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The Work From Home Movement | 12 Home Office Ideas

Friday Jan 29th, 2021

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There is a movement afoot that started with lockdowns brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This is the work from home movement otherwise known as the WFH movement. Other than essential workers...namely healthcare workers, people working in transportation, grocery store workers and so on...a lot of today’s workforce have transitioned from the office and the proverbial “cubicle”, to working from home and setting up a home office.

 

These workers who would occasionally take home some of their work, would often work at the dining table or a breakfast bar in the kitchen. For most it would be a half hour or so, not the actual typical eight hours as if in the office. That has forced a good portion of the workforce to invest in setting up a functional home office.

 

Similar to fitness equipment selling at a rapid pace because of gym shutdowns during the pandemic, office furniture and equipment are also seeing a huge sales surge. The dilemma for a lot of homeowners is designating a space for the home office.

 

12 Home Office Ideas For This Work From Home Era

 

1. Transform this front room/living room into an office.

 
 
This room at the entrance of this townhouse in Brampton would typically be used as a formal room with fancy furniture that would rarely be used...compared to the family room at the other end of the home. However, the homeowner decided to set up a home office with space for a bookcase.
 
 
This home sold in January/2021 with a sale price approximately $115,000 over the asking price.
 
 

2. Use one of the upper bedrooms as an office.

 

 

The homeowner of this four bedroom townhouse in Pickering decided to use a spare bedroom as an office. If there is a bedroom that’s not being used, this makes sense with a door that can shut for privacy and enough sunlight  to brighten the room.

 

This spacious townhouse sold in January/2021 for $101,000 over the asking price.

 

 

3. Incorporate office space into a basement recreation area.

 

 

Sometimes all you need is a corner in a finished basement to set up an office. These homeowners have a tastefully decorated office and recreation area, as well as a full bathroom. There is also a separate entrance to the basement. 

 
 

The home located in the coveted Leslieville area in Toronto sold near the end of January/2021 for $231,000 over the asking price after being on the market for just one day.

 
 
4. Den used as an office in a bungalow.
 
 

This bungalow has several rooms on the main level. One of them is a den that is off the living room and has a sliding door for privacy.

 

 

The bungalow located in Oshawa got a selling price of $970,000 after multiple offers and being on the market for seven days in January/2021.

 
 

5. Office space in a large formal living area.

 

 

This roomy office space in what would be a designated formal room is possible because of the 3000 square feet of living space. Located near the entrance of the home and across from the formal dining area.

 

Situated on a 58 foot corner lot in Ajax, the home sold for $1.2 million in two days.

 
 

6. Transform the smallest bedroom into an office.

 

 

 

The homeowners took the smallest bedroom at 10 feet by 9 feet and made a stylish home office. Homeowners are starting to see the office space as an extension of their home, with the decor reflecting that.

 

This home is another gem in the Leslieville area just east of downtown Toronto...selling price after one day on the market? $1.3 million during the first week of January/2021.

 
 
7. Basement office with lots of storage space.
 
 

From the outside this home looks quaint. However, with extensive renovations the homeowners were able to create stylish, functional spaces. This desk as part of a vast storage unit is an example of that.

 

Located in the affluent Lawrence Park area of mid-town Toronto, this semi-detached home sold for close to $1.5 million after nearly one week on the market.

 
 

8. Huge main floor den space designated as office space.

 

 

This den on the main floor is an office and study space for the entire family. With ample seating and desk space to accommodate a large family.

 

Here you can see the entrance of the home and the french doors into the office.

 
 
Located in the northwest area of Brampton, just south of Caledon, this spacious home sold for over $1.4 million in four days.
 
 

9. Another main floor den space in a large home.

 

 

The den in this 4000 square foot home has huge windows to allow the sunlight in. With five bedrooms and a finished basement, the homeowners had many options for an office space.

 
The vast home in the Churchill Meadows area in Mississauga sold for $1.66 million in 4 days, January/2021.
 
 

10. Main floor home office with side entrance access.

 

 

This thoughtfully placed home office on the main floor of this well-appointed home in the southeast part of Toronto can be accessed by the side entrance of the home. This feature allows a professional to have clients visit without seeing other parts of the home...for privacy. The room size measures 9 feet by 9.5 feet.

 

This custom built home sold in two days for $1.8 million in late January/2021.

 
 

11. A bedroom work area and separate home office space.

 

 

This home, built in 1930, has been extensively renovated. Part of the renovations included a large master bedroom that can accommodate a desk and lounge area. The main floor of the home features a built in linear desk with storage and ambient lighting.

 
 

Another stately home in the south Leaside area of Toronto, this home sold for $2.45 million in January/2021.

 
 

12. High end office space in a high end custom home.

 

 

This 4500 square foot custom home has all the bells and whistles including a home office space designated in between the main and upper floors. Bright and airy, any homeowner living here shouldn’t mind working from home.

 

The selling price of this Bedford Park home in January/2021? $3.66 million.

 

 

These examples of home offices across the Greater Toronto Area give some insight into different styles of decor that can suit varying budgets. The homes are expensive, however the home office can be affordable. Why not do it comfortably with a bit of style? Working from home for many of us might be here to stay. 

 
 
 

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