Workstations play a vital role in how well an office functions.
They’re also part of the office aesthetic and ambience.
So choosing the right desk and screening system is important for constantly evolving workplaces.

Here’s some tips we know help workstations to work well in an office fitout:

  1. Flexibility is the key. That means choosing standard workstation sizes and limiting any custom sizes so that as needs change, the layout can be more easily reconfigured. All workstation suppliers will have standard sizes. It’s also a way of keeping costs down!
  2. Keep the footprint modular with the least number of variations possible, so that in time components can be reused. Many current workstation styles have great flexible modular systems with reusable parts that are easily reconfigured without trades having to be involved.
  3. Keep to open plan group layouts to suit teams and functions as much as possible. Limit private offices as much as you can.
  4. Keep screens reasonably low to allow for communication and interaction. Screens that are too high constrain communication. Generally a height of around 1 to 1.1 metres is desirable to allow for good communication, whilst still providing privacy and storage facilities.
  5. Above-desk storage should be as practical as possible for end users. Open shelving with dividers, paper trays etc can be attached to screening to free up desk space.
  6. Incorporate some sit/stand workstations into the mix. Ergonomics are important to health and wellbeing. Different users can adjust the height according to the ergonomic needs of their bodies.
  7. Ensure that good cable management is well planned beforehand to ensure that each workstation is supplied with the power and data output it needs. Good cable management allows for an almost-seamless desktop and the concealment of unsightly chords. It’s a must.
  8. Softwiring is also a must. It enables easy rewiring when re-configuring workstations. This not only saves time and increases productivity during on-site installation, but provides full flexibility when needs change.
  9. Make sure that natural light through windows and doors isn’t blocked by workstation screening. Keep workstations away from those natural light sources as much as possible.
  10. Introduce colour and/or pattern into the fabric of the screening so that it forms part of the entire office design. So many varieties of fabrics from acoustics, felts to pinboard materials in bright or subdued colours and patterns are available. Even shelving and paper trays can be colour co-ordinated.

Good planning of workstations and their layout is the key to getting the right functionality, aesthetic and keeping costs in check!

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