Never before have so many home offices been cobbled together so fast in the Boston area as in the past three weeks. Yes, the novel coronavirus pandemic sent workers across the region squirreling into wherever they could in their apartments, condos, and houses for adequate workspace.
Most of these home offices were ad hoc by nature—there just wasn’t time to plan. Now that it looks like many of us will be working from home that much longer in order to stem the virus’ spread, it’s time to better arrange those thrown-together workspaces. Here are some home offices from around the region for inspiration.
This home office in a 913-square-foot condo for sale for $685,000 on Crescent Street in Cambridge reminds us that houseplants and shelves are our friends when it comes to personal workspace. (And, as for houseplants, check out this guide to which ones thrive in southern New England.)
Seize space. That’s the lesson from this home-office setup on a landing of the stairs in a 1,851-square-foot triplex for sale on Bunker Hill Street in Boston’s Charlestown for $1.135 million. As Anthony Goodh, owner of furniture and accessories store BoConcept in Cambridge, reminded us: “Most home offices function as more than just an office.” Be creative with the space at hand.
This setup in a 1,253-square-foot condo for sale on Jenkins Street in South Boston for a dollar under $800,000 is a reminder that sparse works too. Sometimes all you need—a desk, a chair, a computer—and all you have room for align.
Shelves? Check. Houseplant? Check. Smart use of existing space? Check. Natural light? Definitely check. This setup comes from another Southie property, a colonial for sale on Preble Street for $569,900.
From Arlington comes a home office that emphasis length rather than breadth. This setup with a narrow desk and long shelves is at one end of one of the four bedrooms inside a 3,039-square-foot Victorian for sale on Addison Street for $1.15 million.