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Different types of office partitioning to consider for your business.

Whether you want to keep your staff safe, separate zones or create areas with increased privacy within your office – there are several reasons you might want to consider office partitioning.

Office partitioning is a cost-effective and flexible method for creating individual spaces, breakout areas or meetings rooms for your workplace, without losing that important feeling of “openness”. Some office partitions offer better flexibility than others, but all systems are demountable. Some are purely functional, while several systems have great aesthetic qualities. Whichever system you chose, the products we offer are designed specifically for the ever-changing landscape within the workplace. Any future changes will be far less disruptive than installing materials designed for alternative structures, such as timber studwork as is often used in residential properties.

It is a good idea to get to know the different types of office partitioning available so you can choose which is the best fit for your needs. We have outlined some of your options below: -

Glass partitioning

Glass partitions are a popular choice for forming meeting areas and individual offices, so if you are hoping to create separate spaces for meetings, break areas, project/war rooms or quiet reflection areas, without completely cutting anyone off, then this could be a good choice for you.

A huge benefit of glass partitioning is that you can utilise the natural light in your space, so if you are worried about making your space too dark, glazed systems are worth considering.

Glass partitions also lend themselves to being more easily relocatable and reusable if you were to make any future changes.

There are several forms of glass partitioning with natural light, acoustic privacy and the ceiling construction being the key discussion points when first considering glazed systems. Our consultants would be pleased to run through the options with you.

Entry level partitioning

This type of office partitioning is useful if you are only looking for physical separation, or something that can be relocated several times.

Entry level partitions are framed in powder coated or satin anodised aluminium and if you select a solid system, you can opt for a covering of your choice to blend in – or stand out – with your space. They are easily relocatable for flexibility, but due to their appearance, often these systems are installed into industrial premises, particularly in the warehouses.

Folding partitions

Offering greater flexibility and control of office spaces, this is the most flexible office partitioning solution on the market.

Folding office partitions are a good choice if your company needs larger presentation spaces from time to time. You can use the partition to create smaller areas for teamwork or smaller, more regular meetings and you have the option to open them up to create a larger space when necessary, such as for training, large board meetings or corporate events.

Traditionally, folding partitions are of a solid panel construction and can be opened and stored in a variety of configurations. They form the bisecting run between two rooms in most applications. However, they are now available in a range of materials such as glass and so folding partitions can now be used as aesthetically pleasing frontage for meeting spaces off a large break area, providing the option to create a large ‘Town Hall’ space for all hands company presentations, as an example.

Industrial style partitioning

Office partitioning does not have to be constructed as standard floor to ceiling glass panelling with manifestations applied to the glass, you can incorporate design details to compliment an industrial theme.

The industrial style is increasingly popular in office design currently and a glass run featuring dark frames and complimentary glazing bars applied to the glass is a great way of creating a statement look. Made from black powder coated aluminium, the framing provides a striking “industrial” look, providing office spaces with an eye-catching feature.

These industrial style partitions have the same benefits of glass partitioning – allowing you to divide up your space without losing any valuable natural light. We do not usually install manifestations with this system as the glazing bars satisfy the Building Regulations visibility requirements, but there are options if you prefer to incorporate added visual privacy, such as a reeded glass effect manifestation.

Whether you prefer a minimal or chunky style, please get in touch and we can talk through the options available.

Solid Partitioning

Whilst glass partitioning provides a striking visual impact, solid partitioning also forms an integral component of good office design.

Solid partitioning is also available in several forms, depending on its application. Whether it needs to be a one-hour fire separation, or to provide a sound attenuated construction between meeting rooms (together with a place to hang a TV and video conferencing equipment), it is important to consider solid partitions when it comes to your office design.

Solid partitions do not need to be boring; we can apply lots of different finishes to the face of the systems, from painted feature walls, textured wall coverings or concrete effect coatings, through to joinery panels to form audio visual walls or living walls and that is just a few options. Do not be afraid to opt for something a little different.

Solid partitions for offices also allow for cable routes to be hidden in them, so we can install your power, data, and AV sockets in convenient places to suit your furniture and audio-visual arrangements. All completely out of sight!

Solid partitions are a little less relocatable than the glazed systems, particularly if they have a tape and jointed finish applied to the plasterboard joints, but importantly they are easily demountable which most Landlords will require when considering a Licence for Alterations.

As experts in office fit-out and design here at IPS Interiors, we know everything there is to know about the different types of office partitioning. If you are thinking about adding a partition to your workplace, get in touch to see how we can help.