As you ponder, plan and prepare for a new office design, naturally you will focus on aspects such as space utilization, lighting and HVAC, traffic flows, and so on. However, there is another critically important piece of the puzzle that is just as important: choosing the right office furniture.
To help point you in the right direction, here are 5 tips to keep in mind:
1. Objectively Determine Your Needs
While it may be possible that your employees are satisfied and happy with the current office furniture inventory (both the type of furniture and the amount), this is not something you should assume — because there is a good chance that new needs have emerged that renders some items redundant or perhaps even unusable. Talk with your employees and get expert help to identify what you really need to get the most value of your new office design.
2. Use Your Budget as a Guide
Once you identify your office furniture needs, assess the viability of meeting them based on your current budget. Ideally, you will be able to cross off all of the items on shopping list. However, given that the costs of office furniture can vary widely – and add up quickly – it is important to get a realistic idea of what is on the “must-have” list, and what is on the “nice-to-have” list. This will help maximize your investment, and save you from wasting time exploring items that may be desirable, but simply do not fit within your current budget parameters.
3. Explore Tax Incentives
Speaking of costs: office furniture is a depreciating asset, which means that you should be able to write off some of the expense on an annual basis. Of course, follow your accountant’s advice for taking advantage of all available incentive opportunities, and complying with all IRS guidelines.
4. Focus on Flexibility
Whether you are investing in a new table for your conference room or workstations for your employees, focus on office furniture that gives you maximum flexibility and versatility. For example, choosing lightweight and modular furniture can help you use the same space for multiple purposes, such as delivering presentations, conducting training, having group meetings, and so on.
5. Partner with Key Interiors!
Last but not least: partner with the proven team of interior solutions specialists at Key Interiors! We will help you ask the right questions before you decommission any existing furniture or start shopping for new items. The insights we share could save you tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars — not to mention avoid a great deal of stress and frustration. To learn more, contact Key Interiors today. Your consultation with us is free.
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