Why a Good Office Furniture Designer Needs to be One Step Ahead of You

Nov 5 10:02 2009 Margaret Winfrey Print This Article

with each new wave of technical development bringing in a raft of changes almost every year there are new products, new technologies and new ways of improving the existing methods.

In these modern times,Guest Posting an office furniture designer has more to think about than building desks and putting together chairs. Today's modern office space demands a great deal from the furniture it uses and in an increasing number of cases the furniture and design is custom-made to suit the particular office space required. Businesses are realizing that by saving a few dollars here and there they are only storing up even larger bills further down the line.

One of the challenges facing furniture designers over the past two or three decades is the rapid way in which office space has changed. Primarily this has been as a direct result of changes in technology, with each new wave of technical development bringing in a raft of changes and new requirements to most offices.

The offices of the mid to later part of last century were generally ones which included plenty of reasonably sturdy but functional desks, with paperwork comprising the majority of the office business. With computers becoming increasingly important in any modern office environment, this brought new challenges in terms of designing suitable furniture.

However, technology hasn't stood still, and almost every year there are new products, new technologies and new ways of improving the existing methods. From cumbersome visual display units to smart, light flat screen monitors, from leviathan CPU boxes to snug little mini computers of today, and from trailing network cables to wireless networking, the shape and function of technology has often dictated the way in which office furniture should be designed.

Cheaper furniture doesn't always provide as much adaptability and flexibility as the better-designed products do, even if you're not thinking of having bespoke furniture solutions for your office. On many occasions, office managers have ordered desks and computers, only to find that the computers don't fit into the desk space provided. In other cases, desks have been purchased, but when it comes to upgrading the computers the new machines won't fit the desks, and so new technological advances have to be shelved, or alternatively the entire office has to be refurbished.

Having furniture solutions which can adapt to the changing shape of technology can make a great deal of difference further down the line. In terms of cabling, modern computers may be capable of using wireless networking to help reduce on some of the existing cables, but there is still likely to be a need for some forms of electrical cabling for a period of time. This can often prove to be a limiting factor in the design of an office layout.

The modern office furniture designer has brought along many new and novel ways of managing the cabling problems facing many businesses. It is clearly not appropriate to have cables arranged haphazardly and not only appear unsightly, but also present a hazard to employees with a significant risk of tripping that could result not only in damage to equipment, but serious injury to office staff.

Not only that, but in some cases cables are simply left to hang down over the back of the desk. Your choice is then either to not have desks back to back, which is limiting, or to have them a couple of inches apart, which provides a trap for dust, litter and small objects to fall into. It doesn't take much to convert a beautiful looking office space into an untidy and dirty mess that is difficult for staff to clean.

Good furniture designers have introduced strategically situated cable tidies through which the electrical wiring can be fed, hollow legs that allow for cabling, or simply include fitted trunking that blends in with the desk itself. Each of these options helps to improve the overall appearance of the office, increases safety, and permits desks to meet up properly, so maintaining the originally design appearance of the office to staff and visitors.

Increasingly today, there is a greater emphasis on environmental issues that has been extended to office furniture design, with a greater need for products fashioned from materials that are not only natural, but also sourced in ways that are not harmful to the environment. Sustainable forests have become increasingly popular ways of sourcing the materials for office furniture, and the office furniture designers and their customers - you - can rightly claim to be environmentally aware in your choice of office furniture. Could this be one of the factors that could sway potential customers in your favour?

Some of the better furniture designers are integrating some really innovative features into their work. An example of this is the recessed screen, now possible thanks to flat screen technology. This facility allows a monitor to be hidden under the desk, so that at the pull of a lever the monitor is visible, but angled at forty-five degrees under the desk, much more ergonomically suited to the user than the old type of computer screen involving neck strain - recessed screens allow viewing at a more natural reading angle. This also allows the desk to be easily converted to a normal, standard writing configuration when required

This degree of flexibility and adaptability is the hallmark of the successful modern office furniture designer, and paves the way for the offices of the future.

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Margaret Winfrey
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