Monthly Archives: February 2017

Office Floor Options

Which type of flooring is most suitable for an office space?

We are pleased to introduce you to Luxury Flooring & Furnishings who have been kind enough to submit a guest blog - this article explores the various types of flooring available and their suitability for use in an office space.

"When furnishing an office space, it is not uncommon for businesses to neglect the floor, or more specifically, the type of floor, with greater emphasis often placed on staff amenities, office furniture, office technology etc.

A common mistake is of installing a relatively cheap, dark carpet based on budget constraints. However, this can soon turn out to be costlier than first anticipated since carpet has to be frequently replaced; spillages and stains quickly render it the “shabby” look, and carpet can retain unpleasant odours and bacteria. Investing in a more robust, long term solution such as an engineered wooden floor or a laminate flooring solution could end up saving you money in the long run.

There are several advantages to installing an engineered or laminate floor in an office space, with one of the main benefits being how easy they are to clean and maintain. Regular cleaning will help restore the desired finish, removing any soft marks from the surface.

If you’re considering laying an engineered floor in your office space you will also have to consider the type of finish, for example an oil or a lacquer, to apply to the raw material. In the interest of practically, a matt oiled finish tends to work better in heavily trafficked office spaces as opposed to a shiny, lacquered finish. This is because any small marks or scratches are less apparent on matt, oiled surfaces whereas natural light reflects off a lacquered surface drawing your attention directly towards the scratch or mark.

Both lacquered and oiled products offer an extra shielding coat that makes the timber more resistant to scratches and marks which are bound to occur over time in a commercial setting. With an average lifespan in excess of 50 years, engineered wood flooring is a great solution for a busy office space.

Laminate flooring is another option you may wish to consider, being particularly suitable for areas such as kitchens, restrooms or utility rooms within the office building as it is more resistant to water spillages when compared to real wood. Depending on your choice of style, laminate flooring can look very similar to a real wood floor and even share a comparable surface texture. Laminate flooring is typically cheaper than real/engineered timber.

There are many different flooring options to choose from, but we personally recommend both engineered and laminate for office spaces due to their durability, and their ease of installation and upkeep."

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Workplace Wellness

Promoting Wellness Through Good Office Design

"Wellness in the workplace" is the latest buzz terminology in office design and employee retention. Is it something your business should be taking note of, or is this just another passing fad?

People are more productive if they are working in a comfortable environment - that is not only backed up by studies it is also plain common sense. A healthy workforce enables more productivity, lower costs and less employee turnover. Office design has a significant impact on employee health through specifications of materials, air quality, lighting levels and ergonomics.

Here at 20sixltd we are acutely aware of how office design plays a crucial part in encouraging movement and collaboration in the workplace, and for every design project we prioritise a determination to create an environment that people enjoy being in.

We were not "designed" to sit all day long at a workstation, and medical evidence has proven how bad sitting for long periods is on our health. We need to move, to change our environment, collaborate and communicate, but at the same time have the option for individual work, focus and concentration. Every project we approach strives to create room for movement, creating opportunities for the workforce to come together as a collective and collaborate, whilst also providing space for quiet, reflective work.

Of course, ‘workplace wellness’ is not the exclusive domain of the physical or the psychological, but rather an integrated balance of the three workplace dynamics of people, process and place. Whilst we've come a long way, think back to when smoking within the open office was acceptable, there is still room for improvement in most offices. Workplace wellness is not a passing fad - it is part of the holistic approach to a happier and healthier work force.

If you would like help to make your office a better environment for your workforce then please get in touch with us.