Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Furniture Life: Creating A Stylish Lobby

Lobby Design TipsYou to start impressing your office guests the minute they walk in the door. The furniture and seating you select for your space will play a major role in making first impressions positive. In today's post, we'll highlight the design tips and space planning advice you'll need to get the job done right. Enjoy!

Before you rush out and purchase new lobby furniture, take the time to properly measure your space. Start by taking the perimeter dimensions of your waiting area. Take note of all entry ways, windows, and power outlets that will affect the way your furniture fits.

With your dimensions in hand, plot out a rough sketch of your space on paper. Make some copies and start drawing in various furniture arrangements to determine what type of layout will work best for your specific business needs.

If you need a little inspiration for your project, visit a local showroom. You can also check out the lobbies of surrounding businesses. Don't be afraid to take pics and ask questions that will aid you in your quest to create the best guest waiting area possible. Take your inspiration search online. Browse social sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. You'll be met with limitless ideas, design trends, and space planning advice.

Researching the hottest lobby makeover trends will ensure you're ready to keep your space up to date. This year, tablet arm seating has been incredibly popular. Brands like OFM have even taken things a step further with the addition of powered lounge chairs and sofas designed to improve the guest waiting experience. You might also like beam style guest seating, a popular alternative to the traditional side chairs commonly used in lobby makeover projects of years passed.

Gray leather and wood grain tones are on the rise in 2015. If you're currently taking on a lobby makeover, jump on this boat quick! As gray is rapidly becoming the new black, this is one movement you'll definitely want to be a part of.

When it comes to selecting a reception desk for your welcoming area, be sure to choose one from a full service furniture collection. This way, you'll be able to create a cohesive look between your lobby accent tables and receptionist station.

If possible, avoid mix matching products from various brands. Unless you're a professional designer, this can be risky. Sadly, mix and match makeovers rarely come out the way they are envisioned. Don't be afraid to think outside the box with your project! The only thing better than being up to date with the latest design trends is setting them.

Before your furniture arrives, take the time to properly prep your space. Patch any unsightly wall marks and paint while your room is empty. It's never fun to paint around stylish new office furniture at the risk of enduring an unwanted spill! Create a staging area to place furniture when it arrives. This way, you'll be able to unbox one piece at a time and bring it into your lobby without feeling cluttered. As there will no doubt be some rearranging of furniture throughout the installation process, don't fill your space with packaged furniture that clouds your vision.

Once your new lobby furniture and seating has been successfully installed, complete your space with room accents. Lot's of DIY designers make the mistake of trying to accent there space before furniture arrives. This is a no-no. Waiting until your room is setup is just plain smart. All too often this process is rushed, over done, and poorly executed. In the long run, the accents pull the whole space together. In most cases, a nice area rug, some cool lighting fixtures, a potted plant or two, and a few pieces of professionally framed wall art will make your lobby look fantastic.

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