Benching Furniture Solutions and Designs
Leading Interior Bench Options
Benching systems have become a popular choice for office furniture, particularly for open plan offices, over cubicles or more traditional workstations. Rather than purchasing standard desks and secluding employees within private offices, many companies have found open office configurations with benching furniture to be a cost-saving solution that also provides other benefits, such as encouraging collaboration between employees.
Unlike typical cubicles or desks, benching systems do not have hefty dividers that take up space and isolate employees. This allows companies to fit more workers into smaller spaces without making the area feel too compartmentalized or cluttered. Employees can see each other while working and are more likely to communicate and share ideas, and natural light can diffuse through the space, making it feel more open and welcoming.
One downside, however, to benching furniture is that there is less storage space available for employees’ supplies and belongings, but this can be mitigated by enhancing the system with additional storage components that fit beneath or attach at the ends. Another downside to benching systems is the loss of privacy for employees, but this issue can be solved by building phone booths for employees to make private calls, and lounge areas that accommodate informal meetings.
Leading benching manufacturers include Knoll, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Allsteel, Kimball Office, Inscape Corporation, As the leading magazine featuring commercial interior design projects and products, Contract regularly features the latest in benching solutions for open office spaces. Check back often to see new products selected by our editors.