Monday, May 23, 2016

Lobby Remodeling Q & A with

Lobby Makeover TipsTaking on a lobby makeover project? We've got you covered! In today's post we'll tackle the most commonly asked lobby design and makeover questions to help you complete your project successfully. Enjoy!

Q: How should I begin my lobby remodeling project?

All successful office makeover projects start with proper space planning. Start by obtaining the perimeter dimensions of your space. Be sure to note the location of all entry ways, power outlets, and windows that will affect your furniture layout. Once you've got your dimensions, double check them. There's nothing worse than purchasing beautiful new furniture, only to find that it doesn't fit properly.

Q: What are the latest lobby makeover trends?

You'll no doubt want to keep your space up to date with the latest trends. This year, tablet arm chairs have been incredibly popular. As businesses look to improve the guest waiting experience and create positive impressions on visitors, powered lounge chair models like the Morph and Serenity from OFM have also been on top sellers. In addition, gray and cream leather upholstery options have been in high demand.

Q: How much should I spend on my project?

Before setting a budget for your lobby remodel, you'll want to do a cost analysis. Check out lobby seating, tables, and room accents online to get a good idea on price. Determine how many guests you'll want to accommodate at any given time. This will give you a good idea on how much you'll be spending. On average, smaller lobbies with around 8 seats can typically be remodeled for around $2,500.00. A larger lobby designed to accommodate 25 or more guests can cost $5,000.00 or more depending on the furniture you choose.

Q: How can I extend my makeover budget?

There's lots of awesome ways to save big on new lobby furniture. You'll want to start by searching for  new products online using a comparison shopping engine like Google Shopping. Here you'll be able to quickly sort products by price and manufacturer. Next, look for a dealer that's willing to provide you with free shipping. Delivery costs can really eat into your budget. Additionally, you'll want to contact various furniture providers to inquire about bulk discount pricing, coupons, and current specials to help you save. Sure you can browse the web for coupons, but it's much faster to just call.

Q: What are the top lobby furniture manufacturers?

As you'll no doubt want to avoid cheap knock offs and imitation products that aren't built to last, knowing the best brands will help ensure quality throughout your project. Lesro Industries offers the largest selection of professional lobby furniture collections on the market. With modern and traditionally styled collections available, you'll have no trouble finding the guest seating and room accents needed to successfully furnish your space. Additionally, Global Total Office provides high end lounge style furniture, guest chairs, accent tables, and beam chair solutions that can be customized in stunning upholstery options. If you want the absolute best for your space, give Global Total Office furniture a look. Their products typically take 3 to 4 weeks to manufacturer, so plan accordingly! Both Mayline and OFM also deserve honorable mentions. These industry leaders provide lots of trend setting lobby furniture.

Q: How long should my project take to complete?

This question is directly related to the stock status of the products you choose to purchase for your space. If you select in stock products, they should ship out within about 2 business days of order. Transit times typically run about 5 to 7 business days depending on your location. Made to order products usually take around 3 to 5 weeks to manufacturer and transit times are about the same. In addition to the shipping of your lobby products you'll want to allot about 5 days for space planning and design. Lastly, plan for about 3 days of space prep, assembly, and installation. The average project done with in stock products should take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete successfully.

Q: Should I do my own installation?

If you're lobby area is on the small side, installation should be a breeze. Most guest chairs, sofas, and lounge chairs ship fully assembled. This means you should only have to unbox them and place them in position. If you've added end tables or a coffee table basic assembly may be required, but it's nothing to be afraid of. If you decide to take on installation here are a few tips to help...

  • Create a staging area to rest furniture before it's assembled and brought into your space.
  • Patch walls and paint your space before new furniture arrives. 
  • Furniture is well packaged. Prepare to dispose of multiple boxes and lots of packaging materials.
  • Have basic tools and a first aid kit on hand.
  • Have at least 3 individuals ready to help and assist you with installation.

If your space is larger, hiring the pros is probably the best way to go. You'll want to provide your local furniture installation company with a list of items you're considering purchasing to have an idea on cost. The installation company will often be able to have your products shipped directly to them. They'll then be able to bring over your new furniture fully assembled and ready to be situated in it's new home. Professional installation will eliminate a lot of headaches and hassles that are commonly encountered on larger projects. If you ask us, it's well worth the investment.

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