The amount of time that it actually takes to plan out your office renovation is typically underestimated. So we’re going to give you a few pointers on when to start planning your office renovation; along with some tips and tricks. Everyone wants to get the most out of their investment when it comes to doling out cash to renovate, and nobody wants to have to spend more money on office furniture a year down the road. You also don’t want to anticipate having a renovated office space ready for use by a certain date, only to realize the time frame was grossly underestimated. To avoid any of those pitfalls we have the scoop for you.
It’s vital to consider the amount of time realistically needed to plan. If you’re starting to think about planning your office renovation, you should allow 4 months for the process. This seems to be a surprise to most people when we tell them this, but there are reasons you need to allow this much time.
Factors to Consider For Your Office Renovation
1-Manufacturing & Shipping Times- Sometimes if “in-stock” items are backordered, you’ll need to allow time for production to have the products available for you. This is also a reason why sometimes custom furniture can actually be received more quickly than standard manufactured office furniture.
2-Scope of the Build Out- Aside from office furniture you have other components to take into consideration during the renovation. Are you having carpet put down, or walls painted before getting your new furniture moved in? Is there electrical work that needs to be done? The time frame the contractors need to execute these tasks also play an integral part into the amount of time that will be needed to complete your renovation.
3-When Ordering Custom- While it may take less time to receive a custom order, you do need to have a little time to consider what your needs will be with your office furniture.
4-Budget-Setting a realistic budget for your renovation is also important. When you start to look at doing an office renovation, setting a budget helps you not go crazy, but also helps you get a good grasp on what certain things will cost, and what things are worth investing a bit more in that will save you money in the long run.
When to Consider Custom Office Furniture
-Functional Needs-Perhaps you have an oddly shaped office space and the dimensions needed don’t quite line up with standard manufactured desks. You could also have a need for a larger than traditional workspace on your desk that will call for custom dimensions.
-Specific Aesthetics- It can be hard for some brands to find the perfect fit for office furniture with standard manufactured furniture. It could be important to maintain a flow in your office space that is congruent with the aesthetic of your brand. In cases like this, as far as style and colors, custom furniture is the superior option.
-Technology Needs- Depending on what type of work you do in your office, your needs can vary. If you need multiple computer screens on your desk, or have a boardroom, you may need the means to integrate space for things like cables, power, and microphones. Having custom furniture that is designed for these technological needs not only makes things go more smoothly during the workday, but also can make sure you maintain a clean look without cords and cables hanging around everywhere.
The quality of the furniture you pick is another factor to consider while doing your office renovation. When looking at your budget, you should take into consideration not only how comfortable and functional the pieces you select will be, but how long will the pieces last?
For example, you can easily purchase inexpensive desk chairs. However, the comfort level will not be fantastic. This can slow down the productivity of your employees due to discomfort. In addition to that, you will forever be replacing these types of desk chairs due to being easily worn out. While if you purchase a higher end office chair, it will have a lifespan of 7-10 years, provide superior comfort, and in turn create an environment for better productivity to occur.
The Black High Back Executive Chair is an example of a good desk chair that will last, provide comfort to increase productivity, and not need to be replaced in a year. It has loop arms, a high back for comfort, a pneumatic gas lift, tilt capability, as well as a tilt lock for when you don’t want your seat to tilt. Plus wheels so it gives you the ability to slide over next to a coworker next to you while collaborating. This chair is designed to hold a weight of up to 275 lbs.
If you have someone who has a larger stature and needs a little more wiggle room for comfort, the Black Leather Plush Big Man’s Chair is an outstanding option! This chair is extremely popular and sometimes runs low on availability, but definitely worth a ring to us to see if it’s in stock! While most desk chairs are designed to hold up to 200-250 lbs, the Big Man’s Chair holds up to 350 lbs, all while offering extreme comfort.
We’ve covered some of the basic points of what you need to consider when you start planning your office renovation. Of course, renovations aren’t always one size fits all, so if you have questions about factors that may be specific to you, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.