What does your boardroom furniture say about your business

boardroom furniture

For the best way of assessing what your boardroom furniture says about your business, imagine you’re a client visiting your office for the first time and look at it with fresh eyes. What impression do you get?

If you see a room that is attractive and inviting, with furniture and decorations that reflect your brand’s style and values, that’s great. If not, then it may be time for some new furniture.

What does it mean for your business if you don’t like what you see?

Perhaps the table is old-fashioned or maybe a bit scuffed, the chairs don’t match, and the shelves are overflowing with books and files. If you were your client or supplier walking into the room for the first time ever, how successful would you think your company is? If your room is like that, be honest, it’s not going to give them a huge amount of confidence in your success or abilities. According to the scientists, it’s not just first impressions of people that matter, they also take their chosen environment into account, and that any first impression – right or wrong – will last for months.

That’s why you need to update your boardroom furniture

Therefore, an impressive boardroom will impress your clients and potential clients and set the scene of a successful brand. It doesn’t matter if you want to give your clients and visitors the impression that yours is a traditional business, a funky creative company, or a practical organisation that simply gets on with things with minimal fuss, you must reassure them that they’re in safe hands – and one of the elements you need to achieve this is a boardroom that mirrors your brand.

Boardroom tables

Boardroom tables come in all shapes, sizes and designs. So, it doesn’t matter if your brand is traditional, modern, creative, or cheap and cheerful, there’s a boardroom table that will fit in perfectly with it.

And with the majority of people working directly on their laptops, the best way of keeping your boardroom tidy and free of potential trip hazards is to make sure your table also has integrated power sockets.

Boardroom chairs

Making sure your clients are sitting comfortably is a vital element of any meeting but more importantly to ensure they leave with positive memories of your brand. This means your chairs are one of the most important elements in your boardroom… especially if you’re prone to holding particularly long meetings. With a wide range of ergonomic chair designs that come in different colours and upholstery choices, your boardroom will not only provide visitors with the support and comfort they need, it will also give them a great impression of your business.

Soft seating

If your boardroom is large enough to have an area for soft seating, add a sofa or armchairs and a coffee table. By creating a comfortable yet still professional area, you will have the choice of whether to have a formal meeting around the boardroom table or have somewhere to relax when you’re talking to just one or two clients. And it also gives you a quiet space in which to have friendly, confidential chats with your staff members.

Boardroom partitions

If you have an open-plan office but also need to construct a private boardroom, build one from screens, soft partitions, glass partition walls or even storage walls. Storage walls will not only give you an attractive space to keep your company brochures, a coffee machine and the best crockery, they’ll also give you a safe space on which to install a display screen for your presentations.

Interested in the range of Boardroom Furniture that we offer? Contact our friendly team to find out more.

How to maximise space in your meeting room

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With the right meeting room furniture, you can make the most of your space, whatever the size of your room.

Small rooms and meeting pods

Office space is always at a premium, and if you don’t have large premises, purely on practical grounds it’s likely that your meeting room will have to be one of the smallest rooms or partitioned spaces. But a meeting room doesn’t have to be a big rectangular table surrounded by chairs. Try an oval-shaped table to give a smaller room a feeling of more space, or, for a square space, choose a circular table. Both will also make the room look more interesting and help make people feel less ‘squeezed in’. You could also put corner units in to help keep the room tidy, and maybe brighten the place up by having pot plants or flowers on the units.

Wiring

One of the main problems in the meeting room – as in any part of your building – is the wiring. When people bring their laptops into the meeting, they’ll need somewhere to plug it in without having wires trailing across the floor and presenting a trip hazard. If this is going to be a problem, get meeting room tables with integrated plug points, making it easy for people to plug in their devices easily, tidily and safely.

Large spaces

If your company is fortunate enough to have a large meeting room, then you’ll be spoilt for choice as to how to furnish the room depending on what you use it for. If it’s solely a space you use for large meetings, a central table surrounded by chairs is probably the best format. However, if it’s likely that the room will be used in different ways, then instead of one large central table, use a number of smaller tables that can be pushed together centrally or separated to provide more spaces for smaller groups to work together.

Comfort is key

If you want everyone to concentrate on the topic in hand rather than on how uncomfortable they are, then ergonomic chairs are a must. There are many designs and colours to choose from, so you can be as traditional or creative as you like with them. For smaller rooms, lighter-coloured furniture in one colour will help make the room look bigger. For larger rooms, let your imagination fly – chairs in different coloured upholstery will make the room look cheerful and friendly. Or you could invest in bigger, even more comfortable, chairs to really impress people. You want to create a space that staff will be happy to be in, so they work better as a result.

Cupboard love

What you need to remember is that meetings must be productive, which requires surroundings that people feel comfortable in. What you don’t want is for your staff to feel that they’re in a kind of ad hoc storage space, so keep the room as tidy as possible. If you absolutely need to store things in the meeting room, invest in storage furniture that will help you keep your staff’s attention on the meeting and not on the mess! Maybe you could store the office biscuits and coffee machine here and provide a touch of happiness at every meeting and a sugar fix too!

Interested in the range of Meeting Room Furniture we offer? Contact our friendly team to find out more.

4 Ways To Promote Workplace Wellbeing with Your Office Design

With recent research from the CIPD reporting that employers are increasingly recognising mental health and wellbeing as a workplace issue, combating mental health-related absences and work-related stress has never been more important.

That’s why in today’s post, we’re discussing some ways to promote wellbeing through your office design. From thoughtful colour schemes and floor layouts to staff bathrooms and ergonomic office furniture, with our tips, we’ll ensure that your office design positively influences staff morale and wellbeing. 


Choose ergonomic furniture
 

In office environments, it’s easy to slouch over keyboards – often leading to poor posture and subsequent back pain. While encouraging regular breaks is great for aiding focus, it’s undeniable that your employees are likely to be spending most of their day at their desk. To add a little more comfort to those long desk hours, why not invest in some stylish and functional ergonomic furniture? This way, if your employees are working overtime, poor posture won’t disturb their concentration flow.

Introducing a breakout area in the office offers a space for employees or visitors which is separate from their working space. This is effective for those who need a break from their tasks, those who need to hold informal meetings or those who simply want to relax and eat their lunch. In the breakout area, opt for ergonomic furniture which encourages the conversation, ensuring it provides a different environment to the rigid desk space. Why not invest in a TV or a music system to really get the conversation flowing? After all, the more comfortable your employees feel about being at work, the happier they’re likely be when they’re there. 


Be selective about colour

Bland grey, dull offices are likely to leave your employees feeling exactly the same. So, to breathe some life and happiness into the space, colour is a great design feature to target. Colour has been scientifically proven to boost productivity levels in office spaces when chosen correctly. So, to help motivate your employees and encourage them to start their day right, opt for vibrant and stimulating colours that spark creativity and maximise their output. Additionally, choose ‘low-wavelength’ colours such as green and blue calming hues which improve efficiency and focus.


Think about the floor layout
 

According to many researchers, sitting for long periods of time during work is one of the biggest threats to your health. In our day-to-day routines, it has become the norm to sit for up to 10 hours per day, which poses all kinds of risks such as cancer, heart disease and even type 2 diabetes. Working through lunch breaks, working overtime and skipping that lunchtime walk can lead to more sick days and lower productivity – however, this is something that can be combated by cleverly adjusting your floor plan.

It could be as simple as integrating a five-minute walk to the printer or implementing sit-stand desks in certain areas of the office. Anything that encourages your employees to get out of their chair, reset their brain or simply engage in a 30-second walk could be very beneficial for their wellbeing, and could even make meetings more productive.

To separate each zone effectively, use different coloured walls and alternate flooring – such as a stylish carpet in the office area and cool, clean large format tiles in the printing space. It’s also beneficial to encourage spending time outside, so look to introduce outdoor areas for meetings – which can offer a great opportunity to get some valuable fresh air in the process. 


Consider staff bathroom designs

As one of the most essential office facilities, it’s key that your toilets are optimised to promote wellness. It goes without saying that toilets should always be clean and ready to use, but toilet facilities are an effective way to go the extra mile for your employees. By introducing showers in your bathroom facilities, for example, your company can actively encourage people to exercise on their way to work or during their breaks.

Physical activity strengthens the immune system, while also offering great stress relief and even boosting heart health, according to recent studies. So, encouraging your employees to undertake daily exercise could boost productivity, focus and even reduce sick days. Introducing exercise at work or before work schemes negates the excuse of not having time, encourage conversation between colleagues and can even increase focus when employees are back at their desk. 

With these ideas, we hope that you’ll be on your way to exploring some avenues to creating a workplace that puts wellbeing at the forefront of its design. Primarily, it’s all about ensuring that your employees feel respected and well looked after during their time at work.