Options For Desk Materials

Whilst not all work stations are classified as desks, the concept of the work table is omnipresent in business establishments across the globe. The office desk can come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and materials and be designed specifically for one purpose or be multi-functional.

We thought we’d go through your options for materials for desks, or work stations, as there are several that you can chose from depending upon design, function and budget.

5 Options For Office Desk Materials

Hardwood: The traditional high-end status symbol desk was made from hardwood such as mahogany or oak. These types of wood are naturally enhanced with durability and strength. But they’re not just strong; they can be crafted into the most beautiful items of furniture and because of the natural patterns no two hardwoods will be the same, providing you with a unique desk. The downside? Hardwoods are expensive – but you do get what you pay for. A desk made from oak, mahogany or mango will be able to withstand the odd scratch and last for years to come.

Softwood: We’re talking woods such as pine here. These are easier to work with and faster to process which will suit a business wanting to furnish a large office area with multiple desks on a budget. They also come in more reliable sizes and qualities than hardwoods, are easy to cut and shape and, especially in the cases of redwood and cedar, weather-resistant. Softwood desks can be painted or stained to match your colour schemes and depending upon the type of softwood can be more budget friendly than hardwood.

Bamboo: With a tensile strength that is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel, bamboo is surprisingly strong and when laminated bamboo’s strength is enhanced, providing another layer against the wear and tear of use. It also is a genuinely renewable resource as bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and is the quickest absorbers of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Glass: Moving away from the wood options, glass desks possess a lightweight, more contemporary look to them. In contrast to the sometimes-cumbersome wooden desks, glass top desks make areas appear larger than they actually are. Elegant, classy, refined, glass desks can make an office look fresh, modern and light. Perhaps the biggest drawback with glass desks is that they can be delicately fragile and chips and dents show up easily.

Metal: The workhorse of the desk world, metal is renowned to be more durable than other materials and it can last a lifetime if looked after correctly. Durable and flame-resistant, metal desks and work stations are commonly used in schools, institutions, busy kitchens and cafeterias. Metal also has the advantage of being more weather resistant and can be kept and used outside.

Which desk is best?

Which office desk material is best for you? Ultimately, the choice will be yours but the three main deciding factors when choosing come down to your budget, the design you like and the work that will carried out at the desk.

20sixltd can provide you with any type of office desk as well as other types of office furniture so please do get in touch with us for further help and advice.

Can Art Boost Productivity?

The Art of Design?

How do you feel about your employees popping open a new tab and taking a look at Facebook during the working day? We imagine that, unless they are your social media marketing department, you’d be none too pleased. We’re used to the theory that distractions are bad things in the work place and as such office fit outs have reflected this stark, get-on-with-your-job theory within work space design.

But what if distraction was a good thing – if it helped boost morale and increase productivity?

Dr Knight, a specialist in the psychology of working environments at the University of Exeter, believes that far from having a negative impact, some forms of distraction have positive outcomes: “If you enrich a space people feel much happier and work better; and a very good way of doing this is by using art.”

Knight arrived at this conclusion after carrying out studies whereby he placed the same set of workers into three different work environments for an hour at a time. When the workers were in an environment where they not only had plants and art around them, but where they could also choose where the plants and the art should be placed, there was a whopping 30% increase in productivity.

Can you imagine how much more your company could achieve if your employees were 30% more productive? And you could achieve this increase by altering the little touches within your office? We think this is a great idea and we actively encourage all our clients to include aspects of greenery in their fit outs and refurbishments. And now we’re off into bustling Brighton to have a look at some inspirational pieces of local art to enhance the commercial interiors of our new projects.

Solar Glass In Commercial Design

Beautiful, sustainable and cost efficient? Increasing your commercial property’s ROI.

Smart city business centres are populated by buildings with beautiful glass facades. The look allows for the light to get in to the workers inside, reflects the sky and surrounding area and lends itself to a sleek, smart exterior.

Whilst a desirable building material, it’s had its issues – energy efficiency being one of the big problems.

One way around this is the use of solar glass.

5 Reasons To Use Solar Glass In Commercial Property Design:

The Glass That Gives: Number one in our list has to go to the most obvious reason for choosing solar glass – it generates electricity. The types of glass and power generation can be designed to your particular building and requirements, but glass that gives you power is going to help the finances in the long term.

Moderating Light and Dark: Solar glass can help you achieve industry regulation light transmission levels, shading and glare control. By utilising thin-film modules, UV wavelengths can be absorbed, whilst also reducing bleaching and other negative effects the sun light can have shining through glass.

Wired For Sound: Solar glass has to have a multi-layered structure, and this necessity of design makes for great sound insulation.  If you are in a really busy and noisy area, the sound protection levels can be adjusted by increasing the thickness of the glazing and their component layers.

Running Hot and Cold: We’ve all experienced times when we are sat next to a glass window in the summer and it has been way too hot, or in winter where we can almost feel the cold creeping into us from the glass – solar glass negates this and has great heat transmission control. The thermal insulation can be used to provide heating as well as to enhance ventilation systems.

Beauty Without The Beast: Glass is a timeless, classic, beautiful material, but has always had its drawbacks. We’ve covered how solar glass can out perform standard glass above, but there is the added element of aesthetic design. Solar glass can come in a variety of colours, shades and effects enabling you to maintain the consistency of your branding even with your external commercial design.

There is a definite trend in commercial design to incorporate glass, be it external or for internal divisions. Utilising solar glass will help you achieve the look you want, a more sustainable work place environment, and will help lower your energy bills in the long-term.

Blending Home and Office

Workplace Trends 2018 | Bringing Home To Work

There has been a trend in office design to make the work place less formal and to blend aspects we would usually expect to have in our home environment into the work space. This continues to be an integral aspect of workplace trends in 2018 making offices a more appealing environment for all to spend time in.

How To Include Home-Like Elements Into Workplace Design

When we think of traditional office spaces, we’re likely to imagine open spaces, cubicles, large meeting rooms and tiny communal kitchens. None of these areas are places we would chose to relax and maybe watch a film or read a book. When you get home at the end of a hard days work you’re more likely to want to plonk yourself down on a comfy settee, or sit in your cosy kitchen with a cuppa. The trend towards blending the home and the office has the underlying ethos of making the work place more relaxing. Sure you’re not there to chill and watch a movie, but the more you feel comfortable in any given environment, the more you will be able to offer.

We’ve come up with 6 ideas of how to bring elements of the home into your work spaces:

6 Ways To Blend Home and Office

Office Furniture: At home you will have a range of furniture that will be chosen both on design and colour, and on function. We can’t have an office that only has settees to sit on as this doesn’t do well for your productivity if you’re trying to work on your computer - but office furniture can still be stylish, functional and ergonomic, and enhance and complement the overall aesthetic of your work space.

Relaxed Seating Areas: Studies have shown that you are less productive if you spend your entire day sat at your desk, and more productive if you take a break. Having comfortable, welcoming break out areas where staff can take five minutes out will help them remain focused as well as encourage collaboration and mingling amongst employees.

Decent Kitchens: We’ve dedicated a whole blog post to office kitchens before as we feel passionately about this aspect of commercial design. Too often the office kitchen is an after thought, stuffed into a room barely bigger than a cupboard and full of mugs that are breading new life. The health and well being of staff is paramount in increasing engagement and productivity and where better to start than with an office kitchen that people want to spend time in?

Office Gardens: You may be restricted by external space, but office design trends are embracing the “green” office internally as well. Adding plants within the premises softens the space as well as bringing the benefit of improving employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests that studies have shown to be substantially improved with office plants.

Softer Lighting: Whilst we need decent lighting levels in order to work and not cause eye strain, having variable lighting levels is beneficial for all staff. Think of your office lighting design in terms of layers. Your main overhead lighting will provide the base, your individual task lighting gives you independent functionality and accent lighting adds an air of ambience.

Choice Of Space: The more people have choice, the more they are able to find the right working situation for the project they are currently engaged in. Sometimes we need a quiet spot alone with our work, others we need to collaborate in a dynamic environment, or we need to have groups working together. Co-working spaces have become increasingly popular, and the basis of this setup can be incorporated within more static business premises.

Here at 20six we are enthused by the workplace trends we’re seeing in 2018 and are very pleased to be working on some great projects this year.