The first Work From Home office space awards winners have been revealed.
Judged by TV celebrities and property experts Phil Spencer & Ben Hillman, Wickes awards were created to celebrate and reward the creators of the best WFH spaces across the UK.
The winner of the Wickes Home Office Awards has been crowned, alongside four shortlisted winners from across the UK.
Launched in mid-April, the awards sought the best in home office set-ups, after more than a year of video calls led the nation to up their creativity when designing working from home spaces.
After weeks of social media entries, Claire Hughes of Caithness, Scotland, has taken the top accolade for her sensational shed office in her garden.
Judge Phil Spencer said: "The office made excellent use of space, combining design and practicality to create the perfect workspace. The addition of plants and a large, glamorous desk helped to elevate this simple shed to an award-winning home office. Looking at property value, home offices are far more sought after than they used to be, and I'm sure this style of outhouse office will help to add value to Claire's home."
Claire's inspiration came when she decided to build a shed for her children's toys, commenting: "Unable to find a shed sturdy enough for the toys I set about building it from scratch. With the help of a friend, I designed and built the shed - which turned out to be the perfect room for home working and has become a sanctuary of peace and quiet for the family. I'm really surprised, it feels amazing to have won. It was hard work so to be recognised for that is incredible, especially from a company that sees a lot of sheds!"
Claire was awarded the shortlist winner Sensational Shed and was then championed by the judges as the overall winner For the Wickes Home Office Awards 2021.
Katy Stevens in London received the shortlist award for Minimalist Master after submitting her converted and refurbished cupboard, Anj Handa from Leeds wowed judges with her alcove home office to walk away with the shortlist award for Best Interior and Mindful space, the award for Cleaning up the Dining Room went to Ria Roe of Pinxton for converting her conservatory dining room table into the perfect spot for work/life balance, and Jenni Griffin from Hartshorne won the Savviest Set Up prize.
With the recent launch of the Fitted Home Office range, as well as a collection of drop down desks, wallpaper, shelving options and paint colours and types, Wickes is here to assist whether you're looking to create an outhouse office, make an efficient use of space under the stairs, an alcove or a cupboard or transform a corner of your room. For more information visit https://www.wickes.co.uk/ideas-advice/working-from-home