When looking at new ways to make the workplace more agile, flexible and engaging, there are some great furniture manufacturers, designers and planners in the market that can help you to achieve amazing spaces. However, one aspect that can often be overlooked is the functionality of solutions or spaces. Having a space that is engaging and inspiring to work in is fantastic, but if it’s not functional from the aspect of power or space management, it can often be neglected or frustrating for the users. So, how can we make spaces truly functional?
1. Building Infrastructure
This is so important to get right from the outset because it will help build the backbone to a flexible workspace for now and the future. How often do we see situations where a client would like to have a refresh and move furniture around to create something new, only to be told that it can’t be done because there are no floor boxes in that location or there are no network cables? Or, as a designer, you want to achieve something, only to be told by an engineer that it can’t be done due to the infrastructure of the building. More than ever, there are some fantastic products on the market to help create futureproof, flexible office infrastructures, allowing facilities to make the required changes as and when needed. No1 most important consideration: always think of expansion, as it will save you in the long run
2. Power and Connection Panels
There are lots of different options when it comes to outlets, floor boxes, wall sockets, perimeter trunking, under desk, in desk and on desk power options. From a functional aspect, more is better – however, from a design perspective, less is often more and finding the right balance can be hard. We are constantly trying to bridge this gap from infrastructure to design by creating aesthetically appealing connection panels and outlets. Consideration No2: look to futureproof where possible, especially when looking at charging and audio, as developments move fast in these areas.
3. Wireless Charging
Over recent years we have seen fantastic developments in wireless charging, enabling users to charge a whole range of new technologies. Something to consider when specifying or purchasing would be the quality and durability of the device. Within high footfall areas, these devices are going to take some hammering and therefore need to be durable. With this in mind, look for something with a good warranty period and a method to exchange if necessary.