Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Office Makeover Checklist: 2015 Edition

Office Makeover and Design Checklist
When taking on an office makeover project, it helps to have a checklist handy. By formulating a plan and transferring it to an easy to follow checklist, you'll be far less likely to veer off course. In today's post we'll share a helpful office makeover checklist that will take your from space planning to installation. Don't settle for a sub par workspace due to improper planning! Get organized and effective today to create the workspace of your dreams!

1.) Set A Budget

Kick off your project by meeting with your team to set a reasonable budget. Take into consideration the style of furniture you'll be shopping for and what features it will need. You'll also want to take into account important factors like delivery and installation. These will all affect your budget and should not be left out of the planning process.

2.) Space Planning

Any professional office makeover project starts will space planning. Start by obtaining the dimensions of your space. Be sure to take note of all entry ways, power outlets, windows, and room obstructions that will affect the way your furniture layout works. Once you've double checked your dimensions, sketch them out on paper and make some copies. With your copies handy, draw in a few layout ideas to determine what will work best of your space.

3.) Get Inspired

Before shopping for new furniture, you'll want to get inspired for your project. Visit helpful sites like Pinterest and Instagram to search of office interiors you like. You can also search your favorite web browser for office interior ideas or visit surrounding businesses. Be sure to research the latest office design trends to ensure you space is on the cutting edge. This year gray wood tones, ribbed back office chairs, and powered furniture have all been hot!

4.) Shop Smart

Now it's time for the fun part! Start your office furniture shopping experience online to save the gas money. Start by browsing for full service furniture collections (lines that include desks, tables, and storage solutions) to keep things easy.

*Bonus Tip: Avoid mixing a matching products from various lines. Finishes rarely match and shoppers are usually left disappointed!

Once you've narrowed your search down to a specific furniture collection, use comparative shopping engines to find the best price. Be sure to look for coupons, free shipping specials, and deals that will help you set your budget.

5.) Shipping

Once you've purchased your office furniture, it's time to set up delivery. Contact your dealer of choice to ensure your order has been processed. Be sure to have your order number and customer ID handy. Once they've located your order, inquire about how long your furniture will take to ship and request to be notified when your products leave the factory. Once you receive a shipping notification, call you dealer to obtain the tracking info.

6.) Schedule Installation

If you're business is going to need professional furniture installation, now is the time to schedule it. Finding an installer in your area can be found quickly by browsing the web. That being said, if you'd like a recommendation or assistance, don't hesitate to contact your dealer for help.

If you're tackling installation with your staff, be sure to have a meeting to plan the project. You'll want to designate roles and create a list of items that will be needed on the install day. Most office chairs, desks, and conference tables can all be put together effectively with 3 person teams and basic tools. A typical executive office buildout takes around 5 hours with a three person team.

7.) Room Preparation

Now that you know when your furniture should be arriving, it's time to start preparing your space. If you're planning to sell your current furniture, take pictures of it in it's current setting. Next, remove the furniture and clean your room thoroughly. Patch walls, paint, and fix any areas that require attention.

8.) Staging Area

With your space ready for the addition of new furniture, you won't want to clutter it up with a bunch of furniture boxes when they arrive. Create a designated staging area that will allow you to unbox and assemble your products effectively. Once each piece is assembled, you can transition it into it's new setting seamlessly.

9.) Receiving & Installation

On the day your furniture is scheduled to arrive, you'll want to have your team ready to roll. If you're handling installation yourself, you'll want to have furniture dolly's to avoid as much heavy lifting as possible. If you've scheduled professional installation, the team will need to be directed to your staging area and given the rundown of your project. Let them know important factors like where you want desks to be located, lounge furniture to be positioned, and where power should be ran through.

10.) Debris Removal

Once installation is complete, you'll be ready to start enjoying your new interior. Unfortunately you'll be left with plenty of debris to take care of first. Professional furniture installation teams should take care of the boxes and debris, so don't let them slide out the door without finishing the job! If you've handled installation internally, break down your boxes and get them out to the dumpster. Be sure to vacuum up any smaller fodder that will keep your space from looking as good as it should. Lastly, wipe down your new furniture to ensure it looks it's best when you reveal the space the following day!

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