Is now the best time to update shared spaces in your small office?
Updated: Jan 26, 2021
You might be wondering if the middle of a pandemic is the right time to refresh your office. Productivity may still be up, and your office is quiet with all or some of your team working from home so making the investment now could be ideal. One thing we know, the way we set up shared spaces in offices is going to change. The materials, sanitation protocols and providing hygienic options to employees will be a renewed priority.
When reevaluating safety in the office, kitchen, bathroom and conference spaces will be at the top of that priority list. That is where redesigning with the right materials can help – consider using GLASS as an alternative.
Why glass vs. tile or other materials?
Well, when we are talking about your office design, the simple answer was style. Glass can provide a sleek and subtle background that easily weaves in with any style. From modern to craftsman. From glass kitchen backsplashes to full glass wall panels in for conference rooms, hallways or offices – glass can provide a timeless canvas that will allow your style to evolve and change around it.
But, dealing with COVID has reminded us that there are so many other reasons to choose glass. For starters, glass is nonporous. That may not seem like a big deal but, in an era of pandemics, a nonporous surface is ideal to keeping your office sanitized and your employees healthy! Why do you think hospitals and medical offices use it so often? Ceramic tiles are beautiful but can be quite porous and absorb liquid and any contaminants within.
Think of all the germs that float around in a home kitchen or bathroom and multiply that by the number of people in your office! Ok, don’t think about it too hard – it can be a little gross – but imagine how easy it would be to sanitize a glass kitchen backsplash or glass wall panels? Simply spray with alcohol or another sanitizing cleaner and wipe clean. Even better, you won’t have any grout or mildew to worry about!
As expert glaziers, we are clearly partial to glass but honest in what a functional material it can be. As a substance, ceramic is often thought to be “tougher” than glass, but they are about identical in strength. Keep in mind that all the glass used in office design is tempered – making it exceptionally durable which is ideal for shared common spaces in your office.
In short, there are so many reasons to choose glass for your office décor. Check out the gallery on our website to see some of the work we’ve done in office spaces and more. Enjoy!