What is ancillary furniture?
Ancillary furniture describes a variety of solutions for casual spaces that support multiple postures. Casual spaces are becoming increasingly prevalent throughout the workplace and may include lounges, in-between spaces, enclaves, conference rooms, patios, work cafés and other collaborative spaces.
New ways of working have driven demand for different kinds of spaces at work. As work has become more mobile and younger generations become the majority, traditional work settings have transitioned into more flexible, relaxed spaces that blur the edges between home life and work life.
Ancillary furniture includes:
– Lounge Chairs
– Side Chairs
– End Tables
– Coffee Tables
– Bistro Tables
For creating inviting and elegant informal spaces throughout your workplace, the manufacturers below provide a broad portfolio of options.
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How to evaluate ancillary furniture:
It’s critical when considering ancillary furniture to understand the differences between what you can find at your everyday online retailer and those designed for commercial use. Here are three questions to ask:
Does it feel good?
Good looking doesn’t always translate to comfortable. While it may be tempting to set aside your physical wellbeing to put your feet up, you shouldn’t have to. It’s important to design your ancillary spaces with ergonomics in mind, allowing them to be both beautiful and comfortable. For example, while it may seem decorative, a firm throw pillow can add lumbar support to lounge pieces and make an elegant space more user-friendly.
Can you plug in?
Did you know that on average, people carry three devices with them during the day? If you don’t consider power needs, people will get frustrated as they stoop under benches or awkwardly reach behind chairs to access outlets. To make it easy, power can be embedded in furniture or stationed conveniently nearby. You also want to consider how people will be using their technology – for example, is there a table for a laptop at the right height so that someone can comfortably sit, type and see the screen? These are some of the details that make the difference between creating an area for work versus an area to sit.
Will it hold up?
Has it been vigorously tested to meet the demands of a commercial environment? Well-designed ancillary furniture has been rigorously field tested to ensure it can withstand the daily abuse of a workplace. It’s important to invest in quality pieces that will perform today as well as they will years from now.