Demountable wall systems from I-M-T provide the contemporary American office with unequaled convenience and aesthetic value while allowing business owners across the USA to change their office layout on the fly as conditions change. They’re beautiful, environmentally responsible, versatile like nothing else and they’ll save you a ton of money over the long haul. In short they revolutionize the office by turning it into a stage for increased cooperation and productivity, all the while helping you reduce your monthly energy costs and ramping up the public image of your enterprise.
But demountable walls don’t exist in a vacuum. They’re part of the larger office picture. A picture that most notably includes furniture, and lots of it. In this post we’ll take a look at the things to keep in mind to ensure your new office furniture and your new demountable wall systems co-exist in peace and harmony.
Partnering Demountable Walls Systems with Appropriate Office Furniture
When building out your office you can install all the beautiful glass panel demountable walls you want but if you purchase the wrong furniture the overall effect will be jarring. To avoid that keep these things in mind.
- Color – If your new demountable walls are neutral in color you’ll want most of your furnishings to be the same. The thing about neutral colors is that introducing even the smallest bit of saturated color makes that color pop like nobody’s business. So if a certain color is central to your company identity build out your space with neutral color demountable walls and furniture and then introduce that color – and that color only – at strategic points around the office such as in a color band across adjoining glass partitions or in a few carefully chosen pieces of furniture sprinkled about.
- Style – If you try to match your new demountable wall systems with mid-century modern furniture you’re going to have a YouTube-worthy fail on your hands. Likewise, trying to make those banged up metal desks from the early days of the company co-exist harmoniously with your beautiful new demountable walls is likely to produce head-scratching results, at best. Depending on the finish you choose for your demountable wall components mesh chairs may look great or out of place. Ditto for a traditional executive desk. Be sure to maintain a cohesive style across the entire office.
- Material – When natural materials are used in office furniture these days it is more to provide an accent than for structural purposes and this design ethos squares nicely with the look and feel of most demountable wall components. Still, that doesn’t mean you can simply walk into any office furniture store in the USA and pick out furniture with your eyes closed. If the demountable wall systems components contain a brushed or satin finish you’ll want to make sure that finish is carried over into parts of the furniture. If the walls are solid with a dark wooden veneer you’ll want furniture that echoes the wood grains to at least some degree.
- Purpose – Your demountable walls may be used to create whatever type of space you need: open and airy, luxurious and private, large, medium or small. The size of the space you create will of course have a direct impact on the size of the furnishings you purchase. You may want to create a stand-alone shared work space with your demountable walls but think this will chew up too much real estate in the center of your office. But what if your new shared space utilized a standing desk instead of a sitting one? Standing desks are not only space savers they’re also a proven antidote to the myriad health problems caused by sitting all day.
- Flexibility – You might very well wish to have a few pieces of furniture in reserve for special occasions. For example, should you suddenly need to reconfigure your demountable walls to create space for a new work group or accommodate additional temporary staff to handle a seasonal crush. In such cases you should be guided by a couple of simple principles: functionality and storage considerations. You’ll want items that will fulfill a basic function but which can also be easily stored away when the need is fulfilled and you return your office to its base configuration.
- Modular or non-modular – The advantages of modular furniture are many and as such it’s become a mainstay of many a modern office. But is modular furniture the right choice to go with modular walls? The answer, as you might imagine, is “it depends”. The fact that you’ve signed on for flexibility with your demountable walls from I-M-T means that, at some point, your furniture will likely have to have to adjust to a new layout. Modular furniture can make that transition fairly painless. On the other hand modular furniture won’t be right for upper management so a healthy mix of fixed and modular components is typically the right strategy.
- Maintenance requirements – The last thing you want in a busy office today is furniture that’s going to require a lot of cleaning, polishing, waxing or whatever. The furniture should fulfill its function while enhancing the look of the office and do so without being needy.
- Cost – Obviously any capital acquisitions need to dovetail with your budgetary requirements so even if you’re tempted to bequeath an antique solid oak desk to every manager you’ll need to make sure it fits into the company’s fiscal plans.
- Durability – There is no way that your office furniture is going to last as long as demountable walls from I-M-T. There are a number of reasons for that starting with the fact that you don’t sit and work on your demountable walls. Nonetheless you’ll want furniture with a decent shelf life.
Matching the right furniture to your new demountable walls systems takes plenty of thoughtful consideration. But if you’re patient, ask the right questions and discuss your needs with a design professional before making any purchases you’ll end up where you want to be.