Mezzanine floors within a storage facility can often be seen as simply a necessary additional floor space. It is a practical solution for a practical problem, and as such, its visual impact can be approached as irrelevant. A budget mezzanine can be created quickly and efficiently as a simple, secure metal structure, in keeping with the rest of its warehouse style surroundings. It is certainly true that the primary feature of a mezzanine must be a practical structure that meets your requirements; whether that be an office area, additional storage, or a larger work space. Engineers should ensure that access and layout conform with building regulations and health and safety requirements. On many occasions, companies are happy with a straightforward metal structure, with safety railings and fittings and facilities for its intended purpose; be that storage racking, filing cabinets, desks or lockers.
But what if you are looking for something more sophisticated? A mezzanine office, for meeting with clients and colleagues? Or a quiet area for staff breaks? Can a mezzanine floor within a busy storage or workshop environment be an attractive and relaxing area?
There are as many different mezzanine designs as there are individuals with ideas! At the design stage, your project manager should run through your options with you. There are lots of simple steps that can be taken to make your mezzanine more attractive, according to your chosen budget.
Walls and windows
Walls and windows can be added to a mezzanine level. Ceilings and walls of warehouse facilities can be insulated and plaster boarded to create a cosy, homely environment that can be decorated in keeping with the atmosphere you wish to create. Windows can be added to look out onto the work floor below, allowing managers or administrators to stay involved in the daily activities. These can be soundproofed, to allow quiet work to take place. In other cases, clients may prefer the mezzanine to be more a “part of” the workshop environment and instead of walls, elegant glass or wood railings can be put in place, rather than usual metal barriers. With some engineering expertise, it can also be possible to create outside facing windows, or even skylights, allowing natural light into the space.
Decor is an important and yet very low budget way to affect the impact of your mezzanine floor. Choose a feature wallpaper for one wall to make a bold statement; you could even choose a wallpaper in keeping with your business identity! Or alternatively, choose a simple wall paint, and experiment with wall art. Choose a light paint colour to make spaces look larger and brighter. Psychologists suggest that colour can affect mood. Green is supposed to create a calming atmosphere, while yellow is believed to “stimulate the intellect”! The colours of your mezzanine can be a refreshing diversion from the practical storage space or workshop below.
Decoration and furnishings are another potentially inexpensive way to make your mezzanine instantly look more elegant. Carpets add an element of comfort, and soft furnishings can create a contrast with the busy workshop below. Your furniture can be chosen within a vast budget range, providing whatever level of luxury your resources allow. At this stage it is important to spend some time thinking about the layout of the furniture; do you want office workers compartmentalised with multiple cubicle desks, or able to interact with a more open plan area? What will the layout be for your conference room? Will there be a reception / waiting area, and how will it be positioned?
You may want to consider natural lighting for your mezzanine floor, with windows or skylights. A report on Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in offices states that “access to windows and daylight… bring consistent benefits in terms of satisfaction and health,” suggesting that access to windows reduces the amount of sick leave taken by an employee. Where it is not possible to facilitate natural lighting, you could consider LED lighting that can mimic natural light.
It is possible to install a visually interesting access point to your mezzanine floor (Read more about our guide to choosing mezzanine floor access). A floating staircase or spiral staircase can be a bold feature, as well as a practical access point. Spiral staircases have the added benefit of taking up less space in the floor below. You will need to obtain expert advice on what access is required to fulfil health and safety legislations.
At WSL, we pride ourselves on designing safe, practical structures that meet our customers’ requirements. We work together with clients to ensure that access, height and layout take their specifications into account, while also ensuring that all building regulations and fire and Health and Safety legislation is met. We have expert designers on site, to create the perfect mezzanine floor solution for you!