If you’re designing or revamping the office layout and looking for some quick tips that you can use when planning your space this post is for you. Before putting forth the effort to designing your office space, consider the following office layout design checklist.
Adjustable: Sitting down all day is dangerous for your back and neck so if the budget allow try and get an ergonomic solution. Adjustable work areas where you can sit or stand are great.
Obstacles: When measuring your office space make sure you include the measurements of columns and design obstacles (heating vents and electrical access panels) in the space. Knowing about these obstacles allows them to be incorporated into the design, avoiding issues and delays when your furniture is installed.
Delivery: When buying inquire as to whether the pricing of your furniture includes delivery or will be added to the price quoted. This will help you to be able to compare pricing more accurately.
Electrical: Position the furniture to accommodate existing building electrical/future installations.
Merging Areas: Today’s workspaces sometimes require spaces for collaboration. Create areas for collaboration into the design or create special meeting areas for sharing.
Know Your Needs: Designing furniture around company culture and needs can help you to achieve your business goals. Some companies prefer an open office layout, others prefer higher panels or a combination of the two.
Quality: Quality is important! Make sure your furniture can withstand the demands of a high use environment (people sitting on the desks and leaning against panels).
Lighting: Studies have shown that natural light increases productivity and mood. Incorporate clear or frosted acrylic panels into the cubicle design to allow the light to flow throughout.
Measure: When you measure don’t forget to include doorways, heating access panels, and ledges. Even if you have a CAD drawing of your office layout be sure to physically measure it to ensure your furniture will fit.
Neutral Palette: Neutral colours are best for base colour palettes. Add colour with paint and accessories, these items can be easily changed with tastes and trends.
Open Office Concepts: Though the open office concept is popular now it’s not the best solution for everyone. Consider how employees work and what the best mix for privacy and openness will mean for your company.
Personal Touch: Add personality to your office space with your furniture design and colours. You can select standard designs from a catalogue, or work with a company. Make the most of your space, get creative with colours, or imprint your logo onto panels.
Sound/Noise Problems: Many of companies are concerned about sound. They are interested to know only a small percentage of noise reduction can be credited to the furniture. To reduce noise give employees high quality noise-cancelling headsets
Technology: Technology is constantly changing. While it may be nice to incorporate an iPod dock into your desk. What will happen if the next version will no longer work with the outlet you’ve incorporated into your desk? Consider options that will accommodate whatever comes next.
Wires & Cables: We still live in a world where we need cords and cables to charge devices and relay data. Keep these in mind when you consider your furniture system.
Longevity: Ensure your furniture will last for years by buying furniture with a warranty. Purchasing furniture that is meant to withstand high use environments with a warranty to match is important.
No wasted space: Utilize more of your space.
An office layout is very important for employee motivation and productivity so take your time during the design process and work with what you already have(and your budget).