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Refresh Your Office In 2021 With 5 Cool Layout Ideas

How would you like to create a new, refreshing office layout that can make a world of difference to your team? Doesn’t that sound cool?

Well, according to our furniture experts at Direct Office, even a little change in your office layout can delight your team — if you do it the right way. Therefore, refreshing your office layout with new ideas doesn’t have to be pricey or time-consuming. However, it’s nothing wrong with recreating all the cool pictures you find on Pinterest if you have the resources.

Whether you’re building a new office space or planning to improve your existing one, your people and your company culture should primarily drive your office layout. For instance, if your company values collaboration, you should be including collaborative configurations, such as a newsroom-style setup, perfect for fast-paced work.  

This article aims to provide you with practical layout ideas that fit your office environment and refresh your team. So without further ado, let’s discuss five layouts that we want you to consider for your office. 

1. Agile Layout 

If your office environment is fast-paced and your team needs a lot of collaboration, you would want to create a layout that enables uninterrupted communication and frequent impromptu meetings. All your groups may not have time to reserve conference rooms when they need to have meetings. Therefore, an agile layout aims to solve these issues and help create an undisturbed workflow. It includes casual meeting spaces and communication-friendly workstations. 

What does it look like?

A collaborative layout that consists of desk clusters, open space and flexible seatings 

Tips to achieving it

  • Make clusters of group tables with individual desks.
  • Remove wall dividers or partitions.
  • Introduce comfortable and flexible seating options. 

Tools you’ll be needing.

  • Flexible seating (accompany your regular seating with bean-bag seating) 
  • Small and large size desks
  • Necessary electronic equipment

2. Flexible Layout

Does your business value a flexible working style and free-thinking? If it does, this layout might interest you. The flexible layout can be an excellent choice if your team enjoys moving around while working. Working at different locations inside an office space will provide a sense of freedom to your team. While the layout may not be suitable for agile operations, it’s best for creative offices and startups.

What does it look like?

A flexible setup that offers mobile desks, standing desks, couches, and flexible seating

Tips to achieving it

  • Add standing desks and couches so that your team members don’t have a fixed workstation and can work from anywhere.
  • Install mobile desks around the workstations.
  • Install flexible seating.

Tools you’ll need 

  • Standing desks (sit-stand desks would be great if your budget allows)
  • Couches 
  • Mobile laptop desks

3. The Quiet Layout 

Some tasks need uninterrupted focus. Therefore, they don’t thrive in active environments that have a lot of distractions. If your office is about executing creative tasks, then your team will definitely need quiet workstations for innovative ideas to flourish. Individuals, such as writers, designers, and even some programmers, prefer working alone and attending scheduled meetings. A quiet workspace will provide them with the tools they need to do their work while providing a comfortable environment to focus on. 

What does it look like?

A cubicle, but without the shortage of space and necessary tools

Tips to achieving it

  • Introduce modular partitions
  • Install methods that help to soundproof the environment
  • Create designated workstations with all the necessary tools

Tools you’ll need

  • Partitions, or well thought cubicle-style workstations
  • Screens
  • Necessary electronic tools
  • Comfortable seating
  • Sound-proofing solutions

4. Innovative Layout 

You’ll need to feed your team that works relentlessly on inventing the ‘next big idea’ with a layout that encourages the exchange of ideas. The work pace may not be agile, but your innovative team needs many discussions, resources, and frequent collaboration. What’s a better way to support your innovative team than providing them with an innovative layout. You can achieve an Innovative layout with the combination of the quiet and agile layout because your team members need uninterrupted focus, frequent discussions, sharing of ideas, and regular meetings.   

What does it look like?

Dedicated workstations with casual meeting spaces and information and discussion boards    

Tips to achieving it

  • Create a lot of casual meeting spaces 
  • Install information and discussion boards
  • Provide idea banks and inspiration boards

Tools you’ll need

  • Modular partitions 
  • Comfortable seating 
  • Information screens 
  • Whiteboards 
  • Dedicated workstations 

5. Multi Environment Layout 

Of course, many offices have diverse teams that take on different tasks and operate differently. Therefore, it’s no surprise that different teams prefer working differently. For example, a sales and marketing team selects an agile layout, while a creative team selects a quiet layout. According to a new study, it’s crucial that your employees select their working environment because doing so enhances their sense of belongingness. With a multi-environment layout, you can provide your team members with the layout of their choice.   

What does it look like?

Multiple layouts according to departments and teams    

Tips to achieving it

  • Discuss with your team and identify their preferred working environment 
  • Distribute floor space according to the size and working style of different teams
  • Consult with a designer or your furniture partner

Tools you’ll need

  • It depends on how you’ve planned. 

Don’t forget to include: 

  1. The Recharge Zone

Focusing only on creating the best environment for your employees to complete particular roles might not be enough. You also need to give special attention to your team’s well-being, which is crucial for your organisation’s ultimate success. Therefore, we suggest you include a recharge zone in your workspace. It can be a breakout area, casual lounge, or simply a place to refresh. Recharge zones help your team to refresh and keep them from burning out.

What does it look like?

A casual area with relaxing equipment and refreshing tools

Tips to achieving it

  • Use refreshing colours on the wall. 
  • Consult with consultants (if possible).

Tools you’ll need

  • Relaxing seating 
  • Sleep pods
  • Games 
  • Cafe 
  1. Grown-up Classroom

As the saying goes, “If you stop learning, you’ll stop growing,” training and grooming your team should be a continuous process in your office. You can continually develop your team by engaging them in both work-related and non-work-related learning. It can be a crucial factor for organisational growth as well. Therefore, you’ll need a dedicated section for learning in your office space. 

What does it look like?

An area with a lot of writing spaces, screens, and casual seating

Tips to achieving it

  • Allocate a dedicated space for learning
  • Consult with the training and development department for better ideas 

Tools you’ll need

  • Casual seating
  • Whiteboards
  • Screens
  • Stationery items
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