The work space
An office is an area for work or study, a space where strategies are formed and creative ideas come to life. Whilst offices may vary in size, and the type of work completed, there are some common threads that run throughout. It has been shown that an office having an abundance of natural light, has a positive impact on the occupants wellbeing, productivity and creativity. Many people spend their whole working day in an office environment, so it’s essential to create a space that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and of course highly functional. It is however difficult to imagine an office these days that doesn’t contain computer screens and monitors, and therefore a balance has to be found between ‘abundant natural light’, and ‘controlled light’ to reduce glare on screens and monitors. Privacy also has to be considered when work is of a confidential nature. The correct choice of curtains for office spaces can help deal with these issues.
Considerations when choosing curtains for office:
Light control – maximise natural light and minimise glare on computer screens
Privacy – is there confidential work that requires total blockout options
Our recommendations: Curtains for office spaces
Office Sheer Curtains
The trend setter
Sheer curtains are currently the hottest trend and have become incredibly popular due to shows like The Block, and high exposure in home and décor magazines. They filter the light coming into the office, which is beneficial for computer screens and monitors, and provide a level of daytime privacy. When excessive light is not an issue for glare, the sheers can be pulled open to maximise the natural light available. Whilst not providing a full level of privacy, they can be paired with either a blockout roller blind, or with a separate lining curtain fitted to a track behind the sheer, to achieve this if required. Although the current trend is to have full length sheer curtains for office which slightly pool on the ground, we would not recommend this for an Office area as it could create a trip hazard.
Office Blockout Curtains
As the name suggests
Blockout curtains are designed to do just that – block out the light. This means they are ideally suited for office areas that require complete privacy. Fitted on a track system, they can be pulled open at times when privacy is not required. If there is direct sunlight coming through an office window, and a sheer curtain won’t provide sufficient shade or glare reduction, then a blockout curtain is a great option. Professionally made office blockout curtains for office will keep your office cool in summer and better insulated in winter. However, there is no option for filtered light with blockout curtains – they are either open (full light coming in) or closed (complete blockout). If you want to achieve a filtered light you may want to consider pairing the blockout curtain with a sunscreen roller blind.
Office roller blinds
Stylish and efficient
Roller blinds provide a highly functional option for office areas. Offering a clean minimalistic finish, they are durable, practical and provide a range of light control and privacy options. They are available in 3 different types of fabric – sunscreen, light filtering and blockout. All 3 fabric types reduce glare on computer screens and monitors, with sunscreen blinds still offering a view out of the window and a level of daytime privacy. If a greater level of light control is required, then light filtering and blockout roller blinds are the better individual options, with both also offering a high level of privacy. For the best overall solution, where both light control and privacy are an issue, we suggest the addition of a double bracket system which allows 2 blinds to be mounted together, usually a sunscreen blind for light control and a blockout blind for total privacy.
Office Venetian Blinds
A true classic
Aluminium venetian blinds have been popular in office environments for decades. They are simple to use, control the light, offer privacy, and are very cost effective. For an elegant, more premium look, our range of Visionwood timber venetians are available in a range of designer colours to co-ordinate beautifully with your office furniture and décor. Using the controls to angle the slats, it’s possible to maximise natural light, reduce glare on computer screens and maintain privacy when required. If the office is located in a particularly dusty environment though we would generally not recommend office venetian blinds, as the horizontal slats can be prone to collecting dust in such situations.
Office roman blinds
Roman blinds are generally more suited to smaller, boutique type offices. They deliver a softer, less contemporary style than roller blinds or venetians, enabling them to co-ordinate beautifully with the interior design and soft furnishings in this type of office. They are ideal for blocking out light from computer screens and provide excellent privacy when required. However, if you also want to achieve a filtered light, you may want to consider fitting a sunscreen roller blind behind the roman blind.
Office Plantation Shutters
Plantation shutters provide a wonderful luxury finish for any window and are well suited to an office environment. Adjusting the louvres will control the light entering the office, to minimise glare on computer screens and provide privacy as required. Whilst white remains a firm favourite with customers, office plantation shutters are available in a range of colours to really enhance and co-ordinate with any office decor.
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