Our modular demountable walls are designed to give companies in the USA enormous flexibility when it comes to arranging the layout of office workspaces but unless you follow tried and tested design principles, the results you achieve may be less than pleasing. With this thought in mind, we have put together an article to guide those who may wish to customize their offices using our modular partitions, without compromising on aesthetics or functionality in the process. While some of these principles can be bent, or even broken, once you fully understand the reasons for their existence and the consequences of doing so, they offer a good starting point for those who have little to no experience of creating functional and visually pleasing office interiors.
Using Office Partitions to Create Effective Workspaces
If you bear the following principles in mind when you are moving your modular walls into new positions, you should be able to avoid making any basic errors. If, after reading this article, you have any questions about how to arrange partitions or you would like to find out more about the ways in which they can be used in commercial office environments, please feel free to call and speak to us during normal business hours.
- The More Natural Light, the Better – Numerous studies, conducted not just here in the USA but in countries all over the world, have shown that natural light in the workplace has a positive effect on employees and when increased, can lead to significant improvements in productivity. Furthermore, if you have plenty of daylight in your offices, you will be able to reduce your energy usage by cutting back on the number of hours that your indoor lighting units needs to be on. For both of these reasons, it is important to ensure that any layout you create does not hinder the diffusion of natural light throughout your corporate workspace. Office partitions with glass segments can help to achieve this aim and if you want to go all out to maximize the diffusion of sunlight in your workspace, you can order panels that are made entirely from glass.
- Bringing Electricity and Internet Connectivity to Everyone – Our demountable modular walls feature raceways through which electrical wiring and ICT cables can pass, enabling you to provide all of your employees with the power and connectivity they need, without a mess of tangled wires and cables spoiling your office interior. However, when you are positioning your partitions, you will need to bear in mind that they perform this important function and ensure that they are placed in such a way as to meet the electrical and Internet requirements of all your employees. If you are creating extremely large, open spaces, you might need to run some wiring and cabling through ducts under the floor covering, from individual office partitions to the desks of your employees. If done correctly, these ducts should be just as portable as the partitions themselves.
- Storage Space – When you first start creating new interior layouts in your corporate offices, it can be very easy to focus exclusively on where employees’ workstations will be placed and overlook storage requirements entirely. While understandable, such an oversight will lead to a dysfunctional workspace if not corrected at the earliest possible opportunity. For this reason, among others, it is always a good idea to create new layouts on paper or using an appropriate software application first, before actually moving your office partitions into new positions. It is much easier to change something on a plan than it is to change the position of your modular walls once they have been moved into a certain configuration. If you have built-in storage spaces, all you need to do is to take their positions into account when you are drawing up your plans so that no working area you create is left without room to store paperwork and basic office supplies
- Noise Reduction – If your new layout includes large, open spaces, to accommodate particularly big departments where every member of a team needs to be able to communicate with every other member on a daily basis, ambient noise may become a problem. However, by utilizing half-height partitions, made of glass if you wish to avoid any visual barriers, you can reduce the volume of ambient noise in such spaces without compromising on the ability of the occupants to communicate freely with each other. This is one design principle that might require a certain amount of experimentation on your part before you are able to implement it effectively but once you have done so, you will be glad that you made the effort. Noise reduction in large spaces is a particularly difficult goal to achieve but it is far from impossible, especially with the many different types of office partitions that we have to offer.
- Complementary Color Schemes – One important point to bear in mind when you are arranging a new layout that involves the use of colored partitions is that you will need to take the color of each individual panel into account when deciding where they are to be placed. It may seem like a minor consideration when compared to other factors, such as noise levels, lighting, and ICT infrastructure, but it is of vital importance if you would like your new office layout to be as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. If you are likely to want to rearrange your wall panels on a regular basis and think this factor may cause you problems, it may be best to stick to one color and use standalone display units to add corporate branding and color to your workplace environment.
There are many other design principles that will help you to position your office partitions more effectively once you have mastered the basics but those listed above should ensure you avoid the most common pitfalls when you first get started. As we said earlier, if you need any personal advice or recommendations, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.