Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Arranging Your Office Furniture

office furnitureWhen it comes to setting up a new office, it’s important to consider how your office furniture will be arranged. Whether you’re setting up your first home office or moving into a new office at work, it’s essential that you make the following considerations when arranging your office furniture.

Office Objectives
One of the first steps when arranging your office furniture is to determine the overall goal of your office arrangement. It’s important to consider whether your office arrangement caters to clients, maximizes productivity or is for purely aesthetic reasons.

Measure Twice, Move Once
Once you have determined the goal of your new office space, the next step is to measure the size of your office and office furniture. To figure out the area of your office space, simply measure the length and width of the room and multiple these two distances together. It’s also important to note the location of each electrical outlet as well, because these may dictate the placement of certain office equipment such as computers, printers and etc. After you know the size of your office space, you can draft some preliminary furniture arrangement plans. Your plans certainly don’t need to be a work of art, but even a rough sketch will make it easier to identify flaws in your furniture arrangement.

The Command Center
office deskIt’s always a good idea to position your office desk first and foremost, because this is more often than not the most important article of office furniture and where you will spend a majority of your time. Position your office desk with your office objectives in mind. For example, if you’re attempting to maximize productivity, you will want your desk to be near an electrical outlet for your computer or other office equipment that requires a power source. If your focus is merely aesthetic in nature, you may want to consider placing your desk near a window to capitalize on the natural light.

Storage Space
If you’re going to use an office filing cabinet, you will want to set it up in a location that will be convenient for you as well as anyone else who may need access to it. When setting up any type of office storage, it’s important to consider how much clearance the cabinet drawers require to open fully. Nothing is more frustrating than digging through an office filling cabinet with the drawers only partially open. If storage space is limited, you may also want to consider vertical file cabinets or even rotary file cabinets as these take up considerably less space than your typical lateral file cabinet.

Choosing the Chairs
office chairLastly, it’s important to determine if you need office chairs and no we’re not talking about your comfy executive office chair, we’re referring to the office seating for your clients and work colleagues. In a smaller office setting, the ideal place for your office chairs will be directly in front of your desk. However, if you have a larger office, the ideal setup would have a separate space for client and team meetings.

Hopefully, the information provided above will help you better plan out your new office space. If you would like to learn more about your different office furniture options or to view our wide selection of discount office furniture, come visit us at

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