Designing or renovating office interiors

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Ergonomics are hugely important for interior designers, but just as useful for the layman. In an office, comfort and usability are the two main factors that help increase productivity in workers.

If you’re redesigning your office space, you’ll need to keep some important tips in mind. Office furniture retailer Slingsby is on hand with some useful advice for your office redesign.

Furniture

Seating: The NHS reported that back pain brought on by poor posture is one of the most common causes of complain in adults. An office chair should be designed to support the user and promote good posture.

With this in mind, choose operator chairs which are styled with medium to high backs and are meant for heavy keyboard users. Typist chairs have lower backs and don’t recline as far.

For offices that have users in near-constant operation, 24 hour chairs are a good idea. These are reinforced versions of the operator chair and are designed for heavy use.

If you have the budget for it, kit out your office with ergonomic chairs. They promote posture, comfort and supports various parts of your back but are fairly pricey so may not be viable for larger offices

Light: Workers spend much of their day in the office. Ensure that the space features as much natural light as you can. Consider skylights or larger windows. If your office doesn’t have much access to natural light, add in mirrors to bounce light around the room.

Tidy: Invest in storage solutions, filing cabinets and other out-of-the-way storage will ensure the office doesn’t get overly cluttered. A messy office will disrupt workers and lead to confusion.

Layout

When planning an office, it’s vital to consider whether you’ll design an open plan or cubicle-led office space. Open plan offices encourage communication and creativity and are a favourite of emergent start-ups and tech-culture. However, they also spread disease more easily and let workers chatter more freely. Some workers in various sectors may prefer privacy.

A good option is to create a layout that caters to open plan design, but allows for optional cubicles to be installed.

If you take these factors into consideration when designing an office space, future workers could enjoy their jobs more. If you’re a designer or architect, it makes your building more likely to be let quickly as businesses will be keen to set-up in an ergonomic, positive office space.

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