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Biophilic Office Design

Biophilic Office Design

We’ve discussed the effect that interior design elements have upon employee productivity and performance in several of our blog posts now. This isn’t a new “fad”, it’s supported by scientific studies – and common sense. Creating an office environment that you enjoy being in will naturally enhance your workday.

What Is Biophilic Design?

One way in which to make your workspace more amenable is to incorporate biophilic design concepts, be that for the entire office or just including elements within your space. Put simply, biophilic design integrates natural elements such as plants, wood, stone and water.

How To Add Biophilic Elements To Office Design

There are a whole host of ways in which you can enhance your working environment by bringing in natural elements. We've come up with four ways in which you can bring biophilic design into your offices.

Lighting: Studies have shown that employees who have access to natural light at work remain more alert and more productive than those who have only artificial lighting around them. Natural light is important to our circadian rhythm, so where possible use natural light in a controlled fashion to enhance and compliment any artificial illumination.

Flooring: Whilst we need to bear longevity, sustainability and costs in mind, a wooden floor brings elements of natural warmth to a room. There are good reasons why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Plants: From a simple pot plant here and there to an entire living wall, plants will help make your office environment appear less sterile. Having real plants dotted about your office is something most businesses can achieve relatively cheaply, and demonstrates to your clients that you have the ability and the desire to care for things.

Furniture: Your office furniture can take on biophilic elements as well – office desks, chairs and other items can incorporate natural materials such as cotton canvas, linen, leather and wood.

Making your working environment feel more welcoming doesn’t need to cost the earth – we’ve listed just four elements that can assist, but if you would like any more help and advice for your office revamp then please do get in touch with us.

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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10 Ways To Make Your Office Shine

10 Top Tips For Tip Top Office Design

Whether starting from scratch or redesigning an existing work space, you will be investing time and money in getting your office design spot on. Here are ten ways that you can achieve this from the outset.

10 Ways To Make Your Office Shine

Holding Pen: The area where clients and other visitors are asked to wait should be designed to cater for them as individuals. Too many offices place large settees in this space - people who don't know each other are unlikely to want to share a sofa together, and those with physical disabilities won't be catered for. Make sure you have individual seating arrangements to help your waiting area seem less like a holding pen.

Work and Play: OK, so we're all in the office to get a job done, but that doesn't mean that it's all work, work, work. You need to ensure that there is a distinct area for your employees where they can grab a coffee and mingle in a relaxed environment that is physically separate from the main work space.

Welcome: Your reception area is akin to a shop front - you wouldn't expect a lot of footfall into your shop if your window was crammed full of broken furniture, dusty old files and shabby ornaments. This is the first point of contact with your clients so ensure that it is warm and welcoming, professional and productive.

Storage: One of the downfalls encountered with hot desks is the lack of storage facilities for those using the work station. Like it or not, your employees need things; they'll bring in bags and coats, they'll require paper, pens, inks; the paperless office is still a thing of the future so ensure that your office space remains uncluttered by providing suitable storage both for essential office supplies and for your work force.

Dull & Dingy: We've talked about getting your office lighting right before, and we're mentioning it again because it is such an integral aspect of good office design. In an ideal world, you will have as much natural daylight as possible, but even if you do have plenty of large windows during the winter months you are going to need extra lighting. A well-lit workplace will aid productivity.

Variety Is The Spice: One of the downsides of open plan offices is that they all look the same. The same office chairs, the same coloured and height cubicle walls. Dull and uniform. Try and add some variety in your design - dividing walls can be different colours, different heights; breaking down the "sameness" can bring a new lease of life to a tired looking work space.

Look Down: Have you ever walked into a pub and thought "whoa!" as you could not fail to notice the glaring pattern on the carpet - and upon stepping in found it to be unpleasantly sticky. Office floors matter as much as any other aspect of your design. They need to be fit for purpose yes, but investing in flooring that looks great as well will again help lift your design above that of standard offices.

Spaced Out: When planning who will sit where you need to think about who works most with whom. If you have regular sales meetings it makes sense to have all your sales force in the same area. This goes for all departments - those who need to be in constant contact and collaboration need to be situated close to each other.

Ask & Listen: Before committing to your plans it is always worth your while asking your staff if there's anything they would/would not like in your new design. In addition to making them feel involved in your plans it may save you headaches in the future as sometimes a different perspective can shed light on things you may not have taken into consideration.

Super Hero: That is, you aren't - unless you are, in fact, and office designer, it would be madness to try and take on the entire project by yourself. There a whole host of specialists out there from office designers, project managers, office furniture specialists, lighting and flooring experts. Yes you will have to pay for this but ultimately if it means that you get your office tip top first time you will save money in the long run.

If you have an office design, re-fit, or furniture needs please get in touch with us.

 

Types of Office Flooring

The selection and installation of quality office flooring is a complex process that starts with design and affects the longevity of the office appearance and functionality. Choosing the correct flooring for your board room, reception area or open plan office helps create a stylish and inspiring working environment.

In addition to the aesthetics, price and colour, having the right office flooring installed as part of your office refurbishment or office fit out could make a real difference to comfort and productivity.

So what are your options for different types of office flooring?

Types of Office Flooring:

Carpet: This is a good budget-friendly choice but as it can easily get stained carpets will need to be professionally cleaned from time to time and can sometimes create a bit of a dated feel. On the plus side, this type of flooring is ideal in an office environment that requires some kind of noise insulation. Carpet tiles can also be used in areas with computer-raised floor systems where underfloor access is regularly required, provide flexibility as individual tiles can be replaced and as they can come in different styles and patterns, they give you a range of choices that reflect your company branding.

Vinyl: Popular with commercial business, vinyl flooring offers long-lasting performance and is ideal for offices that have high traffic as well as hospitals and retail stores. Resilient and resistant to damage, vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and designs and is easy to clean with minimal maintenance.

Wood: We have dedicated a blog to wooden flooring options before, but in summary wooden floors have the advantage of being more environmentally-friendly and with choices from laminates, through engineered to solid wood, wood flooring speaks for itself in terms of quality and desirability. And there is a reason why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Laminate: A more inexpensive alternative to wood flooring, tiles or stone, laminate flooring is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily, is durable, easy to clean and to maintain. It also comes with various options to choose from; smooth laminate, embossed laminate, patina laminate and wood grain laminate.

Tiles: Tiles can last for a really long time, do not wear out and can look very striking. This office flooring option provides you with an almost limitless choice of colours and designs, including glass tiles that are water resistant and are also stain resistant.

Getting your floor right will depend on a whole host of variables: if you would like further help or advice on this process then please get in touch with us here at 20six as we have extensive hands-on experience of advising, supplying and installing the right type of office flooring.