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How to choose the right partitioning for your office


Partitions are an ideal way of adding division and separation in the office into designated workspaces. Partitions, whether temporary or permanent, can help create areas in the office which are conducive to better productivity. Partition walls help to reduce external noise, providing spaces that are suitable for meetings, quiet work areas, or just where employees can have some quiet downtime.

Partitioning for your office

Here is an overview of the different styles of partitions available to help you decide on the right ones for your office space.

  1. Wood office partitions

Wood partitioning is a good option if you require complete privacy, as the partitions can conceal the contents of each room entirely.

Wood or plywood partitions are aesthetically appealing as they provide a more conservative appearance to an office space. Some companies use plywood partitions to build their boardrooms and other areas that require minimal noise and privacy.

Plywood offers great versatility. As well as natural wood finishes you can choose from a wide range of finishes in Formica, laminate, paint and fabric, guaranteeing that you can get the look that you are after.

However, although wood is aesthetically pleasing, an issue can be that it is not as fire-retardant as other types of office partitioning. So wooden office partitions are often combined with other elements to improve its response to fire.

  1. Aluminium office partitions

Aluminium partitions or aluminium frames are a popular choice for office partitions. These dividers, which are often combined with glass, provide an excellent alternative to wood partitions. They are available as a solid structure, foldable, or modular partitions that are adaptable to any office environment.

Much like the wooden partition walls, aluminium partitions are also an effective sound barrier providing privacy and quiet when required. Many companies choose aluminium partitions because of the professional finish and variation in styles and designs.

  1. Glass office partitions

Glass partition walls are another alternative for office partitioning. Similar to aluminium frames, they are flexible and easy to customise. Frosted glass, prints, and even special paint can be used to modify the partitions’ appearance to match any company branding.

Glass partitions create a sleek, transparent and up-to-date look in offices which lasts the test of time. The glass creates an airy feel and so is perfect in an open plan space providing a natural flow of light and reducing the need for additional lighting in many areas. And frameless glass partitions make a great first impression to visiting clients.

Choosing the right partition walls for your office

As businesses grow their needs change and moving offices is not often an option, so opting for partition walls can be the most cost-effective solution. Office partitions can be quickly and easily installed and removed as required, at a minimal cost. Therefore, individual rooms and spaces can be constructed to support the changes of the office environment and its employees.

Below are some things to consider when choosing the right office partitions for your company. 

a) Aesthetics

The visual appeal of any structural changes to an office is usually one of the first things that is considered when choosing office partitions. Aesthetics are usually a large part of how the company’s brand is conveyed. A professional and modern office gives a great first and lasting impression to visiting clients.

Are you seeking traditional or a more open plan, modern office? For a conventional and traditional office space, wood is probably the most suitable choice. Aluminium or glass, offers a more contemporary and spacious appeal.

b) Flexible

Wood or plywood is more robust than aluminium or glass partitions as the density of these dividers makes them more suitable for permanent solutions.

Glass or aluminium partitions provide better flexibility as they can be easily taken apart to accommodate changes in the office requirements. Glass office partitioning walls also keep unnecessary noises and distractions to a minimum, allowing for a quieter working environment. Your work colleagues will notice just how much easier it is to concentrate with glass partitions in place.

c) Economical

Partition walls are a very cost-effective choice for refurbishing an office space as they are easy to construct and manoeuvre into position and provide significant cost savings compared to constructing solid brick partition walls

With glass, plywood or aluminium partitions, new spaces can be created without breaking down existing walls or shutting down the office for lengthy periods. Instead, they can be erected in just a few hours, saving time and minimising the financial impact on your business.

d) Privacy

There are 4 key types of privacy:

  • Acoustic privacy
  • The ability to work undisturbed by noise, or to be able to create noise without impacting others, is important in today’s office environments. Supporting concentration with acoustic privacy can be done by installing office partitioning which will absorb the sound effectively.

  • Visual privacy
  • Good office design can help employees free themselves from sight-induced distractions by offering visual privacy in the form of office partitioning.

  • Territorial privacy
  • There is a benefit in creating individually owned spaces, and using glass partitioning can achieve an open plan setting without closing the overall look and feel of the office.

  • Informational privacy
  • We can relate to awkwardly taking a call in the echoing stairwell or corridor, just to be out of earshot of others. Providing spaces for confidential interactions in the form of office partitions tells your employees you respect them.

    Let us help with your office partitions

    If you need to create private meeting rooms, executive office space or a completely new office in Essex, Hertfordshire or London, we can help. Call us now for your free consultation on 01277 560440 or email



    A guide to Office Refurbishment


    Due to many factors affecting the global business economy, the interest in office refurbishment has grown and is continuing to grow significantly. With the Pandemic increasing the need for hybrid working, many companies are re-evaluating the layout of their offices to create more collaborative working spaces.

    A recent report by Microsoft showed that about 70% of staff wanted and needed flexible working arrangements to continue post lockdown and some companies are responding to this trend. We believe that for the rest of 2022, and beyond, companies will need to focus on both attracting and retaining staff, by being more collaborative and interactive in developing hybrid office designs, and reviewing amongst other things, the costs involved in development.

    So what are the most important things to ensure your office refurbishment or fit out is as successful as possible?

    Define your reasons for an office refurbishment

    office partitionsConsider the issues you may have with your current office space and what would a newly refurbished office do for your company. Is your office dated and doesn’t truly reflect your brand or corporate identity?

    Your workplace should be a reflection of your brand and has a major role to play when it comes to attracting and retaining the very best staff in a competitive marketplace. Providing staff with a workplace that is flexible, light, modern and where they enjoy working is hugely important.

    Other factors such as workplace wellbeing and embracing a new, more efficient way of working may also contribute to the decision to consider refurbishing your office. Wellbeing can be achieved by incorporating more natural light in the office space and providing staff with a choice of work areas making it easier for them to concentrate, collaborate, catch up or simply relax.

    And what about growth? You may simply need to make better use of your space to accommodate more staff. Effective space planning through an office refurbishment and clearly defining what you want from your new workplace can help to improve capacity.

    In addition, you may feel that your existing office spaces are not used effectively enough and that a refurbishment would create a better, more efficient place to work. For example, your company may have numerous meeting rooms or other spaces that aren’t used on a day to day basis and where individuals or small groups use these rooms for calls or informal meetings they could easily take place in breakout areas or smaller, private spaces.

    Focus on that list of reasons throughout the project to achieve success

    office-refurbishment-londonIt is important that your reasons for an office refurbishment are defined early on in the process as all companies have unique office requirements. And focusing on that list of reasons throughout the project is a priority to its overall success.

    So to summarize the reasons why you may be considering a refurbishment of your existing office space:

    • Post-pandemic, with staff returning to the office there is a requirement for refurbishment to meet health and safety guidelines
    • The offices look tired and dated
    • Staff surveys show a strong need for collaborative, hybrid workspaces
    • The company is growing and needs to use the current office space more effectively
    • Due to the company’s growth, the current office space needs to be redesigned
    • The lease is expiring and the landlord has offered to update the office space
    • We need to create a more inspiring and motivational place to work
    • Our office doesn’t reflect who we are as a company

    At Emerald Interiors our knowledge, professionalism and project management expertise mean that we can guide you through your office or shop refurbishment or fit out project quickly, cost-effectively and smoothly.

    If you are looking to create a new inspiring interior office space we would be delighted to help. For quality interior design, office fit out and refurbishments in Essex, Hertfordshire or London call us now for your free consultation on 01277 560440 or email