An office is as much a social place as it is functional. It is a place where a human being spends about one-third of his day, creating valued laden products and services that make life easy. A workspace must inspire discipline and organization, and must be conducive to creativity and higher productivity. Furniture is an essential part of the office set up and a lot goes into deciding the right kind of furniture that suits the needs and requirements of the organization.
Everything aside, the kind of furniture set up required differs from institution to institution and from one type of business to another. A hospital will be furnished differently from a school and a church. A boutique selling ethnic wear will require shelves that are not at all needed in a lawyer’s office.
The point is, when designing your office space, pay adequate attention to the furniture and make a note of all the things that you’ll require. Here is a short guide that will help you in the process:
Workspace Desks and Chairs
Desks and Chairs are of utmost importance for even the bare basic workspace set up. They are the functional requirements of the office. There are plenty of desks and chair options available in the market. You can select the combinations that are
- most appropriate for your office design
- the nature of the work that will be performed on the desks
- the convenience of the employee
- and of course, the budget you have decided for the purpose
Desks must facilitate and not hinder the work. You can opt for those that come fitted with additional drawers and shelf space for keeping important papers and things. There are desks that have enough space for the placement of a computer and suitable drawers and pull outs for keyboard, mouse and other computer peripherals.
The choice of chair depends largely on the comfort factor required and the budget. A simple chair with cushioned seat, back and arm pads represents the minimal amount of care you can show to your employees. Add revolving mechanism, turning wheels and seat adjusting levers to it and you have a chair that is suited perfectly for a person who works a 9-hour shift.
Reception Area Furniture
Reception area furniture is set up to impress the clients and visitors who come to your office. Therefore, before you get started with buying furniture for your reception area, the pertinent question to ask is:
How important it is for you to impress the outsiders? The answer to this question will help you decide the budget of the reception office furniture. You can opt for luxury furniture sets with a large panel desk with space for computer, intercom handset, logbook/registers, pen holder etc. A counter top is very much required to maintain a formal code of conduct. It creates respectable distance between the receptionist and the visitor.
As per visitor seating arrangements, a coffee table with lounge style chairs or sofa are very much in vogue. These classy sofas and chairs create a very stylish impression on the clients and visitors. At the same time, they are very comfortable too.
We discussed about furnishing workstation and reception area. Another aspect of a well equipped and functional office is the conference room where a lot of presentations and brainstorming sessions take place. The beauty of the conference room lies in its ability to inspire new ideas through interactive discussions and yet keep the discipline intact.
At the same time, it should also be well fitted with modern technological devices to facilitate multimedia presentations and video conferencing. Office furniture for conference room takes into consideration all these requirements and also the comforts of the executives who get together to discuss important company policies.
office furniture at of break room or relaxation room. Employees use this place to unwind and enjoy a sip or two of coffee. Maximum time an employee spends here is five to ten minutes during work hours. The furniture here is kept minimal because after sitting on their workstation continuously for an hour or two at a stretch, they prefer standing or walking. Bean bags and lounge style settee are also a good option. Coffee and tea machines are usually a part of the break room. You will also require a storage cupboard for storing disposable glasses, extra tea and milk packets, and other goods.
Here, we have listed and talked about those office furniture items that will be accountable for the major part of your furniture budget.