Taking on an office makeover project in 2016? We're here to help. While you're probably feeling a bit intimidated, rest assured, it's only natural. That being said, the design and makeover process can be fun, rewarding, and super simple. Today on the OfficeAnything.com blog we'll highlighting the tips and tricks you'll need to maximize success and minimize the headaches. Enjoy!
1.) Plan Effectively
Every good makeover project starts with effective space planning. To keep things simple, remove your old furniture and start with a blank canvas. Patch any unsightly wall marks and throw on a fresh coat of paint. Come up with a budget for your project, design theme, and estimated competition date. When you're ready to kick things off, measure the perimeter of your space, then double check them! Leave no doubt, accurate dimensions are an absolute must. You'll also want to take note of entry ways, power outlets, and windows that will affect the way your new office furniture sits.
2.) Go With A Typical
Trying to piece together a stylish workspace is quite the challenge! Keep things simple by going with a typical. This industry term is used to describe factory planned office desk configurations. These simple sets come with pretty much everything you need to cover the key areas of your space. Typical packages are widely available from popular brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, and Offices To Go. We recommend browsing the web for U shaped typicals, executive typicals, and home office typicals. Do your best to avoid selecting a desk, pairing it with a cabinet, searching for storage components, and blending finishes. This recipe is great for professional designers, but typically ends in disappoint for consumers.
3.) Research Trends
Don't rush into your makeover project without getting a little inspiration! Take the time to research the latest trends on social sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. Search for modern office interiors and cutting edge workspaces. If you're able to get out of the office for the day, check out a local showroom and pick up some literature. When all else fails, contact dealers to ask what product lines are hot.
Bonus Tip: This year gray office furniture and seating has been incredibly popular. Take one look at the Mayline Medina collection and you'll see exactly what we mean!
4.) Shop Smart
When shopping for new office furniture, you'll be met with an overwhelming selection of products. To avoid a confusion and complicated shopping experience, we recommend using a comparison engine like Google Shopping. Here you'll be able to quickly sort products by brand and those available with free shipping. Most of the top online furniture providers advertise on Google Shopping and you'll be able to categorize items you're interested in by brand and price. Using a comparison engine will help expedite the shopping process while simultaneously maximizing your budget.
5.) Prep For Installation
Don't get caught with new furniture at your door step and no way to receive it! Stay in touch with your dealer of choice. Contact them about 3 business days after you place your order. Ask and inquire about estimated delivery times and tracking information. When you know when your furniture is arriving, you can have a team on hand to help off load the new items. New desks and workstations are heavy. You'll definitely want 2 handy helpers. The day your furniture is scheduled to arrive, create a staging area. Don't just take new items directly into your space. This makes for a cluttered installation process. Stage your furniture and bring in items one by one as you put them together. Last but not least, prepare for debris. There will be lot's of cleanup. Furniture is very well packed to avoid damage. There will be plenty of popcorn, cardboard, and packing materials to account for. Plan accordingly!