What makes an outstanding work space? The colour – yes that’s helpful, it will set the tone for work and a mood for your staff. The layout – indeed the flow of a working building should be well thought out and structured. The light – we all feel the effects of bad lighting, and optimising natural light within the workplace can impact on staff well-being. All of this is true, but the elements that make a space outstanding are the finishing touches, the additions to a decorated space, the furniture.
While standard furniture can be great and is undoubtedly the most cost effective option, pursuing some extent of bespoke furniture as part of an office or work space design can both optimise the use of that space and support a coherent brand representation, especially when it comes to public or reception areas.
A Warm Reception
The reception area is the face of your working space. Visiting clients build their first impressions of your service and brand based on the overall appearance of the office or work space with which they are presented. Think of the reception area in a similar way to your website in terms of its ability to make an impression and it becomes apparent that brand coherence can depend on this part of the office. So an individual reception desk or piece of furniture designed specifically to reflect a brand message, shape or logo holds its value in more than simply being a piece of furniture.
Dress to Impress
Bespoke carpentry need not be entire pieces of furniture. Logos, light boxes and accent pieces of wall decoration or shelving all add to the design impression of an office. An experienced decorator can combine these pieces with knowledge of colour to advise on the overall appearance of the space. These features can be added late in the process, so have the added advantage of flexibility within a decoration project.
Through the Ages
Office workplaces find their homes in a huge range of buildings. From modern purpose built units to renovated and listed buildings, there is no limit to where a business can be based. Obviously, it is easier to fit standard sizes of office furniture in evenly proportioned, cuboid rooms. For those who don’t fit that mould, however, considering bespoke carpentry is very much a practical as well as an aesthetic decision. Building desk space that fits an office within an asymmetric room could open the potential to fit an extra member of staff where standard sized furniture would not allow. This adds both value and longevity to the space itself.
All hail the paperless office! Perhaps not, it’s never really happened in reality has it? Many office buildings are constantly seeking additional storage or filing space. So utilise the entire width and height of a wall by having your storage built in. Appointing well-facilitated decorators like HL Decorating means that you needn’t look for additional contractors to achieve this – we can just include it as part of a redecoration project.
Let’s talk about dust: it’s important so don’t sweep it under the carpet (ahem). Perhaps not something that office managers hold as a first consideration, but the small gaps between standard sized pieces of furniture and walls collect vast quantities of dust. These areas are tricky to clean properly and frequently get ignored, which can make a working environment below par for those who inhabit it.
Whether you have just the embers of an idea or a completed design, individual pieces of furniture and carpentry play a key part in an office redecoration or refit programme. You should be able to work with your decorator to produce a completed space that works both, efficiently for your corporate needs and aesthetically reinforces your corporate identity and branding.