Custom office furniture lets you work smarter

When choosing office furniture, functionality is a key ingredient to a successful product.  That’s why your purchases should reflect custom office furniture that works for you, not against you.  As you set out to order new furniture, meet with your interior designer to discuss more functional options.  All too often we work around our existing furniture, meaning we work from wherever our desk is situated, regardless if that location works well for us or not.  

A professional designer is guaranteed to be up-to-date on all of the newest furniture designs.  So, this means that you can describe your work needs to your designer, and he or she can offer furniture ideas that will compliment your work lifestyle and the space you have available.  Designers can help you identify the appropriate size of your new furniture and will take factors such as storage issues into consideration.

Remember, the key is to work smarter, not harder.  With custom office furniture that adjusts to your work life, you’re guaranteed to compete for that “smartest guy in the room” award.

 

Custom Office Furniture

Custom Office Furniture

Office Design Must Embrace Change

We hear a lot about change these days.  And I think that’s a good thing.  However, whenever I get into a contractual agreement with anyone, I often feel as if change is never part of the process.  Am I alone?

When it comes to office design, change is inevitable.  Not only will our minds change, but so will our needs.  I recently heard an account of an office manager who changed her mind about the office chairs she had chosen for her board room.  Rather than choosing one model, a newer one entered the market that were more appropriate for her decor.  Guess what?  Her design team said it was too late.  Even though they had not placed the order for her chairs just yet, they informed her that her contract required that she stick with her original chairs.  How frustrating!

My advice to you is to talk about these scenarios early with your office designer.  If they can’t make room for change, maybe you would be better off not making room for them in the first place.

 

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Decorators without a Hidden Agenda

The process of hiring an interior decorator can often be overwhelming.  You want to choose a reputable company that has both an experienced resume and a passion for the work.  What you don’t want, however, is a design company that waits until halfway through the project to tell you that you need entirely new carpet or a different color scheme.

Be sure your interior decorators are upfront from the beginning in regards to exactly what your office needs and how much it’s going to cost you.  Hidden fees, long waiting periods, and unexpected remodeling ideas should never be mentioned after a project has begun.  Instead, ensure that your interior decorating firm has provided every last detail of the project upfront from the very beginning.

 

Planned Office Design

Planned Office Design

Customer Service a Must for Office Designer

I don’t care how well-established your office designer might be, it’s key that he or she provides your company with quality customer service. And, if your designer isn’t meeting your service expectations, there are plenty of others I know who will exceed them.

Take SPACE, Inc. for example. Here’s a company that is not only service-oriented to its entire client base, but also to its entire community. In addition to running a business the prides itself on professional development, certifications, and learning, it also takes advantage of the latest technology to improve its service to the client. By utilizing web conferencing, interior decorators at SPACE are able to show clients 3D drawings and plans over the web. Now that’s service!

 

Office Design by SPACE

Office Design by SPACE

Interior Decorator Portfolio Carries Weight

When selecting your office interior decorator, it’s important to approach the process as you would a formal interview by researching a prospective company.  Websites are a good place to start this process. 

Take a look at a company’s site and try to get a feel for its missions, goals, and (perhaps most importantly) experience.  Many interior design firms will offer online portfolios that showcase projects.  SPACE, the Michigan-based office interior decorator, provides a web-based portfolio on its site so that potential clients can dig into past projects.  These types of online features help you see the kinds of experiences that design firms have, and they can also give you ideas of your own as you’re beginning to formulate plans for your own office design.

Bank office design project

Bank office design project

Interior Design Firm Should Offer Seamless Transition

Undertaking an office redesign is a huge task for an office.  Employees are shuffled into new areas while old ones are redesigned, and loud design and construction crews interrupt the normal flow of each work day.

While that might be what you picture when you think of letting an interior design firm into your office, you should think again.  Professional designers have your best interests at heart, and they know that productivity is the number one goal of most any organization.  Therefore, any good interior design firm is going to make your office’s transformation as seamless as possible, meaning that the disruption is minimal and work can proceed at its normal speedy pace!

Interior Design Firms Make Seamless Transition

Interior Design Firms Make Seamless Transition

Interior Design Inspirations Need a Personal Connection

If you’re in the market for an office interior designer, one thing should be top on your list: your designers MUST make your office’s project their number one priority.  If a designer isn’t showing signs of excitement or enthusiasm in your project, it’s time to look elsewhere.  After all, each of us performs much better when we put our heart and soul into a project.  The same goes for interior designers.

Make sure that your design team treats each project like they would  a remodel of their own home.  From start to finish, the team should focus on filling your office space with interior design inspirations that guide them through each stage of the journey.  Trust me, if they don’t show this level of dedication, you can find someone else who will!

Interior Design Projects Should Inspire Creativity

Interior Design Projects Should Inspire Creativity