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PART 2 - Tips for Buying Commercial Furniture
In the first part of this blog post, we looked at budget, office dimensions and shape, lighting, comfort and cleanliness, and how they contribute to designing an office space as well as influence choice of commercial furniture.
In this second part, the team put forward another five tips for getting it right.
For some reason – and for too long in our opinion! – the only style that businesses could opt for was bland and boring office furniture, with minimal detailing and even less in the way of quality finish.
This is, thankfully, no longer the case. There is no reason why you cannot welcome colour into an office nor why you can’t choose a style that sits well with your staff and your brand.
But we also understand that stylish appeal comes with cohesion. And that means connecting everything in the office to give a seamless, stylish finish.
Desks are considered essential but what about other working surfaces?
For example, in recent years we have seen more research suggesting that standing at a desk has beneficial effects, possibly more so than sitting. If this is your preference, have one customised to your requirements...
And when your office staff are completing different tasks, why not have different workstations for them to help them be more productive and efficient, whilst also supporting them physically to complete the task at hand?
#8 Office chairs
An important consideration and one that is often left to near the end of a design process because, or so people think, any desk chair will do, providing it has castors.
This isn’t true. Some staff need a high-backed chair with adjustable lumbar support, whilst other people need smaller chairs with or without armrests… and then there are desk stools, perfect for supporting the back and feet.
If there is one thing that has changed in the modern office to the same office five or 10 years ago, it is office storage.
Decades past, offices and typing pools needed large desks to accommodate gargantuan typewriters. Early examples of PCs with their large, bulky screens were just as bad but today, digital equipment is more streamlined.
And no longer do commercial organisations deal in reams and reams of paper any more.
But you still need storage – but it’s changed. The walls of row upon row of filing cabinets are assigned to the history books as we need different types of versatile workspace storage.
#10 Digital and electronics
And finally, commercial office furniture and design need to be versatile and adaptable in the digital age. Because, who knows how the digital landscape will change the office in years to come?
What office design tip do you think should be added to the list?