It was a rough time for most businesses in the last year and a half, so it makes sense that as we look towards a future of reopening offices, you may be thinking about how to get the best bang for your office furniture buck. Many offices downsized considerably or even closed completely during the pandemic, and now is the right time to buy new office furniture so that you can reopen and welcome back your staff. Follow these tips to build the perfect new office furniture budget so that you get the furniture that you need without spending more money than you need to.
Check Your Finances
The first step to building a budget for anything is to check your finances. You need at least a ballpark figure before you even start daydreaming. Your best bet is to consult your business budget or plan and see what your maximum expenditure can be. This is your ceiling – don’t go above it. Next, figure out a good goal amount that you’d like to spend, that offers wiggle room before hitting that max budget.
Check Your Furniture
Next, assess what you have and what you need – office space planning is a big task, so don’t rush it. Do you have workspaces for everyone who might be coming back into the office? Are you planning to have open-layout community workstations or individual offices? Minimalist design is a good choice, but don’t leave any employees without a comfortable place to work. If you have things that are comfortable and work well, replacing them is not as important as buying the things you lack.
Once you have a complete list of what you have and what you think you need, list them by priority. Any spaces where a potential client or customer will be, like a waiting room, should be higher on the priority list than spaces they don’t see, like your employee lounge. This doesn’t mean both aren’t important, but you don’t want your brand reputation to suffer from distressed-looking furniture. Finally, don’t forget to budget for delivery and assembly.
Choose Edwards & Hill for Your Office Furniture and Design Needs
Are you ready to redesign your office to maximize productivity and creative thinking? Edwards & Hill can help you design and install the perfect designs for your business. Edwards & Hill is a leading office, education, medical, and hospitality furniture provider with high-quality design and installation services for any style or scale. We have our headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, as well as another convenient office location in St. Louis, Missouri. If you are ready to get your office design started, contact us online or give us a call at 301-317-4250. For the St. Louis office, please call 314-797-5077. For more furniture design tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube.
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