June 06, 2019

Why Your Office Design Needs An Operable Wall In 2022

Article by Zircon Interiors

Updated 09/05/2022

You may need to start reconsidering how the layout of your office is currently and using operable walls may be a necessary change. Spatial efficiency is becoming a necessity as experts predict that rental rates will continue to rise in the coming months. To increase useable space in the workplace, businesses have started adopting innovative design solutions such as the open-plan concept.

This design removes traditional walls and partitions for better workflow and maximized space. However, with a recent study suggesting that this design limits collaboration and communication, some business owners have decided against using it for their workplaces. But there are alternatives to this and a way to get the best of both worlds

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What are operable walls and what benefits do they offer businesses

An alternative to the open-plan office is the use of operable walls. This office partition system allows you to divide your space semi-permanently so that it can adapt to your spatial needs over time. They come in a variety of materials and finishes to match your interior design and provide better acoustics than traditional walls. Additionally, operable walls are a great way to increase flexibility and space in the workplace. This partition system gives you rooms where there were none, and is perfect for businesses that are adapting to a modern office design. These mobile structures give you the privacy you get from traditional walls while giving you the flexibility necessary for any business.

What are the pros:

Flexibility of Space

The advantage of installing operable walls in your office is its flexibility. This partition system gives you rooms where there were none. This particular feature comes in handy when you have meetings or conferences. Operable walls can provide you with privacy without completely and permanently closing off space that can be used for other purposes.

Better Acoustics

The options for this product are essentially glass, timber, and acoustic absorbent fabric. Although all three materials can keep noise levels down, the acoustic absorbent fabric is ideal for sound-proofing rooms. With these options, you no longer have to worry about disturbing people when you close off a space for meetings.

Modern Design

Our office designs are made in harmony with your existing interior design and architecture. Our team of designers will work with you to give your office space operable walls that are sophisticated and chic. Moreover, while this partition system gives you the benefit of creating temporary rooms in your workplace, we design them to look permanent to blend in seamlessly with your architecture.

Reduce Costs

Reconstruction projects are often expensive and time-consuming; operable walls are easy to install and cost-efficient. This partition system is developed to be less intrusive so that your operations are not affected while the walls are being installed. Moreover, its flexibility gives you more rooms at lower costs.

We believe that creative and imaginative designs influence the workplace environment. Our team incorporates innovative practices and the latest industry standards in the office designs we create. We have a concept-to-construction process that ensures you get a space that has been optimized to meet your demands.

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What are the cons:

Difficult To Install

While operable walls offer a variety of benefits to businesses however they can also be difficult to install. This is because these mobile structures need to be in harmony with your existing interior design and architecture. Along with this, it generally takes multiple people (depending on the design) to properly install and can therefore incur more costs.

Easily Damaged

Due to the soft and fragile materials of the walls, it also comes with risks of damage so that needs to be taken into account. Other factors aside from installation damage can include exposure to rain, sunlight, and moisture. As well office with a large number of employees moving around the office. This could potentially lead to people bumping into the operable walls.

Dusty Installation

When considering the installation of operable walls you may need to be also factoring in the costs of a cleaner once the job concludes. Many operable wall jobs entail the use of construction materials that produce lots of dust during the job. This can really stack up and become significant if you are installing multiple walls throughout the workspace. So considering the costs of the post-job clean-up is definitely something worth noting.

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How can operable walls be installed and what are the options?

Operable walls can be installed in the workplace in a variety of ways, depending on your needs and preferences. One way to install operable walls is to have them permanently attached to the floor and ceiling. This way, they will be less likely to be damaged and will remain in place even when not in use. Additionally, operable walls can be installed on tracks, so that they can be easily moved when needed.

This is a great option for businesses that need to frequently change their layout or create temporary rooms. Finally, operable walls can be freestanding, so that they can be easily moved and rearranged as needed. This is ideal for businesses that are constantly changing their layout or need to create temporary rooms on a regular basis.

Operable walls come in a variety of materials and designs to match your office’s interior design. Available products can include operable walls made of glass, timber, or acoustic absorbent fabric. Glass operable walls provide natural light and a modern look, timber operable walls are sophisticated and chic, and acoustic absorbent fabric operable walls are ideal for sound-proofing rooms.

Operable walls are a great way to increase flexibility and space in the workplace. This partition system gives you rooms where there were none, and is perfect for businesses that are growing. Additionally, operable walls provide better acoustics and come in a variety of materials to match your interior design. If you are considering operable walls for your workplace, be sure to consider all of the available options to find the best solution for your needs.

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