Sheffield woman converts shed into office space after struggling to work from home in lockdown
A busy office worker given a massive boost from her father and a family friend to help solve and improve her work place environment.
Concerned about her lack of a dedicated work space, Catherine’s parents, Les and Deborah King, enlisted the help of friend, Barry Tunnard, and set about working to transform Catherine’s shed into an office space.
Catherine’s mum, Deborah, said: “You’ve got to adapt however you can. My husband was working for next to nothing.
“My cousin did the electrics for her because he is an electrician.
"My husband's mate, he's a painter and decorator, but he’s quite handy. They did it between them.”
Catherine contributed to the project by completing the interior design aspect and her employers provided office chairs for the new office.
Deborah added: “It has cost money to convert, some people will say ‘she’s saving money not going into work’.
“But it’s made a big difference to her.”
"When she was working from her bedroom she was just on her bed sitting doing Zoom calls all day.
“Then in the evening she tended to be in her bedroom as well – she was spending her life on her bed in one one room.”
The change to her work environment, has led to Catherine adding more structure to her day and now schedules time to go for a walk during her break.
Speaking about her newly created office, Catherine said: “I absolutely love it.It’s warm and cosy, and I feel really productive.
“I work for NOCN which is an education charity our offices are in the city centre.
“Finding a place to work when I share my house with a friend was really quite difficult.
“We both work for NOCN. It’s been quite nice having someone from work around.
“It’s really tough when you work in the same place where you sleep and live.”
Catherine thanked everyone who helped with the project, but hopes she will be able to get back to the office in the city centre soon.
“I think it’s a really going to help me over the next few months, while I’m still having to work from home,” she said.
“And I think it’s such a nice gift from them, to help me have a separate space to work from.
“I will go back to the office because I miss my friends and colleagues.
“Hopefully I hope to start going back into the office a couple of days a week before the year’s out. We will see.”