Freelancers, remote employees, small businesses, and large businesses are all following a common trend. They are seeking collaborative workspace furniture to foster a place for shared work, convenience, and so much more. This hot trend sparked as the increase in co-working spaces grew to 13,800 by 2017. There is no evidence working will decline in the next few years, so companies are embracing this trend and creating collaborative workspaces for their employees. Some businesses are making it their business to create spaces that are conducive for collaboration and creativity.
In short, collaborate workspaces are typically large areas which are shared by workers either working on their own projects or working together. These spaces can be owned by larger companies who are seeking to provide their employees with more flexible, social, and motivational space to work. They can also be owned by companies who create collaborative workspaces which are membership-based locations for freelancers, independent workers, and remote workers. These spaces build constant unstructured networking opportunities, provide internet access, shared kitchens, bathrooms, and other conference spaces.
There are numerous reasons collaborative spaces have increased in popularity over the past several years. Not only do they provide a clean and comfortable environment for remote employees, but they also offer a place for in-office employees to work together on projects distraction-free. Office furniture and design can play a huge role in allowing employees to comfortably collaborate on projects. Offices and cubicles offer privacy, but they can be restrictive when trying to work collectively on tasks. With our recent project, we were able to create a collaborate workspace within already an existing office setting, allowing employees to experience the best of both types of office design.
We were thrilled to be asked by BTS in Chicago to transform their employee lounge into a more creative, collaborative, and comfortable space for their employees. We created a large window bench that sits beneath their gorgeous view of the West Loop area. The wall to the left of the window has also been updated with several booths with a cumulative 21 feet of seating. These booths are fitted with fabric panels mounted on the ceiling, decorative upholstery on the back wall, and are soundproof. The back wall also houses a TV to pull up projects to work collaboratively on. We also created a 30” by 34” by 27” AV cabinet with simply PLAM adjustable shelving and input and output vents to circulate air. Each piece we created used the same laminate and coloring to unify them and bring a collaborative feel to the area.
With this new collaborative design in place, the employees at BTS now have an area to comfortably work together on projects. From the soundproofing of the booths to the individual screens, this design allows employees to dive into their projects undisturbed. By incorporating collaborative workplace furniture design, this employee lounge transformed into a place that allows creativity and teamwork to flourish.