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Top three reasons to partition an office

Posted by Mark
September 13, 2013 in Features

The modern office today is a different place than it was a few years ago. There are the obvious differences which come with advances in technology of course, and the shift to a more service-type approach to work. However, perhaps the most noticeable change comes from the look of the office itself.

This is largely because of how office design has developed over the years, with principles being introduced that look at creating far more productive spaces. It is not too long ago that offices were nothing more than open areas containing banks of desks with typists sat at them.

Similarly, it is not too long ago that the same office would have been full of smoke.

Change for the better
It is good that things change and, for office layout and design, this is certainly the case. Offices of the past would also have had no regard for space definition and much the same for private areas.

Indeed, the private areas would only have been gloomy offices with senior members of staff within them.

Usually, a closed door and drawn blinds, if there were windows at all, would have been all other office workers would have seen.

Separate spaces

Today, while private offices are still used, they are a very different concept. Fitting perfectly into the open office style, they will likely be screened off with glass partitions while remaining a part of the main office.

Meeting rooms are the same, where space is far more easily defined with a glass screen than separately constructed areas.

In the main office too, greater personal space is provided for each worker through the use of partitions. Creating a defined working area, they also give a certain level of ownership to a space, though they encourage greater working together through clever cluster layouts.

The way the office has changed is a positive, and partitioning has had an important role to play in that. Quite apart from improving office flow and dynamics though, there are three clear reasons why using partitions in office makes sense.

Flexibility and choice

With so many different types of office partition available, they are incredibly flexible as to where they can be used. More permanent glass screens are ideal for offices and meeting rooms, while material-covered panels can be moved easily for desk clusters.

The range of materials also allows any design and look to be achieved, to fit in with a firm’s own style or a designer’s vision.


Whether selecting glass screens for larger spaces or movable panels for desk structures, office partitions are incredibly durable. Built to the highest of safety standards too, they can cope with the daily wear and tear that a modern office puts on its furniture.


Perhaps the most important reason to partition an office is the affordability of the option. They are cost-effective to install in the first instance and are also easy to maintain. The cost aspect gets ever better too, with the flexibility and durability that they offer.

By offering the option to redesign and change the layout of an office over the course of a weekend – without making expensive structural changes – partitions remain cost-effective through their lifespan.

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