Monday, October 5, 2015

Office Remodeling Q & A With OfficeAnything.com

Office Remodeling Q & AHave office makeover and remodeling questions? You're in the right place! Our team of interior specialists are here to help. In today's post we'll cover the most commonly asked office remodeling questions to help you tackle your makeover projects successfully. Enjoy!

Q: What is the most important step in the office remodeling process?

Leave no doubt. The most important step in the remodeling process is space planning. If you don't properly plan your workspace, the odds are you'll run into headaches that can otherwise be avoided. Start by obtaining the perimeter dimensions of your space. Be sure to take note of entry ways, power outlets, windows, and load bearing members that will affect the way your office furniture fits. Once you've got your dimensions, double check for accuracy! Don't rely on old blueprints or measurements obtained by another member of your team. Tackle this important step yourself. It's the key to a successful project.

Q: What tools do I need to have for space planning?

In most cases you can handle basic space planning with a tape measurer, ruler, and mechanical pencil. As you never want to "eye up" measurements, a tape measurer will help improve your accuracy. If you find a tape measurer a bit old school, you can invest in a digital version. With these fancy units you'll be able to nail down accurate dimensions in seconds. Drafting paper and a scale ruler will also come in very handy if you want to sketch out your room to scale (which you should).

Q: What are the latest furniture trends?

Lots of hot new furniture trends have emerged in 2015. This year tablet arm seating has been popular for training room, guest waiting area, and private office makeover projects. Tablet chairs improve versatility and functionality alike. In addition, gray wood and leather tones have dominated the market. Finish options like Textured Driftwood and Gray Steel from Mayline are a must consider if you're looking to keep your space up to date with the latest trends. Retro office chairs and industrial furniture is also popular. Brands like Woodstock Marketing and OFM, Inc. have greatly contributed to this movement. If you really want to keep it retro, can check out swap meets, thrift stores, and antique shops. You'll no doubt find vintage office relics including that will make your space stand out from the competition.

Q: How much will my office remodeling project cost?

This ones a bit tough to answer, but we'll give it a try! The cost of your office remodeling project will be greatly dependent on the style, size, brand, and quantity of products you need. As you'll no doubt want to create a budget for your project, doing an office cost analysis will help. Browse the web for furniture and seating you have interest in. Load the items you find into shopping carts and keep a list of online vendors you've visited. When you're done shopping for ideas, compare the items from the various sites you've visited. Prioritize items as needs or wants. You'll then be able to determine about how much your project will cost. Typically, executive office makeover projects run between one and four thousand dollars. Reception, lobby, and waiting room projects usually range a bit higher.

Q: What are some good ways to save on new furniture?

There's plenty of great ways to save on new furniture. First and foremost, you'll wan to select your new products from a dealer that's willing to help you avoid shipping costs. These days, most manufacturers don't even charge their dealers for standard tailgate or loading dock delivery. This means, if you see products from a brand like Mayline, Woodstock Marketing, Cherryman Industries, or Eurotech Seating with shipping costs, keep it moving! The dealer is simply trying to make a few extra bucks on your purchase that can be quickly avoided. In addition, take the time to call dealers directly. Sure you can visit lots of different coupon sites, by why not just give them a quick ring? Ask about current specials, closeouts, quantity discount opportunities, and other key ways to save. While you'll likely be rewarded with money off your purchase, you'll also get a good feel for the dealer and their commitment to customer service.

Q: How long will my furniture take to arrive after order?

This is questions is greatly dependent on the size of your space and how much furniture you'll need to complete it. That being said, if you purchase in stock products they should ship out within 2 business days of order. Transit usually ranges between 4 and 7 business days. If you've chosen to go with made to order or custom furniture, the wait will be a bit longer. Made to order office seating and furniture usually takes around 3 to 5 weeks to craft. Transit times will be about the same. As a side note, be sure to contact your dealer about 2 days after order to obtain tracking information. This will help you guide furniture in. Additionally, you'll be able to avoid getting caught with new furniture on your doorstep while you're unprepared.

Q: What are the best furniture brands?

While this questions is certainly subject to personal opinion, we do have our favorites! Here at OfficeAnything.com we regularly recommend Cherryman Industries, Mayline, OFM, Global Total Office, and Offices To Go for private office, training room, reception, and conference room furniture. These brands take pride in crafting excellent products that fall inline with the latest industry trends. If you're in need of new chairs, we recommend Eurotech Seating, RFM Preferred Seating, and Woodstock Marketing. Our favorite all around brand is certainly Global Total Office. You'll be looking at about a 3 to 4 week lead time on their products, but they are well worth the wait. Global offers fantastic ergonomic and executive office chair models, as well professional workstations and open desking solutions for interiors small and large.

Q: Should I do my own assembly and installation?

If you're handling the remodeling of a single office space, installation shouldn't be that big of a deal. Most individual office spaces can be tackled in about 2 hours. For larger reception, waiting room, and lobby areas, you'll probably want to consult with the professionals. While assembly and installation is nothing to be scared of, it sometimes makes it easier to enlist the help of the pros to avoid the heavy lifting and debris removal!

Q: How many people do I need to help me with my project?

The design and space planning process should be handled by yourself and one other individual to double check your measurements. If you decide to take on assembly and installation internally, you'll want to have about 3 helpers.

Q: How can I make my space more ergonomic?

If you want to make your space more ergonomically correct, there's plenty of products available to help you do it! Ergonomic monitor arm and keyboard tray solutions are widely considered the two must have ergo items of 2015. This year, adjustable height desk and table models have been highly recommended as they promote continuous movement in the workplace and help to prevent extended sits. Smaller and more cost effective products like foot rests and CPU holders will also come in handy. In the long run, ergonomic effectiveness starts with you! Be sure to practice good posture tips and tricks to ensure you're sitting correctly. Avoid sitting for long periods of time, and take a 10 minute break every hour. These simple and free tips will greatly improve your work day.

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