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Modular Office Walls: Should Your Office Have Them?

August 11, 2017 / by Tommy Twardowski

If you're planning an office move or office renovation, you've got many decisions to make. You probably have a detailed checklist. (If you don't, you can download ours for free.) One item that may not be on your checklist but should be is what kind of walls should you go with. That's right - all office walls are not created equal.

Some make it much easier to reconfigure your office space!

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Regular Office Walls: Sturdy and Secure, But Not Adaptable

When most people think of an "office wall" they envision a semi-permanent wall (i.e., wooden framing supporting drywall that has been taped, floated, textured, painted and decorated with baseboards and possibly crown molding.) These traditional interior office walls are not cinder block or concrete walls, so technically they can be removed or relocated. But, doing that would require messy demolition and debris disposal. In other words, moving or removing regular office walls is distracting and messy.

Modular Office Walls: Sturdy, Secure and Completely Adaptable

Modular office walls, on the other hand, are designed to be easily moved or removed; they're like puzzle pieces or Legos. You can take them apart and put them back together in myriad configurations as frequently as you want or need to. They are like hybrids, delivering the privacy and noise reduction of a traditional wall and the flexibility of a privacy partition or screen. Modular walls are completely customizable. They can range in height from floor to ceiling level or be configured to any height lower than that. They come in acoustic, laminate, fabric or glass material and in monolithic or segmented options.

Modular office walls can be assembled with minimal cutting and equipment. Instead of hiring a contractor and crew to install or rearrange these walls, a skilled office furniture installer can easily handle this task. And, when you're ready to relocate, your office furniture installers can pack up and transport your walls along with your furniture.

Modular Walls Offer Benefits Traditional Walls Do Not

Many businesses that are fluid and evolving are ideal candidates for modular office walls. When business is booming, there's a need to hire more employees to meet demand. Modular office walls allow you to tighten up office spaces to make room to accommodate new hires or temporary employees. On the other hand, when business slows and employees and temporary workers are let go, modular walls can be repositioned to make use of unused space so your office doesn't look deserted. Instead of the morale-lowering sight of empty offices and cubicles during a downturn, you can actually boost morale by enlarging remaining employees' workspaces.

Another benefit of modular walls is that they make it easy for you to be strategic about maximizing natural lighting. Research has repeatedly shown that exposure to natural lighting from windows improves mood and productivity in the workplace. Modular walls can be customized to a height that allows natural lighting to permeate your space and arranged to give more employees access to windows.

Find more about why incorporating natural lighting into your office design is important to your employee's health and production.

Trends come and trends go. Modular office walls allow you to embrace the current trend of activity-based design. This office design combines enclosed areas or rooms where employees can have complete privacy with open spaces that encourage collaboration and creativity. Many modular walls designed for commercial use boast sound-absorbing features that minimize noise in the workplace. It's unlikely that cubicle farms will make a comeback any time soon, but if preferences shift and they do, you will be ready to jump onboard if you've configured your space with modular walls.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss if modular walls are a good fit for you, please contact us! Houston Installation Services has 30+ years in the office furniture installation and moving industry, and we are happy to help you however we can.

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Topics: Office Furniture, Office Design, Facility Managers

About The Author

Tommy Twardowski

Tommy Twardowski

Tommy began his career in the office furniture installation business in 1978 and started his full-time career in 1981 with Houston Installation Services. Starting as a furniture installer, he developed a passion for the process of installation and learned to install all major manufacturers’ lines.