Furnishing Your Business Office On A Budget
When you’re outfitting an office for the first time, it can be daunting. There are so many decisions to make, from wall colors and floor coverings to office furniture and electronics. And when you start shopping, it’s easy to be seduced by the latest and greatest furnishings and equipment. But, since you are just starting out, the last thing you want to do is blow your budget. Here are some tips that can help you create the kind of office you and your employees will be proud of, without going overboard.
New Or Used Furniture?
Before you start furnishing your office, it’s important to think about your real needs—what you need to make a great impression, work efficiently and be able to maintain a good cash flow for the long haul. While it’s fun to have the newest furniture designs or latest equipment, you could end up with an office that goes out of style quickly, instead of one that can stand the test of time. Used and refurbished office furniture is often a good idea. You can get high quality, long-lasting furniture as a fraction of the cost. Whether you’re outfitting an office for 10 or 110, a great office furniture company can usually find you exactly what you want for as many employees as you have.
Don’t Skimp On The Chairs
While you want to save money, when it comes to the chairs your employees and clients are going to sit in, it’s wise to buy high quality chairs. (And yes, you can find them used.) You want to make sure the chairs you buy are good for at least eight hours a day. Invest in solid ergonomics chairs and desks to minimize physical stress on your employees. You want your employees to feel comfortable as they work. They will be more productive!
Many interior designers want you to use the most exciting colors that are “on trend” for your office design. However, “on trend” also means an office can look dated as soon as the next “on trend” colors are introduced next year! A good rule of thumb is to select colors that soothe, boost concentration and minimize anxiety. (Yes, there are colors for that!) Blue is considered the most productive color, but you’ll want to add a bit of orange for balance and a bit of emotion so you’re not perceived as a cold bureaucrat. Yellow is a great color for those in creative businesses, as it stimulates one’s spirit and makes you more optimistic. Green is balanced, reassuring and calming. Just remember, no matter which color you choose, it’s important to include other colors for balance.
Image, Comfort And Productivity
When you’re outfitting an office, remember your office is a first impression for clients and potential employees. Make sure your office is reflecting the company culture you want it to—but at the same time, keep an eye on your budget and employee comfort. If you need help with this balancing act, talk to the experts at Desks Incorporated in Denver CO. Our team can help you find the right refurbished—or new‑furniture to fit your needs and your budget. Our designers can make sure your office is sending the right message to your clients and employees. And our installation team can pull it all together on time and on budget.