3 Workplace Trends on the Rise

Walking through the Chicago Loop each morning has helped me identify three workplace trends on the rise within the design industry. I spend a lot of time observing architecture, noting how old, traditional finishes meet new ones and mingle with technology. And as I peer into offices, I've noticed that fitness centers are often available within office buildings, and that designers

By | June 23rd, 2015|Workplaces|

Choosing the Right Office Location

When I began leasing an office of my own last year, it marked the end of years of working from my house, from local coffee shops or from a friend's extra desk. Now, some 6 months later, the decision has probably been one of the best I've made for two reasons: Separation - It is now much easier to separate my work

By | June 18th, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Leverage the Extra Space in your Office

Leftover space. At least one of the rooms somewhere in our lives has some, and it’s always an awkward size: not big enough for a couch, but not small enough to leave empty without looking like something’s missing. In a bedroom, it’s relatively easy to find some use for that extra space, but what about in your office? As much

By | June 16th, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Select Furniture for Odd Spaces

Whether your workspace is at home or in an office, space constraints often mean that we don’t get the luxury of having a four-sided room. And because most office furniture is designed with symmetrical spaces in mind, those of us with oddly-shapes rooms are resigned to using furniture that simply doesn’t work: it’s too big, too small and consequently leaves

By | June 2nd, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Manage Working Between Offices

Today's work environment allows for work to happen in lots of different places. Some of us split time between a home office and company headquarters. Others of us move between zones in our workplace,go to a coworking facility a few days a week, or report to multiple branches or business center locations. But despite the fact that bouncing around and working remotely is happening

By | May 12th, 2015|Productivity, Workplaces|

How to Dampen Noise in the Workplace

I start and end my day with a train ride. Usually it's my quiet time, but sometimes it gets interesting. During rush hour, especially on a Friday afternoon, I hear conversations about bosses, discussions on sports and brainstorming about what to eat for dinner. In the morning, I get tutorials on how to apply make-up, which I find very educating. 

By | April 28th, 2015|Workplaces|

Furniture Buying: When to Splurge and When to Skimp

With more options than ever before, furniture shopping has never been so difficult—simply because there’s too much to choose from. Another issue is the challenge of appropriately divvying up your budget to get everything you need. This task becomes especially overwhelming when you realize that you could spend the same amount on a desk as you could an ottoman. How

By | April 23rd, 2015|Workplaces|

Clean Desk Policies: Why You Might Want One

Maintaining a clean desk and office can be important factors in terms of maintaining company professionalism or increasing your employee productivity, but unfortunately, we often stop there when tackling workstation clutter. Instead of only thinking of cleanliness in the realms of aesthetics or productivity, we should also begin to consider cleanliness as a central part of maintaining privacy and confidentiality. Clean Desks

By | April 21st, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Design Your Office Within Your Budget

It’s fun to think about what your space could be. Just imagine what updated technology, a fresh coat of paint or modern office furniture could do. Redesigns can be a time to engage the team and explore wish lists—until Debbie Downer says the B word: Budget. Some call it the "dream crusher," while the optimist points out that designing within your budget is an opportunity to

By | March 31st, 2015|Workplaces|

Easy Cleaning Routines Keep your Office Looking Good

At then end of a workday, there’s already a lot on your mind: the events of the past few hours, what you’re doing when you get home, what to have for dinner, etc. The last thing most people think about is the (technically non-mandatory) task of cleaning your office and or developing a routine to keep your space looking good. Just

By | March 24th, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Position your Desk for Maximum Productivity

Selecting the right desk for your office is difficult enough—but have you thought about which way you to place it? Each direction, whether toward the door, the window or the wall has its own pros and cons. Though some say otherwise, there’s no universal right answer for everyone. Sometimes space constraints dictate where your desk goes, but if you’re afforded

By | March 10th, 2015|Workplaces|

How to Add Lounge Furniture to Your Office

As the editor of Office Snapshots since 2007, and blogger for turnstone since 2011, one of the fun aspects of my work has been seeing the proliferation of turnstone's products, most often their Bivi and Campfire lines, in many office design projects published over the years. Bivi is a straight forward, easy to use and easy to assemble desking system. Its

By | March 5th, 2015|Workplaces|

Eliminating the Guesswork: a Guide to Office Furniture Shopping

In an ideal world, furniture shopping would allow us the ability to take our office with us when we shopped. Since that’s not the case, we often end up with a desk that takes up ¾ of the space and doesn’t even leave room for a chair. Obviously, there should be a better solution than guesswork. Fortunately, I’ve figured out

By | February 26th, 2015|Workplaces|

7 Features Your Office is Dying to Have

Let's face it: your office is in a right state of disarray and likely due for an upgrade. We all know about desks and chairs and cubicles and tables, but your office seems like it might need a bit more help than just updating the standard set of parts to the latest model. I know, I can see it behind you. What

By | February 24th, 2015|Workplaces|

Why Lounge Areas Matter in Modern Offices

Our wireless world raises interesting questions about the ways people work in modern offices. Laptops, smartphones and tablets offer unprecedented mobility, allowing increasing numbers of professionals to retreat to their favorite places in the coffee shop or at home. Flexibility fuels the idea that work can happen anywhere. But does "anywhere" really work? A recent turnstone survey revealed that while 71% of office

By | February 19th, 2015|Workplaces|

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