Your office should be the place in which you are the most productive. It is where you take important calls, the place where that one email could change everything and it is, hopefully, an environment where friends are made for life.
So, why wouldn’t you design this room to be both comfortable and practical? We’re not talking plush swivelling arm chairs or desk-encircling monitors. This month, we’re discussing the importance of finding the right window blinds for your office.
Why is light regulation so important?
When it comes to styling your office, window dressings may be at the bottom of your priority list. But take a moment to consider just how important they are. Yes, windows offer a view of the outside world, but they also flood the room with natural light. Over the years, it has been medically proven than exposure to natural light sources can dramatically help to improve productivity and workplace performance.
Window blinds also play an important role in regulating temperature within a room. We’ve all been there on those muggy days where the only thing you want to do is curl up on the sofa. Feeling like this at your workplace is a sure-fire way to reduce productiveness and the quality of the work you produce.
What about glare in an office?
Where does minimal light affect office workers the most? When we talk in terms of glare and the impact it can have on our working day, our focus shifts to screens. These devices normally use a low light source to function. This means that, should excessive light stream through windows or out of your lightbulbs, you could experience glare. In turn, this affects your ability to work smoothly and can be highly distracting.
How is light measured?
Without getting too complicated, light is measured in units of LUX. Using this, we can understand what the optimal light rating should be in your workplace.
For the most comfortable and productive work environment, the lighting should be around 500 LUX. A reading like this would ensure you are able to consume information quickly without the risk of glare or uncomfortable heat situations.
It is worth noting that, on a bright and sunny day, you could receive up to 100,000 LUX from the sun itself. Even on a cloudy day it could go as high as 10,000 LUX, which is exponentially more than the recommended amount. In a room not designed to manage light effectively, this could become distracting and unhelpful to your work efforts.
Factors controlling light
Now, let’s take a look at one solution you can turn to to help regulate light in your workplace – window blinds. We all know how effective blinds are at keeping both light and distractions out. However, when you’re styling an office, there are a number of practical factors to consider.
People assume that denser fabrics will offer greater light control. Although this may be relevant for many blinds, it does not hold true for all of them. When it comes to choosing the right window blinds for your office, you should consider the Visual Light Transmittance (TVIS) rating. This refers to the amount of light that passes through a specific material. It takes into account a number of different factors when considering how effective different materials will be at this job. Some of the key factors it will consider include:
- The colour of the material (light/dark)
- The thickness of the material
- The weave density
- Any finishing coatings that have been applied
What blinds are right for your office?
Science over, let’s talk about the fun stuff. Which window blinds should you choose for your office space? Here are a few options:
Blackout Roller Blinds: A classic favourite, blackout roller blinds have a multitude of different uses. Although they’re the number one choice for bedrooms, they also sit perfectly in office spaces too. If you work in close proximity to other offices, or need a degree of privacy at certain times of the day, they allow you to completely shut off the outside world.
Be aware, if you have blackout blinds down all day, you are likely to need artificial lighting switched on too. This will impact electricity costs for your business and is something you should take into account. Similarly, some blackout blinds are highly effective at locking in heat – great for winter months but not when you’ve got a pressing deadline ahead.
Solar Fabric Vertical Window Blinds: Vertical window blinds are a staple feature in many offices. Whether you’re dealing with large windows or exposed glass walls, they add a professional touch. What makes solar fabric vertical blinds even more perfect is their ability to regulate heat. During those summer months, it is all too easy to become tired and weary when locked in a warm room. Solar fabric blinds reflect harsh sun rays and warmth away from your room, creating a cool and comfortable environment.
Fabric Roller Blinds: If you’re looking to diffuse light in your office space, fabric roller blinds are ideal. They are generally made of a translucent material that filters out harsh light rays, while still allowing in a soft glow. This dramatically reduces the risk and impact of glare. In turn, you’ll find that your colleagues are able to be considerably more productive and feel comfortable all day long.
Extra tip for offices!
Remember that, no matter what window blinds or dressings you decide on, it is good practice not to face screens towards windows. On its own, this will drastically reduce the risk of glare, irregardless of the blinds you choose.
Trust the experts
Here at Direct Blinds Cork, we have a large collection of window blinds suited to every need. Choose from a selection of bright, bold colours or showcase your businesses with one of our carefully designed patterned blinds. All of our blinds are top quality and provide the best light control your home or business could need.
Head over to our website today to see our full range. Alternatively, our helpful team are always on hand to help and support you through the entire process.