When it comes to creating a business and defining your company culture and working atmosphere, the office furniture you choose will play a massive role. If you take a moment to think, every day, the same employees will be expected to enter the same environment and perform to the best of their ability, so creating a space that exudes the desired feel that you want is vital. So to help you, here are some points to consider to help you choose the right office furniture.
Your company’s identity
It may sound crazy to some that, before you even purchase a desk or a chair, you should know what your brand stands for – but it’s true. Your company’s identity should filter through to all aspects of your company from where your customers purchase, the support they receive, how your products make them feel, as well as how your employees feel. Understanding this will, in turn, help you decide on important decisions such as colour schemes and floor arrangements. For example, creativity and entrepreneurialism are encouraged through bright colours like orange, and open work environments that are conducive to collaboration.
This may sound obvious but before you make any significant purchases into office furniture you need to first know exactly how much space you have to play with. If you’ve seen a desk or coffee table you like then, instead of going ahead and making the purchase, decide whether or not it will be too big and bulky for the office. No matter what your company vibe, having a room that is cramped and stuffy is to no one’s taste and will lead to a rather unpleasant working environment. If you don’t have a lot of room to play with, then that’s not a problem, as modern office furniture is dynamic and there are always solutions to fit everyone’s requirements.
Again, a half empty office that is cluttered with lots of desks and benches is not a good use of resources of office space, nor does it encourage productivity. Instead, you need to think critically about what are actually the needs of the office so, how many permanent desks are needed? Will there need to be seating for lunch breaks (no one really wants to have to eat at their computer every day)? Will you be required to entertain clients or investors? Take a minute to jot down all of the needs you believe the office has and then seek feedback and ideas from other staff within your company.
Purchasing new office furniture is not particularly cheap and you could see your spending spiral upwards without a firm grasp on the finances. So before making any decisions, decide what is your budget for furnishing the office. From there, you can speak to furniture providers and get a good idea of what you can realistically afford to purchase. If you’re a start-up, then keeping a keen eye on costs is essential, and this step should be taken very seriously. Investors are unlikely to be happy to see £3,000 spent on fancy swivel chairs for everyone if they aren’t necessary.
Speaking to professionals
Furnishing an office, as you’ve probably now realised, is by no means a quick task and should instead be approached with care and caution. Ultimately, the best way to ensure you do it properly and create the best office space possible is by speaking to professionals who have direct experience in that sector. And, this is where Egan Reid come in with their tailor made office furnishing solutions to help businesses create the environment they desire. They are renown for taking into consideration all vital steps of deciding how to furnish business offices including the needs of the owner, the company culture, size and of course budget.