So you’re looking to redesign your office. You have specific goals for the space, but maybe you’re not sure how to get there.
That’s fair – redesigning an office is no simple task!
It’s incredibly important, though, that you understand the key elements of office design.
And while it may come as a surprise, the most important of these elements is almost certainly the furniture you choose and its arrangement.
Let’s look at what makes office furniture so vital when considering how to better use your space.
Furniture is flexible
Almost any piece of standard office furniture is available in dozens of sizes and multiple colors.
This alone should make furniture’s value in the redesign process very clear.
Whether you’re looking to move into a smaller office or to get more mileage out of your current space, changing out your furniture is one of the simplest ways to do so.
And of course, with the trend toward modular furniture, that flexibility has gained an entirely new dimension.
So while the overall dimensions of your office might not be changing, everything that fills it is available in innumerable varieties – which is good news, because among other things…
Furniture sets the flow
One reason you might be considering a redesign is to improve the ease of movement – or “flow” – when getting from one point in the office to another.
Leaving enough room between workspaces or tables could make or break your employees’ ability to get around efficiently.
Of course, you can also use furniture to limit the number of walkways – minimizing pathways can help you maximize the functional space in your office.
Whatever your movement goals are, always be sure to make test runs through your proposed layout – and look to rearrange the furniture if things still aren’t turning out right.
Furniture defines function
It sounds simple, but when you think of a room with a specific function, you also think of the furniture that goes into it – a table in a conference room, for instance.
There’s a converse of this, though: The furniture in a given space will determine what your employees do there.
This includes tables and desks, of course, but also pieces of furniture with more specific functions – filing cabinets, for instance, can become obstacles if left in workspaces rather than a dedicated area.
So if you’re looking to improve the organization of your office, make sure you’re putting the right amount of the right kinds of furniture in their corresponding places.
Furniture creates an environment
Furniture lets you dictate how employees work in a particular space.
For instance, long tables with bench-style seating might make your employees more likely to socialize and potentially collaborate during their workday – and if you want that to happen, you can create the environment for it just by choosing the right furniture.
You can also make your office space static or dynamic depending on the portability of furniture – of course, modular furniture plays a role here, as well.
So whether you want to create a collaborative or private environment (or both!), your choice of furniture is essential.
Furniture gives your business a personality
Consider your clients. What kind of furniture are they seeing when they enter your office, and what does that make them think about your business?
It’s important to know your clients well, of course – a corporate type might expect a standard-looking office and consider quirkier layouts to be unprofessional, whereas another client might be intimidated or put off by stuffier styles and welcome more color and life.
It’s also important to note that symmetry can positively impact your emotional state, and furniture can quickly balance a space – so use it strategically.
To say that furniture is an important component to consider when redesigning your office is an understatement.
Given its flexibility and its role in defining the very nature of a space, you should always be considering how to better use your furniture to create an office space that works optimally – for everyone in it.