When a business decides that its existing office space is not fit for purpose, there are many options available for moving forward. Cost is going to be a major factor in whatever choice you decide to pursue, with the removal of old furniture, storage, renovation, and the purchase of new furniture all adding to a significant expense. However, there is a common misconception that changing the office space means “out with the old and in with the new,” which doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
One way a business can save money is by renovating the office furniture itself. Across the United States, there are many furniture companies that specialize in taking tired, old furniture and bringing it into the twenty-first century. In this post, we will look at how you can renovate your office furniture without overspending.
The obvious benefit is that your business will save money by renovating your furniture, but this decision can also have more far-reaching benefits for your employees and the wider community. There has been a move toward creating more sustainable building projects throughout the United States, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created a rating system to identify businesses that have taken a proactive approach to sustainable office design.
The USGBC created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) award, which has been gaining a lot of traction all over the states, with state and federal governments granting tax credits for pioneering businesses. Recycling and reusing materials and furniture in new office designs helps firms earn credits toward this award and highlights the fact that the company is aware of its environmental and social responsibility.
Where To Start
The first thing to do is to draw up an inventory of all the furniture in the office at the moment. When putting together the inventory, make careful notes on the condition of the furniture and whether it can be used as part of your renovated space. Desks, chairs, and storage spaces can all be modified or renovated to make them a part of the modern office. Simple changes to the shape and design of this furniture can result in substantial savings versus the cost of buying completely new furniture.
Hiring an office furniture specialist during the planning stage can help you identify the furniture that might still have a few years left in it. It is vital that you consider the needs of your business and the comfort of your employees. If you have furniture that is in a sorry state of repair, removal will be the best option. However, if your furniture is still in good condition, it could be modified, changed, or given a coat of varnish, which will save money without compromising on comfort and functionality.
Chairs: If your office chairs are structurally sound, then merely reupholstering them or adding new padding could get many more years of service out of them.
Desks: A few small changes can make a big difference. Simply looking at different shapes and configurations of your existing desk inventory can save lots of time and money. Modern additions can be made to existing desktops to add adaptabilities, such as charging ports and moveable work surfaces. The comfort of your employees should never be underestimated when planning for renovation.