When it comes to getting a commercial office fit out, there can be a number of motivating factors and an equally varied amount of approaches. The two major design philosophies you need to balance, however, are aesthetics and ergonomics.
Here’s an unfortunate fact: so much of interior design focuses too heavily on aesthetics. For example, renowned musician Moby vocally criticized a hotel room in Madrid in 2016, calling it “the least comfortable space I’ve ever inhabited.” The argument that architects tend to prefer chasing an aesthetic vision over functionality isn’t hard to find evidence for, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options.
These days, interior designers – such as DB Interiors – pay close attention to where a project falls on this spectrum of ergonomics versus aesthetics, as each project is unique, and thus has a unique balance to achieve.
While designing the modern workspace, ergonomics is vital. Let’s take a look at some of the ways DB Interiors has found to keep comfort and ergonomics as a priority through the design and implementation of a commercial office fit out.
Attention to furniture
You spend a lot of time in bed, and so it follows you want to choose the best bed possible. Many people forget that they spend almost as much time, and sometimes more time, in the workplace, and so don’t spend nearly as much attention as they should on furniture.
While the price is an important factor, comfort is something that needs to be taken into account early to avoid it becoming a potential health liability later on.
Ergonomic furniture doesn’t just have to be a comfortable chair, however. Standing desks are another great option that falls into this category. Using furniture that gives your staff adjustment options for managing their own comfort has been shown to a variety of health benefits, all of which translate into value for your company.
The greener, the better
Ergonomics isn’t all about how space feels either, it’s also about how it looks. Just as working in a space that isn’t physically comfortable can harm your physical health, working in a space that is visually bland, clinical or stark, can harm your mental health.
This can be easily addressed with the addition of plants. A pop of color draws the eye and balances out the more rigid elements of interior architecture. Humans tend to like having plants around and finding ways to incorporate them into an ergonomic design can do wonders for space.
Avoid the clutter
Chaotic workspaces are the enemies of high performance and effortless focus. This point is very important, but a little harder to implement. While it’s true there are plenty of storage solutions out there to help you collate your files and organize desk space, you also need to focus on changing behaviors that can lead to cluttered workstations.
Rather than directly trying to change the behavior of your staff, you can make high-level changes that encourage them to alter behavior patterns, ultimately creating a more comfortable and ergonomic space for themselves. This could involve something like limiting hard copies and reducing the amount of paper you have in the office. Less paper means less opportunity for print files to end up strewn across desks.
Work out your office priorities
Whether your office needs more aesthetic or comfort, it all comes down to what works best for you. Business owners know better than anyone else how their office works, so it circles back to them to know how to find that perfect balance between ergonomics and aesthetics.
If you need help finding where that sweet spot is for you, don’t worry! Talk to the team here at DB Interiors. With over 50 years’ experience, we’re able to proudly offer the most reliable office fit out Auckland-wide. If you’re planning a new office or renovations for your old office, DB Interiors can help you create a workplace that doesn’t just look great but feels great too. Get in touch now for a free discovery call.