Managing Your Business Like A Professional

3 Things To Do Before Purchasing New Office Furniture

by Sherri Robinson

If your office is in need of a makeover or you feel like your current space doesn't work for your company's needs, it's time to invest in new office furniture. Before you start searching for new furniture, it's important to know what you're looking for to expedite the shopping process and make sure you purchase furnishings appropriate for your needs. Check out a few things you should do before you purchase new office furniture. 

1. Consider Your Organizational Requirements

Your office furniture will serve multiple functions for your business. In addition to providing your employees a spot to complete their work-related tasks and potentially interact with customers, office furniture also helps keep all of your company's essential supplies organized and out-of-sight from customers.

Many feel that a clear workstation creates a better impression with customers and potential clients. Make sure you consider what kind of items your employees need to house or organize in their workstations or offices.

For example, perhaps your receptionists have a large number of supplies to organize, such as files with sensitive information, writing utensils, and work-related tools. Your receptionists might benefit from desks that include multiple drawers in different sizes to house all these items. You may want to look for a receptionist desk that offers the ability to lock certain drawers for additional security. 

2. Measure Your Workstations or Office Space

Before you get your heart set on a specific kind of office furniture, you need to know whether it'll fit your office space. It's ideal to measure the spaces that need new furniture before you start shopping so that you don't waste time looking at furniture that's too large or too small for your needs. 

If you know what size space you're working with, you can narrow down your prospective furnishings based on size to ensure they'll fit. When working with an open concept floor plan, measurements are valuable to make sure you're able to set up your preferred number of work stations. 

3. Set a Budget for Your New Office Furniture

Take time to determine how much you can spend on your new office furniture. Once you know how much room you have in your budget for new furnishings, you can decide what items you want to buy with your budget and how you want to allot your funds. 

For example, if you need to purchase 3 new office chairs and a couple of filing cabinets, you might decide to allocate more of your budget to the office chairs to make sure you're able to purchase chairs that your employees will be comfortable in. Having a pre-determined budget hastens the shopping process and helps you stay within your spending limit.