Relocating your business usually means selecting carpet for your new office. Carpet can add an element of style to your office design, but more importantly, it may help increase employee wellness and productivity for your company. Carpet’s inherent benefits of slip resistance, sound reduction, and comfort are factors that can provide comfort and safety solutions for any new office space.
Why Design with Carpet?
Slip factors and reduction of the risk of injury in falls are major considerations for employers and building owners in their office designs, as well as insurance carriers who deal with workers’ compensation, public liability, and health care policies. Carpet is an excellent floorcovering choice for reducing falls and cushioning those that do happen in an office space.
When you are walking, an impact force averaging 1.3 times your body weight is created with each step. It is no wonder that leg fatigue becomes a factor in long work days. Just as footwear manufacturers have addressed fitness and comfort as a major emphasis, the carpet industry has investigated how the human body reacts to subtle differences in flooring for office design. Carpet manufacturers now have a better understanding of leg-muscle responses to various carpet and cushion combinations. The result: we now know how proper flooring can reduce fatigue and facilitate ease of movement in the office.
How to Choose Carpet for Your Office Design
For areas where workers are likely to experience discomfort and fatigue from long periods of standing or walking, it is advisable to use a carpet and cushion system in the office design that is neither very firm nor very soft. A very thick, soft carpet may be easy on the feet but won’t allow freedom to roll—a nuisance for everyone with a desk chair, but especially problematic for employees who use wheelchairs in the office space.
Keep in mind that it is important for your office design to have durable in addition to stylish carpet. A densely tufted carpet may keep its initial resilience and appearance longer and therefore will retain its cushioning power. A good combination of carpet and cushion results in a floor covering office design that reduces noise levels, reduces “leg fatigue,” and allows for easy mobility around your new office space.
Choosing the right carpet is a big step you can take for workplace wellness and a new office design is the perfect opportunity to introduce more comfort underfoot!