For office furniture sellers during a pandemic, there’s no place like home

Friday, 06 November, 2020

Before COVID-19 sent most Chicago workers home in March, office furniture resellers took orders for dozens, hundreds or even thousands of items at a time.

But in recent months, local businesses like Rework and the Office Furniture Center instead have been besieged by the weary work-from-home masses who are snapping up one refurbished desk and chair at a time, wrestling the goods into their cars and dragging them home.

It’s one of many examples of business models changing because of the public health crisis, and it’s an indication that office workers are hunkering down for a much longer stint at home than they initially expected when the downtown Chicago office market all but shut down eight months ago.

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