In the past week, companies have encouraged employees to avoid commuting to offices and, instead, work from home. If you’re new to working remotely, Curbed editors who are especially familiar with the situation have compiled expert tips for optimizing your space.
For those without a dedicated office set up, we thought it might be nice to peek into a few Chicago homes that have enviable workspaces. We’ve got everything from living room desk setups to completely remodeled dens and former bedrooms. Get inspired and set up the home office of your dreams.
This two-level home in Roscoe Village’s Tower Lofts complex comes with the perfect nook for a home office in its living room—opposite a rustic brick wall and fireplace. Just don’t get distracted by turning to look out the window at the skyline views. The North Side home also includes a dedicated dining room plus two bedrooms and an outdoor balcony on its upper level for $499,000.
In an eclectic Noble Square workers cottage owned by a vintage furniture collector, find this attractive home office. A glass desk is surrounded by stylish knickknacks, patterned curtains, and what appears to be one of the iconic chairs from the student union terrace at the University of Wisconsin. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom single-family home is listed for $550,000.
This Fulton Market condo offers the at-home equivalent of a trendy open-plan loft office thanks to its high ceilings and a 35-foot-long exposed brick wall with five massive windows. Here you’ll find a workstation with sweeping northern city views. Listed for $650,000, the lofty home features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen with European style cabinetry.
Seeking a luxurious old-school home office or study? Check out this handsome example with rich wood trim and a barrel-vaulted ceiling. Occupying a full floor in Lincoln Park’s historic Shakespeare building, designed by architect Dwight H. Perkins in 1910, the four-bedroom home is listed for $930,000 and overlooks the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Even stay-at-home executives should feel at ease working from this $950,000 condo in River North’s Contemporaine building. The minimalist unit has concrete ceilings, downtown views, and an impressive office created by removing a wall from the home’s third bedroom. The custom work area has a sleek desk connected to a wall of built-in shelves and cabinets.