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Office furniture considerations, when filling out your workspace, always go along the same lines. If you’re a considerate employer, your first thought will probably be the office chairs your employees will be using and their work desks. Finally you’ll consider the reception desk and reception area furniture, which addresses client’s perspective of your business.

But one often forgets the tiny details that can make a big impression on a client and improve employee morale, when they make use of any of these facilities.

Bathroom Furniture

Bathrooms can have more of an influence that you’d think, when it comes to how people perceive your brand quality. This is because people feel both cautious and vulnerable when using a non-domestic restroom, causing them to be more sensitive to hygiene and décor issue.

This is particularly pertinent if you don’t have those large public toilets on your premises, but rather private bathrooms.

Some bathroom furniture options to consider:

Basin cabinets

  • End tables
  • Wall mirrors
  • Hand towel racks
  • Standing or wall shelves

Kitchen/Break Room Furniture

Office kitchens and break rooms have a reputation for being somewhat drab or uninspired spaces, especially if they’re just for employees. But anyone who understands the influence of employee moral on productivity and work quality, can also understand that when their workforce interacts with these rooms, it can affect their moods and behaviour for the rest of the day.

Remember, this is where people go to get away from their work and let their mind refocus. So their break room should reflect this goal. This doesn’t mean it has to have pool table and a drinks mixer, but rather that it should be a little more visually exciting and relaxing for the people in there.

Some kitchen and break room furniture options to consider:

  • Café tables
  • Comfortable chairs
  • Stools/ottomans
  • Modern cafeteria tables
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Counter tops
  • Kitchen islands

Outdoor Furniture

Obviously this only applies if your office building has an outdoor area, such as patios or sun rooms. Given South Africa’s sunny climate, outdoor areas are a popular meeting place with visitors and often serve as the smokers in your office’s break area.

Additionally, it’s often be the space where office events happen, such as a Friday braai and other team-building leisure activities. With this much traffic, it’s easy to see how much of an influence these areas can have on the way both workers and visitors interact with this environment.

Some outdoor office furniture options to consider:

  • Benches
  • Café tables
  • Modern picnic tables
  • Outdoor armchairs
  • Coffee tables

While this kind of furniture obviously won’t form part of your core furnishing considerations, as your office grows and fills out, you may want to consider them more. Because as we’ve show above, they can a huge impact on how your employees interact and perceive their workplace and reflect the brand image, inherent your organisation.

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