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Furniture has an incredible impact on the day-to-day functionality of an office and the culture of a workplace. Below are some trends that blossomed this year and we foresee continuing through 2020. Be sure to consider some of these trends in your next office renovation or relocation!
- Versatile Meeting Spaces
When meeting with clients and trying to determine their programming needs for allotted square footage, you must get creative. One meeting space now needs to serve a variety of functions and the shared solution is furniture.
- Multi-purpose rooms are being routinely fit-out with mobile flip top tables for a flex environment; serving training, lectures, classroom and board room needs.
- High back furniture has allowed for small impromptu working spaces on the floor. This has quickly become a new favorite for employees collaborating or hiding out to get some head-down work completed.
- Soft seating is making its way from lobbies into open areas and closed-door meeting spaces, once again ensuring a diverse scope of meeting spaces for all end users.
- Smart Furniture
Technology is a must in today’s office. Office furniture continues to keep up technologically, delivering a variety of customizable inserts for each table setting, along with creative ways for wire management to be addressed in all setting types. Nowadays, It’s rare to find a modular soft seating option without an outlet or USB plug in, not to mention an option to screen share for that impromptu meeting you are looking to have.
- Game Rooms
The morale of a company’s staff, how they interact with the space and each other all play into the overall environment of the office. As employees dive into their next head-down task, sometimes they need a quick break. Some employees prefer a quick walk around the office or outside, while others view their latest social media feeds. The new craze that has been a steady request is space for a game room that can house lounge furniture and a game room table of some sort; ping pong table, pool table, or Foosball table.
-Stephanie Bongartz, Associate Project Manager with Watchdog