Office Furniture Trends to Watch for in 2018
What’s trending for office furniture in 2018?
Ergonomic chairs? Adjustable-height, standing desks? Stationary desk bikes?
Actually, 2018 promises to shift focus away from specific models and makes, and instead turn the industry’s attention toward an office design approach that’s inspiring the most innovative workspaces.
The rise in popularity of WELL certification, coupled with companies applying biophilic design principles to their workspaces is evidence that businesses are prioritizing not only productivity, but also the well-being and comfort of their employees.
Bottom line: businesses are putting people first.
Does being on-trend really matter?
If fostering collaboration and increasing productivity through workplace design in 2018 is the goal, then yes, the trend toward human-centered design matters.
According to a 2016 survey by the American Productivity and Quality Center, 56 percent of employees are stuck in static workspaces, such as cubicles, and designated offices behind closed doors. In today’s collaborative working environment, this type of office design may no longer support employees’ needs, and therefore hinders their productivity at work.
For companies setting up new office spaces or updating their commercial interiors, staying on this trend will give businesses a cutting-edge advantage in attracting and retaining top talent employees—people who are inspired to come to work each day.
What will innovative, human-centered office spaces look like in 2018?
In the coming months, office design trends will build on the open office concept that has gained momentum in recent years. Workspaces will continue to be designed with collaboration, productivity and technology use in mind, while adding the comforts of home will promote employee well-being.
Furniture that fosters continued collaboration
Collaboration is linked to creativity and innovation. Therefore, designing collaborative office spaces should be an intentional process resulting in areas where natural interaction and collaboration can take place.
For example, an office with larger desks allows for more than one employee to sit and work together comfortably in the same space. Meanwhile, a smattering of touch down areas with sofas and other group seating options encourage spontaneous brainstorming sessions.
Minimizing obstructions like walls, doors, and large room dividers enable workers to see and hear each other better. Reconfigurable office furniture helps employees optimize their work spaces for collaboration as needs shift from quiet individual work to small group work sessions to large group meetings.
Common-sense considerations for collaborative furniture design include:
- Larger desks
- Easy-to-move desk chairs
- Sofas and settees
- Coffee tables
- Room dividers and partitions
Tech connect made easy
So much depends on technology these days. And our dependence on tech increases as time goes by. Clunky computers of yesteryear (and the office furniture that housed them) no longer have a place in workplace design for companies that want to remain competitive.
Incorporating technology into office design decisions is a common-sense move when workers rely on mobile technology, including smartphones, tablets and laptop computers as means of communication, research, productivity and advancement.
Popular technology-driven design upgrades include:
- Ports in every table and desk and near each chair
- Smart boards
- Integrated tech furniture incorporating HVDC capabilities with screens, ports and wires
There’s no place like a “homey” office
As more and more employees opt for work-from-home arrangements, businesses will respond by designing office spaces with a “home away from home” mentality, abandoning or reducing traditional office furniture.
Early adopters of this trend have incorporated workspaces that look more like dens or living rooms, communal kitchens, gyms, showers and even meditation rooms and game rooms.
These features are designed to create a space where workers actually want to be—where they’ll gladly spend a bit of extra time to wrap up their tasks for the day. Furthermore, employees who feel comfortable in their work environment will feel less pressure and allowing creativity to flow more freely.
Home-style office design options include:
- Sofas and arm chairs
- End tables and coffee tables
- Area rugs
- House plants
- Large windows to let in natural light
- Soft lighting options like standing and table lamps
Find the design trends that fit your office. Call an office furniture design expert.
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