Monday, June 30, 2014

DIY Conference Room Makeover Tips

"Do it yourself" does not mean you have to do it alone! And for those of you looking to redo your office conference area with style, you've come to the right place. In today's article, we'll be listing the steps every DIY decorator needs to take to get a conference room your business can be proud of. Check out these tips for a helpful office makeover process that's sure to impress!

Assess Your Needs

Assess Your Needs

Every business is different. That's why it's so important to assess exactly what you'll be using your conference space for. As a place where you'll be meeting with other corporate executives and guests, a good conference room should be professional, but also showcase your business personality. Try to choose classy, effective conference room furniture with the same personality you want visitors to associate with your company. Also remember that you may be using the space for more than just corporate meetings. Having versatile modular conference tables that can reconfigure, or nest for easy storage, will be beneficial if the conference room doubles as a training area, presentation room, or boardroom.

Measure Your Space


Measure Your Space

For DIY experts, accurate measuring is probably thoughtless reflex by now, but for those of you just getting started, we cannot stress the importance of properly measuring space for interior design. Anytime you plan to decorate an interior, get a few friends to help you take measurements of the room. Then, make a scale drawing on graph paper to put it all in perspective. Be sure to make note of any entryways, power outlets, windows, and other permanent fixtures in the room. This will help you determine the best layout for furniture. Of course, once you've got an idea of the furniture you want, it never hurts to make scale drawings, cut them out, and move them around the floor plan to help decide on a layout.

Choose A Reputable Manufacturer


Choose A Reputable Manufacturer

This is the space you're relying on to represent the best your business has to offer. So remember, choosing reputable office furniture manufacturers is a must-take step (unless you plan on attempting to DIY a conference table by yourself). For those new to the office furniture world, know that Global Total Office, Cherryman, and Mayline have long been some of the best brands for choosing quality conference room furniture. You may choose to shop by office furniture collection with any of these great brands, or pick through furniture by categories (such as "top conference furniture" or "leather conference room chairs"). Either way, going with best selling office furniture brands is a surefire bet!

Shop For Value

Shop For Value

Almost all quality office furniture brands sell through a dependable office furniture dealer. However, with so many dealers out there, it's hard to know if you're getting the best price. Unless you plan on crafting your own furniture along with your DIY office space, do-it-yourself shopping is unfortunately part of the deal. But don't worry! There are plenty of ways to shop for value. Furniture can get expensive so don't be afraid to sign up for mailing lists (you can always unsubscribe later). Use an app or a comparison shopping engine to help you choose a top furniture dealer with free shipping to extend your budget. Markdowns, clearance specials, and holiday sales are excellent times to shop. And don't be afraid to ask for bulk discounts (most dealers offer them to shoppers that buy more than three items).

Paint Before Furniture Arrives


Paint Before Furniture Arrives

Once you've picked out your furniture and decided on colors, fabrics, and textures, it's time to break out the paintbrush. Getting the walls painted before your furniture arrives is crucial if you want a space that's ready to receive whatever you've bought. Try to choose cool paint colors with similar shades and patterns to the furniture you selected. Make sure to pick a few contrasting colors so your conference room doesn't seem visually bland. Try to get the painting done and dried before the date you set the furniture to arrive by. Remember, it's a lot easier to paint an empty room than one you've just decked out with new furniture!

Prep For Installation


Prep For Installation

The big day is almost here, and that means preparation. Like getting ready for a new baby, new furniture arrivals require a lot of groundwork and planning to prevent unwanted surprises. Unfortunately, most new decorators overcomplicate the very simple furniture installation process by under preparing. In order to have a swift, safe, successful installation, discard the old furniture first or move it to a new area where you can confer with guests until your new conference room is done. Always create a "staging area"to house and organize furniture and boxes when they arrive. Try to have basic tools on hand, like a screwdriver, a cordless drill, pliers, and a first aid kit. Keep a buddy around to help with the heavy lifting and ensure safety. And finally, don't forget that there will be lots of debris afterwards. Plan a space to store trash, cardboard boxes, plastic coverings, bubble wrap, styrofoam, and packing peanuts to discard of them responsibly.

Evaluate Your Space

Evaluate Your Space

Ah! Finally we reach the last step. Now that your new conference area furniture is all set up, it's time to take a last inventory of the room. Evaluate your space to determine any outstanding needs. Check to see if your conference area has proper lighting and power to tables and other electronics. Marker boards, lecterns, and TV carts are all helpful office presentation accessories that most conference room decorators forget about until it's too late. Add them in to create nice additions that will improve meeting area functionality and impress clients. Now you can enjoy your space!
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