Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Top 5 Office Makeover Mistakes

New Office Furniture Makeover Project

Looking to start an office makeover project? If so, you're probably anxious to get started with all the awesome new furniture solutions available on the market this year. That being said, there are a 5 important mistakes you need to be prepared to avoid. Today's article highlights important tips and advice guaranteed to make your office makeover project go smoothly.

1.) Not Measuring


Measure Your Space

The number one mistake made by those purchasing new furniture is the failure to measure. All to often consumers and business purchasing agents rush furniture purchases to meet a deadline and forget to take note of their space dimensions. To avoid this mistake, the first step in your office makeover project should be to accurately measure your space and notate all important room factors. Windows, entry ways, power outlets, and load bearing members should all be taken into account from the get go. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than purchasing beautiful custom furniture, waiting 3 to 5 weeks for manufacturing , and then having it arrive in the wrong size due to a very avoidable mistake. Take the time to measure up front. It's an absolute must!

2.) Didn't Ask for Input


Ask for Advice

If you're shopping for office furniture for the home or business, it's important to get input from those regularly using the area being revamped. Purchasing furniture and seating that only meets your specific taste can cause design backlash that's easily avoided. During the shopping process, get input from 3 or 4 individuals. Ask for insight and design ideas that they'd like to see incorporated into your space. This important step shows you care about the opinions of your family and colleagues. In most cases furniture is purchased every 5 years. If coworkers are left out of the buying and design process you could be stuck with a lengthy period of time listening to the aesthetic complaints about expensive furniture you just purchased. While some input is good, too much can make a shopping a nightmare. Make sure not to over involve and only request opinions from those you trust. The saying "too many roosters in the hen house" definitely proves true when re designing a professional office space!

3.) Mixing and Matching


Mixed and Matched Furniture

We all love to play interior designer but very few of us are actually good at it. If you're shopping for your personal space mixing and matching items may not be too big a deal. However, those looking to makeover an office waiting room, reception, or lobby area can find themselves in a design nightmare when mixing products and finishes from a various brands. If you have the budget, meeting with an interior designer can prove quite helpful. If not, take your time when shopping. Call your preferred furniture supplier direct and ask for furniture and chair suggestions. The best office furniture lines from brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, and Global Total Office include full service solutions for every room of your business. These manufacturers understand the design needs of your business and the importance of cohesive products that maintain a common theme throughout your workplace. Avoiding the mix and match approach can also save you valuable time and money. Often, bulk discounts will be available from your dealer as a bonus for choosing products from one manufacturer. This also cuts down on shipping times as you'll be receiving products from one place as opposed to 4 or 5 when products are mixed and matched.

4.) Didn't Request Finish Samples


Finish Samples Chart

When shopping for office chairs and new furniture online, finish samples are a must when taking on a large makeover project. Depending on the resolution of your computer screen, digital color swatches may look a different online than they do in person. As color and wood finish samples are typically free, requesting them from your furniture provider is a must. Why leave room for error? Requesting samples up front ensures you like the finished project. As custom furniture is non returnable, doing your homework upfront will no doubt save you time and budget. Needless to say, those shopping for new furniture for lounge, reception area and waiting room will want to inquire about free finish samples and suggestions before making a final purchasing decision. Veneer samples are also a huge help, especially for those looking to purchase new furniture like wood desks for executive office applications.

5.) Not Prepped for Installation Day


Office Furniture Installation

Furniture installation day is incredibly important! All the best office furniture installation and remodeling tips will have ample info about perming. Your prep for this event will determine how smoothly your makeover transition runs. All too often home and business furniture install teams arrive on scene with new products, and the area is in no way ready to be outfitted. To avoid this common frustration, make sure to schedule a delivery window for your new furniture. About 1 week before your furniture arrives you'll want to start prepping. Clean your space thoroughly and remove any furniture not essential to conducting business. Removing all files, trash cans, plants, and other common office accessories will save you time and money on install day. Being prepped will also help to build a good rapport with your install team or delivery company. Proper prepping also helps to avoid accidents likes damaged furniture or personal injury often caused from rushing to meet a deadline.  Making a plan in advance will help your project to run smoothly. In most cases, your installer will be happy to make a quick trip over to view your space. Those taking on minor installs themselves will need to be more individually prepped. Designate a staging area for new furniture and a plan to get rid of the old. Using a layout sketch will also ensure you maximize your space potential and avoid moving new furniture around repeatedly. Overall, prepping for installation day is one of the most important tips to remember. Make sure you stay ahead of the curve by making an effective plan for your project.

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