Sorry to be blunt, I have not found a single phone booth that was worth its salt…except for the prefabricated types.
Architecturally, they don’t comply w/ federal ADA laws, and therefore any local building codes as well.
Operationally, staff ends up policing them - they kick people out so they don’t squat, and so others can use them.
Acoustically, they leak sound, the very reason you have them. Those that don’t invite eavesdroppers are those that are far from others, so therefore privacy is not from the booth, but from distance.
Ergonomically, they’re not usually vented or air supplied via HVAC, so they feel stuffy.
Physically, they’re constraining.
Financially, you spent $ without meaningfully achieving any of the above objectives. Worse, the space you allocated to a phone booth could’ve been used for another revenue generating space.
My advice is if you don’t need the closet to save space, demo it to create more main space…or better yet, carve out a small meeting room for 2.
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On May 14, 2017, at 3:08 PM, Kevin Haggerty [email protected] wrote:
As we start to map out how we’re going to layout and organize our space, something we’re looking at now is how to provide spaces for phone calls. This is a little tricky because we’re upstairs, and also, we don’t have a lot of room to work with.
That said, we do have several closets that we don’t really need for storage, and were playing with the idea of converting them into phone booths.
The thought is to replace the doors with ones that have a glass panel, so to create the illusion of more space (less claustrophobic), and to add an aesthetically pleasing hanging light, a stool or stoop seat that doesn’t take up much space, a small floating shelf for laptop/phone, an outlet to plug in devices, and some soundproofing panels to help deaden the sound.
Have any of you ever tried anything like this? Any thoughts one way or the other?
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