Choose Office Furniture According
Putting together an office used to be pretty straightforward. Count your staff, buy your tables and throw in a dozen wooden chairs and maybe a sofa for your visitors. No one needs an interior designer or an architect for the job.
That was the Dino days. When times seem to be just on the crawl. But you are not hiding under the rock. You are in the midst of times and seasons where change happens as quickly as a blink of an eye.
Buyers have changed, suppliers have changed, logistics have changed and other what have yous related to your business.
Now, you may be pondering on setting up an office for your business. You may be drawing advice from your friends and still could not get your decision.
Well, Workzone provides help for you.
As you know the furniture in your house is worlds apart from what should be in your office. It’s ridiculous to prop up luxury seating in your employee’s workstations, and there’s just no sense in choosing fixtures that are needlessly sophisticated.
When it comes to choosing the best office fixtures, there are seven things you need to remember: color, material, theme, ergonomics, use, price, and versatility.
Now continue your scanning below as I describe these seven things and the first which you should pick first is:
To the Color
Some think color plays a little role in your decision. But the truth of the matter is, color is one of the most important aspects of creating your workplace. When played well, it can evoke specific moods and feelings that would otherwise not have been present with mere white furniture.
Wouldn’t it be wise to take advantage of the color’s power to increase your office productivity? You choose cool colors like blue or green to calm your employees or go with warm colors like red or yellow to energize them.
If you have a small office, the color of your furniture can make it look larger. Choose dark-colored furniture for your office to make space appear wider, or choose light-colored paints on your walls to create the illusion of vast space.
There is this office, a complaints department office. The whole room and its furniture are of the color pink. Yes, pink. Not only the walls but also the floor, the tables, and the chairs. And yes you guess right the staff uniform is pink.
The moment a visitor opens the door, his mood instantly changes, I mean instantly.
Remember, this is a complaints office, where every visitor you would expect to be almost exploding in rage over their various grievances.
The color pink eases feelings like resentment, anger, rage, and other confrontational emotions. But that is just for that company. There are also downsides in too overwhelming color schemes. Strike a balance.
Furniture comes in a variety of different materials. You have wooden tables, plastic chairs, metal desks, a combination of wood, fabric, and glass in office partitions. So many. Always remember that material plays a huge part in telling how long your furniture will last.
Plastic tends to chip away and easily get scratches, but they’re very sturdy, lightweight, easy-to-move around, and yes cheap as well. One material to consider if cost-conscious.
Wood is beautiful when used in offices, but varnish can wear away with constant use. Solid wood is also hard to find these days. And not only that its price may be higher.
Metal chairs or tables are incredibly durable, but they’re very hard to carry or move around. But lately, the trend pioneered by Starbucks resurrected the industrial type of furniture. You have this solid wood tabletop with metal frames and legs.
Matches Your Theme
Your office’s theme meshes all the separate elements in it. What theme have you chosen for your office? Are you going with modern design or traditional design?
Modern themed offices need modern furniture as well. Look for minimalist furniture with simple designs, or go with modern egg chairs, glass tables, and lots of lighting.
Traditional themed offices need furniture of traditional taste. If you have a traditional office, use wood sparingly, or use antique decorations and precious pieces to boost company morale.
Always remember that everything should follow the theme of your workplace in order to create a design that is harmonious, which equates to a work environment that’s pleasant as well.
And Staff Health
If there’s only one thing that you should focus on when choosing your furniture, it should be ergonomics. Ergonomic office furniture are fixtures that are specifically created to provide optimum comfort and the least amount of injury.
Repetitive tasks such as typing and sitting on an office chair can injure an employee if the chair, he or she is sitting on is not ergonomic.
Choose office seating that will be easy on the backs of your employees, and make sure that their computers or desks are propped in the height that would put the least amount of stress on their necks and on their backs.
The Occupational Safety Health Administration provides free training to people who wish to know how to set up their offices the right way.
With the wrong choice of furniture, the health of your employees is at stake. Choose office furniture that will provide the most comfort for your employees. Always remember: the more your employees are comfortable and happy with their workspaces, the more productive they become.
And Comfort to Employees
One thing that you should always remember when choosing office furniture is that comfort beats style. It doesn’t matter how unbelievably beautiful your furniture if people using these are agonizing then it’s a goner.
Seats made of metal or plastic might look dashing on your modern office but ask yourself a question: Are you willing to sit on that for eight hours a day?
Remember, don’t neglect comfort in your decision. Don’t buy furniture sets just because it looks good or it goes well with your office. Comfort should always be considered.
An office frequently expands to keep up with company growth. For this reason, it is extremely important that your choice not only fits your now needs but also tomorrow’s needs.
There is multi-purpose furniture available these days that you can purchase. There are large-filing cabinets that double as workstations or footstools that can open up to reveal storage boxes.
Multi-purpose furniture will benefit your workplace in the long run. As your company grows, your furniture should fit its needs as well.
But Price Influences
Most of the time it is price that influences. Yes, we’ve met clients who are very meticulous on the specs, very strict on the material and other things but eventually would make their decisions based on the lowest price.
They have their reasons. Office furniture can very expensive, especially when you’re purchasing things individually. To get a cut on price, you might want to purchase your office furniture in bulk.
Make it a point to do your investigation. Browse on couches, desk chairs, office chairs, and tables at chain stores like IKEA, Target, K-Mart, or Wal-Mart, but always make sure to compare prices and the quality of items that you plan to purchase. Avoid purchasing office furniture just because they are cheap.
Think of how long the furniture will last and how long it will take you to have to replace them. Sometimes, purchasing furniture from brand names can have its advantages. Brand name companies sell some of the most top-quality furniture you will ever find.
OK. Just Pick What YOU Value
Pick from among these parameters. Some factors might not match together. Rank them according to your preference.