Modular Wall Systems - Built to Move

What exactly are modular wall systems?


Here is the simple definition – Floor-to-ceiling partitions that can be repositioned and reused for a flexible workplace environment. These adaptable wall systems can be disassembled, moved, and reassembled when reconfiguring office space.

Everyone remembers the traditional office cubicle that rose to popularity in the late 1960s right? Well, prefabricated modular wall systems were around long before then. By the early 1930s, there were several major manufacturers of office wall systems, including Add-A-Unit Office and Bank Partitions, Masterwalls by Hauserman, Mowalco Interior Partitions, and the New Moveable Pabcowall System.

1930s Bank Partition

 In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the rise of small businesses and start-up culture sparked a new trend in office design – the collaborative workspace. This new trend led to the more modern modular and prefabricated walls you see today, made popular by companies like DIRTTFalkbuilt, Steelcase, and Allsteel, among many others. Today’s modular wall systems are sleek, many with glass fronts to allow for more light, with some products available in full panels, brickwork, or duo-segments with glass or laminate. This wide range of choices allows companies to design their workspace with the perfect balance of full privacy or partial openness while maintaining a consistent aesthetic throughout.
What are the benefits of modular wall systems?


Ever since the modernization of modular wall systems, the architecture and construction industry has seen immense benefits in employing them. Allow April Durham (Senior Interior Designer at SHYFT) and Stephen Manus (Director of Projects – IA at SHYFT) to explain several of the benefits:

1. Flexibility & Adaptability

2. Time & Money

3. Off-Site Construction & Minimal Impact on your Business

4. Eco-Friendly Material & Options 5. Quality Construction & Durable Materials 6. Integrated Technology & Electrical  
How have modular walls shaped workplace design?


Modular walls are more relevant now than ever – businesses need to be agile. What exactly does that mean? In the world of workplace design, an “agile” office is one that can be reconfigured and rearranged on demand. So, instead of dividing up space with drywall and steel, these “agile” workspaces use prefabricated modular walls and flexible furniture systems. This gives companies the ability to react to increases or decreases in workload or employee base and refine layouts to increase efficiency and productivity. Truth is, the evolution of the workplace is changing at a rapid pace, and office design plays a huge role in allowing for that evolution and growth to take place. Not only do modular walls provide the ability to modify the workspace quickly and easily, but more significantly, they provide a way for organizations to make changes as change is needed.

Another way modular walls have shaped the workplace is simply by improving corporate image with their sleek and versatile designs. Corporate image is crucial when trying to attract new employees or impress clients – you need an office that is uniquely designed, visually pleasing, and emphasizes your brand. Contrary to conventional drywall, modular walls offer an unparalleled visual aesthetic with a plethora of design options - fabrics, paints, veneers, custom finishes, as well as multiple glass and hardware alternatives. The design possibilities with modular walls are simply never-ending, allowing businesses and organizations to support and show off their brand with their unique office design.


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What are some best practices when working with modular wall systems?


It is important to identify some best practices when working in the realm of modular wall systems in order to have a successful experience. While asking questions and triple-checking answers are ALWAYS good best practices for any work, Stephen Manus provides some more inclusive tips when working with modular wall systems:


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