5 ways to build efficient furniture and fit-outs in your office

  1. Keeping utilities together: Keep all your utilities areas together as much as possible, such as Pantry, breakout area, washrooms, lounge etc. By doing this servicing these areas becomes very easy for the housekeeping staff and also to your employees, it becomes very easily accessible.
  2. Whether to build fall ceiling or not? This is always a question when and whether to build fall ceiling in your office. One, it doesn’t come cheap, and secondly lot of other furniture and fit-outs expenses and configuration is dependent on it, hence you need to take smart call here. Following questions and answers will mostly solve this grinding question for you.
    • Is your ceiling height too low? I would suggest not to do fall ceiling if the ceiling height is below 10 feet or 9 feet. It just hampers the aesthetics of the workspace. Keeping the ceiling area open and painting it with either white or grey or black special ceiling colors makes it more vibrant and gives the sense of space availability.
    • Do you need to be working in a complete echo free workspace? Yes, you need to build the fall ceiling for it. Along with it you will need to do fabric carpeting as well.
    • Are you going to install ductable A/C? Yes and No both. Not having fall ceiling gives you a rugged and raw look of the office which is desirable in new generation architecture designs. However, Air conditioning or HVAC as it is known capital cost and running cost increases when you have more area to cover by not having fall ceiling.
    • You want your office well-lit or dim lighting will work for you? Lighting plays an important role in any workspace setup. Having fall ceiling brings the lights closer to you hence requiring low wattage at more luminescence. Whereas not having fall ceiling would require lighting to be of a higher wattage for well-lit setup.Image result for office lighting
  3. Which partitions to build? In the market there are lots of options available. Aluminum, glass partition, wooden partition, gypsum partition. Also it can be categorized as full height or half height partitions. Especially to build sturdy yet price efficient option is to build gypsum with glass partition. Gypsum sheets and Glass together build a strong structure and gives that amazing look of the cabin.
  4. Chairs with netted back or without net? We at TRIOS Coworking strongly prefer netted back. It doesn’t come as cheap as without netted back chairs, however it brings aesthetics. It gives comfort and most importantly it doesn’t allow sweat to build on the person’s back.Image result for workstation
  5. Colors and themes: We celebrate life with colors. Having lot of colors around us makes us feel most energetic and gets the best performance out of us at a workspace. While designing the space the major theme can be created in two or Max three colors and a separate section like a recreation lounge can be created with mixing more than three colors.Image result for colors swatches

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Life hacks for a desk job

1. Eat Breakfast

It’s tempting to rush out the door and just grab your morning coffee, but do yourself a favor and allow yourself some breakfast. “You may begin to feel fatigued, sluggish, and moody or just out of sorts if you skip breakfast, and your memory, concentration and mental or physical performance may be impacted negatively,” says nutrition and lifestyle coach Stephanie Burg over email.

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2. Drink A Lot Of Water

Even just mild dehydration can cause moodiness and fatigue, according to a study from the Journal of Nutrition. “Aim for at least half your body weight in ounces of quality water daily and keep a large water contain with you at all times,” says health coach Gina Van Luven over email. “Taking sips during meetings or in between tasks can help you maintain much needed hydration.”

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3. Maintain Good Posture

“It’s easy to get your back and neck out of whack when sitting at a desk all day. All your nerves run through your spine. If any of your nerves are depressed, you may experience a dip in your performance,” says Van Luven. “Ensuring you have an ergonomic arrangement, sitting up straight, and aligning your head properly with your screen can hep you maintain a healthy spine and healthy body.”

4. Meditate

Working a 9-to-5 can be extremely stressful, and incorporating mindfulness meditation into your day can help you manage that built up anxiety and stress, according to Harvard Health. And meditation doesn’t have to be just sitting in silence. “Active meditation can include moving the body in order to get out of your head— dancing, walking, running, for example — whereas passive meditation requires introversion (usually by means of sitting or lying still) in order to quiet the mind,” says Burg.

5. Take Time For Lunch

“It’s easy to skip lunch when you’re hunkered down with a busy project,” says Van Luven. “However, your food is your fuel.” In addition to nourishing yourself, it’s important to give your mind a rest. Allowing your brain a break can help improve your productivity later on.

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6. Stretch

Refresh both your body and your mind throughout the day by taking some time to get up and stretch. “Doing any one thing for a long period of time can be both physically and mentally stressful,” says Van Luven. “By taking short, 3 to 5 minute breaks throughout your day, you can get the oxygen flowing through your body and brain.”

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7. Stand Whenever Possible

One study from the European Heart Journal found that excessive sitting was associated with worse health, but if participants replaced two hours a day with standing, they showed lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and lower risk of heart disease. “If you can, stand up while flipping through files or making phone calls,” says certified holistic health coach Kimberly Petrosino over email. “It might feel a little awkward at first, but chances are no one around you will even notice.”

8. Change Your Means Of Transportation

“Park further away and take the stairs,” says Petrosino. “Every way you can add steps into your day is helpful. If you can’t take the steps all the way to your floor, walk as many as you can and take the elevator the rest of the way. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing! Use the restroom on another floor, and take the stairs to get there. ”

9. Practice Weight Training

Don’t let sitting all day wreak havoc on your muscles. “Thirty minutes of high intensity training once a week is all your body requires to combat muscle loss (sarcopenia),” says fitness trainer and nutrition coach Blair Wilson, founding member of the Canadian Sarcopenia Foundation (CSF) over email. “In fact, your body requires up to one week to adequately recover and build muscle.”

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10. Get Adequate Sleep

Sure, you work late and get into the office early, but it’s time to start prioritizing sleep. Lack of sleep can leave you at serious risk for chronic health problems, according to WebMD, and it can also affect your performance at work. “Sleep is the time where the brain ‘cleans itself out,'” says Henry. “If you don’t get enough sleep and can’t think clearly, it is because your brain hasn’t been able to fully re-charge and the waste’ products from all of your daily activity are still in the way.”

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11. Just Smile

If your day is rough and nothing is going your way, just try forcing yourself a smile. “It’s been shown that smiling has hormonal and physiological response, which make us feel better and want to smile more,” says Van Luven. “Unless your desk job consists of watching comedies all day, you may want to consider smiling a little more.”

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