Workplace Design

Trying to attract new talent? Time to break away from cube farm hell and shake things up a bit. Today’s workers want to be able to move around. They want to collaborate. They want to sit with their coffee and laptop and work away from their desk. Dream jobs are hardly enough these days. Dream spaces help. It’s time to analyze your workplace design.

Here are my top 5 “must have’s” in today’s modern office:

Sit to stand desk

Sit to Stand Desk

If you have to be tied down to a desk all day, you should at least have options! Sit for a while, stand for a while. There are desks that lower and lift themselves with a touch of a button. Need to stand and stretch those legs? No need to stop what you’re doing, honey!


Collaboration spaces

Collaboration Spaces

Team meeting time or just having a brain dump session? Conference room booked? Introducing a comfortable lounge area can get those wheels turning in an informal collaboration space! Break up the rows of desks with small get-a-way focus spaces.


Café working areaCafé Working Area

Areas that mimic a typical coffee shop with café seating and charging stations are super popular. Sometimes changing spaces from your desk to another location can shake things up and spark some creativity and clarity when it is lacking. Add in a cup of joe and there are no excuses to finish that report before the end of the day.


Glass walls

Glass Walls

Writing on the walls used to be against Mama’s rules. But not with a glass wall! Attractive and functional, glass walls let light through while providing ample space for notes and loud ideation sessions without disturbing everyone else on the floor.


Phone podsPhone Pods

Open floor plans lack one main thing: privacy. Sometimes you just have to take a call and you don’t want your neighbor to hear your conversation. Step inside the sound proof booth and scream if you must! No one will hear you. Just keep from gesturing wildly and you’ll be free of the crazy looks. Cheers!


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Photo credits:

Feature, 1 – Sit to Stand Desk,2 – Collaboration Spaces,3 – Cafe Work Area,4 – Glass Walls,5 – Phone Pods


Catherine French Design is a team of interior design consultants based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. We have provided residential and commercial services in North Carolina and along the Eastern Seaboard.