Hollywood is changing. From office space under construction to Millenials living in mixed-use residences, a furnishing accessory many people take for granted is ready to breakout in a starring role. Look for room dividers to become a hot item. Here’s why.
In Los Angeles County, Hollywood accounts for 58 percent of office space under construction. The president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Leron Gubler, wrote in a recent newsletter that he expects new jobs in the “hundreds, if not thousands” to provide employment for area residents.
“All of these employees will be needing places to dine and shop and so our retailers and restaurants will benefit,” he wrote. “The firms will need supplies and so vendors will benefit.”
When small businesses hire employees and new to shape floor space, room dividers are an affordable accessory to delineate space. As temporary and permanent staff are added, configuring office floors becomes an art. The solution isn’t high tech, but it’s important to the overall work environment.
A Chatsworth-based company stands to benefit from the office expansion and the large number of Millenials who will forgo stand-alone homes with rooms separated by walls. The Sliding Door Company has been in business for ten years providing room dividers for residences and office spaces with its work solution Spaceplus. It’s a firm that has showrooms nationally and six in Southern California.
Hollywood leads Los Angeles County as home for the largest concentration of Millenials. At last count, 35 percent of Hollywood’s population in the 90028 and 90038 zip codes is made up of Millennials, adults aged 18 to 35 years old. Again, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce reports it is greater than West L.A., which contains 29 percent Millennials and Santa Monica, which comes in third with 24 percent Millennials.
The age group is also one reason why creative companies are setting up new offices in the area, contributing to both the office space demand while making Hollywood a place where many residents will give up cars because they live close to their work. The need to create environments with temporary workspaces is a trend that’s occurring nationwide as small businesses contend with family leave and other issues.
Décor sets the tone for home and work. Room dividers are often made from a wicker type material but, as noted on the Sliding Door Company’s website, glass options “allow just the right amount of light to heighten the beauty of the spaces they occupy.”
Hollywood’s mixed use office and living spaces will also bring an influx of personalities to the workspace. Room dividers that can easily be moved according to temperaments and space demands will go a long way toward keeping morale high. The accessory may not completely steal the show, but it will no longer be a bit player as Hollywood’s redevelopment becomes complete.
For news on Hollywood, including inductions into the Walk of Fame, visit the chamber’s website.