8 Ways to Make Your Office Cozier

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As an employee, did you ever wish that the workplace would feel more like a college student lounge or an internet café? No claustrophobic cubicles and no narrow corridors! Did you think your office would be more pleasing to the eye with higher ceilings and softer lighting?

Perhaps people would appreciate having the freedom to use their own laptop anywhere they like within the premises. Maybe they’d like to be able to sit on comfortable sofas or bean bags during informal meetings and group presentations.

Who would not want a more relaxed and friendly work environment where people can collaborate better? An office that has the atmosphere that encourages creativity?

An office that looks like a museum or a five-star luxury hotel is not a requirement to motivate employees. However, if you are an employer, you can certainly make the workplace feel cozy and vibrant with life. You can choose from a wide range of creative office interior design ideas that emphasize space and encourage productive social interactions among your teams.

1. Get your employees’ opinions

You should consult your employees about the motif or feel they want for the office. Some may also suggest specific designs that can be implemented. If there are several suggestions, you could allow the employees to vote on the design that they think is best for their needs.

Consulting your employees about the office interior design will make them feel like important contributors to your company. This will help motivate them to do their best in their work, and they can enjoy a sense of responsibility and initiative.

2. Consult professional interior designers

If you are planning to open a new office or re-design the interior of your existing office, you should hire and consult an interior design company. If you have ideas for an interior design, professional designers will be able to implement them and suggest improvements.

You can save on costs, time and effort because you do not need to go through trial and error. New conceptual designs or standard catalogues may be offered. Professional designers also have well-established contacts for suppliers of the needed materials.

3. Optimize space utilization

Whether you have a big company or a small one, optimizing space utilization does not mean trying to fit everything possible in the available space. On the contrary, it means making the space highly functional without making it look cluttered or crowded.

For instance, if you have a small office space, you can use long, slim tables or built-in tables for the computer monitors and peripherals. Avoid using bulky file cabinets or using partitions. The office space can be just one open space with tables and computers.

You may have the lounge area isolated for privacy and to prevent disturbing those who are working.

5. Noise-proof the office space

Noise pollution is disruptive to the concentration of workers. It includes the noise from vehicles, machineries, and crowds of people passing by. It also includes the noise from the employees within the office building.

You can soundproof your office by using double glazed or triple glazed glass for windows. You may also install noise cancelling rubber pads for walls and floors. Carpeting the floor will help in muffling the interior noise. These will also help improve the aesthetics of your office.

In addition, you could buy upholstered furniture like sofas and lounge chairs. The foam in the upholstery will help in absorbing sound. If appropriate, you may hang curtains to help muffle the noise.

6. Use laptops and tablets

If you want to make your office less cluttered, you should minimize using bulky desktop computers and big monitors. Limit the use of large monitors to graphic designers and game testers who may benefit more from these. Many office jobs can be performed more effectively using smaller monitors. Some routine tasks do not need very fast computer processing.

If you are not in the computer game development business or crypto-mining business, super-fast computers are unnecessary. In most cases, laptops and tablets are more useful.

Depending on the nature of the business, some companies issue laptops and tablets to employees while others allow them to use personal laptops and tablets.

7. Maximize natural lighting

Most offices operate during daytime but still use artificial interior lights. You can save on energy if you maximize natural lighting. This can be done by using large windows and painting the interior with bright colors. If the office is located in a badly illuminated location, you may use solar power for the interior lights.

You could also add large mirrors on the walls to maximize the use of natural light. At the same time, you will be able to create an illusion of a larger space.

8. Use a variety of furniture

Instead of having identical chairs and tables throughout the space, you can make the office less monotonous by using a wide variety of furniture. Combine cushioned chairs with metal and plastic chairs, and use coffee tables and divans. Also consider using bar stools and tall tables. You can even add areas with floor mats and pads, bean bags, and low tables for those who prefer to work on the floor.

Having a wide variety of furniture will allow your workers to choose the best, most comfortable position they want that will allow them to be more productive. They will not be stuck sitting down on a swivel chair for most of their working hours; instead, they will have the freedom to move around and interact.

The comfort, style and functionality of your office can always be improved. One aspect does not need to be sacrificed over another. The efficiency and productivity of your company will be significantly improved if your employees are happy to spend time in their office.

AUTHOR BIO

Shane Curran

CEO at Interact Group LLC

Interact Group is a design-led interior fit out company that aims to set new standards in the UAE interiors market. Driven by their dedication to total customer experience, the company’s mission is to bring truly specialized teams to complex design and fit out challenges, utilizing their unmatched ability to deliver spaces efficiently and above expectation.

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