Movable Wall Vs. Drywall

MOVABLE WALL UPSIDE

In the open-office work of collaboration and communication where most walls are coming down (not going up), movable walls, floor-to-ceiling, accommodate privacy needs and offer the flexibility to reconfigure tomorrow. Teaming and conference rooms, training areas and private offices can now comfortably and economically coexist with more open plans. The wall systems are installed as a furniture “turnkey” concept. Building an interior space in this way provides many benefits.

BENEFITS

  • Faster installation which can reduce costs
  • Simplifying and streamlining the construction process
  • A modern and dynamic look
  • No dust, no paint smell and no waste
  • A fully movable product that can be dismantled and reassembled with normally only an electrician and an installer
  • Potential tax advantages (when categorized as furniture and equipment)

DRYWALL PROCESS DOWNSIDE

Traditionally, drywall is constructed at the beginning of a project. Then the other trades are required to work around the walls already in place (e.g., electrical, network cabling, painting, carpet, cleaning, furniture, equipment, etc.). Scheduling and coordination of these sub contractors creates longer delays in building the project, at a higher cost.

Movable walls reinvent this process by treating full-height walls like modular furniture. The building shell made up of electrical, cabling, suspended ceiling, carpet and perimeter finishing is executed in an open space without the presence of walls to obstruct the movement of tradesman and materials.

DO YOU REALLY NEED THE FLEXIBILITY OF A MOVABLE WALL?

Really consider in your long term plans whether you need the flexibility that these systems provide. Be sure to ask the right people these questions when looking at this type of system:

  • How long will you be at this location (factoring in whether it is owned or leased space)
  • What’s the rationale for using movable walls?
  • Do you really need and will you really use the flexibility these systems provide?

 

IF MOVABLE IS THE RIGHT SYSTEM (TRENDWAY)

Be sure to choose a “green system” that is a wall system – not a furniture system that grew up to be a wall system:

A company that:

  • Has been designing movable walls for 45 years
  •  Provides a fast lead time (two to four weeks)
  • Integrates with both existing building infrastructure and systems furniture
  • Provides a broad palette of standard surface materials and finishes:
    • Veneer
    • Tackable/fabric
    • Laminate and faux veneer
    • Tempered and decorative glazing
    • Writable/magnetic back painted glass in a choice of colors

Call us today for a free estimate and to see how we can help you with your movable wall systems using Trendway products.
(714) 630-2707

Things a Professional Will Consider For Your Needs

  • How many hours a day do you spend in your chair?
  • Do you share your chair with someone else?
  • Is your chair used 24/7 (call center, police department, etc.)?
  • Will the chair be used on carpet or hard floors?
  • What is your size (there are petite choices as well as large scale)?
  • Do you have any specific injuries/conditions that need to be addressed?
  • How much adjusting will you need in the arms? (some arms adjust up to 8 ways, some don’t adjust at all)?
  • How much wear and tear will the fabric take?
  • Do you want a mesh or upholstered back/seat?
  • How much do you want to spend?
  • What type of warranty is important for you?

Be sure to “test drive” the chair in your own environment for a few days to ensure you have what you need. Finally, when your chair is delivered, set up time with your ergonomic professional so that you can learn how to use the various mechanisms. A good ergonomist will also help you make those adjustments specifically for you.

Consolidated Office Systems offers both the “test drive” option and employs professionals that know the right questions to ask to get you the perfect office chair.

Picking the Perfect Office Chair

No matter if you’ve just moved into a new office space or you’re looking to replace your old chair, selecting an office chair is a big decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. An ergonomic chair is a vital piece of creating a comfortable and efficient workspace as it has features that allow adjustability and mechanisms that support every body type. These adjustments allow users to customize certain features of the chair (e.g., arm height and seat depth, etc.) to best support their individual body throughout the work day.

There is no one-chair fits-all solution to office seating. You want to balance the need for comfort and being ergonomically correct, but you don’t always need ALL the bells and whistles. That’s why it is important to work with an ergonomic professional who can ask the right questions to provide the right chair for your specific needs.