This portion of my office makeover was sponsored by Staples. Staples provided me with some of the pieces below and some were purchased at my own expense. Which is which will be noted below. As always, the thoughts and opinions expressed herein are those of Mama.Mommy.Mom. and no one else. No additional compensation was received in exchange for this post.
*Stick around until the end for a giveaway from Staples to help you update your office too!*
When deciding to start my office makeover project, I knew that new office furniture would be on the “must have” list. Shopping for office furniture can be overwhelming at best, and I honestly wasn’t sure if it would be a “now” or “later” thing. When Staples stepped up and offered to send me a desk, I started looking at what they had to offer online and wasn’t sure that I could make up my mind.
I knew I wanted my desk to be white, and I wanted it to be big and have some storage. The desk I was working on in the family room was on the small side and offered very little in the way of storage. In the end, the result was simply piles of stuff every where. It was not working for me, and hadn’t been for a long time. I knew I wanted a desk that had at least one other matching piece, or that would be incredibly easy to match furniture to. I also knew that I wanted office furniture that was more versatile that the “stick it against the wall” desk I had before. After some searching, some calling around and a trip to a Staples store to see the desk in person, I settled on the Ameriwood Dover Collection Desk and Cabinet (both provided to me by Staples) and ordered myself a matching Ameriwood Dover Entry Table from Overstock for a steal!
My items from Staples showed up quickly and the packages were stout! My husband helped me get them in and open, then we broke down the boxes for recycling. I was kind of amazed at the number of pieces in each box. My initial reaction was something along the lines of “Oh, God. What have I done?” To be fair, it had only been a few weeks since I had done a little IKEA assembly (and if you’ve never done IKEA assembly, let me just tell you… *bangs head on new desk* it can be – frustrating.)
I was pleased to see a nice, thick instruction book with easy step by step instructions (that included words!) and that all of the pieces were labeled for easy identification. Never once did I have to guess if I was holding piece A or piece E. It was fabulous! While the assembly did take close to 2 hours, it wasn’t difficult. There were lots of instructions to go with all of those pieces, but in the end, everything went together with no issues. I did make sure to keep the desk pieces and the cabinet pieces separate. Getting those mixed together would’ve been a nightmare!
With about 5 hours of assembly time under my belt, my new office furniture is complete! I am super impressed with the sturdiness of all of the pieces and how solid each feels as a whole. The tabletops have a wood grain texture, which gives the pieces an “expensive” feel without the expensive price tag. The drawers open and close smoothly, though it did take a little adjusting to get the drawer fronts aligned properly. I like that the desktop has a hole for cords to channel through, and that the desk sits on “feet” rather than flat on the floor, allowing for easy routing of the cords to the nearest outlets. The cabinet has a large storage drawer, a file drawer and a cabinet with adjustable shelf. It gives me somewhere to store all of my extra supplies (ink, paper, etc) while keeping them out of sight.
Because Staples is THE BEST place to get everything you need for an office makeover of your own, they are giving one lucky Mama.Mommy.Mom. reader a jump start on an office project of their own! Entry is simple, just use the simple form below. One lucky reader will get to choose any item they’d like from the Desks, File Cabinets or Chairs offered at Staples (up to $100 value) and Staples will ship it right out to you to get you started on your own office makeover! Personally, I still have some chair shopping to do!
This giveaway will run through May 6th and the winner will be selected at random from the entries received. Good luck to everyone!