Monday, November 7, 2016

Office Design Tips: Keep It Simple!

There's a big difference between properly planning your office makeover project and overthinking it! To executive an excellent design, you'll definitely want to keep things simple. Overdoing it, just doesn't work! That being said, in today's post we'll share our best tips and tricks to help you get the job done right, without going over the top. Enjoy!

Every good office design project starts with space planning. When obtaining the dimensions of your space, keep the process straight forward. Obtain your perimeter dimensions with a simple tape measurer. The fancy digital measuring devices are cool, but you don't need to spend the money on one to get accurate dimensions.

Double check your room dimensions and then plot them out on paper. You don't need a high tech computer program and blueprints to get the job done right. Be sure to take note of all entry ways, power outlets, windows, and load bearing members that will affect the way your furniture fits.

Now that you've got your room sketched out on paper, try sketching in a few designs. You don't have to be a professional artist to get your ideas down. Consider where your new desk, chair, and storage components will work best. No matter what, don't over do it. Keeping it simple works best for most all office design projects!

Think about important factors like functionality and productivity. If you can put a file cabinet close to your desk, do so. It will help prevent you from making multiple trips across your space to obtain important documents. In the long run, effective work environments are those that work best for their users specific needs.

Do a little research on desk configurations to select one that will work best for your floor plan. Lots of awesome corner desk and U shaped variations are available from top brands like Mayline, Global Total Office, and Cherryman Industries.

When shopping for new office furniture you dot want too many options! It will just get confusing. Keep this process as simple as possible! Visit a local showroom and grab some literature. Select a furniture line that falls inline with the style you're going for. Whatever you do, avoid mix and matching from various brands. Unless you're a professional designer, this can be really tricky! Mix matching furniture can result in finishes not blending properly, and major regrets in the design process.

You'll certainly want to go with a full service furniture line for your makeover project. This will ensure all your products blend well together. This year, collections like Medina and Sterling from Mayline have been super popular. These extensive lines offer everything you need for nearly any room being remodeled. Full service lines like these will help you simplify the whole process, and that's a good thing to say the least!

Once you've purchased new furniture for your space, you'll want to create a simple plan of attack for assembly and installation. Create a checklist with goals and timelines. Get with your dealer of choice to determine an estimated arrival date. About 5 days before your furniture is scheduled to arrive, prep your space. Patch walls, paint, and do a general cleanup. Trust us, even the packaging from a single executive office desk will create enough debris to fill multiple trash cans.

If you want to make it even easier on yourself, consider enlisting a furniture installation service. You'll be able to have your products shipped directly to them. This means you don't have to schedule delivery, receive products, or stage them. While an installation service will come at a cost, it's often well worth it!

When your furniture arrives, create a basic staging area. This will help you avoid bringing boxed products into your space and over crowding in during assembly. If you've got a few helpers willing to lend a hand it will greatly simplify the process. Helpers will be able to assist with heavy lifting when needed and cleanup at the end of your project.

In the long run, the office design and remodeling process should be fun! Keep things as simple as possible and your makeover will be equally enjoyable and successful. When all else fails, call the pros. If you get in over your head, it never hurts to ask for assistance.
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