In an era when small is big – think about the “tiny house” phenomenon where people are actively looking for places to live that boast extremely low square footage – the average amount of real estate allotted per worker has also shrunk. Gone are the days where everyone was given a private office with tons of unused areas; now, businesses have gotten smarter and realized that they can achieve tremendous productivity in compact workspaces. This takes the right type of planning, typically with the help of interior designers such as those from Toronto based Mayhew. It also takes an understanding that privacy has to be available to those who require or want it. Enter “refuge rooms”.
Understanding the Concept of a Refuge Room
A refuge room promises exactly what it describes: A place where someone or a couple of people can be alone and away from the hubbub of normal working. Refuge rooms can double as conference or meeting spaces, or they might be small office enclosures with walls that keep sound out. There’s no need for workspaces to have tons of refuge rooms, but having one or two can serve a number of purposes:
How Interior Designers Make Refuge Rooms Less Bland
The biggest trick of designing a refuge room isn’t always carving out the space for the square footage; it’s making it feel roomy and not like a closet. Fortunately, interior designers who have been in business for a long time have the expertise to make even modestly-sized refuge rooms feel more spacious. Some tricks of the trade include choosing the right wall colorings, furniture fabrics, styles of furniture, artwork and technology options. Some refuge rooms may also have movable walls so they can be expanded as needed, such as in the case of a small group meeting.
Another option to boost the ambiance of any refuge room is to provide workers with furnishings that are easy to move from one location to another. This gives them the freedom to move their favorite chair into a refuge room, or conveniently slide a work table into the area. It’s a novel concept for those who think of furniture as being anchored to one spot.
Exploring Refuge Rooms for All Toronto Companies
Could all the companies in Toronto use refuge rooms? Perhaps. The key will be to defining the space, and then designing it to be ideal for the organization’s needs. That’s where a company like Mayhew comes into play.
Are you interested in adding one or more refuge rooms to your Toronto or southern Ontario company’s workspace(s)? Call Mayhew to start the discussion!
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