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10 ways to create a better workspace
08 October 2015
Written by Gareth Jones
So you’ve founded your business, created your brand and rented some office space – and it’s now time to kit out your office!
There are lots of things to think about, from the layout, to choosing your office furniture, and making the right decisions now will help you to minimise costs and maximise productivity as your business develops.
Before you go out and buy your furniture, make sure you’ve got a clear idea about your available space, and the layout you’re trying to create.
Start by measuring your office space, and creating a written plan, noting down the placement of doors, widows and electric sockets. Next, think about all the items of furniture you’re going to need – the number of desks and chairs, storage, client seating etc.
Once you’ve got a list of these, you can start experimenting with different layouts on paper. Think about the practicalities, your working practices, and how you’re going to be using the office – and the implications of your layout in terms of disruption, like noise and unnecessary distractions.
If you’re just starting out in business, it’s easy to get carried away with your office furniture, at a time when cash flow is probably pretty tight. There’s always to temptation to splash out on the perfect designer desk or chair, but keeping a handle on the costs will ensure you don’t go overboard, and will leave you with more to spend on developing your business.
Whilst it’s important to get smart, comfortable and practical office furniture that suits your business (see points 3 and 4!), setting a realistic budget and keeping to it is really important.
Above anything else, your office furniture needs to be practical and usable. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in your office chair – so choose an ergonomic, adjustable and padded seat that you find comfortable.
When choosing desks, think about the way you and your employees are going to be working, and pick accordingly. Making sure that everyone has enough desk and storage space to comfortably house all their computer equipment, papers, stationery and office equipment should be at the centre of your office plan.
If you’re just starting out, then it’s likely that you’re going to be in a fairly small office, and if clients come to visit, it’s important to make the right impression.
Your office furniture says a lot about your business, so it’s sensible to think about the style and colour of the furniture you choose, to ensure that it matches your brand and its values.
Picking high quality, modern matching furniture that fits in or complements your brand colours will help to create a cohesive space, giving your premises a professional look and feel.
If all goes to plan, you’re not going to be a start-up business for very long – your company is going to grow and expand, and that means moving premises and adding members of staff.
All these new staff members are going to need somewhere to sit and work, which is why it’s important to think about the future when planning your office, and choosing furniture.
Going for a uniform, modular system that can be expanded and developed as your business grows makes a lot of sense over the long term.
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