Published at Sunday, July 22nd 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
While carpet is nice underfoot it is not always practical in an office setting. Many desk chairs have wheels for ease of movement. They do not work well on carpet. If your office is a high traffic area carpet mat also be difficult to keep looking clean and fresh. Hardwood is often a better choice of flooring for an office. Add an area rug for style colour or warmth. Wall colour choices are limitless. If your office is small or if there is not a lot of lighting in your office opt for a lighter or neutral wall colour. Larger well lit offices can look rich and warm with deeply coloured walls. If your office space does not have a lot of natural light be sure to install adequate lighting to avoid eye strain.
Making Visitors and Clients Feel Welcome and Comfortable Every business must understand that the company brand extends even to the offices. It shows how committed the organization is to get excellent work done and to make their staff happy and comfortable. The reception area could possibly be the only chance of the company to make a good impression to a potential client visiting the office. The design should make the reception table or desk stand out and easily be recognised. Here visitors can be welcomed and orientated. If at first sight a potential client immediately feels comfortable the company begins to build the notion that they can be trusted. It is now very popular to contract the services of experts in this field to help the business achieve this very goal.
Moving your business to a new office space can be an opportunity to create a work environment that reflects current ideas trends and innovations. You dont have to spend a lot of money or fall prey to short-lived fads but incorporating the latest design concepts can revitalize your space impress visitors and attract new talent to your company. Check out these 5 design tips now trending: The very open workspace. Relocating businesses can take inspiration from collaborative floor plans that allow creativity to flow. On the extreme side is the contemporary space with no closed perimeter offices where workstations are clustered out in the open. If privacy is your thing you can still opt for plenty of communal spaces that allow workers to gather. One thing office space experts are emphasizing: the fewer walls the better. The eco-friendly workspace. Theres more to the green workspace than a recycling bin in the break room. Office design is an area where environmentally-conscious practices and products shine. Green paints reduce harmful emissions while skylights and other sources of natural light brighten your office and reduce energy use. In fact some of todays hottest office products and trends are good for the earth. (See Natural Materials).
Since a functional office is your main goal start with searching for a desk. Check out desk designs online or in the flyers of local stores that carry office furniture. Know the measurements of your office and keep them in mind when shopping for a desk. Purchase a desk that will fit easily in your space and still give you room for a desk chair and for walking around. Choose a desk that has enough storage space to be functional and to make working easier. Having to repeatedly get up to retrieve items while working can be frustrating and distracting. Having a desk with enough storage space to keep all of your necessary items will help you complete your task quicker. If an additional filing cabinet is needed keep it close to your work area. Filing cabinets today come in black and wood finish instead of just the flat metal finish. These finishes help the filing cabinet to blend into the room more.
Either way whether the office space is more open-concept or has more private offices it is always a good idea to designate rooms for coffee breaks and office equipment to an area away from the main workstations. In this way the noise level will not bother other staff members. Lighting Having access to good artificial lighting or daylight is known to increase productivity. When people work under bad lighting conditions they can develop eyestrain headaches and general irritability. Particularly dark spaces can have a pronounced psychological effect and depress the brain. Employees should have access to their own lighting so that they can make the necessary lighting adjustments depending on the task they are carrying out. Well-designed artificial lighting will increase functionality however there is no comparison to natural daylight and this should be maximized wherever possible. Windows provide a connection to the outside world and should be used whenever the building design allows for it. Open plan layouts that employ low cubicle panels or glass panels can maximize the entry of natural light into the office. Skylights are also a good alternative when windows are not an option.
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