Communication and networking are rapidly becoming the main activity in many offices. Office furniture is evolving as a response to this change. Office furniture should be comfortable and flexible so that office layouts can accommodate your organization's growth and change. User comfort and adjustability are also important factors in all furniture design to help ensure employee health and productivity.
Because people spend more of their time at the office than home, decorating it effectively is paramount. If you want to make your office look beautiful and make effective use of the space, you need to come up with new and creative commercial office decorating ideas. Before you begin, make sure you remember the total area of the office space available.
The available selection of office furniture is huge and selecting the right pieces can be overwhelming, but your effort can be rewarded with increased productivity and comfort in your work.
Office furniture can be found in a wide variety of materials, colors, styles, shapes and sizes. Here are a few tips to help get you started with your selections.
Types of Office Furniture
There are three main categories of office furniture:
- Work Surfaces
- Office Seating
- Office Storage
Here is a basic explanation of the different areas. Over the next few days, we'll detail each area.
Desks and Worksurfaces
One of the most important pieces of office furniture is the desk. For many employees, a large part of their lives is spent at their desks. It's the place where we spread out and conduct some of our most important tasks. Office managers may dismiss the desk as a one-size-fits-all piece of furniture. But there is far more to this apparently simple piece of equipment than meets the eye. There are many different styles of desks that have convenient features sure to make your office time more effective. Compact sized desks are perfect for smaller spaces, such as a corner or a wall that is not very wide. Desk collections give you even more room to work at.
There is no such thing as an averaged-sized employee. However, in order to mass-produce office furniture designers must work to some kind of average dimension. Recently the growing interest in height-adjustable desks has revealed how much office workers have had to put up with unnecessary discomfort every day.
As important as the desk if not more so, it is critical to have an office chair that is comfortable and ergonomically correct. Some chairs have adjustable armrests, backrest, seat heights, swivel, tilt mechanisms. Some are designed to adjust to the shape of the user's body, offering total comfort and support. Most have casters on the bottom for easy rolling while others simply have legs.
Storage and Filing
When people consider office furniture they tend to first think of seating and desks. But it is filing and storage that often is at the heart of the office. In order to work efficiently, you need to have enough storage to help you stay organized. Storage solutions include lateral file cabinets, vertical files, pedestals and bookcases in a wide variety of sizes, colors and styles. Your storage solution should be designed to allow for additional storage in the future or to be reconfigured to better suit your needs as they change.