Monday, September 14, 2015

Office Makeover 101: 6 Tips You Don't Want To Skip!

Office Design TipsTaking on an office makeover project? If so, you're in the right place. In today's post we'll share 6 helpful tips that are sure to make your project run smoothly. From proper space planning and measuring, to installation preparation, the tips here are cultivated from over 20 years of industry experience. Enjoy!

1.) Plan It First

We know you want to hit the ground running, but a solid makeover plan will help you avoid major headaches. Start by obtaining the dimensions of your space. Measure the exterior walls of your interiors and be sure to take note of power outlets, entry ways, windows, and room obstructions that will affect the way your office furniture fits. Once you have your dimensions, sketch them out on paper to see what you're working with. Skan your sketch and make a few copies. Next, try your hand at drawing out layout ideas. Play around with where your new desk or tables will be situated to determine what will work best for your area.

2.) Set A Budget

Don't over extend yourself of your business! Set a budget at the beginning of your project to avoid this costly mishap. If you're unsure about how much an office makeover project will cost, do a little research. Browse popular desks, reception stations, lounge furniture, and conference room table models online to get an idea on price. You can also contact a furniture dealer for assistance. Explain to them what you're looking to do with your space. Any reputable furniture provider will be more than happy to help you accomplish your makeover goals at a respectable price point.

3.) Get Inspired

Before you start the shopping process, get a little makeover inspiration! Research the latest office design trends online. Lots of helpful inspiration can be found on blogs and social sites like Pinterest. This year, gray wood and leather tones have been super popular. Collections like Medina from Mayline have been the preferred choice of interior design teams and industry professionals alike. In addition, you can consider getting out of the office and visiting surrounding businesses for inspiration. Don't be afraid to snap a few pics and ask what type of furniture they used. While looking for design inspiration, you may just make a some valued relationships in the process!

4.) Shop Smart

Once inspired, you'll be itching to shop for new furniture and seating for your project! We recommend visiting local dealers and browsing comparison shopping engines online. A trip to your local showroom will allow you to test furniture and chairs in person. You'll also be able to leave with helpful literature on various manufacturers. Using a comparison shopping engine online will allow you to sort thousands of products by price, brand, and style. In just seconds, you'll be able to source exactly what you need at the lowest price possible. We recommend Google Shopping. It's an invaluable resource that's super easy to use. Once you select a vendor, be sure to inquire about coupon codes, free shipping specials, bulk discount pricing opportunities, and closeouts they may be offering to help you maximize your budget.

5.) Schedule Delivery

Once you're furniture is purchased, the real work begins! You'll want to start by scheduling delivery. This will provide you with the timeframe needed to get your space ready. About a week before your furniture arrives, take some pics of your current space and then clear out your old furniture. Give your area a thorough cleaning and patch any old tack holes. If you're planning to paint, nows the time to do it! Looking to extend your budget a bit? Consider posting the pics you took of your old furniture on Craigslist. You might be able to sell your old products to someone in need. If you can't find a buyer, consider donating it. Once you're space is prepped, determine which of your coworkers will be available to help on the day your new products arrive. Remember, all of the helpful tips in this section are only achievable if you take the time to schedule delivery with your dealer. Don't delay this important part of the process.

6.) Be Ready for Installation

If you're tackling the installation and assembly process internally, there's a few things you'll need to know. First and foremost, office furniture is heavy! Be prepared with furniture movers and dolly to help get your products into position. You'll want to have a staging area ready to place your new products when they first arrive. Don't just move all the new boxes into your space. Doing this is sure to bring you ample frustration as your area will be overcrowded during the assembly process. Start assembling items one by one and follow the instructions. Having basic tools on hand (screwdrivers, allen wrenches, pliers, and a cordless drill) will be a major help. Once all your furniture is assembled, you'll be left with tons of debris. Be ready to handle the mass quantities of bubble wrap and cardboard accordingly! When you're space is complete, be sure to take a few pics and share your success online. You'll no doubt garner your business some attention and praise for your solid work.

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