Company sees surge in demand for office furniture that allows people to social distance

Company sees surge in demand for office furniture that allows for social distancing

SEATTLE — As the state of Washington gets ready to get back to work after the shutdown from COVID-19, companies are trying to remake their offices fast.

Watson, a Seattle-based company, has been slammed with requests for office furniture that allows people to work at proper social distance.

“We’re here to help people do their best work in an office,” said Lucas Pearl, Watson vice president of product and development.

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The company has been inundated with requests for acrylic screens.

“We make a version that would run the length of a desk as well,” Pearl said.

About 50% of Watson’s client calls are for buying barriers, which was about 3% to 5% of clients before the coronavirus outbreak.

The company also is making about 150 etch boards week, which offices are using as dividers.

Watson shut down but reopened to help supply police and medics.