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How to choose blinds for your office space

How to choose blinds for your office space

We like to think of ourselves as hard workers in New Zealand. Based on data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Newshub noted that Kiwis on average work around 43.3 full-time hours per week, considerably higher than Australia (42.6) and the UK (42.7).

This is certainly one of the reasons why many people consider the office their second home. As such, it's important that business leaders develop well-designed offices that are both comfortable and conducive to productivity. This includes interior design options such as blinds.

In the same vein as in a home, blinds can completely change the look of an office or commercial space. However, these are often an afterthought and undervalued in the fit-out. In this article, we discuss the value of blinds in an office space  and how to ensure you're choosing the right type for the environment.

Why are blinds useful in an office?

Window treatments such as blinds usually serve to provide privacy, light control and insulation. Your office's requirements will ultimately depend on the environment.

Blinds can add to the personality of an office space.Blinds can create a grand entrance and add to the personality of an office space.

For example, if your office is located high in an inner city building with tinted glass, privacy might not be a concern, but sunlight and heat could be. On the other hand, if your office is at street level, you might want blinds for privacy rather than for blocking the sunlight.

Blinds serve a number of purposes, so what are the factors that can help to determine the best option for your space?

Managing sunlight

One of the most common purposes of blinds in the office is to block sunlight. Whether you have employees working on computer screens near windows or have meeting rooms on the sunniest side of the office, you can draw blinds to adjust the light when required.

In these situations, the best options would be roller blinds - available in translucent, sun filter or blockout fabrics. Venetian blinds or vertical blinds Control the amount of sunlight entering the environment by adjusting the slats or physically raising or lowering the blinds themselves. Not only do these different blind types offer protection from the sunlight, they provide that privacy that is sometimes needed in meeting rooms during presentations.

Window structure

In some circumstances, your office windows has can help with deciding what blinds are best. In high-rise buildings where windows don't open, roller, Venetian and vertical are good options because they are robust, easy to move and can block the sunlight penetrating the office.

On the other hand, if your office is lower to the ground and has windows which open to allow air flow, it might be an idea to select blinds that don't have slats to make it as easy as possible to operate the window. Of course, a Harvey Furnishings commercial representative can assess the window situation and ensure the right blind is selected for your space.

Office culture

Did you know that blinds can contribute to office culture?Did you know that blinds can contribute to office culture?

Paint, furniture and layout can all have a massive impact on the corporate culture or personality of a business. However, did you know that you can also improve this through window treatments such as blinds? Different blind types can enhance the aesthetics of your interior and can also improve the atmosphere of the entire office.

Perhaps in your boardroom you would like to have your blinds motorised, allowing you to prepare the room quickly for those client presentations which often happen at short notice.

Adding a motor that is operated by remote control provides an elegant solution for controlling your blinds. Simply pressing a button will raise or lower the blinds to your preferred position. You can even control them via a timer so they are raised or lowered automatically at certain times of the day.

Don't have easy access to power - don't worry they can also be controlled by a battery.

Businesses that are looking for a more traditional looking office space may opt for Venetian blinds. These timeless blinds are available in wooden, aluminium and faux wood options and come in a variety of colours and slat widths. Again, it's a good idea to speak to your Harvey Furnishings team to determine the style of your office and ensure this is reflected in the overall design.

Choose colours that blend well with other furniture or even the company's brand tones. As a result, the workplace should feel more welcoming and productive for both employees and any visitors who enter the space.

When should you replace office blinds

As mentioned above, it's easy to forget about blinds as part of an office's interior design. However, as they are something your employees will use each day and one of the first things that guests see, blinds should be considered a priority.

Of course, before you can select those fancy new blinds, you need to know when to replace your old blinds. Here's are some of the signs to look out for:

  • Blinds that don't match surroundings
  • Slats that don't close properly
  • Warped or bent slats
  • Difficult to raise
  • Frayed cords
  • Discoloured cords

If your blinds look and feel a little tired, it might be a good time to invest in some new window treatments. Not only can they enhance the look of the office, it can create a positive environment for your employees and clients.

For more information about commercial blinds for your office, get in touch with our commerical team at Harvey Furnishings today.

One thought on “How to choose blinds for your office space”

  • Ron Booker

    You made a point about how one forgets the windows when it comes to renovation, so it will be a good idea to install blinds that will match the surroundings. My boss got the office renovated not too long ago, and I noticed the blinds were not working anymore. I will let him know so he can have them replaces because that will give a better appealing look to the office.

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