Trends in Office Furniture

In this article we explore a number of trends we are seeing in the office furniture industry. Styles and functions, as well as technology, have evolved over the years, and certainly (as with most things) change is the one constant. The one area that is consistent, is that businesses are searching for new and better ways to improve the space employees inhabit for a majority of their days.


Simplified Spaces

We are seeing a trend toward the elimination of bulky cabinetry and heavy materials, with businesses opting for more open shelving units, light-colored materials and clean lines. These simplified spaces allow for a brighter, more airy working space making it easier to hone in on the tasks at-hand.

Adaptable Furniture

Another growing trend we are seeing is the utilization of adaptable furniture. This type of furniture provides flexibility with the space, such as running internal meetings and training sessions, while also making it possible to host events that bring in a large number of clients, partners or prospective clients into the building without the stress of renting equipment or moving around heavy furniture.

New multi-purpose space, which includes adaptable furniture, provides comfortable seating for clients but allows you to completely clear the space for other functions. Quality, foldable desks, stackable chairs, and rollable tabletops are viable options for organizations of all sizes.

Unconventional Workspaces

The traditional office evolved during the past decade from changes in the economy, the way companies do business today, to the influx of the millennial generation in the marketplace. Rather than the traditional stagnant, closed-off offices, many businesses are now opting for more open-concept and unique workspaces to inspire creativity and focus.

Unthinkable two decades ago, co-working spaces are now a staple, often resembling somewhere more intimate like a person’s home or a coffee shop. Unconventional furniture pieces like colorful stools, cozy couches, technology-integrated pieces and even games are trending in companies that are aiming to make the office a place where people not only want to work every day but also spend their time.

Ergonomic Designs

Now that roughly 86% of American workers sit as a desk most of the day, 5 days a week, health has become a major focus for businesses and employees. To prevent aches, pains and injuries related to sitting, typing and leaning throughout the day, businesses are employing that latest ergonomically-correct furniture pieces. Moveable keyboard trays, sit/stand desks, monitor stands and ergo-friendly chairs are just a few of the pieces that people are implementing for a more user-friendly workspace.

Recycled Office Furniture

While “going green” is not a new concept, RJ has maintained a sustainable philosophy for more than 30 years, recycled furniture is something we expect to see more of as companies continually become more environmentally conscious and these types of products become more readily available. Desks, chairs and even floor mats are becoming popular recycled pieces in a typical office space.

Lots of Color

Another trend that was far from popular not too long ago is adding color to the office environment. Reducing the dull, grayscale details and opting for an infusion of colorful details, adding instant life and energy. The thought behind this, other than a more astatically pleasing look, is that colorful furniture and decor are helpful to keep employees and customers engaged throughout the day, as well as, a way to further infuse company branding.

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