You just received word that you’re moving up into your very own office. Better yet, the office is completely empty and you’ve been given free reign to choose your own furniture. Or perhaps you are working from home and turning that extra bedroom into your office space. Either way, there are several things to consider when planning your office that will determine what type of furniture to purchase.
So where to begin? Here are some questions to ask yourself that will get you on your way:
1. What is the size of the room?
This is the most important question. You may have seen a particular office suite complete with a u-shape desk, hutch, credenza, bookcases and file cabinets. However, if your office is only 6’x6’, you might have a hard time maneuvering around.
Make a sketch of the dimensions of the room (make sure to include where windows, doors, closets and other extrusions are located…even make note of electrical outlets). It doesn’t need to be anything fancy.
By really knowing how much space you have to work with, you’ll be able to determine if you have space for that extra bookcase. Also, make sure to take into consideration clearance requirements. Some fire code regulations require a 3’ walkway to comply.
2. What is your budget?
Ah yes, you knew money was going to come into play. By having a firm budget amount in mind, it will help you determine if you can afford a solid wood desk or a laminate one.If you know you’ll need several pieces of furniture, put a top limit for each piece
3. What is your style preference?
Do you favor a traditional look with heavily accented wood office furniture? Or do you prefer the sleek, no frills appearance of modern office furniture? By knowing your style preference, you can design the office to align with your tastes and make it feel more your own. It will also make your search for furniture easier by allowing you to narrow down to that specific style.
4. What are your storage needs?
This all depends on your job and how you like to work. If you like to keep files close at hand, a file pedestal that fits underneath your work surface might be the right solution.
If you need storage just to store documents, consider a lateral file cabinet. On the other hand, if everything you need is on your computer, a simple drawer for office supplies underneath your desk would be sufficient.
5. Where are you willing to compromise?
Know the difference between a “must have” item that is needed to work efficiently and a “would be nice”. This will make the process of elimination easier if you find yourself going over budget.
If you’re still unsure about the right kind of furniture you need to purchase and how to lay them out in your space, give us a call. We have Design Service specialists who have designed hundreds of offices and have the right tools in place to turn that hand drawn sketch you made into your dream office.