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If you want to get the most from your space, whether it’s the spare room or a nook in the corner, a cus­tomised de­sign could be the way to go.

Space­works gen­eral man­ager Louella Wood­ham says her com­pany (whose work is pic­tured above) spe­cialises in de­sign­ing and in­stalling join­ery, and home of­fices are an in­creas­ingly com­mon re­quest.

Pur­pose-built join­ery can be a great so­lu­tion where space is at a pre­mium be­cause it can be de­signed for max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency and ease of use.

“They want it to be com­fort­able, at­trac­tive, and sym­pa­thetic to the style and pe­riod of their home,” Louella says. “But clients also want to feel more or­gan­ised, that ev­ery­thing has a place, and may be mul­ti­func­tional if re­quired, like a study nook, or com­bined with a me­dia unit, or at­tached to a wardrobe in a child’s bed­room.”

Clients will of­ten think ahead, she says, ask­ing for more stor­age than they need right now with a view to ex­pand­ing later on.

Stream­lined de­signs where messy ca­bling is out of view and there’s a space for equip­ment like prin­ters and shred­ders is also a com­mon re­quest.

“Peo­ple want a func­tional, roomy desk, space to house a printer, ca­ble man­age­ment and stor­age of un­sightly wires and mess, and enough light­ing,” Louella says.

“Shelv­ing for files, pen­cil draw­ers and sus­pen­sion-file draw­ers, book­shelves, and cup­boards to store paper or shred­ders, ar­eas for a bin and pull­out trays also rate highly.”

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