Tailoring an office space to the needs of your small business is important. You should want to optimize your space so that you can maximize productivity and minimize headaches. And although planning an office space can be time consuming and tricky for those who are less familiar with interior design, it can also be a lot of fun! Here is a quick guide to help you narrow down the choices and transform your office into the perfect work environment for your small business.
A practical furniture plan uses your office space as efficiently as possible. Think about what your business needs to get the job done on a daily basis. Ask yourself how much surface space you will need. How much storage? Make a list of items and categorize them in terms of “must haves” and “nice to haves” to get a visual sense of your needs.
Next, consider how things might be arranged. A cramped layout will deter people from working efficiently and reduce motivation. Measure exactly how much space you have to work with and what you might fill it with. Typically, you will want to leave some extra “just in case” space to work with. Too much or too little free space in your office will hurt your business’s productivity.
Many businesses make the mistake of thinking short term when planning a new office. They buy what they need now and leave it at that. The problem comes later down the line when their needs begin to grow and expand. You don’t want to get stuck rethinking your whole office space again. Instead, consider how you might grow and make choices that can accommodate your future needs. Investing in the right equipment early could save you both money and headaches. Be wary of used and cheap furniture alternatives. If your business has a long term strategy, how often do you really want to be replacing furniture?
What Message Should Your Small Business Send?
It might seem odd, but the furniture you choose and you arrange it sends a message to both your employees and your customers. Do you want your space to be pleasing to the eye? Do you want employees to be relaxed and comfortable? Color scheme, texture, decor, and space arrangement are all important considerations. Make sure your choices fit with the kind of atmosphere you want your small business to provide.
Let Edwards & Hill Help
Need help choosing the right commercial furniture for your small business? Edwards & Hill can help you plan and install. Edwards and Hill is a leading office furniture supply and installation firm, able to install one cubicle with its applicable furnishings and computer hardware, yet equally adept at installing hundreds of cubicles, performing office relocation and reconfiguration services, including workstations, multiple offices, chairs, filing cabinets, and more. If you’re interested in talking to a professional about any of our services contact us at 301-317-4250.