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5 things to consider when planning a new office design

OK, so you've fallen in love with your new office. The location is fantastic, the price is just right and the office is exactly the right size but there's something missing - the office decor and layout leave a lot to be desired. Drab, old-fashioned and just plain dull; office decor is one of the top complaints for businesses moving into new office space.

If this is the case then fear not! There are lots of reputable office design & fit-out companies out there who offer a professional service for a very affordable price. While these office fit out companies are more than up to your new office redesign, it's always a good idea to have some thoughts and ideas of your own - after all, it's going to be your new business home!

1. What kind of feel do you want the office to have?
If you're constantly entertaining clients then it's a good idea to try and create a professional yet welcoming environment. This can be done by using clean colours like white, cream and sky blue and by investing in key quality furniture. If you’re not going to be entertaining clients at all then why not create a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere for your staff? It could help to boost productivity and could motivate your work force.

2. How much do you want to spend?
Having a realisitic office move budget and sticking to it is the key to any office move. Work hard to come up with a workable budget and your office design & fit-out company will work intensively with you to make sure you get the most from your money for your business.

3. Do you want a theme?
Some of the best office designs we've seen have a theme which runs throughout the entire workspace - even through to the kitchen and bathroom areas. A theme can help to tie the whole office together and can create cohesion between each part of the business. Key themes for office designs include modernism, natural materials and metallics.

4. What layout do you want?
Funky, obscure layouts can look great in an office but if they're not practical then you're probably just going to end up wasting your money. Your layout needs to be functional but should also have a clear sense of direction and order. Creating banks of desks is great for separating teams and can also help to boost team morale.

5. Are you really happy with your office design plans?
If you're not sure about something in your new office design, now is the time to speak up. Office design & fit-out companies are used to dealing with business requests so don't feel like you're being too picky during the office consultation process. You should be prepared to work extensively with your office design & fit-out company to make sure you're 100% happy with the office design; after all you're going to be working there every day for the considerable future!

Use this Tenants Guide to Office Design for more tips.

 

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