When you already have an office, the question of furniture and equipment inevitably arises. In this article, we will describe the benefits of ordering office furniture before buying ready-made samples.
First. Location in the room, taking into account the size of the room, light sources, location of heating systems and air conditioners.
First of all, you make a plan of the room and the furniture in it, together with the furniture manufacturer. Something what will be an unsolvable problem for you, for him as a specialist, will be a common daily issue and he will easily offer you a solution. For example, if the paper cabinet blocks the socket and it is impossible to put the cabinet in another place, you can make a hanging socket on the wall of the cabinet on the side, both outside the cabinet and inside. You can also mount more than one socket at a height convenient for you. The same applies to the box with the electric meter, it can also be placed inside the cabinet, but you should consult with the fire inspector.
The same with the heating system. If the tables are placed near windows, which will save energy, as the light can be turned on later, you can offer a solution in which the furniture adjacent to the walls will not block the batteries. For example, instead of a solid back or side wall adjacent to the battery, make a wall of perforated metal or legs of chrome-plated tubes. This will provide warmth and comfort in the room, which will increase productivity and save on sick leave. Workers also need to be seated so that they do not fall under the direct flow of air conditioners, which will also save on hospitals. Thus, the correct location of office furniture gives a number of obvious advantages – comfortable working conditions, light, heat and no drafts, lead to increased productivity and the absence of diseases in the workforce, as well as saving electricity and heat energy. This is achieved through the individual design features of each piece of furniture.
Second. Individual design features of furniture save space, comfort, light and warmth.
For example, you have an area from the corner to the door, the size of 1.5 m2, you can fit there any design, depending on your needs. If you work with visitors, you can put a chair for the visitor, it is 50 cm and a corner table of the employee 1 m or if the distance is 1.20 m, then the table is 80 cm. The side walls of the table will be in the form of chrome pipes, and the outer corner of the table is rounded, which will give a noticeable freedom of space in such a small area. The necessary documentation can be placed on hanging shelves on the wall. The necessary documentation can be placed on hanging shelves on the wall. It all depends on your needs, you can put in this corner the closet, placing on top shelves everything you need, but once a year, for example, the archive. And on the bottom you can put something that is used often. Thus, with the help of individual design features, we get space savings plus the items described in the first section.
Now let’s move on to the design features of the work itself. If you work with clients and you need to create a warm, friendly atmosphere, for example, in a bank, it is necessary that the employee and the client sit comfortably next to each other and can communicate quietly. Here it is desirable to make small partitions from the “rest of the world”, they can be purely symbolic, the main thing is that the client has a sense of trust. But if you are an official institution, and communication with visitors is conducted at the official level, there should be a barrier between the employee and the visitor, which is achieved through the creation of counters, registration windows and official color of furniture. Also, if the client is very important, it is better to move to a specially fenced area or a separate office with cozy, almost home, furniture in warm tones, which will inspire confidence in your institution.
Third. Furniture fittings.
Even at home, 60% of furniture is mostly just standing, and 40% is actively used, about 20% from these 40% are used very often. The office is the same, only the workload increases in proportion to the number of employees. You have to determine these percentages, and according to them to put accessories, the master must tell you where to put it. Of course, you need to put the highest quality and expensive fittings, strengthen the units for 20% of ruthlessly used furniture, and put easier and cheaper fittings for furniture with less load.
Fourth. Individual features of furniture for key employees.
If this is an important employee who has non-standard anthropometric data, for example, a man 2m tall or a small woman, you can immediately order furniture with adjustable fittings. Adjusting the height of the table and chair will make your employee feel much more comfortable.
Fifth. Choice of furniture colors. There are several important factors here.
- General orientation of the institution. If it is a strict official institution, accordingly, the color should emphasize it. If it is a state organization, the color should be neutral, from white to dark gray, in every way showing impartiality or a dark array that suppresses and demonstrates strength and solidity. If you want to attract a client, the color should be light, which creates a feeling of comfort and confidence.
- Side of the light. If the windows face north, warm tones should be the main, and cold colors should predominate in the south. If you have the shadow side, the furniture should be light, that would not add gloom, unless the first item is a priority. If there is a lot of light, even if it is north, but the top floor, you can balance the warm dark tones. If the north is in the shade, then use warm light. Again, if you do not set a goal, deliberately suppress the visitor.
- Room size. Everything is simple, white fills, dark reduces. If the room is large, use dark tones to create a chamber. If the room is small, use light. Also use light and mirrors to visually enlarge the space.
- Colors by zones. Colors should be distributed in the work areas, depending on the goals: to attract the client – warmth and intimacy, to suppress – cold and formal, and so on. Also use warmth and comfort in the employees’ recreation areas.
Much depends on the style and color, they can both attract and frighten, and this applies to both visitors and staff.
Sixth. Choosing a furniture manufacturer.
It should be clearly understood that there are very few specialists in any field. If you go to the store and stop your choice on the finished product of a large company, you should know that it is collected by ordinary, average collectors, it does not take into account all the nuances of your business and your spaces. If you apply to VERDI for individual office furniture, a specialist will come to the site to discuss the above items with you and discuss how to do better, taking into account all the details, including your budget.
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