Design, ergonomics, color, function and cost - all are important features when it comes to searching and selecting new office furniture. Whether furnishing a home office or multiple workstations in a business working space, you'll have a better experience if you take the time to identify your needs ahead of your search.
Here the types of questions you should consider before looking for new office furniture:
- What is my budget for the total project but more specifically allowed for the new furniture?
- What is my project timeframe?
- What kind of working tasks will ergonomic workstation need to be performing?
- Will I be receiving clients or visitors at my workstation?
- How many hours per day will I use a computer at the workstation?
- Will I work from a flatscreen monitor or a laptop?
- How much storage is required inside and outside the workstation? Will I need accessories for filing documents in letter or legal formats, or both? Will the filing system be shared with other employees?
- What type of lighting is required for the workstation? Will it be placed on the worksurface or hung from a shelf over the workspace?
- What color best suits the work environment?
- Do I want a flexible and sturdy furniture that can be easily reconfigured or moved to a different space?
In addition to determining your specific needs, a few broader questions should be considered for a successful office design project. Here are some tips to help you consider the different aspects of designing a workspace:
Manage space efficiently
- Always consider the space from a user's perspective. Review specific tasks and ergonomic considerations such as storage, workspace usability, lighting and acoustics.
- Plan to install the workstation in a space large enough for safe movement and comfortable working conditions such as providing an access to natural lighting.
- Ensure proper access to the delivery site for receiving and installing the new office furniture.
Select durable pieces
- Consider function and quality before design or colors.
- Better materials will give you greater flexibility in long-term office design.
- Boost your confidence in your purchase by ensuring coverage under a reliable warranty.
- Protect the environment and users from V.O.C.s (volatile organic compounds) emitted by new office furniture by selecting furniture with a GreenGuard certification.
Hire a reliable and efficient supplier
- Avoid exclusive distributors or made-to-measure solutions.
- Avoid difficult to install furniture.
- Look for safe, accessible and user-friendly products.
- Look for a supplier who will contribute in reducing your office furniture and operational costs.