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Moving into a new office space provides an excellent opportunity to design the space for function, aesthetics, and comfort. Here are some tips for designing your new space.


Before diving in:

  1. Develop a plan.

  2. Consider what you hope to accomplish.

  3. Assess your space and the best way to use it.

  4. Determine your budget.

Also, consider how your team works. For example, do team members need a lot of private space? Or do they need more space for collaboration? What works in the current design, and what doesn't? Where do they need warm spaces (restful spots), and where do they need energetic ones?

Always ask for employee feedback during the planning process. Employees often know what they need to be more productive.

Choose The Right People

Decide whether your team has the expertise to design the space themselves or whether you should hire a professional designer or design firm. Although a professional designer will charge a fee, they may save you money through their relationships with vendors. They may also save you time.

Consider Ergonomics and Comfort

Prolonged seating isn't good for the body. Indeed, medical professionals see a marked increase in health among those who limit seating spells to 30 minutes. A healthy work environment will provide different seating and standing options so team members can work in various positions throughout the day.

Use Mobile Furniture

Mobile furniture improves the flexibility of your space and collaboration opportunities. Consider furniture that nests, rolls, folds, moves, or breaks down completely.

Use Light Effectively

Natural light is the healthiest, improving mood, boosting vitamin D, and supporting the body's Circadian rhythm. A good office design will effectively use natural light. When the office needs additional lighting, warm lights are a better choice than colder lights. Technologies also allow office light to change from cool blues in the morning to warm oranges in the afternoon.

Use Color Strategically

Colors can affect mood, so consider office color schemes carefully. Colors such as green and blue can improve focus, while oranges and reds spur innovative thinking. Consider the activities in each space and choose the color palette accordingly.

Open Up the Space

Open office concepts allow individuals to see each other. They promote collaboration and increase spur-of-the-moment brainstorming. Open offices often have no walls; however, they can also have partitions of glass or frosted opaque materials in areas that need privacy.

Bring the Outside In

Plants provide health benefits, as well as beauty, in an office. Many low-maintenance plants require little water or light. Reclaimed wood desktops and exposed wood floors are other ways to bring the outside into offices.

Add Artful Touches

Art enhances creativity and productivity and demonstrates your good taste to potential clients. Choose art that fits your overall brand and the company culture you hope to portray. For example, consider a bold, black-and-white print if you take a minimalist approach. A geometric print says elegance; pop art gives casual vibes; and landscapes soothe.

A Successful Office Move

Minimize downtime during your office relocation. Moving an entire organization is a challenging and complex endeavor, and prolonged downtime is detrimental to profitability. Chipman's extensive business moving services span from minor internal office relocations to the international or domestic transport of hundreds of employees and office furniture. Our certified business, office, and commercial specialists can handle everything for your organization. Contact us for a quote today.

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