2017 Office Furniture Trends

The contemporary work environment requires constant tweaking if it is to serve the constantly changing needs of businesses and employees. Designing suitable workspaces that promote flexibility and functionality, while catering for the diverse nature of the modern workforce, is an essential element of running a successful enterprise.

This month, we investigate up and coming office furniture designs and trends that are set to take us into 2017.

1.Soft furniture  

Soft furniture in collaborative workspaces is already an established trend. However, the need for collaboration, flexibility and relaxation among employees during a typical workday is on the rise. We therefore expect to see the introduction of soft furniture with a ‘home away from home’ feel in 2017.



Soft colours will be a big trend in the coming year. We expect that the 2016 Pantone colour of the year, Rose Quartz, will spill over into 2017 with the addition of Kale, Hazelnut, Greenery and Pale Dogwood as favourites in furniture design. Office furniture themes that are likely to be in vogue will be characterised by rich texture and the addition of impressive design detail.



To optimise office space and create a modern feel, companies will be getting rid of the clutter. This will lead to the adoption of a minimalist office design. The minimalist approach is characterised by high quality furniture with a low component count that makes space planning and furniture installation simpler. This trend will continue well into 2017 as organisations embrace simplicity as a key element of design.



A number of factors have prompted the need for privacy in the modern office environment. The introduction of office breakout areas and the collaborative office concept have come with some disadvantages, which include high levels of noise and the lack of privacy.

Private seating and telephone booths as well as bus shelter designs will be a must have in 2017. These designs allow for the absorption of background noise and create areas where private conversations can take place without having to leave the office. Acoustic furniture will be another popular trend, with specialised sound proofing panels to assist when focused work is required.


Office furniture trends in 2017 are all about designing functional areas for employees to improve collaboration and productivity while adding a modern touch to the workspace. For more information on the perfect office furniture solution for your office in 2017 give the Ukhuni design team a call today.


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Ins and Outs of Small Office Design

Small business owners often neglect their place of work even though the age old saying, ‘first impressions last’, rings true when a visitor or potential employee enters the office for the first time.  In addition to this, an office says a lot about a company's identity.   As a small business owner, it is therefore important to consider office aesthetic and how it ultimately represents the business and what it stands for.

To create a well-designed office that promotes internal communication, attracts new business and keeps employees engaged, we have put together a few tips that can be used to design an office that works.

1. Use The Correct Wall Paint

The obvious starting point is to choose the correct paint colour. Use neutral and light tones in conjunction with colourful accents.  Neutral colours tend to create depth while the addition of colour like greys or blues give small offices a feeling of space.

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2. Combine Natural and Artificial Lighting

Lighting may well be one of the most important elements of good office design as it has the power to change a space completely. Take advantage of natural light where possible and combine it with bright artificial lighting to illuminate dark areas.  A business-style chandelier or fluorescent ceiling light will do the trick.  To create ambiance, place portable desk or standing lamps in strategic places as this will not only assist in brightening up the area but also make a powerful design statement.  Finally, when planning your window dressings, ensure that you do not use heavy materials that will stop natural light from coming in.

Source: Interiordesign.net

3. Choose Multipurpose Desking

Maximise the available space in your office by finding well-designed, multipurpose desks. This way you will not overcrowd your work area. Make use of desking solutions that come with integrated storage whilst being careful not to compromise on quality and comfort. The Simply range by Ukhuni Business Furniture is a good example of multipurpose desking as it comes with integrated storage for files and other office supplies. The Simply range is compact yet functional (see below).

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4. Keep Things Fresh With Great Flooring

The importance of flooring cannot be underestimated as it blends design with function. A good quality carpet or wooden laminate keeps the small office looking fresh while creating a cosy feel.  Good flooring further absorbs excess noise in the office.  There are a multitude of flooring options available in the market so choose a style, texture and colour that will not easily date.

Source:  Faveweis.com

5. Wall Space-Savers

Use built-in bookshelves, wall hooks and wall mounted flat screen monitors to free up valuable space. A horizontal hanging rod can come in handy for storing pencils, pens and other small office supplies. You can even cover your walls in chalk paint for an instant floor to ceiling message board.

Source:  Dentalroseville.com

Remember, it’s not the size of your office matters, but rather the design.  If you are in doubt about how to best plan your new office, feel free to give the Ukhuni design team a call.








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