Tea-riffic Teapoints- The Dos and Don’ts11-11-2019
The office teapoint, the social hub for a quick staff catch up with a coffee or even for a one-minute breather, a teapoint offers more than just a space to make a hot drink (which is why there are many factors to consider when fitting one in an office!). Requirements such as space planning, colours and functionality offer an abundance of options for different budgets, sizes and usage requirements. Luckily, Office Profile are experts in designing and fitting office spaces and teapoints, so we’ll keep you out of hot water!
What factors should I consider for the design of a teapoint?
Firstly, the most important and practical point to consider when fitting a teapoint is the space plan. Is the teapoint going to be located in the office area or a separate space? If so, where is the water source located? How many people will be using the facilities? What amenities will be on offer? By asking these questions early in the design process, it ensures that the teapoint will be fit for purpose and suitable for the office needs. Chilled and boiling taps are a popular feature, along with coffee machines, dishwashers and fridges that must be suitable and efficient for the building.
Cleanliness is also important to acknowledge as water from the taps can cause slipping and hygiene hazards so must be sufficiently considered. Fitting easy clean, durable flooring like a vinyl or tile adds to the design and is more practical than wood or carpet. Splash backs behind the taps are customizable with bright graphics or patterned tiles which act as a focal design feature. Colourful worktop units, storage, shelves and even LED strips along the cupboards or spotlights can also be added.
Open teapoint at Techspace Luke Street with floor to wall tiling and spin stools.
What is the difference between open and closed teapoints?
An open teapoint allows for an open plan design and flow of space as they are fitted within the office. They are visually appealing, improve the perception of business ethic and are useful because they do not block off an area restricting the visuals of staff. Having access to a teapoint encourages teambuilding and wellbeing as a quick break from working can reduce stress levels and boost productivity. However, open plan teapoints can affect the acoustics of an office making it louder if a lot of people are gathered around. Open teapoints can also become a hub for odorous food due to the availability of microwaves.
Whereas a closed teapoint offers a quieter, designated spot for a break and can even be a casual location for meetings. However, a closed teapoint may not be feasible for small offices as it requires more space and encourages a longer stay as it is out of the working environment.
Closed teapoint at West London Waste with bright splash back graphic and coordinating seating.
In summary, if you are thinking of fitting a teapoint in your office space, space planning is the most crucial factor for practicality and feasibility. There an abundance of teapoint designs available for different work requirements and can be adapted to suit your office space. Have a look through our gallery below of some more teapoints fitted in our previous projects!
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