Co-working spaces are where various groups of people or individuals can come together to work so by nature, must facilitate a diverse range of workers and requirements. This kind of shared workspace often experiences an unpredictable demographic so must have as many bases covered as possible to ensure everybody can work to their full potential. This includes technology, standard office supplies and machinery but one of the most influential factors in the success of any great co-working space is the furniture.
As we covered in our blog post on ergonomic office design, the right furniture can have a dramatic impact on physical health, mental wellbeing and productivity levels so it’s worth doing some preliminary research if you’re in the process of fitting out a co-working space.
Here are our top picks and popular choices:
One of the most important things to provide in a co-working space is adequate opportunities to plug in and power up. You can boost this by installing some power-integrated furniture or even go one step further with something like the Steelcase media:scape which combines furniture and technology to boost collaboration and participation.
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In a shared workspace, the provision of privacy is crucial. Something like the Jig Shed by Frovi will provide a creative retreat within a bustling working environment. A simple but fun shed-style design is the ideal place to go to hold a confidential phone call, concentrate without distraction or conduct a small meeting where concentration is key.
Co-working spaces are a great chance to meet new people and get chatting to likeminded professionals so installing a modular solution like B-Free is always something we recommend. These can be flexibly moved around the space to be used wherever they are required – be it for an impromptu discussion or a quick brainstorming session.
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Where people are coming and going without any particular structure to the day, a bench system like Jig Social is a more effective use of space. Both individual workers and groups can set up at the table and connect to the integrated power resources quickly and easily for maximum productivity.
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We all need a little time to relax and unwind during the working day whether we’re a full-time resident worker or a freelancer on the move. For this reason, it’s important to provide a soft seating solution like Portion where workers can go to rejuvenate, socialise and refuel. This particular design also pays homage to the resimercial design trend and will make the space feel more like home.
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Fabricks is a simple but innovative acoustic solution that can help combat any excess noise and distraction issues that might occur in a co-working space. Shared workspaces can get quite loud with the buzz of creativity and collaboration so something like a Fabricks wall, which is easily reconfigured and maneuvered, can help keep noise levels at bay.
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Four Us Wall
This wall-mounted desk can be installed at sit or stand height to provide a versatile solution for when low noise levels and concentration are required. The ideal choice for private conversations or focus work with minimal distractions from the surrounding environment.
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Read about the furniture we chose to install in the co-working space at Bruntwood’s Neo Building in Manchester – home of our WorkLife showroom!