For entrepreneurs, starting a new business or the prospect of relocation can be incredibly exciting, and bring with it a sense of a new beginning. Whether you’re leasing a new office, jumping ship or rejuvenating your home office, buying office furniture is just as important as choosing your office space.
Check out our five top tips to creating a great office space.
1. Craft a plan, and stick to it.
Don’t rush out and buy the first office desk, chair or filing cabinet you can get your hands on. Instead, set aside some time to carefully design a sustainable plan that you stick to. Evaluate all the office furniture pieces you need to buy and ask your employees for suggestions and feedback. Pay careful consideration to how much space you have at your disposal, and factor in any plans to add to your staff.
2. A comfortable employee is a happy employee.
You and your colleagues will be sitting and working for long periods of time, so comfort is paramount when it comes to maintaining productivity and staff morale. Ergonomic office chairs and desks are the way to go if you’re looking to avoid any unnecessary workplace injuries. Chairs in particular need to be fit for purpose, so be sure to ask for guidance from your supplier.
3. Keep your sanity intact with adequate storage.
Plenty of storage will allow you stay on top of clutter and maintain a sense of organisation to your workflow. Consider what you need to store and where best to store it. You will need central storage for some items such as stationery, as well as employee-specific storage to keep all their desktop accessories close to hand. Remember to factor in clothing and personal belongings, as well any specialist office supplies that need protection between uses.
4. First impressions count.
In the world of business, first impressions set the tone for any business relationship, so make sure you present the right one to your clients. Give due consideration to the design and style of the furniture you’d like to buy for your office. Our advice is not to over-complicate things. Ensuring that your newer pieces compliment your existing interior will help to mould a consistent look for your office space.
5. Shop around for the best deals.
Now that you know exactly what you need, you can begin shopping around different office furniture companies to get a feel for what’s on offer. The difference in pricing may come as a surprise to you, so compare carefully. If buying office furniture online, be careful with who you decide to do business with. Some business owners tend to ignore the fine print before checking out.
Don’t let buying office furniture become a tedious task. Do your research in plenty of time, plan meticulously for what you need, and be ruthless when it comes to comparing prices and quality!
Need more help? Give Loco Office Supplies a call on (01) 685 2558 or check out our office furniture collection to get started.