Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Buying Office Furniture

Shopping for anything is never easy, especially when shopping for office furniture. Whether you're shopping for yourself or for business purposes, there are always important things to consider. Most people know to keep their minds on the obvious questions, such as: "will this desk fit where I want it to?" and "will this chair go with the rest of the room?" However, there is much more to it than people think. If you're on the lookout for great office furniture, here's a few tips to keep in mind so you can be as happy as possible with your purchase.

Lookin' Good

Cool Office

Aside from great service, furniture that looks good is one of the only things that tells employees and guests you care about their experience with your business. When furniture appears ragged, old, or uncompromising with the rest of the room, that will most likely be the first impression a customer will have of your company. When shopping, try to keep in mind what the rest of the room looks like. Remember the textures of existing furniture. Are things made of wood? Fabric? Leather? If so, try to keep texture the same throughout. Generally, colors are no different. Familiarize yourself with the color wheel. If you want a room to pop, find the main color of your room and add a bit of the color opposite it on the color wheel. If you want things to stay more subdued, choose colors that are next to it, or the same color of different hues. Of course, the proof is in the pudding, but knowing the same tricks interior designers are taught is one of the most effective ways out there to be sure your office will be lookin' good!

Go Ergonomic

Ergonomic Office

Ergonomic furniture has experienced a huge rise in popularity in recent years, and it's no guess as to why. This style of furniture is scientifically proven to benefit workplaces by increasing efficiency. Things such as ergonomic office chairs with leather, mesh, or fabric upholsteries bring much more than just fabulous style to a work environment. Their high adjustability makes them super customizable so users can adapt them to specific needs. Chairs with ergonomics are well known for their pain-relieving powers. Many are specifically designed to relieve back and joint problems as well as improve circulation. As if that weren't enough, office furniture manufacturers have also applied ergonomics to other applications such as desks, cubicles, accessories, and guest seating solutions. If you're searching for the best way to improve the comfort, productivity, and efficiency of your workplace, there's no better place to start than with ergonomic furniture!

A Great Fit

Measure

Measure, measure, measure! We can't stress this enough. There are too many people out there who buy furniture without accurately measuring the area in which they want it to go. Choosing pretty straight front office desks is fun, but buying them without knowing the exact dimensions is a recipe for buyer's remorse. To avoid this tragedy, make up your mind ahead of time where you want the desk to go. If you want it to go in a window alcove, be sure to accurately measure the distance between opposite walls. Be mindful of the dimensions of existing furniture and of the dimensions of any accent pieces your selected furniture choice may come with. For example, executive desks with modern features may or may not come with convenient pedestals or retractable drawers that could be rendered unusable if you didn't take them into account when measuring. One of the best ways to assure a great fit is to sketch the room or area out on graph paper to scale, then cut out your chosen furniture to the same scale on another sheet of paper, making sure to include drawers and accessories. This allows you to move the pieces around on the drawing of the room so you can see where they might fit.

The Customer's Always Right

Childrens Hospital Guest Area

Being mindful of what customers want is never a bad decision when buying office furniture. Even if you don't always know what the latest rage is in the interior design world, there are still plenty of things you can do to ensure customer satisfaction. One of the most obvious ways is with guest furniture. Choosing comfortable guest chairs with fabric or leather upholstery will show customers that you care about their experience with your company. If you're tight on space, opting for beam seating solutions for guest use helps maximize square footage. When redoing a reception or guest area, be sure to include coffee tables or end tables in your furniture layout so guests have places to set bags, laptops, beverages, or magazines while they wait. This also gives you the opportunity to leave out pamphlets about your business or even complimentary coupons. Remember, if the customer is happy, so is your company!

To Infinity and Beyond

High Tech Office

The world of technology is racing at a fast clip. Sooner or later, that old wood office desk is probably going to wind up in a history museum. When buying new office furniture, it's important to keep technology in mind. Even if your workplace doesn't use much more than standard computers today, there's no guarantee that you and your employees won't be filing purchase orders on touch screens tomorrow. If you work with others, one of the best ways to account for advancements in technology is through the purchase of stylish workstations with modular design instead of cubicles. Modular workstations keep everything within arm's reach, saving space and improving efficiency. However, they're also extremely easy and efficient to power, so you can rest assured that your office is prepared to accommodate whatever new gadget hits the markets next week!

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