Thursday, July 16, 2015
Office Design 101: Think It! See It! Do It!
A well thought our office makeover project is always more successful than one conducted on the fly! Have ideas on how to make your office makeover great? Of course you do! Write them down and put them to use. Think out the design process and make a detailed plan of attack. Obtain the dimensions of your space and be sure to take note of all entry ways, windows, and power outlets that will affect the layout of your furniture. This will help you avoid purchasing fancy new office furniture that doesn't fit your space correctly.
Additionally, you'll want to create a cost analysis and budget structure for your project to avoid over spending. Browse the web for popular furniture collections and compare prices. You'll be able to quickly determine about how much your project will cost. To get started, make a list of need, want, and must have items to complete your space.
Once you've got your dimensions and a budget, draw out a few layout ideas on paper. Consider where you're new furniture will fit and how to make your office the most effective. Where will your filing and storage cabinets will be most effective? Should your desk sit along the wall, in the corner, or in the center of your space as the main focal point? By thinking out the layout of your space and drawing out your ideas you'll be setup for success!
Once you're project has been well thought out and planned, go out and get a little inspiration! Visit surrounding businesses in your area and don't be afraid to snap a few pics. You can also cruise over to a couple furniture showrooms. Most dealers will be more than happy to assist you in finding the right furniture for your space. They'll provide helpful office chair suggestions as well as excellent insight on what collections are trending at the moment.
If you're to busy to get out of the office for a few hours, utilize the web. Social sharing sites like Pinterest offer awesome office design tips and pics of inspiring interiors. Rest assured, you'll be left with plenty of food for thought.
In the long run, if you don't love it on paper, in pictures, or on the web, you certainly won't love it in your space! Don't rush the process. Hunt diligently for the inspiration you need to create a well rounded space. You'll be glad you did!
So you've planned your project effectively and found the perfect new furniture for your space. Now it's time to put your plan into action! Start by using comparison shopping engines to find the best price on your new furniture. Getting a good deal on your new desks and room accents will make you feel great about your project. You can also contact furniture dealers directly to inquire about current specials, promos, and free shipping deals that will help you maximize your budget.
Once your furniture is ordered, it's time to prep your space. Start by removing your old furniture. Take pictures of it while it's assembled if you're planning to sell it to recapture some funds. With your furniture removed, take the time to patch your walls and paint if needed. Thoroughly clean your floors and remove all the old paperclips, thumb tacks, and post it notes that had no doubt been hiding under your desk.
With your blank canvass ready to receive new furniture, you won't want to fill it up with packaging materials and boxes! Create a staging area to rest furniture when it arrives. bring a few pieces into your workspace at a time to avoid an overcrowded installation. Have basic tools like pliers, a cordless drill, allen wrenches, and screwdrivers on hand to make the process as easy as possible. If you're prepared, basic furniture installation is nothing to be afraid of. Professional services are also available in most cities if you feel it's a necessity.
Once the furniture installation process is complete, you'll be left with a ton of packaging materials! Breakdown boxes and gather all the popcorn, bubble wrap, and fodder in trash bags. As your furniture has been in boxes, it's likely got some dust on it. Wipe it down and clean your space to ensure you transition into your new workstation effectively. Be sure to take pics of your space and share them online with the next furniture shopper in search of a little inspiration!