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5 Things to Consider When Adding Soft Seating to Your Workspace

The way we work has changed significantly over the last few years . While many of us still make the morning commute to HQ, we’ve shifted into a hybrid way of thinking about our environments. Some prefer the traditional five-day week in-office, while others enjoy multitasking from home one or two days a week. We’re even taking our laptops on the road and logging in from coffee shops and libraries—anywhere that offers a Zen place that supports our well-being.

But there’s one thing we can all agree on: The importance of an accommodating, comfortable, and inviting workspace that lets us focus without sacrificing meaningful connections. That starts with seating, and we’re not talking about task chairs (although they play a vital role in productivity and comfort, too). The organic and holistic appeal of soft seating—sofas, armchairs, ottomans, and poufs—has taken center stage within our professional environments.

Let’s delve into five important ways soft seating is making a lasting difference in the way we work.

Jan 1Featured Product: West Hill™ Sofa with Sculpt™ Table and Planters

1. FLEXIBILITY AND MOBILITY: Thinking Outside the Box

Enjoying coffee with a co-worker or collaborating with the team isn’t happening in designated areas anymore. Employees are relying less on formality and seeking out spaces designed to feel like home. Warm environments enhanced with accommodating sofas, armchairs, and ottomans encourage everyone to refocus and reset with ease.

In other words, flexibility is freedom.

Mobility is also crucial for health and well-being. It’s probably been a while since you spent the whole day at your desk—and for good reason. Busy people need the option to get up, take a walk, and gain different perspectives throughout the day. Meeting rooms aren’t without their merits, but quiet corners and collaborative hubs are often far more conducive to productivity and sharing ideas—especially when the seating is versatile and adaptable.

It's not just the office that could use a change of scenery from time to time. Today’s innovative learning spaces go beyond desks and chairs—these multifunctional environments benefit tremendously from dynamic modular seating that offers customized comfort, creative configuration options, and energetic color.

Jan 2Featured Products: Mav™ Lounge Chairs and Scramble™ Occasional Tables

2. COMFORT & CONNECTION: There’s No Place Like Home

No matter how or where you work, we all deserve a choice in how we maintain personal and professional balance. An environment equipped with amenities that boost relaxation and focus goes a long way when it comes to happiness in the workplace.

Although we’re not attending important meetings in slippers and robes, comfort is essential to productivity. The ability to sink into the inviting ease of generously cushioned lounge furniture with elegant residential appeal encourages a whole different level of connection and engagement.

And beyond its obvious comfort factor, soft seating has gotten tech savvy. Now often available with integrated power ports, many collections can offer busy professionals the ability to plug in during meetings—away from the hustle and bustle of their designated workspaces.

Jan 3
Featured Products: Flock® Modular Seating

3. COLLABORATION: The Gang’s All Here

While heads-down focus at your desk can be divine (and necessary), almost everyone can agree that the best ideas often come from collaboration. Whether it’s a welcoming lounge, a simple touchdown area, or a private pod, employees can’t put their heads together without a space designed around comfortable seating and supportive amenities.

Brainstorming is at its productive best when people are relaxed. Inviting fabrics, warm colors, and thoughtful support help relieve physical tension and anxiety, making these collaborative environments enhanced with soft seating a powerful tool for engagement.

Jan 4
Featured Products: Astir™ Lounge and Birk™ Tables

4. AESTHETICS: Brains & Beauty

Texture. Color. Mood. Breathability. All of them contribute to the aesthetic appeal and decompression capabilities of a workspace.

Working entirely from a windowless cubicle is a thing of the past—employees are exploring new ways to stay focused and creative outside their designated workstations. Whether it’s a pop of energetic orange woven through a throw pillow or a vibrant pattern that celebrates your organization’s brand identity, soft seating can have a remarkable impact on workplace satisfaction.

And don’t underestimate a smart office blueprint. Soft seating has evolved to include unique configuration options and organic movement throughout work environments, lending visual interest and adaptability to busy spaces.

Jan 5
Featured Products: Tangram® Soft Seating, Flock® Stools and Cube Minis, and Birk™ Tables

5. ATMOSPHERE: Some Sound Advice

From spirited team meetings to telephone conversations to water cooler chit-chat, the office buzz can get…well, a little noisy from time to time.

Soft seating—especially when paired with integrated privacy screens—can be a clever tool to implement when ambient noise becomes a problem. Like carpeting, upholstered furniture can do wonders for sound absorption. Adding these pieces to high traffic areas—think lounges and reception areas—not only enhances the aesthetic landscape, but offers an ambience upgrade, as well.

Jan 6
Featured Products: Astir™ Booths

The Bottom Line

Work can happen anywhere in the office. Whether formal or informal, soft seating is a key component in developing comfortable, convenient, and supportive spaces for people on the go.

This January, HON will unveil our newest modular seating collection. With a variety of soft, rounded shapes, organic sensibility, and intuitive comfort, this collection makes a powerful statement in spaces designed for collaborative connection. Stay tuned!

Jan 7

Whether you are in the market for the perfect desk chair or are planning a large office remodel, Everett Office Furniture can help you with all your facility needs.