In today’s continually growing society we spend our work hours and most of our day behind a desk, staring at the computer screen. To make the monotony that is our everyday job routine bearable, every worker, regardless of his place on the corporate ladder, is looking for an office space to call their own. Everyone from writers and bank clerks to business moguls and oil tycoons aspires to have a fully functional working environment, that offers a pleasant atmosphere and is an interesting extension to one’s personality. The following tips will guide you towards creating a successfully furnished working space that will inspire you and make your everyday work more interesting.
Essentials come first
Everyone would agree that a cozy chair at the office makes any job easier. So, that is where you start – a desk and a chair. If you have a say in the matter, make sure to invest in a high quality office chair with arm rests and extra spine support, your back will appreciate it. You will be spending a lot of time glued to this chair, so be sure you pick one that suits you.
Your desk will be the centerpiece of your office, the first thing everyone sees and therefore you have to pay special attention when you pick it out. First of all, consider the material whether you are going to go with hardwood like oak or maple (this is a great choice, as they can last for a lifetime), or cherry wood and mahogany, if you are going for an expensive Victorian era look.
Steel, plastic and glass components will give your office a more futuristic look, but make sure they don’t clash with the rest of the furniture (if you decide to go new age, do it all the way). Also, make sure the desk has enough room to hold your computer and other equipment, and a few drawers for keeping files. For those working with multiple electronic components, a good desk needs to be able to hide messy cables and keep all objects close enough to reach.
Let there be light
Taking the time to set up an adequate lightning system in the office can make a huge difference in the atmosphere, mood and productivity. Make sure you have enough light, depending on the work you do, but don’t overdo it, since offices that are far too bright give away a kind of a hospital look.
It is both environmentally friendlier and cheaper in the long run to use LED lights instead of the regular incandescent bulb. LED bulbs last around 25 times longer than the incandescent ones and research shows that if all people in Europe used LED lamps, we would be able to immediately shut down 10 nuclear power stations.
Test it before you buy it
A rather silly thing to suggest, but still something you need to do before you actually buy furniture. Feel the material with your hand, take a chair for a spin and check every drawer and corner of your desk for nicks or other damage (many items get damaged during transport). And don’t be afraid to check out different online commercial furniture stores for better bargains.
Quality over price
It is not necessarily true that the more expensive the furniture the better the quality. You are, however, never supposed to pick an item for your office (or any other room as a matter of fact) based solely on the price. Think about the size and material first, see whether it fits to your needs or not, test it and then make a decision.
These are just some of the things that you need to pay attention to when buying furniture for your office. What are some of the furniture-buying tips that worked for you?