The furniture you choose for an office space can have a big impact. From functionality and comfort to the impression that it creates on clients and guests, selecting pieces that are practical and fit the aesthetic is essential. When it comes to finding ideal pieces for your workspace, there are five key factors to bear in mind.
1. Go for quality
You don’t have to pay top prices to get great quality office furniture. Use your budget wisely and you’ll be able to create a better workspace and you’re much less likely to have to keep replacing items such as chairs and desks. The quality of office furniture can also have an impact on the overall aesthetic and may affect how staff feel about whether they are valued by the business or not. Robust, well-designed pieces that excel at both comfort and style don’t have to break the bank.
2. Work with the space that you have
If your office has fairly limited dimensions, it simply doesn’t make sense to go for oversized furniture or statement pieces that will make it feel cluttered and crowded. It’s essential to consider the space available when making choices about office furniture. The furniture should fit the room and still leave space for everyone to move around without bumping into anything. Multi-functional furniture can be used if you’re working with small spaces and smart storage is a great way to free up more room.
3. The impact on the working environment
Drab offices with uninspiring design schemes don’t tend to do much where productivity and creativity are concerned. So, when you’re choosing office furniture bear in mind the impact you can make by creating an inspiring and uplifting space. You might want to look at installing breakout areas or using furniture to create spaces where staff can sit and chat, away from work zones. Furniture choices don’t just need to be practical but aesthetically awesome too.
4. Comfort is key
We spend a large proportion of our lives at work so the space that you create with office furniture is going to get a lot of use. Work-appropriate desks and comfortable, supportive chairs, for example, are crucial to any environment where employees are going to spend a lot of time sitting. Ergonomic design is definitely worth considering – happier, healthier employees are more productive and tend to be more committed to the business too.
5. Does style matter?
The answer is most definitely: yes. Your office furniture forms a part of the impression that you’ll create for anyone who comes to your office, whether that’s someone interviewing for a new role or a customer or client. If you’ve invested heavily in good looking branding only to then present an office that lacks consistency and style, you may damage the impression that you’ve worked hard to create. If you want to positively influence perceptions of your business, opt for office furniture in a style that suits your enterprise and is aligned with brand identity and business culture.
The choices you make when it comes to office furniture can have a broad impact – it’s worth taking the time to make sure that you find pieces that work.
If you’re looking to reinvent an existing space, or design and fit-out a new workspace, why not trust the experts? MBM Omega partner with the UK’s leading designers and office furniture suppliers to create the perfect space for your business. To find out how we can help you, visit our website or give us a call on 0208 899 1100.