Just like our homes, we spend a lot of time in the office. After a while the white walls and lifeless atmosphere can have a negative effect on your ability to work. Luckily, you can combat this by injecting some much-needed life back into those walls and working out the best way to arrange your workspace for maximum productivity.
Pick Your Style
Before you go in all gung-ho, first make sure that you plan out what you want to do. If you are renting the office you must first find out if you are able to make changes, whether the building is listed, where the supporting walls are etc… Make sure you find out all of this information first because it will affect what you can do with the office.
Once all that is out of the way you can choose what style you want to go for. Do you want modern and sleek? Rustic and warm? Scandinavian inspired? Start to draw out where you want everything in the room, the colour of the walls, the furniture and fittings.
Be realistic with your timescale. If you are planning to strip the office space back and start again, it could take months to get the office finished and ready for working. Ensure you have temporary space to work in for the time being as work is carried out.
Get To Work
Set yourself a realistic budget that you can afford. Figure out what materials you need and discuss this with your project manager if you are having one to oversee the work.
Begin work by hiring machinery and using machinery skates from Hevi-Haul Int’l to stop you damaging the floors. Rip out walls, dig holes, get all the destruction done first, and then you can work on rebuilding your office.
Sell What You Can
If you are deciding to overhaul everything you have in the office, don’t just throw your old furniture away. Sell them on second hand sites such as Gumtree and you may even find yourself with a little extra cash to spend on new features for your office.
Even though you are on a budget, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be picky when it comes to what you put inside your office. Use charity shops and clearance sales to get some great pieces of furniture and paints for a good price.
Skip the wallpaper on your walls, as long as the plastering is smooth, you can paint right over the top. It will save you money, time, and make it easier if you ever want to change the colour again in the future.
Hang up pieces of art on the walls to add some life and character to your office, and also a talking point when your employees come back to work.
Learn From Others
Pinterest is a breeding ground for creative ideas and clever storage hacks. Take advantage of this and let your inner DIYer get to work. You may find some ingenious ways to store those files you have in the room, or even a great way to organise your desk.