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Creating the Perfect Office Space

Whether you’re a big business or a sole trader you know that having the right workspace makes you and others happy to work and more productive over all. But did you know that the wrong workspace can make you sick? Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) encompasses symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, poor concentration and more. All due to long periods of time in the same building; a building where there may be poor ventilation, airborne pollutants, poor lighting, improper use of digital screens and stress.

Planning is crucial to avoid making people ill and creating an environment poised for success. Remember to keep in mind the number of people who will be in the space, what you’re using it for and most importantly what your budget is. Once you have those sorted it’s time to focus on…


Light & Sound

Natural light is essential if you want to increase productivity and decrease absenteeism. The best way to let the light in is through large windows, glass curtain walling, skylights or glass wall partitions. Wall Partitions in particular allow for an open feel but a sound protection for private meetings and a busy office.

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If you’ve worked with a brand consultant on your corporate colour and logo you’re probably already aware of the psychological effects of colour. Depending on who you ask, certain colours can enhance creativity, calmness and negotiating power. Blue is generally thought to be a calming colour, whilst red supposedly encourages your appetite and negotiating skills. Green has been shown to be an easy colour for the eyes, thereby lessening eye strain and headaches. With so many different opinions out there we suggest doing your own research into the perfect colour palette.



There are rules and regulations on how much space per person an individual is entitled to in the UK. See the rules here. Once you’ve got enough space to satisfy those rules, then you can start playing around with where each department should go and how your business processes affect where people are placed. Is there enough room for meetings? Do people need individual workspaces or can they use a hot-desk system? You don’t have to limit yourself with a traditional office design.

SHS Products Clear Glass Wall Partitions in Office Space


Google’s UK head office has Hobbit Holes and Jet Ejector seats while the Microsoft office in Vienna has a slide. Now you don’t have to go that far but remember that fun relieves stress and allows colleagues to talk in a less formal environment.



A big trend for offices is making the office space feel like home as seen with Google’s soft furnishing and floral wallpaper or Honest companies’  meeting rooms that look like living rooms.


Good luck with your office design and if you have any glass requirements remember SHS Products are here to chat to.

Square Tube Balustrade Installation Guide

Welcome to our handy guide on installing the Square Tube glass balustrade from SHS Products. For a full breakdown read the fitting instructions in our Square Tube Balustrade brochure here.



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Jargon Buster Vol.7 – Afina Products Edition

It’s time for another edition of the SHS Products Jargon Buster, today in Vol. 7 we are simplifying Afina. If this is your first time with us let us fill you in. In the Jargon Buster we go through a few of the terms regularly used in the balustrade industry and attempt to simplify them for you. Whilst some words are more obscure than others it’s always good to have a refresher on the basics as well.


Afina Balustrade

The Afina balustrade is an anodised aluminium shoe channel that holds your pane of laminated glass in place. The glass is adjustable from one side meaning you can adjust the level of the glass from the internal side of your balcony.



Shoe Channel

The shoe channel is simply a long aluminium clamp that holds the pane of glass at the bottom and ensures your glass panel is secure without obstructing your view. The shoe channel comes pre-assembled, all you have to do is adjust your screws inside the track with our supplied spanner to get the glass to your desired level.

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Adjusting Screw/Glass Leveler

These components are part of the pre-assembled Afina base channel. These fantastic parts allow you to adjust the level of your glass from one side of the balustrade. This allows you or your fitters to safely ensure that your glass is plumb and level. These screws or glass levellers are adjusted using our tailor made spanner that is supplied with this system.

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End Cap

The end cap is simply a piece of metal that covers the end of the channel shoe. It fits over the shoe and then is simply screwed in to the base channel.



These designs allow you to keep the metal parts to a minimum and glass to a maximum, thus opening your space. We’ll be back soon with another edition of the SHS Jargon Buster! If you have any questions or suggestions then contact our team in store on 01922 743842. We are also available social media channels. You can find us on FacebookTwitter and more.


What We Produced in 2017!

A very happy new year to all of our customers old and new! We hope you enjoyed your festive break and are ready to get back to work, because we certainly are. As a proud UK manufacturer we took stock of all of the balustrades we produced over the course of 2017. SHS Products have been in business since 2005, but 2017 turned out to be our biggest year yet. Bring on 2018!


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Jargon Buster Vol. 6 (Infinity)

We’re back with the 1st installment of the SHS Jargon Buster 2018! Of course overall this is our sixth edition of the helpful jargon guide. This time we’ll be focusing on our Infinity glass balustrade system. Continue reading

Frameless Featured on Ugly House to Lovely House

Recently one of our beautiful balustrade systems was featured on Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke. Our Frameless balustrade was used as part of a fantastic upper deck over looking a picturesque green garden. The house was designed by architect Greg Blee for the family in Bournemouth.

The Show

The show initially aired in February 2016 and is now in its second season. Presented by George Clarke, who has also presented Amazing Spaces, the show has been backed by channel 4. It airs on Thursday nights at 8pm!

It features a different family home each week and shows the progression of their home improvement. They have several chosen architects to work on the various projects while staying within the limit of the family’s budget.



The House

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Indoor Glass and Railing Balustrade Inspiration

In this blog we look at the various ways that balustrades are used indoors to modernize various domestic and commercial spaces. We are taking you through three examples of indoor balustrades. We will explain to you where they can be used, which systems can be used and which systems we recommend.





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How to install our Pinion Balustrade

Our Pinion Balustrade system is a Stainless Steel and glass system made up of steel posts with ‘arms’ that hold glass panels in place. This Balustrade is perfect for both internal and external uses, from balconies, decking or stairs. The Balustrade can also be customized with either clear or frosted glass in a range of sizes to suit your needs.

Installing this Balustrade is easy, too!Pinion glass bannister

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