Finding out unexpectedly that you’ll be working from home due to the nationwide lockdown can be a bit disconcerting, so we’ve rounded up a few ideas for how you can include a work space in your home.

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setting up a home office for lockdown

To add a functional workspace to this bedroom, Tracy Joubert of Refreshed Designs introduced a desk, a comfortable chair and a pretty table lamp. She chose this position as there’s a convenient power point, and the mirror above the desk lets it double as a dressing table when work’s over.

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As the owners wanted a quiet study area away from the buzz of the living room, this section of a booklined landing proved to be idea. A work surface was created by mounting a shelf on two ornate brackets and adjustable reading lights were installed on the book shelves. Decor by Horak Venter Designs.


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Although it doesn’t take up much space, this floating shelf and draw in the kitchen is extremely practical. It allows the owner to attend to work and admin while keeping an eye on the cooking and the kids. In keeping with the slick look, Kirsty Lindley of Lindley & Co. who designed the interiors, chose a contemporary white chair and lamp.

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To make use of what was wasted space, Liezl Alder decided to turn her landing into a work and home study area. “As it’s on view, I wanted it to be stylish and sophisticated,” says Liezl.

It features restful blue and white wallpaper from St Leger & Viney, a long narrow desk so two people can sit side by side, and a mirror that brings light in.


Give your home office a very decorated look by sticking to one colour. White works extremely well, as does black. This way you can mix different styles as Donna Tanner did on this sunny landing offsetting a contemporary moulded chair and glass trestle table with the curves of the peacock chair in the corner.

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