When a client walks into an office, they should be met with smooth, crisp lines. Sleek, posh, organic and understated are the key to creating an office that is both functional and impressive. Old desks you buy at thrift stores say you don’t put much thought into things. Contemporary business office furniture makes a bolder statement. When designing the workplace, remember it is the first thing a potential customer notices.
Start with the Basics
Surfaces are the cornerstone of every room whether at home or in the office. Let your needs dictate the selections. Should the room be set for a one on one conference or will the business host larger groups for full-on presentations?
When decorating the working side of the office, select the desk style first. If you have lots of room, a large counter with rolling files might be the most efficient use of the space. If the fit is tighter, the classic desk with a multitude of drawers and a hutch might work better. Decide the purpose of each room and then choose the surfaces that will fill it.
Build Up the Room
Once you have the basic surfaces in place, build the room around them. Consider what you need within arm’s reach. Where will you put files? How can you best utilize the wall space? When you are designing the area around the central workspaces, think about the satellite pieces the office needs.
- Filing cabinets
- Computer trolleys or side desks
- Wall cubbies
- Pin boards
- Side chairs
Setting up Client Space
After the work areas are set, pick a spot for clients. The space will depend on your business. If you opted for a conference room, consider the seating arraignments. Do you want a separate area with more comfortable business office furniture? For example, you could arraign a side seating area with a couple of reading chairs and loveseat. How about a lobby? Does the office need a waiting area with tables to hold reading material?
If working with clients requires visual presentations, what type of equipment do you need? Think about where the client will be sitting when watching a video or slide presentation. A fidgety customer will be less attentive. Your client areas should be about comfort and style. Comfortable, welcoming décor might be just what it takes to sign a nervous, high-strung client.
Appearance is always a factor when dealing with potential clients. Most business people put extra time and money into how they dress in order to make a good impression, but the workspace gets less consideration. The office is more than just four walls and a few old desks. It is the administrative center.
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