Embarking on a workplace makeover without proper plans in place is a sure-fire way to over-spend and ultimately get furniture that doesn’t work for you. Read on to find out the things you should consider before purchasing.
Tip 1 Understand how much space you have and how it will be used
You have to understand your workplace’s day to day operations to make practical choices about the furniture you need. How many people do you need to fit in? And what will they be doing? Will they be co-working and collaborating or working independently? Will the space be customer-facing or solely for staff? A successful makeover will look good AND tick the boxes for all users.
Don’t forget to allow for storage! Factor it in from the beginning so you get all the cabinets, drawers and shelves you need, coordinating with the rest of your furniture.
Tip 2 Be creative
Research has proven that getting interior design right has a positive impact on staff motivation and productivity. Getting the best out of your workforce means creating a multi-use space where people are comfortable and have everything they need to do their job. Be creative with your furniture choices to maximise what you have available and if you’re short of space then check out inventive, space-saving, mobile furniture options. Choose furniture that can be moved and adapted as and when necessary, for example turning meeting and conference rooms into to smaller breakout zones or presentation areas.
Tip 3 Reinforce your brand
Remember that first impressions count: make sure potential clients are welcomed in a way that fully reflects your business and the service it delivers. Interior design and furniture that reflects your brand will create consistency with company communications and also reinforce and cultivate business culture amongst staff.
Tip 4 The future
How might your business change in the future? Are you set to grow significantly and need to find space for new employees? Or is your business model set to shift, needing less desk space but more meeting facilities? Think about the long term to find a more sustainable furniture solution and avoid having to spend more making further changes sooner than expected.
Tip 5 Shop around
Don’t settle for anything sub-standard. Be sure to research commercial furniture options and look into a variety of suppliers to make sure you get exactly what you need for the money you have available.
Sounds time-consuming? It doesn’t have to be. At Huddle, we work with a wide range of commercial furniture manufacturers providing solutions to suit all needs and budgets. We work with our clients from initial concept through to final delivery and installation and offer an open book policy so you always have a clear understanding about how much you’re spending. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help.