Every entrepreneur’s style, budget, patience and preferences are different. Perhaps you prefer, and can afford, a pre-designed, brand new, move-in ready office space. Or perhaps you prefer a project, can only afford a fixer-upper, or prefer a space that’s a little outside the box.
The best office spaces aren’t just functional, clean, and not ugly; they also capture something of the spirit of the company. So make sure that once you have the bare bones of your design in place, you also splash out on a couple of quirky touches. They need not be expensive.
Keep in mind the power of paint and the thrill of thrifting. Paint is one of the most affordable updates available and can be used to transform anything from walls to furniture to fixtures. Thrifting can be time consuming; you may have to wade through a lot of junk, but it can often lead to buried treasure.
Some view office renovation work as a dreadful chore, some find it a financial burden. But the plain fact is that, for a business to grow, constant office renovation is essential and necessary to maintain such growth. Rather than treating it as a burden, office renovation work should be viewed as a sign of things to come. Actually, office renovations are worth celebrating because the need for refurbishing means your business has made enough progress to make the current style and layout obsolete. Once you have made the decision to start refurbishing your office space, you can start thinking about designs and layouts. Even with a tight budget, professional advice can go a long way to create a whole new office space.
The floor of your office represents the most used commodity of the entire vicinity, so naturally it suffers to most wear and tear. Even the best and most expensive carpeting and tiling would disintegrate over certain periods. When it comes to renovation works, it is definitely wise to replace the carpets and tiles to ensure a fresher and livelier atmosphere. Although it might cost a significant outlay, replacing the carpets is definitely worth it in the long run.
Looking for an even larger decorative touch to give your space a distinctive character? Waits has another idea. “We’ve all seen chalkboard spray paint used in kitchens and kids’ rooms, but what about your office? A chalkboard is a quick way to take a note while you’re on the phone and it’s more stylish than a startlingly white whiteboard,” he suggests.
Good interior design is recommended to create a harmonic and cohesive working environment. It is important to take note that it does not hurt to pay more for a more reputable renovation company with a respectable portfolio. Such companies usually have international recognition as they comply with ISO standards. These companies are reliable and responsible in the sense that they use quality materials for renovation at a reasonable price. They could also provide you with useful advice on how to refurbish your office for the benefit of your business. Good office renovation companies know what their customers want and they set their priorities into satisfying their customer’s demands. Maintaining good customer relations is important because you might never know when you need another renovation for your office.
Not to sound like your mom, but cleaning up costs nothing and radically improves the look of your office. “We have a ‘no eating at desks’ policy, which keeps rubbish in its proper place as well as crumbs off the floor. We also recommend that you ban bins at desks to avoid the inevitable pile up of rubbish at workstations. It also encourages recycling,” he says.
Also, don’t forget that tangle of cords. “Is your computer area turning into a dusty and tangled nest of cables, cords, wires, and plugs?” asks Waits. “If so, it’s time to get organized. Label each with plastic bread bag tags, wrap with Velcro strips, and run cords along the backside of a desk using eye hooks or clips. Or explore other methods to control the web of wires.”