The new office, new business, maybe the feeling you get walking through the doors for the first time. But, there is still a lot you must do before you can call an office home permanently. Outfitting the space with furniture is one such task. Which sounds simple on the surface, but can actually be quite a long and involved process depending on the size of your office space.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the best ways that you can work to outfit your new office space in 2019.
First things first, you need to actively research suppliers and make sure that you are choosing people close to your budget. When it comes to outfitting an office, there are plenty of available suppliers. But, choosing the right one can be difficult. Especially when you have to balance factors like cost, quality and even simply availability. Remember, just because something is cheap doesn’t always make it the best possible choice.
Having one supplier for all aspects of your office can also be highly convenient.
Design the Space
Before you actually commit to buying any furniture, it is important that you consider the overall design of the office first. Having a design plan can help you save both time and money when it comes to kitting out space. If you have a good plan, you can then spend the right amount of money and directly place the furniture in their designated space.
Without a plan, you can easily end up just buying things here and there. Meaning you will likely spend more money and the way you outfit the office will be disorganised, leading to things missing or overlooked completely until it’s already too late. This won’t be as dramatic as having desks without chairs, but it can be irksome to be continually looking to buy the odd bits and bobs you might have forgotten.
Make Sure It’s On Brand
When it comes to outfitting an office, one of the most important factors to keep in mind is that you need to make sure the furniture is on-brand. Have red in your brand name? Then likely most of your furniture or accessories will be red or have red prominently in its accents, that’s just good sense. Likewise, you can also make less on the nose associations between your brand and its decorations.
Having an animal native to a jungle in your logo, for example, could easily mean you have jungle-themed decor. It’s simply making these connections and making sure that they make sense that’s important. If your decoration tries to tell a brand story and fails, it can often be worse than not having tried at all. So, make sure that your message is coherent and stays loyal to your brand at the same time.
There are lots of design ideas out, so take inspiration and but make sure it fits your narrative as a whole.
Keep it Functional, But Comfortable
Office furniture can be incredible… boring. Functionality isn’t always pleasing on the eye and, worse, can incredibly uncomfortable to sit in on a day to day basis. For that reason, seeking out furniture which both serves a purpose and keeps your staff out of back pain at the same time is imperative. Make sure you search for furniture which has good back support, doesn’t cause anyone to sit at odd angles and can be adjusted to suit whoever sits at it.
Create a Breakout Space
And the final consideration you need to make once all of the necessary furniture is chosen is your fun pieces. How will you fit out a great breakout space for your employees to enjoy? This is where you can have a lot of success with choosing contemporary furniture that fits the feel of your office. Whilst also giving your employees somewhere to feel relaxed, content and able to escape the potential stressors of day to day office life.
All in all, outfitting an office depends entirely on your style, brand and often budget. But, it can be an incredibly fun thing to do and so shouldn’t be overlooked as you move your business into a new space. For some, it may seem more like style over substance. But it is the key to ensuring your office space is as overall comfortable as it is functional.