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2021 Trend: The Home Office Pod — What It Is and Why You Might Want One

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The dog's barking at the delivery man for the umpteenth time, the kids are on Zoom, and your significant other is wandering through the house taking work calls — all while you're trying to get some work done. You need a "Calgon-take-me-away moment," sans bubble bath, right? Enter the office pod, a growing trend that is sure to take off in 2021 with countless people still working from home. Known by many names — phone booths, acoustic pods, home office capsules, etc. — these stand-alone structures are meant to create a mini-home office where there is none. In fact, the trend is growing so much that Nissan recently unveiled a concept vehicle with a built-in office pod that we're majorly coveting. Until that becomes widely available, however, here are a few office pods meant to be used inside a home or in an outdoor space.  


Note: Prices and availability are subject to change. 


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PoppinPod
PoppinPod

PoppinPod

$4,999 and up from PoppinPod

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PoppinPod offers pods in two different collections, the lower-priced Om units and the more expensive Kolo units. The former ships fully assembled while the latter requires assembly, which the company says takes less than two hours. Other than that, each has shared and unique product features, but the higher-priced Kolos are more customizable and have lighting that can be dimmed and color-controlled. 


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TalkBox Single Booth
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TalkBox Single Booth

$3,995 and up from TalkBox

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The made-in-the-U.S.A. TalkBox Single Booth can be ordered with a white, light gray, oak, or dark gray exterior, and you can customize your acoustic panel color, trim, and request expert assembly if you'd rather not put it together yourself. Other features include a space-saving sliding door, noise-reduction, USB and electrical outlets, a dimmable LED light, and more. 


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Cubicall 2 Series Phone Booth
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Cubicall 2 Series Phone Booth

$6,995 and up from Cubicall

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Another made-in-the-U.S. acoustic pod, the Cubicall comes in standard units as well as some limited and special editions (fancy a "Bill & Ted"-themed pod, anyone?). The standard units come in five colors with two USB outlets, a 120-volt outlet, an Ethernet connection, automatic LED lights, and a built-in fan.


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Zenbooth Solo
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Zenbooth Solo

$3,795 and up from Zenbooth

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The Solo model from Zenbooth comes in white and maple exterior and interior finishes, and a stationary desk is also included, although you can upgrade to an adjustable desk for a few hundred dollars more. Other features include an "optimized" acoustic experience, dimmable LED lighting, a skylight ceiling, a ventilation system, and plenty of outlets for the modern-day work experience.


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EmagiKit Privacy Pod Plus
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EmagiKit Privacy Pod Plus

$7,995 from Emagispace

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This "personal privacy solution" from Emagispace comes in a number of customizable exterior and interior colors, and buyers can also choose to add a window. Other features include sound resistance, dimmable LED lights, exhaust fan, adjustable work desk, 120V and USB outlets, and adjustable casters for easy maneuverability. The company says that two people can assemble the unit in less than an hour. It's also available at Wayfair with free shipping.

ROOM Phone Booth
ROOM

ROOM Phone Booth

$3,995 and up from ROOM

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With 28 decibels of noise reduction, the phone booth from ROOM promises a distraction-free workspace with a built-in desk and magnetic board, smart sensor that activates the ventilation fans and lights, two power outlets, and an ethernet port. The booth comes in white and black, and the company makes some accessories, including a chair, available for an extra charge. It ships flat and assembly is supposed to be "fast and easy." 


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The Pillar Booth
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The Pillar Booth

$5,295 from Pillar

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Chicago-based Pillar offers a home office pod that includes features like acoustic paneling and fabric and a magnetic door seal, LED lighting, a height-adjustable desk, and four ventilation fans. Buyers can also customize their booth's accent panels in one of eight colors. The booth ships in four flat boxes and Pillar says two people can assemble it with only an Allen wrench in about 30 minutes. 



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Loop Solo
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Loop Solo

Around $8,000 and up from Loop

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With its funky shape, customizable colors, and other fun features, the Canadian-made Loop Solo is a great option for people who want their home office pod to have some personality and style. Standard features include a built-in desk, customizable outlets, LED light, ergonomic bench seat, and circulation system. From there, buyers can customize a wide variety of finishes. There are at least 10 Loop Phone Booth dealers in the U.S., but if you don't have one near you, you can contact the company directly for a quote and other inquiries.  


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Framery 'O' Pod
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Framery 'O' Pod

Around $8,400 and up from Framery

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Finnish company Framery has locations across the U.S. where you can go check out one of its pods in person. Their one-person "O" model features sound insulation via acoustic foam and felt fabric, anti-static and stain-resistant carpet, a ventilation system, built-in Formica laminate and birch plywood table, a desk chair, and more. The company website has a configurator that lets you design your pod kind of like you would a new car.

Thinktanks 1 Person Booth
Thinktanks

Thinktanks 1 Person Booth

$6,495 from Thinktanks

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Thinktanks home office pod has all the usual features — outlets, soundproofing, a mounted sitting/standing desk, and ventilation fans — and is flat-shipped to your home with an average assembly time of one to four hours. The unit is made from eco-friendly recycled aluminum.

ÖÖD Home Office
ÖÖD

ÖÖD Home Office

Around $20,000 from ÖÖD 

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One of the outdoor office pod options on this list, the ÖÖD Home Office is a little bit more involved than interior pods — i.e. it can require permits, a foundation, etc. — so you can't just order one to be shipped to your home, but you can fill out a website form to start the process. Each unit is about 21-by-11 feet and just over 10 feet high. The price covers some things like interior finishing and lights, ventilation, heating/cooling, and some interior fixtures and appliances, but others — for instance, any electrical, water, or sewage utilities — must be handled by the client. 


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Yardadu
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Yardadu

$25,800 and up from Yardadu

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Another pricier outdoor pod option, Yardadu's "turnkey backyard offices" come in three models: the 113-square-foot Zen Office 01, 123-square-foot Focus Office, and the 121-square-foot Productivity Office. Each comes preassembled, includes space for lounging as well as working, and the company offers financing starting at $349 per month. If you're not sure if the unit will work in your outdoor space, you can reach out to the company for a free personal property analysis.


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Autonomous Work Pod
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Autonomous Work Pod

$5,400 and up from Autonomous

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The yet-to-be-released Autonomous Work Pod is another outdoor option with a smaller footprint and price tag than others, especially for early adopters, who can save with what the company is calling "early bird prices." The unit includes a workspace and shelving with minimalist design, some tempered glass walls for open views, a vaulted ceiling, and more. The unit also comes furnished with a desk and chair.