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Mix and match

Modular storage units are becoming increasingly popular. We look at the workplace trends fuelling this growth, and discuss the benefits of the modular approach

Modular storage furniture is the term used to describe office furniture that can be built up into a configuration adapted to the needs of the business. It’s formed by assembling smaller units into a comprehensive storage system that can be reconfigured and extended to suit any requirements and space.

Because of the flexible design, it suits offices of any size and shape, making the best use of every inch of available space. Furthermore, instead of being factory fitted, additional interior fittings and extensions can be added quickly and retroactively to standard units.

Explains Laura Supple, Product Range Manager at AJ Products: “One of the biggest struggles for many businesses is the cost of premises. Square footage comes at a premium, particularly in city centres. It is a problem familiar both to start-ups with a small office and multinational corporations with a street-front office in a prime location. It is necessary then to find office furniture solutions that maximise the use of space.

“Modular office furniture is a popular modern alternative to traditional storage furniture. It is an effective way to save space and provide greater flexibility in the workplace, while allowing businesses to adapt the furniture to their needs.”

Another key reason for the growing popularity of modular storage is the transformation of office interior design over the last few years, which has led to changes in the shape and purpose of modular storage and shelving. New technology has led to a reduction in the need for paper filing, with many organisations aspiring to become paper-free entirely while remote and agile working has also influenced the type of storage required, as well as the office layout.

Explains Jonathan Hindle, KI’s Group Managing Director EMEA: “Designing agile, highly space-efficient offices can be greatly improved with furniture that is adaptable and can evolve over time. It gives customers extensive configuration options as they move away from traditional filing and paper storage.”

While paper filing has declined in importance, the need for personal storage has increased. The move away from assigned desks means people need an anchor in a dynamic office environment to store their personal belongings and work-related materials, laptops and other equipment. Modular storage can be modified to suit these new requirements through reconfiguration and retrofitting, so reducing costs and environmental impact as compared to built-in storage.

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