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How To Choose The Right Furniture For Your Business

by Tanya June 20, 2020

Every business owner wants their office space to look and feel amazing.

One of the most important aspects of creating a great office space is considered interior design and the right furniture.

Interior design is the art of enhancing the interior of a space to achieve a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing environment for the people using it.

Some of the considerations of interior design for your business are:

  • Comfort
  • Function – what is the place used for
  • Brand’s look & feel

Your office space needs to be comfortable, functional, as well as professional, and stylish.

With so many different furniture stores and options out there, it can be difficult to know where to start.

We put together an easy guide to choosing the right furniture for your business, so you can make sure your office space looks and feels amazing.

1. Consider the type of your business 

The first step in choosing the right furniture for your business is to consider the type of company you have.

Are you a creative agency? A law firm? A start-up?

Every business has different requirements. Read more about Millennial office design trends for further inspiration.

For example, if you are a creative agency, you can be more creative/fun/unconventional with your space. On the other hand, a law firm needs to ooze tradition/collectedness and respect.

Traditional pieces like leather sofas and mahogany desks suit law firms (and other serious) industries perfectly.

Materials like plush, velvet, steel, etc are more suited for creative industries.

Generally, it’s important to think about the image you want to portray to your clients and customers, as this will help to narrow down your choices.

2. Think of functionality 

Millennials have different priorities than other generations when it comes to their homes. To them, a function and style are equally important.

Think about the functionality of your space. How exactly do you want people to use the space?

Design the space around comfort and wellbeing. It’s important employees feel comfortable and productive in the office.

A functional workspace has a variety of different workstations/breakout areas.

Aside from the usual desk – offer adjustable Friska standing desks that can be easily raised or lowered according to the needs, comfy seats, and closed hubs for private phone calls.

Allowing your staff to freely use these different spaces as suits their needs can make a huge difference.

And don’t forget about storage. Make sure you have enough filing cabinets and shelves for all of your employees’ belongings.

3. Consider your budget

Set an interior design budget before you start shopping, so you know how much money you have to work with.

If you have a limited budget, you can find second-hand furniture for cheaper which can be just as stylish and awesome as the new one.

If you buy brand new furniture, buy in bulk. This way you can negotiate a discount easier.

4. Consider the size of your office

Measure the space and key wall dimensions before you start shopping for office furniture, so you can buy furniture that will fit perfectly.

Keep in mind that you need to leave enough space for people to move around freely.

If you have a small office, choose smaller pieces of furniture. This way, you can make the most of the space you have and create a feeling of a bigger office.

You might also want to consider investing in multi-purpose furniture, like a sofa that doubles as a guest bed or a coffee table that doubles as a storage unit.

Flexible spaces are not only convenient, but they also allow you to get more use out of your office. 

If you have a large office, on the other hand, you’ll have more freedom when it comes to choosing furniture.

You can opt for larger pieces, like executive desks and conference tables. Just make sure you don’t overcrowd the space.

5. Choose the right colors

Choose a color scheme that complements the overall design of your office. If you have a modern office, for example, you might want to choose furniture in neutral/muted tones like white, beige, or grey.

If you prefer a calm environment in your office then you can use more neutral shades. 

If you have a more traditional office, on the other hand, you might want to choose furniture in rich colors like mahogany or cherry.

Different colors affect our moods differently.

For example, blue is often associated with trust, focus, and productivity, green is great for calmness and relaxation, while yellow is said to increase creativity and is great for those office spaces that require lots of movement.

Adding a splash of accent colour to your office is one of the easiest ways to change up the environment and make it more comfortable. 

6. Quality over quantity

Don’t be tempted to buy a bunch of cheap, low-quality pieces just to save money, because this will actually end up costing you more money (low-quality furniture is more likely to break down sooner).

It’s better to invest in a few high-quality pieces that will last for years.

Instead of standard desk chairs, invest in proper ergonomic desk chairs that help with posture and energy levels.

Office ergonomics checklist must cover policies around Posture – Activity – Exercise, Lighting – Air – Noise, and Work Style – Organization – Breaks.

Prolonged sitting sessions in an uncomfortable chair can also be hazardous for your spine. Ideally, you want to go into an office furniture supplier’s storefront and sit in a few different chairs before choosing one.

By doing this, you can get a firsthand feel for which chair best meets your needs. Once you figure out the desk chair model and brand you need, you can start the hunt for the best price online 😏

Finally

Millennials seek fulfillment in the workplace and they want their office to look and feel inspiring and engaging.

Whatever your industry, taking even just a few small steps to show you both understand and care about what your Millennial staff,  can make a world of difference.

Millennials love considered, functional, comfortable, and personal workplaces. They are drawn to simple, clean lines and a minimal aesthetic.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to furnishing your office. So, get creative and have fun with it.

We hope this guide was a great starting point.

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Tanya

The first Millennial blogger in the UK. Twitter @_luckyattitude

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