Monday, September 28, 2015

The Ins and Outs of Office Design

Office Space Planning AdviceOffice makeover projects can be fun. They can be rewarding. They can be inspiring. Unfortunately, they can also be a big headache if you're not prepared. Luckily, you have us to help! In today's post we'll share the ins and outs of the design process to help you create the interiors of your dreams without the hassle. Enjoy!

Every good office design and makeover project starts with proper space planning. Don't rush out and purchase new furniture assuming it will fit correctly in your space. Take the time to measure out your interiors correctly. Be sure to take note of entry ways, power outlets, windows, and room obstructions that will affect the way your office furniture fits. Then, recheck your measurements for accuracy. Never rely on old blueprints or estimations. Obtain measurements yourself to be on the safe side. You'll be glad you did!

Once you've got the dimensions of your space, it's time to do a cost analysis to determine a reasonable budget for your project. Setting a budget will help keep you from splurging and over extending throughout the makeover process. Do a little research to get the ball rolling. Visit a local showroom, browse for furniture online, and get a good idea of what you'll be comfortable spending. Don't forget to account for the little things like room accents and ergonomic accessories. They will make a big difference in appeal and functionality.

We know you're eager to get out and shop for new furniture, but you need to get a little inspiration before you do! Start by creating a design folder to house ideas for your space. Take pics at your local furniture showroom and visit social sharing sites like Pinterest. You can also visit surrounding businesses to network while you get inspiration. Consider researching the latest office design trends to ensure your space is up to date. Once inspired, select a theme for your project. This year modern, industrial, retro, and contemporary looks are all very popular.

You've waited long enough, it's time to start shopping! We recommend making your furniture purchases online. As of now, online shoppers are not required to pay out of state sales tax on transactions. If you're purchasing a new executive desk configuration, the tax alone can be hundreds of dollars. Shopping online will help you maximize your budget over the long haul of your project. To ensure you get the best value, shop on comparison engines like Google Shopping. Here you'll be able to sort products by brand and price from a wide range of dealers. Find a quality furniture provider with good reviews. Before checking out online, be sure to call your dealer directly. As about free shipping specials, coupons, bulk discount pricing, and any monthly sales promotions they may be running. You'll be surprised just how much money one phone call can save you.

Once you've purchase your new furniture, you'll want to stay in close contact with your dealer. Be sure to call 2 days after your order to confirm your order has been processed. During your call, ask about an expected ship date and schedule delivery if possible. One the ship date provided by your dealer, call again to obtain tracking information. This information should be provided without asking, but it's always best to be on the safe side.

Most in stock furniture ships within 2 business days of order. Transit times vary based on carries. That being said, you can likely expect your products to arrive about 5 to 7 business days after order. When your furniture ships out, you'll want to start prepping your space. Clear out old furniture, patch walls, paint, and thoroughly clean. Tackling these simple jobs now will help ensure a smooth transition between work environments.

On the day your furniture arrives, create a staging area to rest furniture before it's assembled. Avoid bringing all products into your office space. This will make for a cluttered and overly crowded installation process that's sure to bring headaches. Before your start breaking into boxes, pull out the shipping documentation just in case you need it later.

When you start the assembly and installation process, you'll want to have basic screwdrivers, sockets, pliers, and cordless drills on hand. For safety reasons, keep a first aid kit handy. As desks and office seating can be quite heavy when packaged, be sure to have a couple helpers available to assist in the process. The best way to handle installation is slow and steady. Follow the instructions, take your time, and take breaks to ensure you don't get frustrated. If you feel like installation and assembly is too much to handle, don't sweat it! Call the professionals about 2 weeks before your furniture arrives to obtain pricing. You'll be able to schedule to have products shipped directly to the installer to avoid receiving products at your place of business.

At the end of the installation process, you'll be left with lots of packaging materials and debris. Plan accordingly! Be ready to break down boxes and clean up lots of bubble wrap. Having trash bags on hand is always a good idea. Once you'e removed all the fodder, take pics of your new interior. Share your success online to help others. You'll certainly get lots of compliments and ideas on how to further improve your space.

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