3 Tips for a Great Break Room from our Makeover Contest

Break rooms are a frequently overlooked space.  Break areas are intended to provide a mental and physical break from the daily grind.  By offering a few essential items, you will quickly see a difference in your employees’ productivity and satisfaction.

Connally Junior High near Waco, Texas won our “Break Room Makeover” contest in fall 2015 and Perry Office Plus installed the furniture over their Christmas break as a surprise for the teachers and staff when they returned in 2016.

Here are 3 tips to take away from their makeover.

1. Create a visual distinction from the rest of the office.

For employees to be able to fully separate from their workspace and decompress, the break room should not just be an extension of the office.

The Connally Junior High principal had the break room painted a bright green to differentiate the space from the rest of the school and give staff a change of scenery during the day. When employees return to work, they will start fresh, and productivity will substantially increase.


“The new lounge is comfortable and provides a multipurpose setting for relaxing and work with colleagues,” said CJH employee Elaine Menefee.

2. Create more than just a place to eat.

A break room is more than just a place to eat lunch or grab a snack, but also a place to socialize. CJH took this to heart, and removed some existing cabinets to provide space for a small lounge area. HON Flock lounge chairs are great for reading or lounging, and a Flock occasional table has a powered port where teachers can plug in devices, in case they want to work away from their desk.

The Flock bar-height table and Motivate flexible-back plastic stools (both from HON) were used to create a community environment that encourages interaction.

After - Lounge Chairs

Mecca Perkins from CJH said, “The atmosphere is relaxing and provides us with a retreat from the hectic environment we work in throughout the day.”


After - Table & Stools

CJH’s Melissa Holt said, “Our new lounge is very modern and makes us feel like we work in a professional atmosphere.”

3. Call in a professional.

Our designer offered suggestions for styles, materials and layouts that would provide the best possible atmosphere. Rely on the experience of a designer or one of our furniture consultants to provide options and solutions that suit your staff, your organization, and your budget. Call us at (800) 234-6605 or visit our project portfolio.

Here are the “before” images of their teacher lounge — what a difference!


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