Bench desking first appeared as a ‘free address’ concept. The entire perimeter of the bench desks, including the ends, were free for staff to sit anywhere. The most common format was for the long sides to be the regular working positions and the ends used as meeting / visitor zones.
Currently office furniture bench desking is thought of as the most efficient space planning footprint, and the lowest capex option, but this oversimplifies the types of bench desking available.
High Quality Bench Desk
Here at Fusion Office Design we offer a comprehensive range of bench desk systems to customers throughout London and the UK. Our high quality bench desks are designed to maximise space and create a stylish modern look, our range includes storage to match and any accessories that are required to make a complete bench desk system. Our bench desks are becoming highly popular to our clients throughout London, whether you are looking to make the most of every square inch of office space or looking for more productivity through teamwork our range provides comfort and style with a range of long and large office desks.
Choosing a large shared desk is a great alternative to a set of cramped and badly arranged tables, allowing enough room for every employee to work in comfort, without making rooms feel overcrowded or people feel restricted. In fact one oversized desk or table can actually make a room feel bigger and will certainly make it easier for people to move around the space.
What is a Bench Desk?
Office bench desks are desktops that share a frame and can be placed together to form a large working area for multiple users. Using benching systems is one of the best ways to encourage communication between employees and leads to a more collaborative and inclusive office environment.
Here at Fusion Office Design we have one of the largest ranges of office bench desks and systems in London and they are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and finishes to suit all styles of open plan office. At Fusion Office Design we have carefully selected a large range of bench systems in a wide variety of styles, colours, shapes, sizes and finishes. Please call us if you require some friendly help or advice.
Types of Bench Desks
The bench desk has been a feature of modern office designs for many years. In the UK the bench desk has been a factor in increased density of occupation…more people in a set space. Bench desks also provide a step towards new ways of working as the desk becomes just one element in the office environment. Office Bench desks come in several sub categories with different design intentions when developed.
- Free address. Sit anywhere around the perimeter, use as much or little space as needed. Ideal for collaborative team working.
- Engineered Platform. Any add-on has been covered by the engineering of the frame. Screens, high level storage, monitor arms. The engineered platform has a lot in common with trading desks.
- Engineered to a price. Simple, robust platform that shares components for low cost.
- Quick to build. Several bench desk systems offer very fast installation and easy churn. Eliminating screws and cams makes a system that is ideal for facilities departments that regularly need to add or take away workstations, or who churn the office constantly.
- Height Adjustable. Some bench desk systems incorporate individual height adjustment for the desk tops. Simple bench systems struggle to accommodate very tall or petite workers, and individual height adjustment is the solution, at a cost.
- Freestanding. Not really a bench, but a group of freestanding desks designed as a bench layout. Possibly the lowest cost of ownership for offices with regular churn, but doesn’t have the advantage of minimal leg frames.
Establishing the type of office desk bench system that offers the best solution for an organisation helps to focus on the suitable ranges, rather than evaluating any and all office bench desks in a crowded market.
Benefits of Office Bench Desks
A bench desk is a solution that can be beneficial for a number of companies throughout London and the UK. They are particularly suitable for large open plan spaces where desks are used by different people, other benefits of office bench desks include…
One of the biggest advantages to choosing a bench desk in your office space is that it encourages communication. The office bench desks are a complete favourite throughout the customers we supply across London where collaboration is necessary as it brings together employees in inclusive ways. By breaking down both visual and spatial obstacles you can encourage employees to communicate with one another which in turn boosts office morale and increases productivity.
Create Mini Offices
Another benefit to bench desk systems is that they can be used to save space. The office as a place of work has changed over the recent years, not only the way in which we work, but the design and layout as well. It used to be that offices were filled with sectioned off small areas usually divided by the use of office screens and called cubicles. The idea was to create small “offices” for people without having to spend a fortune on permanent dividers and give office workers each an area that they could concentrate and get on with their work.
As times have changed, staff no longer require as much personal space as they did in the old office format and so the bench desk format is extremely space efficient in comparison. Once you have a basic format set up it is easy to add additional work stations onto the layout to create larger solutions. Bench desk systems help you to utilise your space and make the most of the office environment.
Many bench desk ranges offer shared legs and substructure designed to reduce components which cuts down on manufacturing cost. Simple office benching systems can be as much as 30% less than a conventional free standing desk. The disadvantage comes when clusters need to be separated. Moving desks, called ‘churn’, often results in a shortage of support legs if clusters are changed from their original configuration. Capex on bench desks is reduced initially, but increases over lifetime cost of ownership, compared to regular desks.
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