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    10 Ways to Make Your Old Office Furniture More Modern

    10 Ways to Make Your Old Office Furniture More Modern

    Take a look away from your screen for one second and imagine your office space. Picture the floors and the office furniture and the atmosphere. Now describe how you feel about it and list the emotions. If overall it’s not a positive kind of feeling, good news! This can be easily sorted – possibly it’s because the aura of your office feels or looks too old. Is everything cluttered, the carpet moulding into a weird grey green mix, do the tables look dusty no matter how much you clean them? There is a way to make you feel better about going to work. Modernise and rejuvenate your dying office. If this still doesn’t work it might be time for a career change.

    Here are the 10 easy steps to modernising your office:

    1. The Golden Rule: Organisation

    The foremost and utmost recommendation that I make is to seriously clean and keep your workspace organised. I know, I know, you have probably heard this a thousand times before but there is a solid reason for it.

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    It is the absolute easiest and cheapest method of rejuvenating an old office. This doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have one or two papers lying around, now that’s just unrealistic. It just means you can’t let those two papers spiral into a pile of rubbish that people assume (but aren’t quite sure) your desk is under. If you can spot a resemblance between your office and a 14-year-old boys bedroom, then it’s probably time to clean it up a bit.

    The way your desk looks can impact your work attitude, your co-workers mood and can domino effect until the whole office, even your boss, is affected. Maybe if your desk was always clean your boss may like you tiny bit more (not a guaranteed method).

    1. Replace your Old Carpet

    Despite the various diagnoses, there is absolutely nothing wrong with carpet in the office. However, there is something very, very, very wrong with old carpet. Notice I said very 3 times. No matter if you have the newest office furniture, if your carpet has the colour and texture of a 10 year old mop, then we have a big problem. Depending on the colour and usage, the life of a carpet varies, however it is recommended to change it every 5-6 years. Although I would say just go by your own feeling.

    The modern version of carpet is tile carpet where the carpet comes in small squares instead of a big roll. This method of carpeting is much more efficient as you can replace piece by piece. Also the carpet is of harder quality and doesn’t sink or sag. This way chairs won’t leave marks and if you do replace it, it won’t stick out from the rest of the carpet like a sore thumb.

    The alternative is hard floors, which is increasingly popular for offices and homes and everywhere in general. This way any spillage won’t be absorbed, it is easier to clean and reflects more light, giving the office a brighter look.

    1. Small is the New Big

    Everything used to be big and bulky – computers, televisions, mobiles and also office furniture. It has become a clear trend for smaller, thinner, more simplistic desks to be in demand. It’s quite possibly because technology has become smaller, therefore less heavy to carry and also has replaced much of what used to be physical paper work. These days everything is stored in one computer on each desk and therefore less space is needed to work. Purchasing smaller desks that are suitable for your workers can make the office appear less cramped and more modern. Of course this point is very dependent on your business and the image you are trying to give off.

    If you don’t know whether it will suit your business, we have a guide here.

    1. New Age of Office Chairs

    Old office chairs are damaging aesthetically to your office and also bring no benefits to productivity or health to your employees. Ergonomic chairs are highly recommended for office spaces that have employees seated for long hours. This can increase their work ethic and reduce back pains or worry about back problems and also reduce the medical bills for when your employees do get back problems. Mesh chairs can add a more modern look to the office, as they are the industry leader for open workspaces. Other then that either leather or fabric chairs are also popular as long as they are kept in clean condition and the leather quality is good. This way the leather won’t sink in and make workers feel like they are sitting on wooden boards.

    1. All Natural

    Natural lighting is becoming more and more of a necessity rather then preference. Artificial lighting can give off a dingy, dark vibe and make employees uncomfortable inside for long hours. Natural lighting has been proven through many studies to reduce sickness, fatigue, unhappiness and increase productivity, and mood and work ability in various different companies. I strongly push every office to get as much natural lighting into the office as possible.

    1. Fresh Paint

    If your wallpaper or paint is chipped and peeling at the edges, you need a fresh coat of paint. Even if it’s not and your white walls have become a slight off white creamy colour, you need a fresh coat of paint. If the only colours in your entire office are grey, white and black, you need a fresh coat of paint. Add some colour, be daring, and of course don’t paint your office into all the colours of Google, but one or two bright colours can cheer up the atmosphere. Don’t go overboard and just make sure it still reflects your company and what you represent.

    1. Everyone is Welcome

    First impressions are everything and when your client or your workers walk into the office the first thing they usually see is the lobby or the reception. There is a significant impact on the overall office atmosphere depending on how the lobby is presented. Make sure it is visually appealing and reflects the values of your company e.g. if you are a environmental company throw in some plants rather then just leaving it barren. Make sure everything is in warm tones and easy to take in so that people will find a desire to go further into your business rather then run back out.

    1. Plants

    Unless you are allergic to greenery, it is an absolute must to have plants in your office space. You don’t need one in every corner but some natural plants around add colour and a generally better atmosphere. It reflects your company value for nature and also that your employees can take care of and nurture something other then their specific jobs. There are also various health benefits from bringing the natural outdoor into the indoor work place.

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    1. Technology

    The new era has technology everywhere. And so, the easiest but expensive method of modernising your office is to add technology. Of course don’t add unnecessary random televisions in empty spots that are never used. However in the lobby or waiting rooms or meeting rooms flat screen TVs can be used both as a business tool and a decoration. If not TVs then visible slim line computers or laptops or iPads can be used. It demonstrates that you have moved on from the last generation of magazines and doing business and look towards the brighter future.

    1. Décor

    It can be as simple as adding a piece of art or some statement lighting to modernise the office. If you want to keep all the old furniture that is absolutely fine, you just need to invest in some decorations. A big painting that incorporates some of the colours of your logo or writing that encourages your company values can add a certain vibe and aesthetic to the office space.

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    There is absolutely no need to do all of these. There just needs to be a small incorporation of these pointers into your office space. The world is growing and your office needs to adapt and grow into a modern business. Whether you just replace some chairs or a few tables or the floors. Any of these can help make your office stand out to help both your business in the hands of clients or employees.

    Let us know what you think. Do you disagree or agree with any of these steps?

     

    What Your Office Furniture Says About You

    What Your Office Furniture Says About You

    “A picture is worth a thousand words.”

    If you’ve ever heard that saying then you might be familiar with the idea and importance of visualisation, especially in regards to office furniture. Everyday in the furniture industry customers will voice the concern and question, “does it really make a difference?” Does it make a difference between whether you want the screens between those tables to be blue or black? Does it matter if those office desks should be wooden or polyurethane? Does it matter if the layouts of my workstations are open or closed?

    Yes, yes and yes again. If we go and take a look at all the successful businesses in the world, I can guarantee that their offices will have been built up piece by piece according to the image they want to portray. The way things are put together creates an impression that can last in a client’s subconscious and impact them even more then what you try to sell or say. Humans communicate and interact with each other through only 7% verbal and 93% non-verbal. On top of that 65% of people are heavily visual learners. This can be directly translated onto how a customer can perceive a company through what they see in their office.

    Whether I’m talking with representatives of large companies or small offices or clients who just need one office desk, I emphasise the importance of knowing the image you want to embody and reflecting that onto the furniture you choose to buy.

    There are 5 major components that every organisation should consider while furnishing their office space.

    Colours in the Office 

    Dark & Neutral Colours   colour sample - Ideal Furniture

    A scale of dark wooden colours to neutral colours such as beige and grey on the walls and office furniture illustrates an atmosphere of sophistication and gravity. This is more suitable towards corporate businesses that put more focus on providing a service that reflects the refined nature and seriousness of the office tones. If this isn’t suited to your business, the choice of these colours can create a ‘dead fish’ and old-fashioned type of feeling where the office seems overly dull and dreary.

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    The addition of bright colours into an office space within the walls, fabrics, office desks or office chairs can exude a sense of energy and enthusiasm. This attitude can be received well and allow clients to feel more comfortable or cheerful within your company and with employees. However, on the other hand, if done incorrectly, it can allow customers to see your company as childish or unprofessional. It is important for the colours chosen to interconnect with the culture of your company. You don’t want to be a company that organises funeral insurances and have bright reds and yellows around in the office.

    Material & Workmanship

    Wood

    Office furniture with wooden finishes or workmanship provides a solid and firm workspace reflecting the secure and stable nature of your business. If the office desks are solid wood, it can symbolise a large presence both in the office and in the industry you are apart of. Or by including little dashes of wooden finishes can give off a natural touch and add a contemporary comfortable feeling to an otherwise plain office.

    Polyurethane

    Poly desks and storage units can create a highly modern, sleek and clean look for your office. This is especially correct if the office space is designed with majority of white, which is highly popular in modern society. The use of poly furniture creates the notion that your business is trendy or even a trendsetter. This is popular and important in industries where you must stay up to date with constant changes to what’s “popular” e.g. design, fashion, technology.

    Leather

    Professionalism will always coexist with the inclusion of leather in any office whether it is office chairs, lounges or even just a pad on your desk. Whether it is PU or fine leather, it can be used to add flavour and texture to an office or further emphasise the modern sleek nature. Leather is very adaptable depending on the style that you choose but you can never go wrong with a touch of leather seating. 

    Layout of Office Furniture

    Individual Offices

    The positioning and layout of a singular office can affect your client and your psychological dynamic. Let’s paint a picture, your office has a desk in the middle and you sit behind it on a mobile chair with wheels that looks more comfortable and expensive and sits a bit higher. On the other side of the desk is one or two client chairs that are immobile, sits a bit lower on the height scale and may be a bit less comfortable. This element of hierarchy and power separation can work to your benefit if your business does reinforce the status and role you are in. However, if your business should not project that image then there should be a separate meeting table or lounge area with the exact same chairs that you can sit together with your client and work in collaboration or approach your clients in a more personal and comfortable manner.

    Main Workspace

    A significant choice for the main work area is the choice of open plan or traditional closed off rooms or cubicles. The increasingly popular open plan setup represents a modern, adaptive and collaborative environment. However, it is a myth and a mistake to think that this layout works for everyone. The interactive nature of this plan creates an image for clients to see an open atmosphere where the entire company works as a team or system. This must truly imitate how the company actually works and reiterate the company core values.

    The cubicle choice provides a sense of organisation and individuality producing a clean and quiet space in which employees are able to work at peace. Each cubicle is adjustable to every specific employee, creating a homely or comfortable atmosphere. Although if ineffective can produce an linkable nature to a machine in which there is no communication and workers drone on like robots. It is vital for the company to utilise this space 100% and have the correct company attitude for this plan to work effectively.

    Doors & Walls

    Glass

    Glass walls and doors are literally transparent, symbolising also the figurative transparent nature of your business. There are no secrets or unseen strings attached between customers or employees. This clean, simple method can allow clients to be more comfortable in the workspace and also subconsciously trust the organisation more.

    Moveable

    Moveable walls and partitions can produce a sense that the company is open for compromise and is highly adaptable to suit the customer needs or situation. There is no need to choose one method or a “my way or the high way” attitude and instead reflects the can do attitude and value of the business.

    Solid

    Solid walls and doors may introduce a fear of the company not being as transparent as they could; however this could be beneficial to specific industries. The solid nature of the building and office reinforces the security of the business whether it was needed for legitimate security or security of information. The solid attitude can make people looking for that feel safer that they are in the right hands. 

    Lighting

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    Artificial lighting on it’s own is not enough anymore; at the very least there should be a mix of artificial and natural lighting in every office. An increase in natural lighting has been studied to show better mood and productivity for all workers. Not only that, lighting also impacts the aesthetics of an office space and more lighting allows an office to feel more open, transparent, natural and warm. Clients will not carry a positive impression if they feel that an office cannot provide the best working conditions for their staff members. If they feel like the employees are motivated and comfortable they will have a stronger belief that the best people in the industry are handling their business.

    The office furniture and layout chosen to craft a company workspace is made up of significant decisions. Every choice is a reflection of your company and how your business is perceived in society.

    Do you think your office reflects the image you’re trying to project?

     

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