We hired a heavy duty saw from The Home Depot as our jigsaw wasn’t strong enough to cut through it.

TIP: Make sure you use the templates that come with your sinks to mark the cutouts for the holes. And make sure the sink is positioned where the water will fall from wherever you are placing the faucets. If you chose a counter mounted faucet, don’t forget to leave enough space at the back of the sink for it.

STEP 3: Now you have the live edge slab cut, it’s time to sand and seal it. It’s probably easier to use an electrical sander with a rough grade to start with (around 80), then work your way up to a fine grade sandpaper (around 180). Keep sanding along the grain to remove all rough edges and make it as smooth as silk. Once you’re happy with the smoothness, make sure you remove all dust from the slab. I’d recommend vacuuming it, then finishing with a lint free cloth. Now you’re ready to seal it.

I’d recommend using an oil-based polyurethane, as it tends to sink into the grain better than a water-based polyurethane. It does however color the wood more than a water-based polyurethane would. Test a small area underneath first before you commit to the whole thing. Once you’re happy with the look, apply three coats according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

TIP: If you wanted to stain your timber, do that before applying the polyurethane, and test it underneath or on a scrap piece first.

STEP 4: Congratulations! You’re now ready to install your sink cabinet! Word of caution, the live edge timber countertop can be extremely heavy, so I would highly recommend extra support for it in addition to the cabinet. I would also recommend you find the studs to fix it to, if you have a wood-built house. Or using heavy duty fixings for other wall constructions types. (Please consult a professional contractor.)

IKEA Godmorgon bathroom cabinet with customized countertop and sinks

We installed ours on the studs and used extra L-shaped brackets underneath to support it further. We also used small L-shaped brackets to attach the countertop to the cabinet.

TIP: Make sure your screws aren’t longer than the cabinet is thick, otherwise your screws will poke out of the side of the cabinet.

To install the faucets and sinks we hired a professional plumber for this, as this was beyond our skillset. So I’ll skip over this part.

STEP 5: The last part is installing the handles (if you chose to). Godmorgon cabinets don’t come with any handles, which looks very minimalist, and you could certainly stick with this. We chose to apply long chrome handles in a minimalist design to add a bit of extra detail in this IKEA bathroom hack. I think you’ll agree they make them look high-end!

IKEA Godmorgon bathroom cabinet with customized countertop and sinks

For this, just mark the center on the back of the cabinet and mark the drill holes by using either the template that your handles came with, or the handle itself. Double and triple check these measurements are accurate before drilling to make sure you don’t mess up your cabinet fronts. Once you’re satisfied they’re in the right place, drill slowly from the back then screw the handles in place.

TIP: Place some painters tape over where the holes will be drilled on the front of the cabinet, this helps to stop the cabinet material splintering off. Also starting with a small drill bit, then working up to the correct size also helps keep the splintering down to a minimum.

Finished! You now have a unique and high-end look with this IKEA bathroom hack!

IKEA Godmorgon bathroom cabinet with customized countertop and sinks

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Jo @Britflipper