It seems that when refurbishing an office, we often forget about the smaller pieces of office furniture or office accessories. We know that the desk and chair are one of the most important items of furniture and should not be considered lightly, but how many of us remember to budget for other accessories? Glazed screens are a typical example of this.
Acrylic and glass glazed screens for any office environment
Glazed screens are a modern solution compared to their fabric counterparts. The used of translucent material on the glazed office divider allows light to pass through keeping the office light and bright. There are usually 2 types of glazed office screen and that uses either glass or plastic (Perspex partition screens and vision screens)
In the past 60 years we have seen a transformation of the traditional office. What was once a space that consisted of closed off cubicles and private offices has become a large scale open plan work environment in which employees work together.
However, many offices struggle with the open plan style that we have seen more and more since the mid-20th century. This is due to their being an increase in ‘knowledge work’ as opposed to repetitive work, where employees need to be able to concentrate fully in quiet areas. There has also been an increase in call centre style work which relies on low noise levels for the staff to be able to use the phones effectively. However, both of these styles of work often rely on collaboration between staff, and so closed off cubicles can be anti-social and actually affect the productivity and office morale.
Glazed screens for busy call centres and offices
Glazed screens are the ideal solution to loud and distracting office environments such as call centres and by incorporating them into this space you can help your staff remain alert and focused. They are also useful in areas where employees are required to collaborate but need space to think and work alone, as the minimalist design encourages light and ensures the office still feels ‘open’.
Glazed screens and the COVID-19 Pandemic
In response to the government guidlines and the COVID-19 pandemic we have introduced a number of additional Acrylic, Plexiglass and Glass screens to assist in a safe return to work while still maintaining good visbility. These products have been designed not only for the office workplace but also for many other applications. We have been working with a number of manufacturing partners throughout the shutdown to design and make these products available. Safety, flexibility and cost have been at the forefront of our thinking at all times.
The Sneeze screen is a brand new term that decribes a screen that protects against coughing and sneezing and can now be seen in just about every area on commerce from the supermarket to the office. The ones highlighted can be used on the back as well as the side of the desk and are self supporting with metal or glazed feet for greater flexibility. A sculptured apeture is also available to allow the passage of documents, stationery and papers. On launch the intention was to manufacture these in Acrylic however due to a national shortage of Acrylic or Perspex we are currenty producing these screens in glass at no extra charge. Either version is easily cleaned with soapy water and a mild detergent. Please note that special sizes of the self supporting sneeze screen are also available and it can also be made without the apeture if necessary. Please contact our sales team if you have a special requirement.
Our protection glazed screens are also fully transparent and are currently being manufactured in glass rather than Acrylic at no extra cost. We have increased the height of the desk screen version to 700mm high in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the government return to work guidlines and to offer greater protection against coughing and sneezing. We are also offering both the freestanding and desk screen version in coloured glazing as well as the option of wipe clean Antibacterial vinyl. We are currently using Vita Antibacterial vinyl which is medium hazard and has anti microbial and antibacterial properties. The vinyl can be cleaned with soapy water or a mild detergent.
We also have a transparent mobile verison in the protection range for flexible applications. There is a version with a slot that can be placed in a position to be determined by the customer. Customisation through the use of vinyl manifestations is also available, we have priced for two rows of simple spot decoration but we are happy to manufacture to a bespoke design. Please do not hesitate to contact our sales team with your requirement.
Commercial glazed screens, perspex partition screens and vision screens delivered free to the UK mainland
We offer a free delivery service to any UK mainland address as standard across all our glazed screens for the office. Buy your office screens with confidence from Office Reality.
Materials - Explantion of Terms
Due to the overwhelming interest in our glazed screens resulting from the Government guidance on return to work following the Covid-19 pandemic we thought is would be a good idea to explain the terms used in our glass screen section.
Perspex is the brand name for Acrylic sheets manufactured by the Company of the same name, there are many other suppliers of Acrylic sheets of comparable quality. The scientific name for Acrylic is Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA). So just to add to the confusion sometimes you will see Acrylic described as Methacylate, especially from suppliers on the continent. Another name for Acrylic is Plexiglass. So in essence all three terms are the same thing. The main benefit of Acrylic over Glass is that it is lighter, flexible and shatterproof. The disadvantages of Acrylic over Glass are that it scratches more easily and can attract the dust. However both surfaces are hygienic and easy to clean.