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Office carpet tiles are not the most exciting subject, we get that, but there are reasons why people have them, and there are reasons people don’t, so it’s with that in mind we decided to put together a list and attempt to answer as many questions as possible.
Doing it in one article means you don’t have to read any others, we’re saving you time here – seriously, you’ll thank us, and you’ll also be better prepared when considering sprucing up the office.
So grab a coffee, and prepare to be (mildly) educated, informed and hopefully entertained.
Carpet tiles – cheaper than carpet?
Well, there’s the thing.
You obviously know that to have a traditional carpet fitted, the fitter needs to get accurate measurements, take into account all of the fiddly bits of skirting board, walls, and door frames and then fit the thing without leaving any bumps or gaps.
This requires quite a bit of skill, and even the most experienced fitter will admit that they’ve made mistakes, sometimes costly.
These days, it’s unlikely your carpet fitter will turn up with a carpet that hasn’t been measured by them, they’ve stopped relying on customers tape measures lined up against a wall.
But even so, it takes a lot of skill to fit carpet, and that takes time, and in turn, money.
So carpet tiles can be a lot cheaper to fit than normal carpet, the main reason being down to the ability to lay them in pieces, cut them around furniture and if the measurements are slightly out, it’s not the end of the world.
It’s also quicker, and a speedier fitting means less cost, so it’s essentially win/win.
So while the tiles themselves might be more expensive (although often they’re not), any expense can be easily offset by the ease and speed of fitting.
But don’t they sometimes look disjointed?
There’s a reason people don’t use carpet tiles at home in their living room – you can sometimes see the gaps.
Of course, a lot depends on the type of tile and the quality you choose, but even so, in an office, this is unlikely to be a concern.
Obviously you might work in an office where it’s traditional to look down at your feet all day, in which case you might well notice the joins, but in day-to-day use, they’re fine.
They’re also extremely practical.
If Dave from accounts decides to empty an entire jug of coffee on the floor, and your cleaning materials don’t manage to get them clean, then it’s just a matter of taking out the tiles that are damaged, a much easier and cheaper proposition than replacing the whole carpet.
Of course, that’s if it’s necessary at all.
The industrial nature of most carpet tile applications means they’re designed to be abused. They are often treated to ensure even the harshest of substances can be simply wiped off without leaving a trace. And if that doesn’t work, due to their resilience, you can use some pretty tough cleaning chemicals on them, so replacement is probably not necessary at all.
Hang on – they’re still harder to fit in an office aren’t they?
A standard office is chock full of furniture, and there’s your problem. In every office I’ve ever seen, the carpet goes on the floor – under the furniture.
Even carpet tiles are distinctly lacking in the ability to simply slide under a desk, and when you factor in water coolers, filing cabinets and other office based equipment, you’ve got yourself a problem on your hands.
The traditional way of solving this problem is to take all the furniture out, store it somewhere and fit your carpet.
So that means you have to find somewhere to put all that equipment, which will probably cost if you decide to go down to the local Big Yellow Storage, but there’s more to it than that.
You have also to put your staff somewhere, or send them home.
I guess you could do it over a weekend, but could you fit an entire office out in a weekend? I guess that depends on the size of it, but most London offices are quite big, so you’re looking at a lot of disruption.
Unless, of course, you could magically lift all of the office furniture out of the way.
Well, you can. But it’s not magic.
That’s where the Nexus Lift+Lay system comes in.
It’s a bunch of mechanical gizmos that we roll into your office and fit under all of the furniture, section by section.
Because we fit office tiles, we can do it in sectors, lifting the furniture up, fitting the carpet tiles underneath and then gently bringing the furniture down again.
It has a number of advantages over traditional carpet fitting, such as:
- Your staff don’t have to take a week off
We could, if you wanted, do each part of the office bit by bit, leaving the rest of the office untouched until we get to it.
- Your furniture can stay where it is
It really can. You don’t even have to unplug computers in most cases. We don’t need to lift it very high in order to fit the tiles underneath, so the computers and cables can stay where they are.
- We can do it of an evening
Because it’s quicker, we can come by when everyone’s gone home and get the job done. If it takes a few days, that’s fine, we can put the furniture back and then lift it out the way again the following evening.
So are carpet tiles the ultimate office accessory?
Of course not, that’d be the really fancy scanner/printer/copier over in the corner, but there’s certainly no reason to not get your office fitted out with the latest tiles.
They will make the place look great, they’re clean, and fitting them won’t disrupt your working day, and the bonus (as always) is that they’re incredibly cost-effective.
So give Nexus a call today on 020 8944 1491, and let us quote you for the easiest and best office carpet tiles in London!