When you finally land that corner office at work, it's important that you're attentive to the moving-in process. Where you arrange your furniture can have a significant effect on the feeling of the entire room. If this is the first time that you've ever arranged an actual office, you may not be sure where to start. Here are some of the things that you should think about as you start organizing your new space.
What Are You Trying To Accomplish?
Before you can really determine what to put where, you'll need to think about the overall goal of the space. After all, if you entertain clients and negotiate deals in your office, you'll want a much different arrangement than if you're using the space solely to escape the hustle and bustle of the production floor to get things done. Once you decide on your focus, you can start thinking about how to organize the space accordingly.
How Much Space Do You Have To Work With?
If this is your first office, you might not have thought about the practical steps required to get your furniture in place. Before you start moving things in, you need to be sure that you have enough room to deal with all of the things that you have. Start by measuring the area of the office itself. To do this, you'll need to measure the length and width of the room then multiply both together. Once you do that, you'll know exactly how much space you have. Then, you should look at the electrical outlets. Make a note of where each electrical outlet and data port are, because you'll need to be able to plug things in.
How Well Does Your Desk Fit?
When you're designing your office space, choose a central item to design everything around. In most offices, this means starting with the desk. You'll need to determine how well your desk fits before you can place anything else. Consider how you want your office to look from the entryway to help you determine where the desk should go. That way, you can figure out how the desk will fit and where everything else will go around it.
Think about the position of the windows and the outlets when you're choosing where your desk should go. The last thing you need is to have glare on your computer monitor in the afternoons when you're working, but you'll probably want a view out the window to be able to enjoy when you're taking a break.
How Does The Layout Look On Paper?
Then, create a sketch of the room in a smaller scale, marking where the outlets and the windows are. Once you have a sketch of the space, measure your furniture. That way, you can sketch things in where they'll fit based on the scale of the drawing. For example, if you draw a room that's one-tenth the actual size of the room, you'll have to draw the desk and other furniture at a scale that's one-tenth their size, too.
Don't underestimate the importance of this step. When you draw things out to scale, no matter how rough, it gives you the chance to spot any potential flaws in your layout. Then, you'll have something that the movers can go by to put your new furnishings in the office.
With these tips, you'll be able to place all of your office furniture in places that make the space as comfortable and productive as possible. If your existing furniture doesn't seem to fit well, you might want to consider ordering new commercial office furniture specifically to fit the dimensions you're working with.