By Brook Furniture Rental –

Planning and designing an office space has never been more important than now. Analyzing space and layouts, renting the best office furniture, and determining the needs of employees are just a few of the critical components that must be considered.

As we look ahead to 2017, the office design trends toward collaborative workspaces and flexibility continue to dominate as companies and workers become more comfortable with alternative ways of working. Mobility will extend beyond the office design, influencing the need for optional work and relaxation spaces that include privacy pods, laid-back lounges, and informal meeting areas. Though ergonomic seating and sit-stand desks will continue to prevail, soft seating and multipurpose furniture will share the spotlight, all with a focus on creating a healthy, productive, and adaptable office design. If you are considering renovating your office space this year, here are a few 2017 trends that are conducive to promoting a collaborative and productive working environment for your organization.

Flexible Layouts

The ever-changing work landscape, fuelled by technology and business requirements, is driving the need for flexible office space design. Layouts should be responsive to movement, adapting to the current tasks at hand with countless combinations to support a dynamic and efficient working culture. Space flexibility is not only important to employee satisfaction, but also in how an organization manages to staff and evolve business strategies.

Adaptable Furniture

With the need to maximize office space efficiently, it is critical to design layouts and rent office furniture that can be flexible to changing demands. Modular workstations and desks, collaborative furniture, and private meeting assets, such as soft seating and small conference tables, are all good examples of flexible solutions that can support an agile workplace and future corporate growth.

Focus on Well-being

The focus on a healthy work environment for employees is continuing to drive changes in workspace and furniture design, as well as workplace culture. Office furniture, such as sit-stand desks, ergonomic seating and workstations, collaborative and relaxation areas, airflow, and lighting are now must-have features to sustain employee retention and loyalty. Many companies are also integrating lifestyle attributes to the work environment by offering gym memberships, indoor gardens, healthy snacks, and flexible work hours to help employees balance their personal and professional lives.

Natural Outdoor Elements

Bringing nature indoors is a significant trend in office design that goes hand in hand with the continuing focus on employee well-being. Beyond the benefit of air purity, natural elements, such as plants, reclaimed wood, and living walls, are features that induce a sense of calmness and a pleasant atmosphere.

Privacy and Lounge Areas

Still on the rise is the trend towards providing distraction-free spaces for workers that need to concentrate or collaborate. In the open-plan working environment of today, activity-based office plans that includes privacy pods or designated quiet areas offer employees with a choice that matches their specific tasks and working methods. Lounge sectors that feature more “home-like” furniture where employees and team members can relax, as well as collaborate in an informal setting, are becoming an essential feature of today’s workplace design.

Co-Working Spaces

Co-working spaces are a trend that will continue to evolve in 2017. Though initially adopted by start-up and technology companies, traditional organizations are looking at the attributes of a co-working environment as an opportunity to share space and office expenses. Flexible designs, a mixture of areas, and the relaxed atmosphere of a co-working environment provide an opportunity for employees to mix and mingle either across departments or with complimentary organizations, benefiting further collaboration, fresh thinking, and productivity.

Brook Furniture Rental offers a wide selection of rental furniture for offices and open workspaces, including modular desks, sit-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and workstations, as well as meeting and lounge-area furniture. For further information, visit our website or contact one of our professional consultants at 877.285.7368.

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