Workplace Design Trends for 2020: See the Top Space Planning Trends

Biggest Trends for New Office Furniture & More

2019 will be wrapping up soon, which means now is an ideal time to refresh your workspace. Innovations in design are introduced each year, so you need to stay on top of them to keep up with the competition. Changing up your furniture is necessary if you want to keep your employees comfortable and satisfied.

We have compiled some design trends that are expected to make a large impact in each industry next year. Give them a look and see what you can do to update your workspace.

Corporate Multi-Location Offices

Corporate Office White Conference Room

For people working in corporate offices, collaborative technology will play a big role in 2020. Several businesses work across different locations, so employees need an easier way to collaborate on projects.

Tools and office products will also be introduced to make virtual meetings and online collaborations easier. As technology develops, conference rooms will be outfitted with new devices that will improve interactivity during meetings.

Office designers are also expected to use more colorful, abstract designs for corporate offices. Drab colors can demotivate hardworking employees, so designers will be working to make offices more visually interesting. Vertical gardens and plants will also be introduced to create more pleasant work environments.

Legal, Finance, & Real Estate

Lawyer Checking on His Phone at Work

Shared, collaborative workspaces will become more prominent for people working in law, real estate, and finance. These workspaces are enticing because they allow people to share a space with people from different industries. This means they will present lawyers, accountants, and real estate agents with opportunities to meet new clients.

Flexibility is important for people working in these industries. New forms of technology will be integrated to make it easier for lawyers to work with clients when they are off site. More emphasis will be placed on designing comfortable, authentic workspaces that will attract and retain talented staff members.

Private offices will not be going away any time soon, despite these changes.

Education & Universities

Students Working inside University Library

In 2020, there will be a stronger push towards active learning classrooms in universities. In fact, according to Top Hat, 73% of colleges are expected to start incorporating them next year. This push will affect how classrooms are designed, and the types of technology that will be placed inside of them.

These classrooms will be more flexible and will use desks and tables that can be easily moved around to meet the needs of students. Swivel chairs will become more prominent as well and they will make it easier for students to work on collaborative projects.

New forms of technology will be used to complement the teaching methods of professors. As this tech develops, virtual reality displays may be incorporated into classrooms in the near future.

Healthcare Facilities

Waiting Room  with wood floors, plants and red post-modern couches

For hospital and healthcare facility trends, there will be a strong push towards biophilic design in the New Year. Thanks to their calming vibes, plants can be used to reduce stress in patients waiting for appointments. These plants also provide additional ventilation in places that are known for their hot climates.

Designers will also focus on using materials that can prevent the spread of germs inside these facilities. For example, copper will be used more often, since it can kill viruses associated with the flu. It also has a pleasant look to it that will enhance the facility’s appearance.

Of course, new technologies will be incorporated to help doctors provide the best care for patients.

Industrial Workplaces

man in forklift moving pallets in a warehouse

A big development in manufacturing is the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT). By building an internet-based system into existing production lines, companies can lower production costs and improve employee safety. Industrial workplaces may also start using more robotics-based technology to help boost productivity.

It is also expected that more manufacturing facilities will incorporate predictive maintenance tools in 2020. In the manufacturing industry, broken equipment can cost a company a lot of time and money. Predictive technology can help business owners determine the best time for maintenance, which can reduce production downtime.

If you are looking to enhance your workplace’s design with new furniture, OP Plus can help. Reach out to us today!

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