Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Office Design 101: Creating A Project Timeline

Office Design and Space Planning Tips for Success
So you're ready to create the workspace of your dreams? That's great news! The first thing you'll want to do is create a strategic plan of attack and timeline for your project to ensure you remain on track while avoiding makeover mishaps along the way. That's where we come in. Today on the blog, we'll walk you through the full process and provide you with a general idea on how long each step will take to complete effectively. Enjoy!

All professional remodeling projects start with space planning. You can't very well rush out and purchase new office furniture if you don't know what size space you have to work with. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than buying non-returnable desks, tables, and chairs that won't fit properly. To avoid this all too common office epidemic, kick off your project by properly measuring your interior. Obtain the perimeter dimensions of your workspace with a tape measurer and double check them for accuracy. Always be sure to take note of entry ways, windows, power outlets and room obstructions that will affect the way your furniture fits. It's also a good idea to have a trusted coworker check your measurements. You can never be too careful during this step.

Estimated Time: 1 Day

Once you know what's going to fit, it's time to get inspired! You can get a healthy dose of office design inspiration by visiting a showroom in your area. If you don't have a showroom, take your inspiration quest to the web. Social sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram will provide you with a ton of trend setting ideas on how to make your project the best it can be.

Estimated Time: 1 Day

Now it's time to shop! When searching the web for the perfect desk and chair combo, be on the look out for the most common ways to save. You can really stretch the budget by avoiding shipping costs and finding coupons. Additionally, you can save a ton of time by using a comparison shopping engine like Google Shopping. Most of the top office furniture collections are listed on this popular platform. Using this handy tool will make it easy to check out dealer reviews and sort products by price, brand, and even those with free shipping!

Estimated Time: 3 Days

When your furniture is purchased the real work begins. The minute you process your order, reality will set it than you've got a lot to do. Contact your dealer a couple of days after buying your furniture to inquire about estimated lead times. In-stock furniture will typically ship out from the factory in a couple of days. Made to order items can take 3 to 4 weeks.

For the sake of today's article, let's assume you've purchased in-stock products for your space. This will give you about a week of prep time to work with. The first thing you'll want to do is clear out your current furniture. If you plan to sell it, now is the time to do it.

With your old office desk configuration removed, you can give your interior a thorough cleaning. Patch any tack holes and hit your walls with a dry eraser. Now is also the perfect time to lay on a fresh coat of paint. You definitely don't want to be painting around that beautiful new desk and custom upholstered office chair you purchased. The risk of an accidental spill should be avoided at all costs!

Estimated Time: 7 Days

Now you're ready for the big day! When your furniture arrives, have a designated staging area ready. Taking all your boxes into your space at once will make for a very crowded assembly process. If your items are staged outside in the hall, you can bring them in one at a time to maximize your workspace.

Furniture assembly is nothing to be scared of. The average office consisting of a U shaped executive desk, personal office chair, and wall cabinet can be installed by 3 individuals in about a day. Having basic tools and a cordless drill on hand will definitely speed up the process. If you're weary about assembling your own furniture, inquire about professional installation with your dealer. They'll be happy to provide a few resources in your area.

Once your furniture is installed, you'll be left with a ton of boxes and packing materials to dispose of. Prepare accordingly. Having trash bags and box cutters on hand is definitely a good idea. With all the debris from your project removed, you're ready to give your interior the final once over. Wipe down your furniture and then kick back in your new office chair. You've earned it!

Total Project Time: 12 Days

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