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Eventually, every office needs to invest in new furniture, but with all the options and styles, how do you know which office furniture to buy? If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, NOW is probably the time to be looking into options.
- Is your current furniture disorderly, and is it problematic for efficient workflow and employee production?
- Has your furniture become a risk? Is it breaking down, hazardous to employees, and lacking ergonomics?
- Does your furniture layout inhibit collaboration among employees and departments?
- Has technology outpaced your furniture, preventing business growth?
As much as we may hate to admit it, we spend a lot of time in the office. Too many of us suffer in an office environment that is not well designed, and we make do with whatever office furniture is afforded to us. However, those in the know are aware that an effective, personalized work-space and intelligently engineered office furniture makes all the difference in our productivity and overall effectiveness.
5 Things To Think About Before You Buy Office Furniture
Here will have outlined some of the most important factors to consider as you look into which types of office furniture will be best for your business, your space, and your employees.
Make a list of your basic needs
Before you start thinking about what office furniture you will need, make a detailed list of your most basic office needs. The list should include items you must have for your office such as a computer, fax, printer, telephone, file storage, and so on.
When making your list, think about the ways in which you plan to use the office. If you are a graphic artist you may need space for a computer and a larger table or workspace for your artwork. If you are a consultant, you may need additional space for locking file cabinets to protect sensitive documents and a place to meet with clients.
Get employee buy-in
Every employee is different and a good way to show your loyalty to them as well as build theirs with you is to get their get buy-in. A short survey, specific for your organization, might be a good start. Include in the survey multiple choice and open-ended questions that enable employees to provide specific feedback on their ideal workspace. Even if you can’t meet every need, it shows that you care and that you’re trying.
Select furniture designed to work for you
There are many choices when it comes to office furniture and in particular the most central component – the office desk. While it may appear to be just a place for you to work, quality office furniture should integrate your technology and promote efficiency. Keep your electronic components in mind. Beyond your computer and printer, think about your cell phone, video camera or music player. A good desk includes wire management to keep those unsightly cords out of view.
A desk’s top needs to be durable so you need not be concerned about marring it or leaving on it an unsightly ring from your morning coffee. Look for desks that include storage to keep everyday items out of view. If your computer requires a CPU tower, consider storage solutions that will incorporate it to keep it clean, protected and ventilated.
Make sure that you choose an ergonomic desk chair with appropriate support or a standing desk that allows you to more easily alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. Trust us, your back will thank you!
Choose your location
If you are in a corporate environment, chances are your location is predetermined, but you still need to think about how best to use this space. In most cases, the desk should be positioned with a view of the office entrance and to make use of available natural lighting.
Home office locations are much more flexible, ranging from the corner of a family room to a dedicated office in a spare bedroom. Make sure your home office is removed from potential distractions such as the kitchen, family traffic, and noise. The important thing is that you have a permanent space that is dedicated to working.
Buy office furniture that reflects your style and brand
Now you get to be creative. Choose furniture that reflects your style. Are you looking for something traditional or contemporary? Wood furniture has a more traditional feel, while steel and glass pieces are more modern and industrial. For a transitional environment, consider a combination of these materials. A professional office needs a consistent look, so choose a common aesthetic for your desks, storage cabinets, chairs, and other prominent elements.
From used furniture to brand new, leasing options and office space planning… iSpace Office can cover all the elements of a professional working environment. Call (317) 694-7197 or submit a contact request and we’ll reach right out to you!