Space Saving Portable Home Office

       If you work from home you can probably relate to the need for this useful DIY project.

DIY Repurposed Portable Home Office.

In our home we do have a home office... my husband uses it and you can probably understand why it might be hard to share.

So I made myself a small place to write my blog posts in the Den. You can read all about this small room HERE.

Portable home office space on a dime.

Aside from the lack of places to keep my "stuff", there is a treadmill in the corner and I have to move the desk to use it.

I was looking for a place to keep all my papers and supplies all in one spot and not look messy.

At the thrift store the other day I found this old wooden magazine rack. 

Repurposed Portable Home Office.

It didn't take long for me to decide that I needed a portable home office and this would be the perfect place to keep all my office supplies. 

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I gave it a quick coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Typewriter

When the milk paint was dry, I gave it quick sanding to give it a distressed look then coated it with Polycrylic sealer for protection.

Repurposed Portable Home Office DIY.

This magazine rack is the perfect size for file folders and clipboards

Portable Home Office DIY.

I added repurposed metal string light shades for pencil cups on the side and an upside down cup pull for a little pocket. I painted them to match with a metallic spray paint. 

Space saving Portable Home Office DIY.

On the other side I added a large bulldog clip to hold a note pad and on the inside, smaller clips for post-it notes.

Space saving Portable Home Office.

I added a large (old) license plate that came from my parent's car from the year I was born. 

The smaller license plate on the clip says SUSAN and was from my bicycle when I was a child.

Those beautiful free printable calendars are from imom and can be found HERE.

DIY Space saving Portable Home Office .

This organizer cost me $5.00, 
fits right under my little desk and is completely portable! 

Small Space saving Portable Home Office .

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. What a cute portable office. You have everything there you need. Great upcycle! Now I'm going to have to look through some of the wood boxes I have in my stash and see if any will work for something like this. LOVE it!

    1. Thank you so much Linda! I thought about a garden tote, and one of these for my classroom too... I need to start collecting these!

  2. Susan I love what you've done here. It looks so cool with the license plate and the added clasps. And it is large enough to hold so much stuff. If I put one on the floor my dog would think it was for him to chew on.

    1. Noooo! Put it up on the desk Mary! No chewing! No bite! (Can you tell I just got a new puppy?)
      Have a great week Mary!

  3. I have that exact rack! I also have a messy desk. Thank you!!!! How sweet it is!

    1. I'm so glad Jeannie! Have so much fun creating this, I use mine all the time!

  4. exc. creative project! but.....all the advertising onyour site is brutally annoying! i kno you have to make money but, still....

  5. This is so cool and would be so handy. Everything you need is all there together. Very clever upcycle!


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