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Office Partitioning

Office partitions are designed to help define a space. They help promote effective use of office space, as well as offer varying degrees of privacy. Office partitions are available in a variety of formats, which can be customised to meet the needs of individual businesses. Partition walls are available with bold lines, as well as smooth curves. Office partitions are also available in a range of materials, including solid and glass options.

Types of Office Partitions

Solid Partitions

Solid partitions are typically made from plasterboard supported by steel and aluminium frames. This type of office partition may also be used with wooden frames or panels. They provide a high degree of privacy and acoustic performance. Solid partitions also provide a good degree of fire protection. This type of office partitioning can be customised with a variety of finishing options and colours. Solid partitions typically are fitted from floor to ceiling. They can also be used in combination with doors and glass.

Glass Partitions

Glass partitions create an open and modern atmosphere, while at the same time providing shielded work areas. This option is particularly effective in smaller offices and in areas where there is a desire to provide a sense of space. Glass partitioning can be decorated and customised to fit a company’s branding or work culture. This type of office partitioning may be designed with only glass or combined with frames made from other materials, such as wood, aluminium and steel. Double glazed glass partition walls also deliver added value by providing excellent acoustic and soundproofing properties.

Folding Partitions

Folding office partitions feature a system of individual panels that interlock. When aligned and locked into place, each panel combines to form a wall or divider. They can also be folded away and stored to open a space. Folding partition walls are effective for dividing larger meeting rooms and spaces, giving businesses a flexible space that responds to operational needs. This type of partition is generally available with fabric coating or wood finishing. They also typically offer a good degree of soundproofing.

Office screens

Office screens are a compact and convenient way of providing workers a degree of privacy while not consuming too much floor space. They are easy to assembly and position, and are available in a range of heights. A benefit of office screens is that they can be installed without any planning permission. Office screens can be solid or clear, and may be glazed or decorated with graphics depending on individual business needs. They are typically mounted on walls and desks, and can be used to create pods with two or more interlocking work stations.

Cubicles

This type of office screen provides a greater degree of privacy and more sound absorption. Cubicle walls are generally higher than office screens, and they are typically mounted on the floor. Cubicle panels can be designed with clear or solid materials, including fabric, plastic and glass. They are generally supported by aluminium or steel frames. Additional accessories may also be added, such as lighting, file storage space and sliding panels that serve as doors for maximum privacy.

Steel Partitions

Steel partitions are commonly found in factories and warehouses, as well as in some offices. They create an industrial and contemporary feel to a workplace. Steel partitions also provide extra security, which may be beneficial for businesses engaged in high risk or sensitive activities when used in combination with other security features.

Benefits of Office Partitions

Office partitions create shielded work spaces. Partitions are ideal for breaking up a large office space. They help define an office space by creating spaces with specific uses or purposes, such as meeting spaces and offices. This also allows businesses to make better use of a space, maximising an office’s potential. For example, office partitions creative effective work areas such as meeting rooms, work stations, break rooms or file storage areas. In the case of glass partitions, office portions can also help creates an open space while offering quiet or private areas to work and meet. Since office partitions may be customised with a range of colours, finishes, materials and other decorative features, they are also used to personalise or brand a space. This helps a business create a workplace culture that is reflective of their mission statement or values. It also helps project a brand to office visitors, such as potential clients or stakeholders.

Making Office Partitioning Work

Having a vision for an office space is important when considering office partitioning. Office partitions should reflect a business, for example its brand or workplace culture. Their design should tell visitors something about the company. In addition to being effective and functional, office partitions should create a welcoming and aesthetically pleasing environment. For example, selecting materials and designs that are complementary to a building is a key consideration. Curved lines and glass create a modern and sophisticated atmosphere whether in a contemporary office tower or a converted heritage building, while steel or fabric panels might not be as effective.

Office partitions can also be used to highlight unique or desirable features of the office, for example by using glass. They can also hide other less visually appealing areas, such as file rooms, by using opaque glazing or non-glass materials. Materials and designs should also respect a business' operational requirements, as well as the needs of workers. Partitions should also promote a positive work environment for employees by offering sufficient privacy and functionality. Office partitions should also respect the size of space. Overwhelming a smaller office with panelling and walls could create a cluttered environment. Select the most appropriate type of partitioning will help create a visually appealing space.