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Home office space – 2020’s most wanted home improvement

Home office space – 2020’s most wanted home improvement

Nearly 50 percent of UK adults in employment worked from home in April 2020, according to the Office for National Statistics and, whilst restrictions may be starting to ease, there are still a huge number of people working remotely for some or all of the working week.  And that may be the case for months to come.

So, it looks like homeowners are increasingly looking for ways to make their houses more suitable for work as well as leisure – from significant alterations to finding ways to squeeze a bespoke desk and/or shelving into living space or bedrooms. 

Good use of landing space 

In the case of one recent project, a tradesman was able to make great use of a light and airy landing space to provide a desk, drawers, cupboards and shelving – everything (and more) the dedicated remote worker could desire.

Neville Sykes, Managing Director of Perfect Panels said: “This home office project uses 19mm pre-veneered crown cut American white oak MDF. This oak was clear lacquered here at our spray shop to a 25% sheen.

“The worktop is 36mm veneered MDF which has been pressed with American white oak. Again, we clear lacquered the worktop with the same finish and sheen.”

 The door and drawer fronts were cut, using our board cutting service here at Perfect Panels.

 Neville adds: “Whilst cutting, we made sure we cut each board carefully and matched it to the grain. This meant the wood looked like it had come from the same piece of timber, so it had a really professional finish.

 “The office was on the top floor landing, and the veneer board was chosen by the tradesman to match the existing doors and stairs, which are also oak.”

Playroom to office 

Another one of our clients was able to transform a playroom into a home office, complete with bookshelves and cabinets in a shaker-style.  

Using our board cutting services and spray room, we were able to supply 18mm MDF for the carcasses with 25mm MDF for the bookshelves, and the desktop was made using 30mm thick MDF.

We also arranged for some cable outlet covers to be sprayed to match the power cables.

Neville said: “The spray finish for this creation was Farrow and Ball, Moles Breath. It was in a PU Lacquer which has a 10% sheen so it’s very hard wearing for a shared playroom and office. It was matched perfectly to blend in with the walls.

 “Additionally, we added some moulding and uprights to reflect the period features this room had.”

At Perfect Panels, we specialise in supplying cut and edged MDF, MFC and Plywood boards to the furniture making industry. Our 9000 square ft factory in South London is very well equipped with a range of machinery:

  • A beam saw - the most effective and precise method of panel cutting with modern software that allows the saw to gain maximum yield from the uncut boards.
  • A state of the art edgebanding machine to bond the edging to the panel, trim the edges, radius the edging top and bottom and buff the finished edge. Our machine also offers the latest Airtec (Hot Air Technology) bonding.
  • CNC machining. Our Homag 3D, 5 axis CNC machine can handle all aspects of grooving, shaping and profiling and our optimising software can nest shaped panels and patterns to give the best possible fit onto a board, saving materials and time.
  • A well-equipped spray room allowing us to provide a primed or high quality lacquered finish to your cut boards.
  • A ten by five foot press able to accommodate requests for unusual board thicknesses.

All of which makes us the ideal partner for trades, designers, developers, and DIYers in Kent, Surrey, Central London and Sussex.