Whether you are just starting to create your own office space or refurbishing an established office, picking out the right furniture will be an investment in the future of the business. It is wise to avoid costly mistakes. Here are some vital things to think about when buying office furniture.
1. Set A Budget And Stick To It
Once you know how much you have to spend, you can make a wish list of items you require and this will help to reduce the temptation to overspend.
2. Comfort And Efficiency Are Key
Contemporary designs in modern office furniture are all well and good in the style stakes, but think about comfort, too. Uncomfortable, poorly designed chairs and desks will hinder the efficient day to day running of the office in the long term. Comfort is the key to improved productivity, as well as a major contributing factor to the good working health of employees.
3. Durability And Practicality Equals A Longer Lifespan
Furniture that is well built from quality materials will have a much longer lifespan than cheaper options. Choose quality woods or steel frames for strength, as well as for aesthetic appeal.
4. Make The Best Of The Space Available
Large office furniture will overwhelm a small space and make it look crowded. Choose more compact items where space is limited. Also look at whether an open plan office space will benefit your business. By removing partition walls, more space becomes available for furniture and maximises the use of natural daylight in the space. Lack of natural light and overuse of artificial lighting cause unhealthy working environments.
5. Consider The Client’s Comfort Too
Think less “dentist’s waiting room” and more “executive airport lounge”. Provide comfortable chairs, with side tables containing interesting literature and plenty of tea, coffee and soft drinks on tap.
6. Look At Colour And Design As A Mood Enhancer
Ergonomic office furniture not only looks good, but provides a healthy and efficient working environment for employees, Coloured furniture can lift the mood of the room entirely, providing an attractive and pleasing working environment, too.
7. Storage Can Be Space Consuming
Office storage is essential, but lots of shelving units, cupboards and filing cabinets can swamp the working environment. Consider using one room, such as a smaller office, solely for storage, keeping only vital items to hand in the working space.
8. Keep Employees Happy With A Break Area
Setting aside a comfortable break area where employees can grab some quiet time, with a cup of coffee and a magazine, will improve the productivity of your business tenfold. If employees are happy and relaxed and they feel valued, they will work harder.
9. To Screen Or Not To Screen?
Where there is a need to cut down background noise, in a call centre environment for example, acoustic screens between workstations are useful. However, where employee interaction is needed, open workstations provide a more workable and sociable environment for employees. Office furniture suppliers, such as Calibre, for example, can help you to analyse your office space before you make your purchases.
AUTHOR BIO: Anna Mathews is business mentor and consultant with her own business advice agency. For quality office furniture and space analysis, she recommends Calibre Office Furniture and Interiors. (226)