2021 Office Furniture Trends


2021 will see office furniture trends push the envelope. 2021 will be a year of creativity, flexibility and sustainability.  

Our work habits and lifestyles were dramatically changed during 2020, and trends are catching up to reflect that.

This article will cover the 3 trends we expect to be dominating the office furniture environment in this new year.

TREND: Hybrid Workplaces

Office space is no longer a place for just focused and solo work. In 2021, many people will be working a combination of at home and in the office. Due to this shift, we see the traditional role of the office space evolve. This is the evolution of hybrid workplaces. 

As a society, the role of an office has shifted. Office space in 2021 will be a gathering place for innovation and collaboration rather than a place primarily for independent work. Workers have largely embraced their home offices and have grown comfortable complete solo work in their own space.

Large offices will be reframed as a place where creativity and collaboration thrive. The office is no longer space where employees should just be required to go but rather a place that draws them in and keeps them inspired.

One way of updating your current space is to incorporate a wide range of spaces within your office. Different areas should accommodate different work styles, such as room for impromptu meets, room for brainstorming and room for focused breaks. 

Workers have grown comfortable working from their home offices and the luxury of facing their own space. They won’t want to abandon their more comfortable home furniture and decor.

Resimercial or residential-commercial design will continue to grow in popularity in 2021. 

This concept offers a home-like atmosphere that is softer and more comfortable than traditional commercial furniture. However, it still retains the practicality and durability that commercial furniture embodies. 

Ultimately, it’s about finding a way to blend the best of both the workspace and the home space. 

TREND: Flexibility

In 2021, office furniture will have to be prepared to tackle changes and evolve quickly. Not only will workers need to be flexible, but also the furniture to match this need. 

Quickly adaptable workspaces are a must in the modern office because it allows for flexibility. 

Moveable office furniture will allow for this flexibility. This furniture can quickly reconfigure and move about as needed. People recognize that impromptu collaboration between 2 or 3 people can be just as, if not more, productive than formally scheduled meetings. Office space should match this flexibility, and by implementing moveable furniture, people can create an adjustable work area. 

Modular Furniture, on the other hand, is designed to give your organization long-term flexibility. The main purpose is to use your valuable office space as efficiently as possible.  You can reconfigure spaces inexpensively, and on-demand as your organization grows and your needs evolve. Think of Modular furniture as a lego kit for your office furniture. While it will take professional furniture installers to make the change, it still allows for long-term flexibility. 

Another way to incorporate flexibility into your space in 2021 is to consider using moveable walls. They are a modular system where you can design interior walls and doors that suit any need. Moveable walls provide a flexible and cost-effective long-term solution to designing a workplace that can adapt and grow along with your organization.  

TREND: Sustainability 

Both consumers and potential employees are demanding that Business Owners ensure their office spaces promote sustainability and eco-responsibility.  One easy way to improve your space’s sustainability is to look for eco-friendly materials when buying new furniture. 

Ask potential suppliers about their green initiatives! Many suppliers have started offering sustainable options and have green programs in place. 

For example, one of our partners, Haworth, is now offering a yarn for their seating upholstery called SEAQUAL.  SEQUAL yarn is Upcycled Marine Plastic made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, from debris found floating discarded in our seas.  

Sustainability works with biophilic design. This is an effort to reconnect nature with our modern indoor life by bringing nature indoors. 

One obvious example of biophilic design is the surging popularity of “green walls” or “living walls.” They are panels of plants grown vertically on structures that can be either free-standing or attached to walls. 

The addition of plants to the workplace results in improved air quality in your office. The plants do an excellent job diffusing oxygen, and many studies have shown that looking at plants and the outdoors reduces stress and inspires greater creative thinking. 

With hybrid workspaces, flexibility and sustainability, 2021 is sure to be a year of growth and creativity in the office space.

If you would like to learn more about incorporating some of these concepts into your office space, reach out to one of our furniture account managers or check out our learning center.

Emily Adams
Office Interiors
Digital Content Specialist 

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