An average professional spends eight hours a day, five days a week in the office. Depending on the nature of your business, your employees may spend even more time at office. As an employer, it is your responsibility to provide them a good office environment. Furniture in the office should be comfortable and functional. You can also opt for customised furniture for your office. If you are looking for cost-effective, short-term solutions, you can rent furniture too. Here are some tips on choosing furniture for your office.
Keep furniture usage in mind
If you use paper a lot, you will need lots of storage and a large working surface. Opt for desks accordingly, and make sure there is ample storage beneath. Ask your customised furniture provider for desk shelving and under table cabinets for file storage.
On the other hand, if most of your work is desktop-based, get a sleek desk and ask the provider to include in-built holes/channels for wiring. If you have a PC, ensure that there is a compartment for the CPU.
In case you require working with both paper and on computer, get a stylish executive-style L-shaped desk.
Respect the layout
You might fancy a desk for its imposing look, but if it looks too large for the area, skip it. It might not look odd in the showroom, but you need to consider the size and shape of your office as well. It could hinder movement, block smooth traffic flow, and even obstruct emergency passages. An option in that case is to get a similar desk made for your office size, from a customised furniture maker.
Go for practicality over aesthetic
Don’t get that clunky cupboard just because of its chic look. Many people buy expensive pieces of desks, chairs and cupboards merely for aesthetic reasons. On the other hand, functional furniture actually solves your storage needs. Before getting attractive looking pieces for your furniture, ask yourself some questions. For instance, in case of a shelf, consider whether it provides enough storage for the space it occupies. Avoid getting desks that restrict body movement.
Think about ergonomics
Even the best furniture pieces, in terms of looks and finishing material, can have poor ergonomics. Avoid getting desks that are too high or too low. Office chairs that have not been designed ergonomically, could pose a risk both to your spine and pelvis. Get a good quality office chair, with adjustable seat height and neck position. In case of task chairs, make sure that the armrests and backrests can be adjusted for multiple users.
Tips on desk furniture
While buying or customizing a desk, keep the following points in mind:
- Ensure that the drawers open fully and can close smoothly when full.
- When using high quality wood for your drawers, get them assembled using interlocking construction and not glue.
- Using laminate for workstations can provide both affordability and durability.
- Make sure there are no signs of separation or fraying on the edges.
Lastly, never buy a piece just because it is cheap. Previously used antique pieces belong in the living room and the office space requires functionality. If you are cash-strapped or are self-employed and need to buy value-for-money furniture, you can rent furniture.