Layout mistakes to avoid when configuring office partitions


In the 21st-century office design and layout has completely evolved, thanks to the freedom that movable wall partitions give. They enable managers to configure and reconfigure their office spaces at will and at affordable costs. They enhance a common purpose and general effort to a focal point, which leads to increased productivity. They also save on utility costs in terms of energy and the use of artificial light. Despite the flexibility of reconfiguration, many mistakes are bound to be made in the process.

Below are some common mistakes associated with the whole process.

  • Too many private offices 

In the event that you partition your office space to a large number of small private offices, you are likely to miss out on the main agenda and advantages associated with movable partitions. Most importantly, you will miss out on the capabilities of coworkers to make a quick decision since they will have to communicate with chains of emails. The sense of common purpose is affected, and this has a direct negative impact on productivity. The use of natural light will also be limited, and this increases the utility bills associated with artificial lighting.

  • Lack of meeting rooms 

This happens very frequently. In most cases, most managers will remember to create private offices and a few open spaces but will completely forget to create conference rooms. In case of meetings, they will end up either pulling chairs to a colleague’s desk or hiring conference rooms. This scenario is distractive and very costly, which leads to a reduction in productivity levels.

  • History repeating itself

This happens when the whole idea of partitioning ends up with opaque partitions. This is a mistake of the way back in the 70s. The likely hood of this happening is attributed to the lack of consultation from the experts. After the partitions, the need to use artificial lighting is inevitable, and at the end of the day, all goes in vain. The company then has to deal with high utility bills at the expense of low productivity.

  • Cubicle farm 2.0 

Many times, the fuss that comes with redesigning office spaces ends up as a disappointment to staff who are so psyched up. This occurs when on arrival, they find out that most of the materials are not of the correct height, and to make it worse, a large number of them are opaque. Proper consultation and engaging experts would save the day.

  • Clustering all-glass partitions 

Clustering all-glass partitions at a particular section of the office hinder the main idea of allowing in the flow of natural light into the office. This again calls for the need of fluorescent bulbs for artificial lighting. In such a case, the use of partition is an added cost because it fails to serve its core purpose. This, In turn, affects productivity by the fact that it dulls the mood of the office staff.

Balance is the most important factor to consider to avoid disappointment at the end of the whole process. Always strike a balance between public with private spaces, closed with open spaces, and finally opaque with glass walls. Never should forget to include common areas for brainstorming and general meetings. Proper research and consultation should also be done to avoid this common mistake, and others that could arise.