Specifications for offices usually focus on these requirements:

  • Durability

  • Style

  • Comfort

  • Environmental friendliness (especially if the building is specified to Green Star)




Reception areas are a great opportunity to make an excellent first impression on clients and business associates.  Colour and style requirements vary from traditional to modern, neutral to startling, statement-making to functional.  There's a huge variety of different looks (and shapes) in Shaw carpet tiles, perfect for smaller areas.  For larger spaces with high foot traffic, porcelain tiles are a good choice for a durable, low maintenance surface, with colours, sizes and textures to suit almost any design. 


If entry is from outside, for carpeted areas, we recommend entrance matting to reduce wear on the carpet; for porcelain tiles slip resistance needs to be a consideration.  The D1 Acceptable Solution to the NZ Building Code for access routes requires either 1.8 metres minimum of absorbent matting, or a 6-10m area of slip resistant surface, before progressing on to the dry area tile.  Click here to read more detail on the Code requirements.


Meeting rooms


Like reception areas, meeting rooms can be purely functional, or designed to create a stylish space.  They are usually carpeted, with carpet tiles as a durable, good-looking option for high-use areas.  To create more of a statement, plush broadloom can be used for board rooms.


Office area


Above all, office spaces must be practical - easy to clean and comfortable to work in.  Carpet tiles are a popular choice - dark colours and/or a pattern are good options for hiding stains.  Cork and rubber flooring are ideal for offices interested in creating an environmentally friendly space.  Both Comcork and Regupol rubber are made from recycled materials, and have the GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) eco-label, which can be used for Green Star credits in NZ.  Rubber is an excellent choice for common areas and open walkways as it absorbs footfall noise.




Specification in bathrooms is budget dependent: smooth Tarkett vinyl is typically used as a cost-effective option, while porcelain tiles are usually more expensive.  Both options are hard-wearing, and safe underfoot (as commercial bathrooms are not typically a wet-area, they don't require a non-slip surface, with the exception of office bathrooms with open/disabled showers).  If the floors are tiled, the walls are often included - to ceiling height or a high dado level, either in the same tile as the floor, or a plain white.  To create interest a feature wall may be used.


For more information on any of these products, or to discuss your Office specification, please contact your local Jacobsen expert.