We live in a time when efficient use of office investments are a must. Office furniture is one of these investments. When every square foot of space is getting more and more expensive, space-saving furniture will help utilize that precious space more efficiently. However, good space-saving office furniture is only part of the equation. They must be placed inside the optimum office space in order to fully achieve their purpose.
First, what makes a good office space?” Most often, the needs that come up around the idea of ‘ideal office space’, are natural comfort (enough space to move about and reach for needed supplies, natural lighting, fresh air, plants, no distractions) and a balance between accessibility, privacy and socialization. Sometimes it is not possible to achieve all these in an office location but one has to strive to meet these optimum needs.
Privacy and socialization, for example, are difficult to reconcile in a small office space. In cases like this, the choice of space saving furniture would lean toward versatile ones. Ones that can easily be cleared and stored in a minimum space when socialization is needed and the furniture should also be able to serve as effective screens when there’s a need for privacy.
To let in more natural light, translucent features can also be incorporated in, say bookshelves and cabinets. This is a good feature to have, especially for desks/cubicles away from windows.
Space dividers could also have slats to allow air movement to better maximize the use of fresh air (if the office space does provide plenty of fresh air).
Office furniture must also be water-resistant, especially those placed near office plantings.
Also consider the load requirements of tables and shelves. Even thin, light furniture must be able to bear the weight of the heaviest piece of equipment the office expects to use.
Then also consider the dimensions of the place. Sometimes, custom-made furniture are the solution to fully achieve efficient space utilization. An office desk, for example, can be made smaller (especially in space limited environments), but can be designed so that the person using it will be able to use the maximum desk area.
Nowadays, the trend for contemporary office furniture draws inspiration from Japanese and other Eastern concepts. Modern furniture now convey a feeling of peace and serenity—important to decrease stress in a workplace.
In this case, the height of shelves, tables, chairs and desks should also be considered. If the ceiling is low, the furniture can be made lower to achieve a feeling of spaciousness. (Furniture height should be easily adjustable, in case an office-mate with an exceptional height comes along.)
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