There are tons of benefits to be found in an open concept workspace, from increased collaboration between employees to maximized office space. One major drawback to the layout, however, is the increased level of audible and visual distraction that an open concept creates. Unfortunately, adding cubicles and sound-adsorbing wall tiles to the office can come with a heavy price tag. So how do you divide up an office to create more privacy and less distraction while also staying mindful of your business's budget? Here are some tips to help define your own space.
One of the most affordable ways to create privacy in your open concept office, waiting area or breakroom is to add modular office partitions to the space. When we say modular office partitions, we're referring to standalone room dividers that can be connected to other room dividers to create a temporary wall as small or as large as you need. Our At Work room dividers, for example, can be configured in a myriad of different positions to create a single freestanding visual barrier or to split up an entire room. Our Division fabric zipper panels take that concept a step further by offering sound dampening capabilities as well as the ability to be positioned at any angle you need, not just 180- and 90-degree configurations.
Although we design our stationary partitions to be as easy to move as possible, incorporating mobile dividers into your workspace makes switching up the layout of the office even easier. Mobile partitions roll on casters which can be designated for either hard or soft flooring to meet your needs. Most mobile partitions have lockable casters so that the boards won't move around when they're positioned where you want them. If you're looking for additional writing surface, you may want to consider selecting mobile partitions that have a markerboard surface, which are also known as mobile whiteboards.
If you're looking for something really affordable, there are small privacy screens that can be added to open concept workstations to provide a little privacy between coworkers. Just be sure to double check the product description of the item you're looking at. Some desktop privacy panels are universal, but others are designed to be use with one specific collection. You'll also find sliding cubicle doors that can be added to cube openings for additional privacy.
Have your own ideas for splitting up your office space without slashing through your budget? Share them with us in the comments below and check out our complete guide to room dividers and partitions for more inspiration. Shop our full selection of room dividers and partitions here.