Monday, November 16, 2015

DIY Office: Boardroom Edition

DIY Boardroom MakeoverFeeling a little nervous about an upcoming boardroom makeover project? Don't be! The Office Furniture Deals Blog has you covered. In today's post we'll cover the DIY tips, tricks, and product suggestions you'll need to make your boardroom the best it can be. From properly measuring your space to selecting room accents, we're ready to help you take your space to the next level. Enjoy!

Measure You Space

First things first! You've got to properly measure your space. Start by running a tape measurer around the perimeter of your boardroom. Be sure to take into account where power outlets, windows, entry ways, and any room obstructions are located. Jot your dimensions out on paper and scale out your room. Always double check your measurements before moving on and never rely on old blue prints. This is one step you'll absolutely want to do with a helper to ensure accuracy. Needless to say, there's nothing worse than purchasing all new boardroom furniture only to find that it doesn't fit properly.

Research The Trends

You'll no doubt want to get inspired for your project. To do so, we recommend researching the latest office makeover trends. Start by visiting a local furniture showroom. You can also take your search online. Check out social sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram. You'll be met with an abundance of ideas that are sure to help you keep your space on the cutting edge. This year, gray wood grain tones and powered tables have been incredibly popular. In addition, interior design teams and industry professionals alike are turning to slim, European style office chairs to help maximize space and visual appeal.

Shop For Value

There's plenty of ways to save big and extend your boardroom makeover budget. You just have to be willing to look! If you're on the hunt for savings, we recommend using a comparison shopping engine like Google Shopping. Here you'll find top rated boardroom solutions from industry leading retailers. You'll be able to quickly sort products by brand and price to help speed up the shopping process. Once you've narrowed your search down to a few dealers, contact them all directly. Take the time to inquire about current specials, bulk discount pricing opportunities, coupons, and closeouts they may currently be running. You'll be surprised at just how much you can save. You'll also get a good feel of the customer service each office furniture dealer provides.

Select Your Table

When selection your new boardroom table be sure to take into account the number of guests you want to accommodate at any given time. On average, you'll want a minimum of 3' of table space per guest. The shape of the table, finish, and size will all play a major role in the success of your project. In 2015, boat shaped conference room table models from brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and Cherryman Industries have been super popular. Elliptical top tables and other hybrid shapes have also been trending. No seeing exactly what you want online? Don't be afraid to contact your dealer about tables not listed on their website. Custom solutions are always available. You'll also want to be conscious about your need for a powered table. As businesses area always looking for ways to streamline the meeting process and help guests better retain the information provided, powered tables are typically the way to go. Today's top powered conference table models from collections like Zira from Global Total Office can be outfitted with USB, HDMI, Audio, AC, Data, Phone, and other high tech input options to help you maximize your boardroom interior.

Choose Your Chairs

Avoid over stuffed and bulky executive style conference room seating if possible. This style of chair takes up too much space! They tend to make small and medium sized boardrooms cluttered. Instead, consider sleek chairs to help you maximize the number of guests that can be comfortably accommodated around your table. Chairs like the Joplin from Woodstock Marketing and Solar from Global Total Office provide the ergonomic features needed to keep guests operating in comfort without the bulky design characteristics found on executive style models. Looking to save big on conference room chairs? Consider mesh back models. They cost far less than leather and showcase an extra splash of modern appeal.

Accent Your Room

  • Sure a new table and chairs will make your boardroom look better, but to truly make your space great, you'll need some room accents! Start by adding wall cabinet to match your conference table. You'll be able to securely house important presentation materials while simultaneously incorporating a cohesive finish into your boardroom. 
  • Next find a wall mount presentation board. A folding presentation board come in really handy when taking notes and strategizing. They also don't take up any valuable floor space! 
  • You can further pull your room together with the addition of a food and beverage cart, as well a podium or lectern to host guest speakers.
  • Simple area rugs, wall art, lighting fixtures, and sconces should also be considered. They'll help you make your space stand out from the competition. Has your business received awards and acknowledgements for superior service? The boardroom is the perfect place to show off your achievements! Frame up any certificates and awards you may have and mount them on your perimeter walls.

Prep Your Space

Before your new furniture arrives, you'll need to properly prep your boardroom. Start by removing old furniture. With your space cleared, do a thorough cleaning. Patch old wall holes, wipe down the baseboards, and vacuum. If you're planning to paint, now is the time to do it! It's much easier to lay a fresh coat while your room is empty. It will also help you protect your furniture against any unwanted spills. Ouch!

Assembly and Installation

Create a staging area to place your new furniture and seating the day it arrives. Don't be overly excited and take all your new products right into your new space. As your table and chairs will likely need to be unpackaged, it's best to avoid the mess in your new room. It will also make for a much more efficient installation. Bring items into your boardroom one at a time for assembly. Be sure to have a couple of helpers on hand as there could be some heavy lifting involved in the process. Pay close attention to the directions and create a system with your helpers. Once all your furniture has be successfully assembled and installed, there will be a large amount of debris to clean up. Plan accordingly! Be ready to break down lots of boxes so that whey will fit out by the dumpster. Have trash bags on hand to collect bubble wrap and packing materials. Once all the fodder has been removed, vacuum your space and wipe down your new furniture. Basic household cleaning supplies can then be stored in your boardroom wall cabinet to ensure they're always on hand when needed.

Kick Back And Enjoy!

You should now be ready to kick back and enjoy your new space. Feel free to take some picture and share your success on your company Facebook page. You'll garner interest from your valued customers while showing them you are committed to providing them with the most professional visit possible. Don't be afraid to ask your fellow coworkers for advice on how to further improve your boardroom. Helpful criticisms typically yield big time benefits if they're presented properly.
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