Décor specialist Joy Liedtke shares her secrets to creating a stylish and functional home office

1. Assess your needs

Before you do anything, make sure you know exactly what you need from your home office. Will you be working on your own or will it be a shared space? Are there any special needs or specialised equipment required?

2. Choose a style

The style you choose for your home office should reflect your business and the corporate image you wish to portray.

3. Identify a suitable space

Choose a space that will be able to house the office furniture and equipment you need.

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Good light, ventilation, and sufficient space is conductive to a sound work environment. If possible, itâ??s preferable have a door that can be shut to get privacy and quiet working time.

4. Plan the layout

Make a list of all the items you would need for the office space and measure the space. This will help you plan the layout and buy the best furniture for the space. Next, create a floor plan on paper â?? it will help you arrange the space and ensure that all your office furniture fits into the room.

5. Tips for choosing a desk

Select a desk that suits your budget, style, space and organisational needs. Youâ??ll be spending a lot of time at your desk so make this an investment piece. It should be the correct height for you, offer ample working and storage space and suit the style of the office.

6. Tips for finding the perfect chair

Your office chair is one item on which you should spend some money as itâ??s going to support your body for hours on end. It should be comfortable, fit under the desk, and suit your style and budget.

7. Light the space

Choosing a space with a window and lots of natural light is ideal but desk lamps, floor lamps and general lighting in the office space are also important. Consider where you place your computer as a glare from windows can cause eye strain.

8. Flooring

When it comes to flooring, consideration is given to the type of work but, for general office work, tiling is great for summer months with a rug added to make the space cosier in winter.

9. Keep it neat

With all the electrical equipment you may have, itâ??s a good idea to secure cords with cable ties or cord organisers that can be purchased from office furniture stores.

Appropriate desk filing solutions, in and out trays, a roller-dex for business cards will help you keep all your paperwork in order. Whether itâ??s an old fashioned filing cabinet or a chest of drawers that can be used for filing, choose a filing system that suits your space and is easily accessible.

A cupboard, drawers, shelves and boxes are other storage solutions that could help you keep your office tidy. Stationery drawer organisers help ensure that everything is at your fingertips.

10. Accessorise

Personalising your home office makes your work day all the more pleasant. A clock, plant, vision board, items for inspiration, photographs of love ones are all lovely additions to your home office space but be careful not to clutter your space!

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If you need professional decorating advice and assistance, contact Joy Liedtke of Joy by Design. While based in Bryanston, she is happy to travel within SA borders. For more information, visit www.joybydesign.co.za

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