Blog/Furniture Power: The Magic to Boosting Office Productivity

Furniture Power: The Magic to Boosting Office Productivity

Castlery   |   Mar 15, 2019

Office life doesn’t have to be all work and no play – not when you have the right furniture to turn any office into a productivity powerhouse!

In fact, how you furnish your office can affect the mood and mindset of your employees. With open-concept offices looking more hang-out than hardline, innovative companies like Facebook and Google are championing the idea that inspiring workspaces can boost creativity and productivity – which only mean good things for your bottom-line!

So, say goodbye to cookie-cutter cubicles! Here are some tips to turn your office from dull to wow.

Colour Speaks

Colours evoke an emotional and psychological reaction, so it’s no surprise it can affect our productivity. The takeaway? Offices should be mindful when picking the colours of their furniture and walls, since colour psychology tells us colours like yellow and orange can encourage communication and boost creativity, whilst green can soothe and relieve stress.

An easy way to add a dash of colour is through Wall Art. The Loco Framed Canvas is a prime example: because we know the best ideas come from the people who are a little crazy. Place this in meetings rooms or collaborating spaces for a burst of energy.

B1_Loco Framed Canvas Pictured: Pablo (Left) & Loco (Right) Framed Canvas

For a lush calming effect, consider the Ceylan Framed Canvas. These pieces evoke the tranquillity of nature, which helps to calm the mood amid deadlines and high-pressure situations.

B2_Ceylan Framed Canvas Pictured: Ceylan Framed Canvas

Better Layout = Better Way to Work

Inspiring offices tend to have well-balanced layouts with separate spaces for work, rest and play. But organizing spaces doesn’t always require opaque walls or partitions, which can make your office look cramped.

A stylish and functional furniture alternative is to use a chic, display shelf! It’s a great place to store work documents and display interesting décor pieces while keeping the office layout conversational and free-flowing. The beautiful solid-oak Campbell Shelf or George Tall Shelf is a great centerpiece for this very purpose.

B3_Campbell Shelf The Campbell Shelf has irregular pockets of space to inject visual interest while accommodating a variety of objects.

Another space-saving booster is to create small, accessible spots for quick discussions. We know that sometimes face-to-face dialogue is more efficient, and having discussion spots for a group of 2 or 3 means they don’t have to hog meeting rooms! One idea is to have an island counter paired with counter chairs or bar stools – they’re also great spaces to host guests!

B4_Torri Counter Chair The upholstered Torri Counter Chair looks elegant and is a pleasure to sit.

The Right Kind of Support

We spend most time seated on office chairs so it’s important they’re of good quality and value. Instead of the usual sombre black chairs, keep the workplace fun with something just as comfy but a little more casual.

B5_Sheldon Office Chair The Sheldon Office Chair is a perfect balance of serious and casual.

For chairs with a playful twist, the Sander Office Chair is fresh, modern and comes in 3 different shades. Have a mix of each so that everyone gets to choose the colour they prefer!

B6_Sander Office Chair From light blue, light grey to smoke grey, the Sander Office Chair adds a fun spirit to any work space.

Meeting Table by Day, Lunch Table by Noon

Don’t overlook the lunch table! A well-furnished pantry area easily doubles up as an informal meeting spot when mealtime is over. We recommend tables that are linear in design with slim corner legs. They look best lined up next to each other, thus making them perfect pantry, meeting or even hot desking tables!

Simple and spacious, the Albert Dining Table’s polished rubber wood top provides ample space for both mealtimes and meetings. Add the Albert Bench to accommodate as many people as possible!

B7_Albert Dining Table The Albert Dining Table and Bench come in a variety of dimensions to suit any space.

Want a touch of sophistication? The Bryce Dining Table is a stylish choice for a snazzy office. It’s carved from solid American walnut, allowing a slim-line design without compromising on strength. Plus, its slender corner legs offer plenty of leg room, and look great with the Doris Bench.

B8_Bryce Dining Table The Bryce Dining Table is a classic piece that never goes out of style.

Time to Refuel

Who doesn’t love the pantry cupboard? They’re the fuel bar the office runs on, from morning perk-me-ups to tea-time munchies. Sideboards with covered shelves as well as drawers allow you to store everything an office pantry needs – sugar sachets, coffee stirrers, cutlery and plenty of snacks. Set a microwave oven and coffee machine on top and you’re ready to go!

B9_Miles Sideboard 160cm Pictured: Miles Sideboard, 160cm

The popular Miles Sideboard 160cm is not only functional, its approachable design puts a smile on anyone’s face. Its drawers are situated at the top for easy access, and its internal shelving is roomy is adjustable for all your storage needs.

For a smart and sleek option, the Alfred Sideboard and Alfred Bar Cabinet pull off the ‘office professional’ aesthetic excellently. Can we say power lunch?

B10_Alfred Sideboard The Alfred Sideboard’s grey lacquered exterior, high-grade walnut veneer and chamfered door edges gives it an edgy industrial cool.

When after-hours roll around, an office bar cabinet is not only essential for securely storing bottles, glasses and tableware, it also provides a stylish gathering spot to socialize and unwind.

B11_Alfred Bar Cabinet The Alfred Bar Cabinet is perfect for storing plates, glassware, and drinks for after-work happy hours.

So This Is What A Second Home Feels Like

We spend at least half of our waking hours at work on a weekday, so it’s no wonder the office is often termed a ‘second home’. To keep employees working their best, it’s important they feel at ease, or shall we say feel ‘at home’.

Inspiring offices often have a relaxation corner where staff can take a breather or let loose at lunch time. Start with a Sofa Bed – they are affordable, comfortable and great for power naps.

B12_Nathan Sofa Bed The Nathan Sofa Bed is a crowd favourite with an excellent balance of soft and firmness.

TV Consoles are synonymous with happy corners, because it’s where you can unwind with some lunchtime gaming or after-work entertainment. Take your pick from our range – from unique and eclectic, to chic and sophisticated.

B13_Bambu TV Console The cheerful curved edges of the Bambu TV Console add a fun element to any space.

Lastly, don’t forget to add some poufs and bean bags! Not only are they portable seating for any space, they’re fun to lounge on. Our new Alex Bean bag wraps and contours to your body, and comes in four fun-tastic colours!

B14_Alex Bean Bag Pictured: Alex Bean Bag, Brick.

The truth is this: there is no need to fork out thousands to furnish a great office. You simply need a little ingenuity, a clever use of space, and the right furniture to get the job done. Easy peasy!

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Castlery is an online furniture store in Singapore which looks to reinvent how furniture retail works. We design and produce furniture with great aesthetics at a competitive price point, without compromising on quality. By cutting out the middleman and keeping our inventory lean we can keep our costs down and extend the savings to you.