An Office In A Bucket

Posted on May 30, 2006

Photo of Office in an BucketNow this is something handy: an Office In a Bucket (OIAB). Crave explains why this is just the thing when you need a quiet place to hold an impromptu meeting, or just get some work done.
The trusty OIAB does exactly what it says on the bucket. Simply pull the fabric out of the bucket, plug it into a power source and the fan in the base of the bucket will inflate it in about eight minutes via a terrifying umbilical membrane (see picture). There's no door system, but you can clip it shut for "added privacy", according to the OIAB's manufacturer Inflate.

A few caveats to bear in mind about your new cave:

- It may create the illusion of privacy, but the PU-coated nylon structure won't provide much sound protection, so people can still hear you gossiping.

- It doesn't have a roof and needs a constant power supply, so it isn't so useful for being outside.

- It's not cheap. With rental prices starting at 150 per day, you may be better off pitching a tent in your office if you're that desperate for privacy.

Inflate says it's designed for exhibitions or presentations, and we can't think of many other uses that would justify the price, but let us know if you think of anything. The OIAB is available in two standard sizes -- 3 by 4m and 4 by 5m (both have a height of 2.2m) -- although bespoke sizes can be made to order
150 a day, just to rent one? It's a bargain at twice the price! We'd love to carry one in our trunk, because you just never know when you need to leap out of your vehicle, inflate your office and get to work.