When you furnish an office, you do more than provide desks and chairs. You create a mindset for your business. A stylish and modern office with the right furniture layout can improve morale, leave employees feeling more valued, and make everyday tasks feel that much easier.
Whether you work in an office cubicle or a sleek open plan office, here’s how to try to make your space both functional and fabulous with a range of modern office furniture to perfectly fit your working style.
The first thing you’ll want for yourself and any employees on your watch is a comfortable modern office chair. Ergonomic seating is good to have in 2019, with adjustable height, support for the lumbar region, and sufficient seat width and depth to avoid perching at the edge of the chair. A high back chair will help to support you throughout the day.
Second comes the office workstation. A modern office desk should suit the needs of its user. Those who focus on spread-out work like art or fabric design would need a larger desk or a table, while smaller desks will be more suitable for those doing lots of computer work. A glass office desk can provide some extra style.
Office storage should also fit peoples’ specific working requirements. A business dealing with lots of paper documents would be better-suited to storage units like a 5-drawer file cabinet, whereas other kinds of organization might want more cubicle units. For businesses with more specialist needs, you can get into office furniture like storage carts, pin boards for storing tools and other items like cables in quick reach. You can mix things up with storage units that feature multipurpose compartments, giving you the option to mix and match your storage as needed.
All offices need chairs, workstations, and storage no matter what their configuration. But what about if you’re working in an open floor plan office? Then, you’ll want modern office furniture that helps to take advantage of the environment by creating a collaborative workspace.
You can create a welcoming space for informal collaboration and discussion by using couches in a central area. Try to use a communal coffee table for a living room-style furniture layout that will soften even the most formal office environment and provide workers with the perfect space to relax and build strong team relationships. For an even trendier and more comfortable feel, consider a bean bag or two around the office.
Office tables can also be a key part of your open plan office. Size them for the groups you expect to support, and try to ensure that they support the kinds of collaborative work you’re planning. This may mean putting them in a quieter part of the office or even a separate room for sensitive discussions, and putting whiteboards nearby for interactive hand-waving sessions where there’s lots to explain.
Talking of write-on, wipe-off surfaces, when making your furniture decisions, try to remember to think about maintainability. You can choose office furniture with surfaces that are hard-wearing and easy to clean. When it comes to deciding what goes in your office, a little planning goes a long way.
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Danny Bradbury is a freelance writer specializing technology and business.
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