Small Space Design Requires a Keen Eye

I’ve moved a lot.  In fact, I haven’t kept the same address for more than two consecutive years since I was in high school.  While I’m not going to confess my age, I will say that it’s been several years since I graduated from college, for the second time.  So, what does this have to do with office interior design?

Well, if I’ve learned anything from all this moving it’s that your home space should be functional, just as your office should be.  And, all to often, we aren’t given a lot of room to work with.  From my very first studio apartment, I’ve learned many home decorating tips that easily transfer into the office design world.  The key is to treat small space design with a keen eye so your office looks and feels just right.  Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your furniture away from the walls: Small spaces have a tendency to make us want to push everything against the wall so that we can promote a more open environment.  Guess what?  The opposite happens; soon, you’ll begin feeling like the walls are closing in on you.
  • Divide space creatively: Many offices don’t have the luxury of giving each individual his or her own office.  That’s okay.  Contemporary modular walls can give your office a permanent look while dividing space where you need it most.
Modular Furniture

Modular Furniture

  • Remember that size does matter: In many small space designs we often see the overuse of small furniture.  Of course we don’t want to overcrowd our office area with a desk that’s way too big for the space, but be leery of going too small as well.  Buy furniture that fits both the space and the workload.  And, don’t forget that adjustable tables and monitor stands might work best to save space and still provide the functionality you need.
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Interior Design Firms Must Put Clients First

The process of choosing a certified interior decorator can feel consuming.  However, there are a few key factors that should shape your decision and help you determine just exactly “who’s who” in the business.

First, you want to choose an interior design firm that puts clients first.  And, this is easier to gauge than you think.  When meeting with potential interior decorators, observe the level of interest they have in your office.  Do they ask specific questions that really get to the heart of your office interior design goals?  Do they ask for feedback along the way?  Do they offer multiple suggestions so that you can pick from several ideas rather than just one or two?

Next, ask your potential interior decorator about past clients.  Ask them about specific projects and how they were executed.  Ask them what value they place on customer service and how they ensure the customer is happy.  Finally, ask about the follow-through, and determine just how the firm will ensure that the end product is one you’re happy with.

Hiring a certified interior decorator is a must.  But, don’t jump the gun.  Do your research and treat the selection process as you would a formal interivew.  Believe me, those interior design firms that put clients first will make all the difference in not only your business relationship, but in your ultimate goals for effective office design.

Certified Interior Decorator

Certified Interior Decorator

New Office Furniture Still Smart During a Recession

I know…I know…  The number one thing on every office’s mind is the economy.  Many businesses are taking a hard hit.  And, when it comes to office redesign, executives are more than likely thinking that an interior makeover is going to have to wait another year.  But, here’s a thought to ponder: your positive business image has never been as important as it is today.  In fact, you need to work overtime to secure every potential client that walks through your door.  And, if your office interior is struggling, poor taste just might be the reason a client decides to go with the other guy.

Trends are showing that large office furniture is out.  Many companies are maximizing office floor plans with space-saving furniture.  For some offices, this means implementing modular walls, which are similar to cubicles but are much more aesthetically pleasing.  Additionally, it means space-saving furniture and accessories such as collapsible conference chairs and movable desks and tables.

So, rather than throwing out the idea of redesign entirely, think instead about a goal of efficiency.  You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll save yourself time and money in the longrun once your office gets an efficiency makeover.

Computer Desk

Computer Desk

Keep Clients Comfy with the Right Conference Room Chairs

How often have you sat through a conference, meeting, or presentation and thought about the chair you sat in?  While I hope your answer is “never,” I have a feeling that some of you can remember these moments.  A presentation might start out engaging and interesting, and then less than halfway through you notice that you’re shifting your weight from side to side, moving your legs in different directions, and trying to stretch your back.

Sure, you might have found yourself in this scenario due to a boring speaker or a meeting that goes way longer than it should.  But, all too often, your shifting and discomfort has to do with the chair you’re sitting in.

When it’s time to redesign your conference room, I’ve got the chair for you: the Haworth X-99 Seminar Chair.  These conference room chairs sport a mesh back that makes them comfortable; however, the chairs can easily slide together which makes them easy to move and store.  Trust me–your clients will appreciate these chairs as much as you will.

X-99 Conference Room Chair

X-99 Conference Room Chair

Office Space Planning for a Finite World

An office only has so much space. So, what happens when the business begins to grow but doesn’t have the room or resources to expand? While you might think of a partition office as one that’s cramped or cluttered, I dare you to think again.

Check out the new contemporary designs that can turn the modular office into an efficient, yet stunning, workplace. Not only can growing offices continue to be productive, but they now can do it style. The best part about these modular walls is that they look permanent. So, while clients will think your office had an expensive makeover, you’ll have the assurance that your office design can easily change as it continues to grow.

Modular Walls

Modular Walls

The Freedom Chair: A Name that Doesn’t Lie

Okay, so I am obsessed with office chairs.  Fine.  I’ll admit it.  But, it’s all for good reason.  I spend the bulk of my day staring at the computer screen and typing away at my keyboard, and I’ve learned that a good office chair makes all the difference.  Big deal, right?  We all know this.

Well, the big deal is that I’ve found THE office chair.  It’s called the Freedom Chair from Humanscale and it’s name certainly doesn’t lie.  This ergonomic desk chair actually fits to your body, moving with you as you transfer from back to forth positions.  And, my favorite feature is the adjustable arm rests that easily move in for keyboarding support, and then moves back out when you need the extra space for movement.

I’ve always wondered why so many office chairs had a tendency to make adjustment a hard process.  With the Freedom Chair, adjustment isn’t just easy, it’s natural.  And, that’s the way a chair should be–free and easy!

The Freedom Office Chair

The Freedom Office Chair

Interior Design Sees Growth in Field

All this talk about interior design isn’t just flash-in-the-pan news.  As an industry, interior design is finding more of a need in today’s business world than ever before.  In fact, from schools to prisons, many buildings that were formally given little design focus are finding design professionals walking through their doors.

And this is what’s important–that you are actually calling in the professionals.  I see too many businesses work with so-called designers that have no formal training.  I’m sure you can guess the outcome.  Let’s just say that mismatched furniture and florescent lighting is just the start.

Not only should you find designers that have accomplished backgrounds in interior design, but you should also look for desingers that hold certifications in the field, in addition to those who are continuously working on professional development.  While interior design might not be rocket science, it certainly is a science.  Thankfully, there are professionals who make the science look easy.

Interior Designers

Interior Designers