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Office Renovation Tips

Chloe Harwood
Written by Chloe Harwood

Maybe you are looking for a fresh start to 2018, you may be considering redecorating your office to bring it into the 21st century, getting rid of the wood effect desks and pastel green walls. A new year is always the best time to start fresh, clearing your mind of stress and looking toward the future. With Christmas not so far away, you might want to consider starting your office renovation plans now, so that work can be completed over the holiday period. When you and your employees walk back into the space in January they will feel refreshed and rejuvenated for the year ahead.

The first thing you should do before you start planning your office renovation is have a team meeting. Find out what things are working, and what things aren’t. Is the space being utilised to its full potential? Or do you seem to have random little corners which aren’t ever used. Get suggestions from your workers on how to make their day run smoother, and then you can begin to draw up a design for the space.

Next step is to decide the sort of style you want for the space. You could be looking for warm and inviting, Scandinavian inspired design, or maybe a splash of colour for your modern workplace. Whatever you decide, take a look at IKEA catalogues, Pinterest and blogs for ideas and inspiration. You can begin to build the whole design in your mind before you begin buying materials for the work.

Once you have decided what you want to achieve, you’ll need to clear the space in order to get to work. Find storage units near me and house your office furniture in a safe place so it doesn’t get damaged as you decorate. You can then get plastering and painting the walls, as well as reconfiguring the electrical sockets to fit with your new workplace layout. Depending on your budget, you can then look on websites such as PreLoved for second hand furniture and accessories to fill your space with character and colour.

Remember though, this is an office, not your home. Focus more on functionality, but don’t be afraid to purchase some quirky features for the space. You can even get your employees involved and let them look at different pieces and art for the walls to make the space feel more like a product of the whole team, not just you. If you have a graphic designer in your workforce, let them create some art for the walls- it could be from a film franchise you all love, or from an inside joke you all share. This way the office will feel like a home from home for everyone and it will truly be a personal space which you all had part in creating.

Take one Friday to enlist your workers in moving everything back into the shell of your office, placing desks back, installing computers and hanging up decorations. Finish off with an office plant, which will have a rota each week for who is responsible for watering it.

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Chloe Harwood

Chloe Harwood