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


Contemporary Office Design for Contemporary Business

I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a picky shopper when it comes to giving a business my repeat service.  That’s why I found myself at yet another new salon yesterday for a haircut.  The stylist I visited previously did a great job, but there was something about the salon that turned me off.  It could have been the flowery wallpaper that looked like it had been hanging since the 80s, or it could have been the photos of the women with big bushy hairstyles that were also severely outdated.  

My point is not to share all the negatives of my past salon visit, but to prove that contemporary office design matters, especially for contemporary businesses.  Even if you provide a great service, your office decor makes a huge impression on the people who walk through your doors.  Many of these people are like me…they want to give you their business, but it has to feel right for them.

This is exactly why the salon I visited yesterday will get my business again.  Not only did the stylist give me a fantastic haircut, but I felt good being there.  First, the salon promoted efficient lighting design by maximizing its premier downtown location.  One entire corner of the building (two connecting walls) boasted huge glass windows so that clients can see to the life outside…and potential clients can see in.  Additionally, rather than decorating with drab wallpaper, this salon was painted a deep, natural green that complimented its philosophy of natural skin and hair products.  Several interior design ideas were strategically placed throughout the space, including modern art and sculptures (not old, outdated model photos) and contemporary furniture.  

What else did I notice?  The light, bamboo-colored and natural wood floors that brought a light and open feeling to the salon.  Additionally, large, living plants sat in the corners next to comfy couches that served as the reception area.

So, while your product and service might be top notch…remember that your office design might just be the one thing that brings the sale home.


Contemporary Office Design

Contemporary Office Design

Office Space Planning for a Consistent Look

Updating your office requires more than a trip to the local office decorating and supply store.  Simply adding a few new features here and there might help your pocketbook, but it does little for the overall office decor that you’re attempting to improve.  

If your office is in need of a redesign, start by conducting some constructive office space planning that will make the job worth it.  First think about those things that absolutely must be changed, whether it be furniture or decorations.  Next, plan for the integration of your new items.  Then, take a step back.  Will those existing items that don’t need to be changed still function effectively with your new items?  Will they blend together for an overall appealing look, or will your office end up looking like a poorly matched collage with little consistency?

In other words, don’t skimp by completing half of the job.  Make sure that your office look is consistent throughout.  So, if you’ve updated your carpet in the reception area, make sure your paint color, accessories, and wall art match.  Or, if you’ve upgraded to a large oak office desk, be sure that your guest and office chairs match the new piece.

After all, the only design flaw worse than an outdated office is a mismatched office.  Plan your office space wisely for a beautiful design and a functional layout!


Office Space that Flows

Office Space that Flows

Modular Office Systems Offer Flexibility…and then Some

Many of today’s businesses are finding benefits in modular office systems for a number of reasons.  First, they are a quick way to redesign the office for new space or organizational requirements.  For example, as new employees begin to fill the office, companies might install movable walls that separate existing office spaces to make room for these new faces.  

This second benefit of modular furniture is its contribution to a more private and confidential environment.  Companies that handle a great deal of confidential information (banks, for example), need modular features such as office wall panels and acoustic tiles to decrease the amount of noise that’s floating around in the air.  Many businesses have also found sound masking can be a big plus to increasing the confidentiality in the work environment.

Finally, modular office spaces make it easy to leave room for design changes.  Many companies want a new look without the permanence that comes with redesign.  Of course, in the end, modular furniture can save a company big bucks since complete redesigns will not be needed.  Instead, offices can move things around a bit and more easily create entire new office environments.


Modular Office System

Modular Office System

Small Office Design Challenges

All too often, the big guys tend to think that the little guys have it so much easier in today’s business world. A small office has less staff and general “stuff” to deal with, right? Well…maybe. But, when it comes to office design, I’d argue that the small guys have a tough job ahead of them. They have to fit office supplies, furniture, and design elements into relatively small spaces. And, as more stuff is collected, the small office can quickly begin to feel like an overstuffed box. And so the challenge begins.

While I’ve often held myself to rules such as getting rid of one old thing each time I get something new, I quickly learned that strict rules can’t apply to office design. We need what we need in order to function. However, we can certainly make some improvements that will keep our design in tip-top shape.

My first suggestion is to find furniture that doubles as storage space. Desks work best when they include shelves or other features that also store papers and materials (this also helps keep the clutter to a minimum). Additionally, file cabinets are key, but only if they are used effectively. Rather than lining office walls with rows of filing cabinets, invest in those that reach the ceiling. Even if you have to use a step ladder to reach a file, you’ll feel better than you would if those filing cabinets began closing in on you.

So, little guys…use your space effectively and efficiently, and you’ll soon show those big guys who’s boss.


Get creative with small office design

Get creative with small office design

Organize your Office with Personal Storage Towers

Now I have found the one piece of office furniture that I will never again be able to live without.  Check it out: Haworth’s Personal Storage Towers gives a lot of storage space while taking up just a little bit of room in your office.  Talk about space planning!  I can’t believe I ever worked without one of these.

Once I found this storage system, I was able to organize my office efficiently while promoting a contemporary look.  Paper and old files were easy to store in the bottom drawers while reference books now fill the shelves above.  And, what’s best is that I’ve placed the tower right next to my desk, so I only have to turn my chair to pull the book or file I need.  And, of course, I had to add a bit of personal flair, which was easy with the storage tower.  Plenty of room means there’s extra space to show off a vase of my backyard tulips and pictures of my main squeeze.  

Is it wrong to be this excited about a piece of office furniture?  I sure hope not.


Haworth's Personal Storage Tower

Haworth's Personal Storage Tower

Designing Office Space Efficiently

Spring’s introduction has inspired a renewed energy in my life–both professionally and personally. As I have been spending several of the last few evenings getting things ready in the garden, I have been pondering a major question: why do we let the seasons reflect their energy into our daily actions? All winter, I’ve holed up in my office, working through stacks of paper. However, once the warmer weather has arrived and the flowers have begun to bloom, I’ve immediately felt the need to get rid of all the clutter! Shouldn’t this be a philosophy that is part of my work life every day, all year long?

I hope you’ll join with me in making an effort to cutting the clutter of our lives year-round, not just during spring cleaning time. The best way I know to do this is to take a critical look at designing office space. Ask yourself if your desk is in the right spot. Make sure you have room to move around your office. Do you have a workstation that can serve as a blank canvas rather than a cluttered mess? Is there life in your office (think family photos, favorite art pieces, or live plants)? Do you have a set day that’s reserved for weekly (or even bi-weekly) spring cleaning all year long?

Critically assess your office space and vow to make a few changes that will start this season but last all year long!


Of course, Bill Gates has an organized office

Of course, Bill Gates has an organized office