Maximising productivity with bespoke office furniture

Choosing office furniture has always been a juggling act between space efficiency, cost and productivity—one has to consider the number of people going to use the office space, the cost acquiring the furniture and whether the furniture will allow the workers to be more productive. Bespoke office furniture is the answer because, with the office’s needs, standard furniture simply won’t do.

Consider the amount of space and the distance between people and furniture they often need access to. People too far apart from file storage cabinets results in time lost. Too close, and they might not have enough space to move around. The size and design of office furniture should factor this in.

In considering cost, the order must be within budget, but never skimp on materials and design—get the best that your budget and needs can afford. There might be hidden costs when you buy used or sub-par furniture. It might come later in the form of heavy repair and maintenance costs.

Then there’s productivity. Many think that a clean desk, free of personal touches, can make people more productive. This is not true in real life—in order for people to be productive, they have to feel comfortable. Your bespoke office furniture should make people comfortable, they must be allowed to put in (easy to remove) personal touches. Still this is hard to achieve when more and more offices subscribe to the modern idea of ‘club’ spaces—there’s no permanent cubicle or desk for anyone. All their work is in the network cloud. In this case, the only workspace they can personalise is what they see on their computer screens—electronic sticky notes, wallpaper, the arrangement of windows when they log in—they must be allowed to tweak (and save) their e-desktop. Sadly, not many companies allow this.

Part of productivity is health. People sometimes need to stretch or stand or walk about (to jog up their circulation)—factor in people’s need for movement when opting to go for bespoke office furniture. Some people might need to lean on the desk or chair to do push-ups. Make sure office furniture can handle the added force. And don’t forget designs that aid people achieve proper posture.

Lastly, consider the presence of natural light. Not everyone has offices with desks near the window or lightwells. If you do have an office like that, try putting in translucent parts to your bespoke furniture so they let in part of the natural light and at the same time allowing for some privacy. The purpose of letting in natural light is the proven benefit of ‘letting nature in’. This is why also consider furniture that can accommodate plants.

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