The Hair Nightmare
Imagine sitting in the chair of a salon for two hours, clutching tightly to the celebrity photograph you hope to find yourself transformed into. The anticipation can often transform into anxiety- sure, that haircut looks great on that celebrity, but how will it look on you, with your face shape, with your skin tones, with your lack of a 24/7 hairstylist at your disposal? What if your new do makes you look twelve again? Are bangs really a good idea? Is this cut only cute on blondes? Sounds trivial, but anyone who has ever suffered a bad haircut knows the impatience and agony of trying to recover from it. Wouldn’t this process be so much more enjoyable if you could enter with some confidence? Well, enough people agreed, and now you can type in “try a hairstyle” on Google, and find an array of virtual haircut and color makeover tools online. All you need is a photo of yourself and then you can go from Beyoncé locks to a Rihanna pixie, in seconds. Obviously these virtualized makeovers aren’t meant to guarantee the perfect haircut experience, but they certainly can help visualize your ideas in context.
Changing your hairstyle isn’t the only big decision that benefits from some visualization assistance. Changing learning and working spaces can also be quite the challenge. We can all attest to the disparity between envisioning where to place furniture and how it actually fits within the space. While stores like Ikea may boast showrooms with dimensions to show off how their furniture creatively utilizes small spaces, it doesn’t really help unless one of those spaces happens to be the same exact size and layout as my own space.
Spare the Scare
Cue Interior Concepts’ new Table Layout Tool. This tool is an online tool that does not require any sort of software to download or install, nor does it require any sort of design capabilities, which makes it easy to access and use for almost anyone. Whether you are designing your classroom or your office this tool will also save you time. No longer will you need to worry about physically figuring out which formations to use or the best way to fit them in your space. Let’s face it- furniture can be heavy to move, so doing all of your trial-and-error arranging and rearranging in advance will give you a better idea for creating a solid plan on installation day. The best part? This tool is so simple to use that you can have your space designed in minutes… literally, and without any of the headache of taking or calculating measurements.
Easy to Use Table Layout Tool
So let’s jump into how the Table Layout Tool works. As mentioned, this is an online tool, so begin by visiting interiorconcepts.com. Under the “Design Ideas” navigation tab, locate and click on “Table Layout Tool.” Pretty simple so far. Once the Table Layout Tool has loaded, begin by entering the dimensions of the space you wish to design – this is located just above the grid and is measured in feet. On the left-hand side of your browser you will notice a list of Interior Concepts’ diverse array of quality office tables, all designed to-scale with your grid. This is where the fun begins.
- Add as many office tables of any shape or size as you please, by simply clicking on the item from the list. Each item you click will appear on the grid to your right, where you can drag it to your desired location.
- To select a certain object on the grid, you can either click it on the gird, or select it from the lest of tables added, that will form above the list of available tables on the left side of your browser.
- To rotate a table, place your cursor on the long handle of the selected object, click, drag, and release when you’ve reached desired angle.
- To remove a table from your design, all you need to do is click on the red “-“ next to the item on your list. You can also reorder your items for a more itemized list, by clicking the up or down arrows in the “Rearrange” column of your list.
- To aid your creativity, you can group office tables together by holding the Shift key and selecting tables you’d like to include, and clicking “Group,” which is located next to the dimensions selection and zoom modules, above the grid. This will make visualization more efficient by eliminating the need to move each table separately. Groups can easily be ungrouped by clicking the “Ungroup” button directly adjacent.
- Designing formations is easy with the “Copy” function- by selecting a table or group of tables, all you need to do is click “Copy” for a duplicate to appear, ready to drag into place. Make too many? No problem, just select a table or group of table and click “Delete.”
- Once you have completed your design you can export if as an .IC file, which is a file type you will be able to import and continue working on at a later time, should you so choose. This file can be obtained by simply clicking “Export,” when you have finished working. Similarly, clicking on “Import” will allow you to reopen your file if you wish to make further changes at another time. If you would like a PNG (image) or PDF file at any point in your design process simply click on the corresponding button, located underneath your grid. This is a useful feature if you wish to present various options you’ve explored during your design process to someone, or to compare side by side.
Why to Choose Tables
Many office or workspaces are designed with the traditional notion that employees will execute their tasks in a self-sufficient manner, during regular business hours. However, the reality of most modern workplaces is that teams are more collaborative and positions are more hybrid in nature than ever. With growing demands for employees to accomplish multiple tasks that involve working with other employees, tables are a great option for flexibility and collaboration. Office tables come in an array of shapes and sizes, making them versatile for a variety of uses like small teams of individuals, or large groups as a forum for discussion or presentation. Much easier to move and reconfigure than cubicles, tables are also a good choice for offices with growing or shifting teams and needs.
Beyond the workspace, tables are growing evermore popular in educational settings. Not only are tables conducive to a community-learning approach, they also provide a flexible learning environment because of the ability to frequently change classroom layouts. With the flexibility of changing room layouts students can sit next to and interact with different students each time. Using tables to furnish the classroom also saves critical space that can otherwise be utilized for supply storage, play, or other non-seated activities. While tables may not possess as much inherent storage as desks, they promote information sharing, agility, and create enough surface area to host community storage.
Interior Concepts has been manufacturing quality Michigan-made furniture built to your exact specifications for over twenty years. When it comes to tables, the metal-to-metal connections and fully welded legs on all Interior Concepts tables will stand the test of time and make installation a breeze. In addition to superior quality and durability of construction, tables have a 1.25″ thick worksurface finished with HPL laminate to resist wear and tear. With the variety of innovative shapes, the possible combinations are seemingly endless. Still not convinced? Go ahead and try for yourself- the Interior Concepts Table Layout tool is FREE and easy to use, so you’ve got nothing to lose! Give it a try here: Table Layout Tool.