A lot of questions arise as you begin buying for your new office:
What is the best way to layout your new office?
Will you have enough space to fit all you need?
How should you design the new space?
Here those questions are answered as we walk you through 5 Things to Know When Buying New Furniture for Your Office!
1. Know Your Budget
Knowing your budget is key before you start buying for your office space. Thinking through your office goals, as well as the necessary equipment and tools needed to run your business, will help you successfully strategize and stick with a budget.
"A budget is not just a collection of numbers, but an expression of our values and aspirations." - Jacob Lew
With a new office comes new excitement and possibilities of growth for your company. Prepare your budget beforehand so that you don’t get swept away in the excitement and spend on things that you later deem unnecessary for your business. _____
2. Know Your Employees
Knowing what your employees need to work efficiently and effectively each day is an important factor when buying for your office. Often times, it’s the little things that make a big difference in the comfort and productivity of your employees.
Keeping your employees in mind, purchase items that make everyday tasks easier and more convenient. Examples of these items can be found here. Whether it’s a filing cabinet to store important documents, or a tack board to keep organized, the small details can make a huge impact.
3. Know Your Clients
Knowing the needs of your clients is vital as you plan out your new office. Imagine a client coming in to discuss your latest project and you have no place to meet! You never took the time to plan out your conference room necessities and because of that are stuck with an office full of cubicles and no meeting space.
Take the time to think through each space and the needs of your clients. Various conference room necessities, such as conference tables and glass boards, can be found through online catalogs like the one pictured below. Look through these catalogs and plan out what is best for your clients.
4. Know Your Vision
Defining your vision gives every decision purpose as you head toward your company’s goals. Not only drafting a vision of what you want your office to look like aesthetically, but culturally as well, will guide your steps as you begin to make purchases and plans. If you’re imagining an open environment where employees collaborate daily, you may lean toward an open office set up. If your goal is to give each individual a private space to work without distractions, you may be envisioning a traditional office cubicles. Having a vision for your office will keep you on track as you prepare your new office.
5. Know Your Layout
Now that you have a vision it’s time to bring that vision to life! A layout of your office is the ultimate guideline of how you’ll go about making your purchases. Knowing what size you need of a specific cubicle, desk, or conference table is imperative to saving not only money, but time as well.
There are many online resources you can use to develop your office layout. Our recommended free design service will connect you to a professional and allow you to craft your office layout and vision together!
_____ Knowing these 5 details will allow you to create the office space you’ve always imagined. A space that is not just good looking, but focused on employee comfort, client communication, and achieving your company's goals. If you’re ready to start buying for your office space download our Buyer’s Guide to Purchasing Cubicles to get started!