5 things to consider before buying office furniture
Does your office need sprucing up? Workstations looking a little worse for wear? Or perhaps you want to catch the activity-based working wave currently sweeping through businesses all over the world? Whatever your motivation, here are a few things to keep in mind before you splash out on new office furniture.
Engage an expert
The furniture world moves surprisingly fast, especially in the era of activity-based working and collaborative and diverse work spaces. That’s why it’s important to discuss your furniture needs with someone who understands the industry and is across all the latest trends. Your supplier should have a proven track record in the industry, backed up by testimonials from satisfied corporate clients.
Go for quality
That cheap imported chair might look identical to the locally made version, but chances are it won’t last as long. Warranties and certifications are more than just pieces of paper – they are proof that the product will stand up to heavy use and still be fit for purpose down the track.
There’s no point in spending money on a fitout if you’re going to have to replace everything in a couple of years. Buy quality products to begin with to ensure your workplace will look great and function perfectly for many years to come.
Flexibility and adaptability are key when it comes to designing a workplace that stands the test of time. That means making sure your furniture is flexible – adjustable standing desks, chill-out zones that double as brainstorming areas or a ping-pong table that can be used for meetings in a pinch.
But it also means being responsive to the diverse and changing needs of your staff. Your office furniture must cater to all your employees, not just a select group.
Black and white is boring
Get creative with your office furniture! There is a common misconception which arose with the age of mass-production that workstations are only available in black, white and silver.
However, many Australian suppliers can completely customise the colours and materials of your office furniture. And because the changes are done locally, it’s not significantly more expensive than sticking with the standard, common styles.
Start with your needs, not the products
It’s very tempting to start browsing furniture websites and picking out the products that appeal to you. That’s how most companies do it, but it’s also completely backwards.
Companies like OfficePace are driving a paradigm shift by offering needs-driven furniture design. Our industry experts sit down with a client to identify what their needs are, then design a completely bespoke solution to meet those needs. By taking advantage of Australian-based manufacturers, we can usually customise designs in a matter of hours and deliver tailor-made furniture for less than an off-the-shelf solution.
For more information visit officepace.com.au.