Thursday, May 18, 2017

You Purchased New Office Furniture. Now What?

What To Do After You Purchase New Office FurnitureThe real work begins once you've purchased new office furniture for your home or business. You've got to start scheduling and prepping your space effectively to ensure you don't suffer from makeover mishaps. Have not fear, we're here to help. Today we'll walk you through a simple 7 step process to ensure your project stays on track and without any surprises. Enjoy!

1.) Start Scheduling

About 2 days after your furniture has been purchased, take the time to contact your dealer direct to inquire about estimated ship times and tracking information. This will give you the timeline needed to get your interior ready for the integration of new furniture. Typically in stock office furniture will leave the factory within 3 business days and tracking will be available shortly after. If you've opted for custom office furniture the timeline will be a bit longer, usually about 3 to 4 weeks. Prepare accordingly!

2.) Clear Our Your Space

This is the first major step of the remodel. You can't very well remodel your interior without first removing the old furniture. Before starting the breakdown, take some pictures of your space. If you're planning to sell your old office desk and computer chair the pics will come in handy. You'll also be able to do a cool before and after to showcase your interior transformation to friends and family.

3.) Clean and Paint

Once your old furniture has been completely removed, it's time to give your space a thorough cleaning. Start by going through your old office file cabinet drawers and purging out any documents you no longer need to store. Next you'll want to patch any old thumb tack holes and hit your walls with a magic eraser.

With the furniture removed for your space, it's the perfect time to paint. Rest assured, painting around newly installed furniture is very risky! With an empty room you'll be able to lay down a drop cloth effectively to protect your floors from any spills. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards the overall feel of your project. Don't skip this step.

4.) Enlist Some Help

Furniture assembly is right around the corner. You're definitely going to want to have some help. As new office desk configurations and chairs can be very heavy, you'll likely want to enlist the help of 2 to 3 individuals to help with the lifting. Give your desired helpers at least a few days of advance notice so you don't surprise them at the last minute. With helpers signed on, you're almost home free!

5.) Create A Staging Area

When your new furniture is delivered, you don't want to walk it directly into your new space. This makes for a cramped assembly process and a lot of frustration. Alternatively, you'll want to create a staging area in your garage or office hallway. This will allow you to bring in boxed items one at a time for assembly, thus providing you with ample room to work efficiently and safely.

6.) Tackle Assembly

Furniture assembly is going to seem a little overwhelming at first. But rest assured, it's nothing to be afraid of. When you're helpers arrive, formulate a plan of attack. Have one person read the instruction aloud as two others work on completing each step. The average home office executive desk will take approximately 1 hour to assemble. Chairs are much quicker.

During the assembly process, you'll want to have basic tools on hand. A cordless drill, wrenches, pliers, sockets, and measuring tape will definitely come in handy. It's also a good idea to have a first aid kit, just incase there's an accident.

Remember, safety comes first. Office furniture assembly is not a race. Those who try to rush through the process typically wind up frustrated as they've skipped steps and have to back track. Slow and steady wins the race!

*If assembly seems like too much to handle. Obtain a quote from the pros as soon as you've purchased your furniture. If you can get the installation service to provide you a quote prior to purchasing new furniture, that's even better. 

7.) Remove Debris

At the end of the assembly process, your office will look like a cardboard bomb went off. There will be an abundance of bubble wrap and fodder flooding your newly revamped interior. Be prepared to break down a bunch of boxes. Have trash bags on hand to ensure you're able to clean as you go. This will limit the work at the end of the project when everybody is tired.

Once the debris has been removed, give your furniture a good wipe down and vacuum your floors. Voila! You're all done. Make sure to take a few pics to show off your skills.

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