Furnishing an Office

Although at first it may sound like the easiest job that you have ever been given, there is more to be considered when furnishing an office than you may think. What you must of course keep in mind at all times are; what is the function of the office and what the budget is.

Obviously you will want the office to be as pleasing to the eye as possible, especially if visitors are expected to be taken there. At the same time though, the office must be completely functional and the workers needs will also have to be considered. This means that although there may be a very wide variety of options for furniture from which you can choose that variety drops considerably once you have taken all the considerations into account.

First and foremost though, you must take into consideration the function of the office. If there are several people that will be required to work in the office; are the fitting of cubicles more convenient? If so you will have to decide the size which each cubicle will need to be, taking into consideration the amount of space each worker will need in order to carry their duties efficiently. Whether or not you use cubicles, you will want to know type of desk each worker will need as well as the size each one will need, especially if they are all responsible for carrying out different duties. You will need to decide how much space is needed apart from that which the workers and their desks take up; for instance, do you need seating for visitors? Do you need to have space for filing cabinets, if so how many?

It is not often that you are probably asked to furnish an office and so you may not be aware of some of the furnishings which are available and so it often advisable to seek assistance when choosing your furniture range and that assistance can usually be provided by the supplier of the furniture, after all they have seen many offices and know all the ranges which are available and so they just may be able to advise what is the best in your situation.

First of all let’s consider that you opt to have cubicles. The wall height of the cubicles can vary by as little as inches and so what height would you want? Do you want that the workers can see each other and interact or would you prefer that they are completely isolated?

Today there are many different style and types of desk that you can get and some of them are specifically designed to fit economically into different spaces. Sometimes, for certain workers, a standing desk may be more productive and if so, could that be more economic with space. Obviously if one of the desks is for a receptionist, that desk would have to be of a completely different design from the rest and if you do have a receptionist, you obviously expect visitors and so how comfortable do you want them to feel whilst waiting?


Introduction To Office Planning

When you move into a brand new open office space, the emptiness can feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why I bring you today an introduction to office space planning. This is so you’ll be able to do the planning yourself, even if you find someone else to do all the building for you. Even if you are not planning on doing things yourself and will just go with a professional project manager, it is important for you to know what is necessary to do an effective office space planing with out having to consult all those fit outs review sections on your local news paper.

The first thing you need to do is a list of all your wants and needs for the office space that is currently empty. How many dedicated areas will you need to conduct your business. What type of furniture are you going to go with? Are you going to have cubicles or the dreaded open space working area? All of this becomes very important when deciding on a plan for your new space. Remember that it’s important to consider that a natural feel for the space will go a long way in making your personnel feel at ease and in consequence be more productive.

When designing your office keep in mind the technology you are going to use. Plan for the computer and telephone networks. Also, plan for electricity for your work stations. Remember that you plan to stay on this location for enough time so that your investment starts bearing fruit, so if you fill it with outdated equipment that require very specific interfaces that might be outdated quickly. You don’t want to find yourself having to replace technology in just a couple of years. So, consider updating your equipment when you make the move to a new location and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches and won’t need to go for that fit outs review section prematurely.

If you are able, when designing your space give your employees the opportunity to personalize their own private space. I’ve just read about this and think it’s a great idea. It will improve your employees’ satisfaction, morale and it will develop loyalty. If you give the personnel the ability to feel responsible for their own space you’ll have a more motivated worker, able to be more productive.

Also, when designing your new space take into account that some people don’t like change. So it is your responsibility to promote the idea of a positive change. You can do this by presenting an open and enthusiastic attitude towards the move. If you have a policy of inclusion where you will listen and appreciate feedback from your employees, it will help motivate them about the change as well.

Keep your vision in check by adding up the costs. When you design your new space it is very easy to go overboard with innovation or personalization, what must keep you in check is the budget. Budget time as well as money. How long would this dream space of yours will take to finish.

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