A Guide to 2021's Medical Office Design Trends

A Guide to 2021's Medical Office Design Trends

July 23, 2021 - Arminco Inc.

Whether it's going to the dentist, doctor, or vet, most people have experienced some anxiety while sitting in a waiting room or patient room.

In fact, some patients experience a notable hike in blood pressure once they are in a medical office, known as white coat syndrome.

But, your medical office doesn't need to perpetuate the stereotypes of healthcare settings as sterile and cold. Instead, use the latest medical office design trends to create an environment that's welcoming and calming.

The Latest Medical Office Design Trends

Thoughtful design has the power to transform your healthcare office into a space that patients actually enjoy visiting.

Here are some standout 2021 design trends that every healthcare provider should know about.

1. Bring the Outside In

Whether they are naturally occurring outdoors or brought indoors, green spaces have a proven positive impact on mental and emotional wellbeing.

Designing your office so that the view of nature is a focal point is one way to do this. You can also incorporate indoor plants in your waiting area and choose a color scheme that is reminiscent of the natural world.

2. Utilize Technology

In the pandemic, millions of Americans turned to telehealth to get the care they needed. This huge jump from the way we used to seek medical care has led more and more medical offices to think about how technology can be used in their offices on a day-to-day basis.

Check-in kiosks are one way that you can streamline the check-in process for patients and staff. Continuing to offer telehealth services is another important way that medical offices can use technology to provide care to patients.

3. Comfort is Key

It is commonly known in interior design that style comes second to comfort and functionality. The same holds true in doctor office design. Medical office furniture should be comfortable and inviting throughout your office.

Choosing furniture pieces that remind patients of home can also help to put them at ease and make their visit more pleasurable. Try adding a wooden coffee table and comfortable armchairs to your waiting room.

4. Choose Touchless Options

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer dispensers were seen everywhere from grocery stores to doctors' offices. Going forward, more and more medical offices are taking infection prevention seriously in their design.

Furniture should be easy to disinfect and HVAC systems should properly ventilate the office with fresh air.

5. Create Flexible Spaces

Social distancing mandates and capacity limits highlighted the need for more flexible workspaces in healthcare settings. Design trends indicate that adaptability will remain important in medical offices.

Mobile workstations and partitions allow your office to adapt to the circumstances, keeping patients and providers at ease.

Center Patient Wellbeing with Your Office Design Today

If you're looking to overhaul your medical office design, Arminco Inc can help. With our professional touch, you can rest assured that the wellbeing of your patients is prioritized in the design of your office.

Contact us today to get started designing the office that your patients are excited to visit.

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