Many people spend more time at work than they do at home, so it’s important that the workplace feels inspiring and inviting. If you’re thinking of redesigning your workplace, ask yourself which tasks you’ll be completing every day and keep in mind that the more we move, the better we feel.
Reading and chatting zones are easily created with comfortable armchairs, open bookcases and mood lighting. Spaces that allow teams to relax can lead them to new ideas. When they feel more connected, they’ll feel healthier and be more productive.
Even a conference room can use a lift. Heavy furniture that has begun to feel dated, uncomfortable and uninspiring can be replaced with something new. Focus on comfortable, ergonomic chairs, tables and cabinets that can be moved around quickly for moments when ideas require a lot of space.
It’s good to be flexible. No matter how big or small your workspace is, focusing on smart furniture that’s multifunctional will allow more spontaneity and flexibility. Open shelves work as great room dividers and the metal mesh means you can use them as notice boards too.
Keep in mind that the more we move, the better we feel. A height-adjustable desk and ergonomic chair can help increase personal comfort, whether it’s adapting to how you sit or stand, adjusting lumbar support, etc. Switching between sitting and standing during the day helps strengthen your core and improves your metabolism.
Think of the details when you’re planning your office. Being able to charge phones and tablets with cords out of the way works wonders for shared spaces.
Cabinets with drawers make great work surfaces and storage space to remain organized and clutter free. You can beat the clutter with small organizing boxes to find office supplies easier.
Open storage gives an airy feel to an office and is great for displaying art, plants and decoration. Choose storage that matches the color and style of your space and highlight the pieces that represent your company.
Take advantage of natural light. Replace walls with glass partitions or opt for low storage units and room dividers. Choose dimmable overhead lights and desk lamps so you’ll always have the right amount of light to suit the time of day and your needs.
Choose colors wisely. Some colors like orange, red and yellow are energizing. Others like blue or green are calming. Make sure you have a good balance of stimulating and soothing shades when you plan your colors.
Don’t forget to schedule a break with fruits, nibbles or baked goods to keep your energy levels high. Snacks and drinks are easily available at IKEA.