A company often needs to repurpose a space, transforming a large area into smaller meeting rooms, for instance, but retaining flexibility to return to a large space as needed. That’s when operable walls and partitions are called for.
The parameters of a space conversion can pose challenges for a design team. Maybe the ceilings in the “new room” are high, but because the business owner wants to retain a feeling of openness, the portable walls can’t be too tall. The business might also want sound-absorbing properties in a partition, but also desire a window up top to let the light in. The right operable walls and partitions can solve all these challenges.
Versatility is key in selecting operable walls and partitions, and you will have a lot to choose from, including sliding or folding partitions; unusually high walls (a 12-foot wall is a good choice for large spaces such as warehouses, auditoriums and gyms); sliding options that might include a telescoping partition, with panels that slide out to the desired length; and folding walls/partitions that can be unfolded rapidly and formed into a straight wall). Look for operable partitions with flexible hinge systems that can be operated over uneven flooring.
Create hybrid sitting areas: a larger conference space (or two smaller ones) – whatever you need – within minutes. Some of the many choices to choose from:
- Door-style system, with a “frame” suspended from a rolling track by a bracket system. The doors, which can be done in one of several wooden finishes, feature small sound-absorbing slats. The door opens wherever you want it to.
- A glass cubicle system, featuring multiple sliding glass panels. The front panel is secured by an overhead bar. A privacy trim lines each door and divider and obstructs views from the other side.
- Connected, hinged partitions that create a continuous interlocking panel. These systems can be set up quickly with a touchpad-operated electric motor that opens and closes panels.
- Got tall ceilings? No problem, with moveable flat panels that allow the designer the option of shutting or opening sections of a wall. A welded steel frame in thicknesses up to 4 inches makes this a good option for tall ceilings.
- Like the look of seamless modular glass systems? These are available with steel profiles so narrow you won’t know they are there. Doors may be single or double leaves.
There are many more options available for operable systems for your office. Look for an experienced design team to help you convert your office space to the perfect design that best makes use of your space.