You’ve prepared your walls, chosen your flooring and planned your partitions and now it’s time for the fun part - filling your space.
When refurbishing your office, it’s important to choose furniture that provides comfort, functionality and convenience. With the right furniture choices, you can create a more productive office environment whilst making the space your own.
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If you’re planning to transform your office and would like some inspiration, take a look through our top 5 furniture ideas to inspire your office fit out.
In the modern office environment, comfort is key. With remote and hybrid working on the rise, never has it been more important to offer your staff a range of comfortable working spaces.
When working from home, staff don’t need to stay glued to their desks and can just as easily switch over to their sofa when they get tired of working in one place. So, if you’re planning an commercial office fit out, think about ways that you can offer your staff the same flexibility when they enter into the office space.
For tasks that require greater concentration, consider the addition of quiet booths with soft seating and soundproof panelling where staff can escape distractions and maintain focus.
When it comes to your booth seating construction, there are a range of styles to choose from.
For maximum durability and ergonomic support, opt for pocket-sprung seating which is both long-lasting and provides excellent support for the joints.
If you’re after a softer style seat, foam is your friend. Foam seats are both comfortable yet practical however it’s important to choose wisely. Cheaper foam options can break down quicker over time so this is something to be mindful of when placing foam seats in high-traffic areas.
How about an office sofa?
For seating to suit more relaxed activities such as casual meetings and simple admin tasks, why not provide a simple yet stylish sofa.
From contemporary modular styles that encourage collaboration to classic 3 seaters, sofas are a great way to make staff feel at home. Accessorise with colourful scatter cushions and a cosy throw to inject some personality and make your space more inviting.
As people awaken to the reality of climate change, it’s no wonder that staff are growing more concerned about the impact they may have on the environment.
In fact, a survey conducted by Unily involving two thousand UK office workers found that over half of all respondents would be more inclined to work for a company that had a “strong environmental policy”.
There has been a huge increase in the number of green office furniture manufacturing companies cropping up around the UK. Many of these companies offer desks, chairs and meeting tables made from recyclable and renewable materials that are hard-wearing and good for the planet.
But what should you look for when buying sustainable office furniture?
Choosing a green manufacturer that talks the talk AND walks the walk is essential. So consider the following questions before committing to a purchase:
Material source: Are the products on offer made from FSC-certified wood or recycled natural materials?
Product Design: How are the products made? Is the company making an effort to reduce carbon emissions during the manufacturing process?
Product Shipment: Does the company offer sustainable shipping methods and package products responsibly?
Being aware of a manufacturer’s sustainability policy will help you make a more informed decision so don’t forget to do your research!
As we head further into the digital age, we are fortunate enough to have computers that can be used to store important files and documents. In spite of this, most offices still have supplies and stationery that they need to keep organised and out of the way.
In order to keep workspaces clear and clutter at bay, one of the best things you can do is invest in a solid storage unit. With a quality storage unit, messy paperwork and unsightly office supplies can be hidden behind sleek-looking doors while open shelves can be used to display trinkets and decorative items.
If your office is on the smaller size, why not opt for a bespoke floating cabinet? By installing your cabinet higher up, you will preserve valuable floor space and keep your office looking clean and tidy. Just make sure your cabinet is within easy reach. You don’t want staff injuring themselves by climbing up onto tables and chairs!
Whether you’re looking to hide precious equipment or simply want to create a private space for confidential meetings, office blinds are an absolute must-have.
Unlike curtains, blinds are cheap to install and maintain making them the perfect choice for the office environment.
If you’re not a fan of the traditional vertical style, why not smarten up your space with a simple roller or stylish Venetian blind? Not only will these blinds give a more contemporary look to your office, but they’re also a great way to block out glare when you’re using a projector to display presentations.
When choosing your blinds, take time to consider different fabric types. If your office has a lot of windows, you might want to think about investing in a UV protection fabric which will block out harmful rays and keep your staff safe while working.
If energy saving is a key concern, consider lined shades with thermal properties that will regulate temperature and reduce your spend on costly combined air conditioning units.
It’s no secret that office lighting has a huge impact on employee well-being. The right lighting choices can really affect the mood and ambience of your office space, which can in turn help to boost staff morale and increase concentration levels.
But why stick to ceiling lights when you can make a statement with a stunning floor lamp?
When it comes to contemporary office design, nothing screams ‘grown-up office space’ more than a stylish free-standing lamp.
Unlike the traditional ceiling light, floor lamps allow you to quickly play around with shades, bulbs and dimmer settings so that you can switch up your lighting style whenever it suits you!
If you decide to opt for a floor lamp as an alternative to desk-level task lighting, choose one that offers a hinge or swivel function so you can easily adjust the angle and height.
If our office furniture ideas have got you thinking about your next office fit-out project, why not get in touch? At McFeggan Brown, we offer bespoke office fit-out solutions that reflect your business goals and enable staff to flourish.
From decor to lighting, electrical fittings and furnishings, we offer a complete package that can be tailored to suit your budget and time frame. Check out our latest case studies here.
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