After days of running up and down, visiting many office spaces, and searching on the internet the best ways to make your office great, you have finally come across the best that will suit your business. You rush to your favourite club, grab a bottle of champagne, and sit down comfortably thinking that everything is over, and all you need to do is rush to work tomorrow morning and comfortably sit in your office and feel ‘bossy’ having achieved everything for your business.
But then….you remember you need to buy new furniture that will blend well with your new furniture! This is the most stressing part that you had initially overlooked. For any entrepreneur, choosing the best furniture for your office is as crucial as choosing a great office where you will run your business.
People look at office furniture as just tools that make an office complete, but in reality, it the type of furniture you choose can significantly affect the profitability of your business. How? Great furniture makes employees comfortable and increases productivity. Additionally, prospective clients can be enticed by how well your office furniture looks, and this can go a long mile in boosting your sales.
So, how do you choose the right office furniture?
Today, there is a wide selection of office furniture available in the market. For this reason, most entrepreneurs will get comfortable and will buy the first pieces they set their eyes on without any prior research. This can be detrimental, not just for your business growth, but also because you will incur high costs replacing your furniture within a short time.
Therefore, before you majestically walk to your local furniture shop or click the “Buy Now” button in an online market, here are some things you must consider;
When starting a new business, nothing is as essential as your budget. For a fact, you want everything you buy to fit within your budget, or else you will not run your business at all, or you will not run it anyway. To avoid running into debts when buying your office furniture, ask yourself; how much will I spend on office design?
The figure that you quote will determine the type, quality, and the number of the office fixtures you will purchase. But remember, never compromise quality for the price. Have a flexible budget, since you can get a good deal for a bit more, or a bit less. Don’t go for cheap products because they will not last, and never opt for expensive ones because the word ‘expensive’ never represents quality. The rule of the thumb still applies, always go for the best that you can afford.
2. Gym or Office Space
How big is my office? This is an important question that you should ask yourself when buying your office furniture. If you have a large office and many employees, you can go ahead and purchase many working desks and chairs. Never go to the market without space in mind, since you can end up buying fixtures that will make employees too uncomfortable to work, and this might reduce productivity; thus slowing down the attainment of your business goals and objectives.
3. Business Needs
What do you need the furniture for?
Keep in mind that your employees will be spending a great deal of time working every day, therefore, giving them a comfortable desk and chair is not an option. Your business needs will determine the type of furniture to buy. If you need a café-like environment where employees can easily socialize, you can purchase a large table and a few chairs. If you think a formal feel will speed up the attainment of your business goals, then buy a table with cubical dividers. Whatever your plans are, always keep your business needs at the forefront.
4. Aesthetic value
Well, office furniture is not always about work. It can make a fashion statement, and can equally say a lot about your business. Honestly, you do not want a dull environment that will make your clients feel bored whenever they come to your office, or worse still, make employees feel uncomfortable. You need something attractive, something that will give your company an excellent first impression. Therefore, never ignore aesthetic value when looking for office furniture.
5. Brand identity
What is your brand? What are your company colours?
Do not go for office furniture just for the beauty of it. Of course, you must have chosen the perfect colour (s) for your business, right? Then, you need office furniture that displays this colour to prospective clients. This will not only enhance your professionalism, but will also improve comfort, and significantly reflect your company’s culture and identity to the world.
6. Quality and functionality
These are essential aspects that you should always have in mind when looking for office furniture. You do not want a product that you will purchase today, and replace it after a few days because it failed to function as expected, or it got worn out due to poor quality. Have the right material that you need, and define the function of each item. This way, you will never go wrong in your search.
Hygiene is critical in any workplace, and yours will not be an exception. Take this into account when buying office furniture. Do not go for materials that will show millions of stains, and prove difficult to clean. Go for those made of a material that is easy to maintain, and that will look as good as new every day. Cleanliness should be a priority, and it starts with the type of furniture you choose.
8. Lastly…comfort, comfort, comfort! Can’t be stressed enough
Remember, your employees are the powerhouses of your business. They are the people that determine whether your company will move or not. Look for what will make them comfortable. This way, productivity will increase, and ultimately, profitability will be high.
PS: Comfort is not always about the material a piece of furniture is made off. You can purchase the best cubicles, but the employees want open desks where they can communicate and develop work relationships. Therefore, it is prudent also to put their recommendations into consideration when buying office furniture.
Keeping the above factors in mind will go a long way in ensuring productivity and the culture of your business is maximized. They will help you choose furniture that will equip employees with a positive mind; hence high performance and ultimately business success will be inevitable.