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Life in Ghana

5 Items Your Accra Home Office Needs

I’ve been dreaming of the perfect home workspace here in Accra, Ghana but it’s been really difficult finding the items that I want in the shops.

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For me, finding things I want in my office boils down to; can I get to that particular shop, what kind of vehicle would I need to hire to get the product home, can I afford it and just an overall awareness of what my options are around the city.

I also don’t drive, so that’s an added difficulty.

It has been said getting a job comes down to; “who you know”, but shopping in Accra can be down to that too! There are a lot of hidden gems in the city, but if you don’t know anyone who can show you around – online is a great place to start your search!

I decided to browse through Tonaton to see if I could find a place to buy furniture in Ghana that appeals to the look I’m going for. Otherwise, I may be inclined to ship things from USA.

Browsing Tonaton could also help me put a mood board together for when I’m ready to start shopping – even if I don’t purchase through the website.

It will also introduce me to new vendors outside of the more obvious locations i.e. Accra Mall, Marina Mall, A&C Mall… I think you get the idea.

Here are a few ideas for you if you’re in the same predicament as myself, or just want to upgrade your workspace!

1. Desk

Sometimes a beautiful dining table makes a great desk! Hear me out!  The great thing about dining tables that are plain is that they can be repurposed. Once you take the dining chairs away it looks like any ordinary table, or in our case – a desk!

I love the fact that dinning tables are bigger so I can throw my laptop on it, books, notepads, cameras and still have some space to move around.

Of course, you can just look for a big desk, but being flexible with multi-purposing means you have more style options, as well as more leeway with your budget!

2. An Executive Chair

Sure, you can use an “ordinary chair” to do your work, but think about how your back will feel after sitting in it for hours each day.

Consider investing in something a little more pricey and save money from not having to pay for chiropractic help later.

3. Shelves

I love shelves because they can save you a lot of floorspace. Your freed up floorspace will make the place look larger! Alternatively, it frees up space for you to have additional storage units underneath. They really help you maximise your space.

Also, where will you put all those impressive files you’re going to create on all your clients?

The benefits of getting your woodwork through a website like Tonaton is that if you don’t like the finished product, you don’t have to commit to the purchase.

I’ve dealt with carpenters in Accra before. Sometimes you don’t get the end-product you envisioned. With them, if you end up with a product you’re not happy with – you end up with the bill also.

4. Air Conditioning

Admittedly, air conditioners are a luxury. However, they are useful in keeping you focused in the Accra heat.

Rather than focusing on various ways to keep cool without it, you can direct all your creative-juices to the work at hand. In my case, blogging!

5. A Sofa

Though I’m trying not to make my space too comfortable (I don’t want to distract myself or fall-asleep on the job!) You may need a reception area for your clients and/or guests.

Having a sofa set can bring a welcoming, comfortable feel in your work-environment that your guests will enjoy while they wait for you to see them!

This list is far from exhaustive, but a great start on some basic office furnishings that I found on “Ghana’s biggest online marketplace!”

Thank you to Tonaton for sponsoring this post.

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About Combing for Curls

Ghanaian-Nigerian Accra-based natural hair blogger and vlogger. Creator/curator of African culture and political content.

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