Why Systems Furniture is Not Always a Good Investment
A lot of people think that modular furniture and systems furniture are synonymous terms. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Systems furniture starts with panels that create a traditional office cubicle perimeter. The panel sections can be of various heights and lengths and are attached to each other using hardware. The panels can be faced with cloth or laminate, be solid or incorporate glass but always have embedded standards for hanging the peripherals needed to make the space an eight hour a day home. Worksurfaces, shelving, flipper door storage are just a few of components that can be added. The panels incorporate wiring for power, data and voice within the walls and normally pigtail to a homerun. Connectivity must be done by a licensed electrician so the system definitely is not plug ‘n play. Power outlets and data plugs are stationary and can be located either above, below the worksurface or both. Systems furniture is an “erector set” of parts that gain their stability once panels are added at 90 degrees to make the system freestanding.
Modular furniture, on the other hand, is standalone from the start.
The major advantages of modular furniture over systems furniture is front and rear access, ease of reconfiguration and the ability to add sit/stand features that also by its nature immediate adds wheelchair access.
All of the components are integrated so reconfiguration is very easy. The furniture itself is the partition and all power, data and voice connectivity is part of a cable management system that is incorporated into each section. The major advantages of modular furniture over systems furniture is front and rear access, ease of reconfiguration and the ability to add sit/stand features that also by its nature immediate adds wheelchair access. Americon goes an extra mile by adding a lockable flip panel for LCD monitors to increase security. When closed the worksurface has extra desk space. When flipped open, it is an ergonomically designed feature that promotes long term comfort.
Modular furniture can also be ordered in many heights to create cubicles or open office call center environments. Unlike systems furniture, modular furniture can also be free formed to create many unique cockpit-style shapes.
Americon creates its “Crosstalk” version that promote line of sight communication while maintaining the privacy of the desk top. Angled enclosed storage hoods are designed to create a spatiality that is missing in traditional square sided systems furniture.
Knowing the difference will make it easier for you choose the right furniture for your specific needs. To help you with your layout design and furniture requirements, call us at 805-987-0412.