Spaceist have created a short guide to buying office breakout, staff eating or staff kitchen furniture. All good breakout area should contain separate areas to eat, relax and chat.
First decide what type of area you need and what it will be used for. We think it always a good idea to talk to staff members to see what they like and don’t like.
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A floor plan is usually in 2D showing where the furniture might be located in the room plus making sure it will fit. A 3D plan will give you a more realistic idea of the possible outcome. Both options can show colours, features and scale.
It is very important to get the space planning right because this can make or break a staffroom. Talk to your staff to find out what they like and don’t like about the current space and how they would they improve it. It is always a good idea to have some initial ideas on the areas plus some examples of the of furniture. This will help generate ideas and guide the project in the right direction.
When choosing staff lockers consider if the locker will be used for coats and bags or just bags and laptops. Consider fitting a USB charger to the inside of the locker or letter slot for staff mail.
The locking mechanism might also be important. the two main options being a key operated lock or combination lock. Lockers can also be used as a room divider and sound reducing panels can be fitted to the back to reduce ambient noise. This is a great idea when you need a separate quiet area.
Staff locker options:
Power, USB and wireless charger can be fitted into coffee table tops, canteen tables, inside staff lockers, sofa armrests or in the side of a breakout chair.
There are several very hard wearing materials to consider when designing a breakout space. We have listed some of them below with links to some of our other buying guides.
Cafe + Canteen tables – laminate is the hardest wear material for these types of tables. It is the same as a kitchen work top and comes in as many colours. It can be easy cleaned and is stain resistant. For more information see our Cafe Table Buying Guide >
Sofas + Chairs – faux-leather or vinyl is one of the hardest wearing seating materials. It comes with a anti-stain protective coating and can be easy wiped down. When using in a breakout area we would suggest vinyl on the seat and fabric on the back in a matching or complimentary colour. For more information see our Choosing a Sofa Fabric Guide >
By Alexander Pickles / BA (Hons) Furniture Design