Does your work space promote focus and productivity? Incorporating a few of these strategic office wall hacks could give you added privacy and have a positive impact on your productivity. From individual offices with four walls and a door, to all glass wall offices, and partitioned cubicles, there are as many types of office wall hacks as there are office designs.
Office Wall Hacks to make that office or cubicle more efficient and less boring
With the popularity of collaborative office spaces, glass paneled office walls, and moveable partition wall offices, how does work get done through all the distractions? Collaborative spaces are great during planning and reporting stages but research and production require focus and organization.
Office productivity is tied very closely to comfort, efficiency and privacy. When there are people milling around, there’s too much noise, fluctuating temperatures, poor lighting or the most recent draft of a plan is buried in a towering paper pile, which all can cause productivity to take a dive.
If you are in the midst of an office renovation or office restructuring, work these hacks in during the design process. We’ve included some office hacks that are inexpensive, others require new material and still others require reconfiguration of the space. If you don’t have an office remodel budget, make the most of what you have and choose some of the easy, low cost hacks to gain privacy and productivity.
For offices with contemporary floor-to-ceiling glass walls or glass partitions, the need for privacy is paramount. Contemporary glass office walls are not only inviting, they welcome natural light, help spaces feel larger, and increase transparency. With architectural walls, connectivity to company servers and equipment, ductwork for consistent temperatures and increased air quality are usually included within the design. In some glass wall offices, soundproofing can be added to reduce noise and built in blinds can be added between glass panes for privacy and light management. Other ways to increase privacy in glass wall offices include:
- place shelves and casework to enhance organization and privacy
- mix in fabric, wood panels, laminates, etc… with clear glass walls
- add walls with blinds between the glass
- add designs such as patterns, art, words, and logos with glass film or glass etchings
- add color film to clear glass walls
- strategically place artificial or real plants and foliage
- display moveable, vertical banners with corporate branding
- strategically place a decorative screen or mobile divider to add privacy
- add posters, and artwork (attach hangers to framing)
Office Wall Hacks to Increase Organization
For traditional offices and offices with demountable wall systems you can get rid of the clutter on your desk and around your office with these easy hacks:
- switch out existing wall panel materials to a whiteboard or fabric tackable acoustical material within the demountable wall framing (no reconfiguration needed when using NxtWall systems, only the wall panel materials will change)
- most NxtWall demountable walls can be designed to hold a monitor (get your monitor off your desk and reveal premium desk real estate!)
- attach wall mount hutches above your desk for materials, files, and office supply items you don’t use frequently
- build artwork/decorations directly into the wall panels
- add shelving for books, files, photos and mementos
- by using demising walls you can create sections to house equipment such as printers, scanners, phones, charging stations, etc.
- add metal, plastic or cloth pockets to hold file folders, samples, etc.
- add a quick glance calendar to your wall
For those of you who are currently in glass wall offices or other types of demountable walls in which privacy and organization wasn’t considered during initial installation, it is not too late to improve your existing space. Hopefully these office wall hacks will renew your enjoyment of your office space, offer privacy and increased productivity. Get more ideas for office wall hacks, office wall design options and sample photos at Nxtwall.com.