Old mother Hubbard didn’t have much luck with the contents of hers but at MILLAR WEST we can supply a lovely range of cupboards that will house all of your office junk and much more!
Cupboards are without a doubt an essential part of our lives. They keep our possessions safe and dust free, keep our food away from pests and pets (….to also stop myself from having to look at the kids chocolate biscuits) but most importantly they are used to keep our homes and offices organised and free from clutter and our minds can be at ease not needing to look at a messy room!
Can you imagine living surrounded by Lego and toys strewn across the floor, clothes and shoes covering every conceivable surface, jars, cans and packets of food cluttering up your kitchen? Err YES! I can hear all you parents and carers of children cry, well if we were ALL (kids or not) sans cupboards and storage in our lives things would certainly feel chaotic wouldn’t they!
THE TRUTH IS MESSY
Its bad enough envisaging a life at home without cupboards, now lets consider what our working life would look and feel like without storage…..the truth is whether it was organised chaos or just chaos it would definitely be MESSY.
Surely all that mess would make it near on impossible to carry out your job in the most productive way, and having a tidy desk creates a good work ethic where you can concentrate fully, not distracted by piles upon piles of paperwork from 6 years ago, copious copies of old catalogues and of course mouldy coffee cups……although we all know somebody who works this way, there is always one.
It has been documented that a messy desk can actually lead people towards clearer thinking and feeling more focused, say researchers from Germany……..surely not?
‘Messy desks may not be as detrimental as they appear to be, as the problem-solving approaches they seem to cause can boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving,’
Famous writers and brain boxes such as Albert Einstein and Roald Dahl were notorious for their untidy desks and work spaces.
Anyway back to storage………don’t ditch your cupboards just yet!
Storage is our saviour in the modern working world and when that world is obsessed with interior design and how our surroundings may look, storage has had to keep up with the trends. Innovative, dual purpose, aesthetically pleasing storage saves on space & money and is a sought after choice, and although the humble and basic office cupboard hasn’t changed that much, modular storage and personal storage have………plus you can get your hands on a bright pink filing cabinet if you really want to now!
No longer hidden away in pokey corners of an office, storage systems are an important factor in the design & layout of a work place. They can be used to divide up an open plan office and even be used as a standing work surface .
So what type of storage will best suit your needs?
There are a multitude of different storage option that can be used in a work setting. From the obvious such as filing cabinets and pedestals to modern modular systems and storage walls, even storage units where plants are a design feature are the norm in a sophisticated and highly functional office!
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CUPBOARDS & TAMBOURS
Cupboards are the simplest and most popular of all the storage options which are a favourite fixture in all offices across the land. Perfect for safely storing items, keeping everything neat, tidy & accessible around the office. Cupboards are the king of storage.
Tambours are cupboards that have closing or sliding doors. Like cupboards they come in an array of shapes and sizes are lockable meaning they are perfect for housing sensitive documents and most importantly help to reduce clutter. Both are essential if you, like most businesses need to store a large capacity of boxes, files and general office stuff.
MODULAR & STORAGE WALLS
Modular office storage is extremely popular in the modern workplace. It can be used based on the need of the room and its size. Easy to install & dismantle it has the advantages of being customised making it a convenient choice.
Modular office storage and storage walls are a real statement and add impact to an office. Fundamentally though they are expertly designed to use less floor space than conventional solutions but gain more storage. Modular storage systems can help to build a more collaborative environment by making a work place more sociable by having everything you need in one space.
Storage walls can be used to divide a space and like modular storage systems can also be easily reconfigured allowing your working area to adapt & grow in the future if so desired.
BOOKCASES & SHELVING
Bookcases and open fronted office shelving can help to make a handy storage feature in most offices. Usually a favourite to house folders and box files up against a wall they can also be used as freestanding divides in an open plan office. Sliding glass doors, doors & other useful accessories can be added to max out on the aesthetics.
Metal storage has been around for decades, especially in the form of the good old filing cabinet! A few years back with the popularity of industrial lux in the interior design world (Metal interior items, such as metal cabinets and all things resembling copper pipes!) Metal storage in the home became desirable. Metal storage is generally cheaper than wood storage and if choosing a tough, robust metal storage cabinet are safer to house your office papers in.
I love the look of metal storage, which unlike wood can easily come in all finishes and colours, adding an instant pop of brightness to your office. Durable and functional, the odd chip of paintwork adds some character too!
PEDESTALS & PERSONAL STORAGE
Pedestals have been the go to desk side storage option to house all our personal belongings , keeping them close to us for years. They look good in smaller offices but can make a larger open plan office look untidy and cluttered.. Designed to slide under your desk, and being mobile allows it to be moved anywhere near the user whilst at their desk, pedestals on castors and under desk personal storage units are a popular choice for the modern office.
Personal storage options come in various shapes and sizes, some having the option of a padded cover on the top, turning it into a extra seat….. a pimped pedestal with extras!
The good old filing cabinet has been another essential part of office life for years. The perfect solution to safely filing away all of our office paperwork in one place. Gone are the days where the only colours you were offered were brown, grey, green or coffee & cream (if you were posh enough!) Today you can purchase one in any colour that will compliment your office surroundings…….Filing has never been so stylish. Filing cabinets and drawers look great in banks of 2 or more and even better in different shades of the same colour…..go crazy with colour!.
These days lockers are not just for schools, leisure centres and swimming pools. Workplace lockers are increasing in popularity and are ideal for the storage of personal belongings and work related items.
Lockers positioned close to the work area can bring a sociable element to an office, helping to keep an office area uncluttered, reduce costs, be a space saving option to the desking area because there is a reduced need for personal storage such as pedestals, but most importantly they give a sense of security to employees, keeping sensitive items such as payslips and private letters secure and away from prying eyes!
Lockers come in many shapes, sizes and colours, making them an attractive addition to any large office.
STACKING AND WOW FACTOR STORAGE
Anything goes in our modern world and the same can be said for storage. If your work space calls for something a bit more abstract, individual but still practical then stacking and super modern modular storage systems are the go to choice. A fresh solution for storing office objects, files and documents in a contemporary work habitat. This modern take on typical storage designs of the past, combine all the important elements required to work efficiently with aesthetically pleasing elements such as wow factor design & colour.
Bringing a bit of much needed greenery into the health conscious modern office, these storage units incorporate the ability to cleverly introduce plants to the working environment whilst hiding all your office papers. Bring out the biophilia!
Another super current and desired storage design is the zone dividing system which looks like open shelving to let more light through but acts like a boxy dividing screen, with the added feature of plants. They are the new kids on the block and they look great!
Whatever storage solution suits you and your office environment, we can supply all of the furniture seen in this blog as well as many more options. Please click HERE or contact us on 01603 617372 to find your perfect match!