SHELVING A GOOD IDEA
Interior designer Monique Sartor from Sartorial Interiors says even if your home office space is part of a larger room, there are plenty of ways to maintain a stimulating and professional environment.
“It’s all about balance,” she says. “I’m not super fussy about my space but I also want it to look nice.”
So while she saw the necessity of using an ergonomically sound but unattractive chair, Monique added a soft throw to make it more appealing.
Storage is a mix of open shelving and closed cupboards and filing cabinets, which don’t have to cost a fortune.
“I have lots of cabinetry but I make sure the printer is out of sight,” she says. “There are three filing cabinets from Super Amart which weren’t expensive but they are really nice.”
Break up storage spaces with stand-up folders and shelving so that everything is readily accessible and easy to see.
Luke says it’s important to leave your home office neat and tidy for the next day, just as you would if you were working away from home.
“We do get clients or delivery people who randomly drop by but it’s all neat and tidy,” Luke says. “Before I leave the office I make sure the desk is clear and the place is ready for the next day.”
Luke says it’s worth spending a little money on good office furniture that presents well to visiting clients and keeps you motivated during the working day.
“A lot of people think it’s fine to have a makeshift desk but if a client comes in and sees you working from a fold-out table, they might wonder why they are spending money with you,” he says.
This small workplace in an apartment by Arent&Pyke has everything its owner needs, including storage. Picture: Tom Ferguson