Creating a Safe and Comfortable Break Room in a Manufacturing Facility

May 13, 2024
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In the bustling world of manufacturing, where efficiency and productivity are top of mind, it’s easy to overlook the importance of providing a safe and comfortable space for employees to take a break. However, a well-designed break room with high-quality commercial furniture can do wonders for morale, productivity, and overall employee satisfaction. 

At Plymold, we understand the significance of creating inviting spaces within manufacturing facilities that promote relaxation, rejuvenation, and a sense of community among employees. Here are a few essential elements of designing a break room that prioritizes comfort without compromising functionality.

  1. Durable Furnishings: Manufacturing environments can be rough on furniture due to heavy usage. Invest in high-quality, durable commercial furniture that can withstand the demands of a busy break room. Look for products engineered to last, such as our Dur-A-Edge® table tops and 100,000+ double rub count fabric seating.
  2. Comfortable Seating: Providing comfortable seating is essential for giving employees a place to relax during their breaks. Consider incorporating a variety of seating options to accommodate different preferences. Popular break room furniture options including booth seating, bar stools, and traditional table seating. For employees needing to charge their devices, powered dining counters offer an ideal place to relax and recharge.
  3. Ample Space: Space can often be limited in manufacturing facilities, but it’s important to allocate enough room for the break area to prevent overcrowding. Ensure that there is sufficient space between furnishings to allow for easy movement and accessibility, especially in areas where employees may be carrying food or beverages. We recommend 24″ between backs of fixed seating units and 42″ between table tops for table and chair layouts.
  4. Aesthetics and Ambiance: While functionality is crucial, don’t underestimate the power of aesthetics in creating a welcoming atmosphere. Choose colors and textures that are soothing and conducive to relaxation and match your company’s branding and décor. Incorporate elements of nature such as plants or natural lighting to bring a sense of calmness to the space.
  5. Healthy Refreshments: Encourage healthy eating habits by providing access to nutritious snacks and beverages in the break room. Consider installing microwaves so employees can enjoy a warm meal. Include a condiment counter as a coffee/tea station and stock it with everything your employees need to enjoy a coffee break. This will not only promote employee wellness but also boost energy levels and productivity.
  6. Promote Community: Your break room furniture should serve as more than just a place to sit and eat lunch or enjoy coffee. It should be a space where employees can socialize, connect, and build relationships with their colleagues. Incorporating round tables into your design or arranging employee lounge furniture to promote conversation are great ways to encourage employees to gather and engage with others during their downtime.
  7. Easy Maintenance: In a busy manufacturing environment, regular cleaning and maintenance is essential to keep the break room looking its best and to ensure a hygienic environment for employees. With no need to push chairs in, fixed cluster seating units make cleanup quick and easy, making them a popular choice for larger manufacturing facilities. 

Creating a safe and comfortable break room in a manufacturing facility is essential for fostering employee well-being, satisfaction, and productivity. By prioritizing investing in durable furnishings, providing comfortable seating, optimizing space, enhancing aesthetics, offering healthy refreshments, and promoting community, you can design a break room that becomes a valued asset to your organization.

At Plymold, we specialize in supplying commercial furniture solutions tailored to the unique needs of manufacturing facilities. 

Contact us today to learn how we can help you choose the perfect break room furniture for your employees.