Choosing the right space:
It is important that the floor space allows for future growth for issues such as further staff growth, meeting room and training room, and storage areas. A good furniture supplier or interiors company will be able to provide a space -planning and design service, and the best time to do this is whist you are looking at the various options i.e. new space or using your existing space. After carrying out an initial survey of the space, the Supplier should provide an initial layout to scale in drawing format which you and your colleagues can use as a discussion tool.
Choosing your supplier:
To a certain extent selecting your supplier depends on the scope of your project. If you are looking to re-furnish your office space or relocate without needing changes to the internal wall layout you can use a furniture dealership. Make sure that you supplier has been established for a long period of time.
Your layout drawing will determine the size of the desks you will use and at this point it is worth mentioning that with the fairly recent introduction of flat screen technology the average size of an open plan desk has become smaller.
Another recent introduction has been bench desking which allows pods of desk to be linked by one framework therefore reducing the legs required when compared to a traditional desk, bench desking normally goes up to 10 people per pod. Another consideration should be the wire management of the desk, modern desking has the ability to carry wires from desk to desk from the perimeter wall.
In terms of material desk are usually available in MFC (a hard wearing melamine faced chipboard) or wood,in the open plan areas MFC should be selected. In Terms of build quality a good steel frame that is bolted together and has the ability to bolt the top to the frame.
When desks are in pods there is normally a requirement for a screen divider between desks, these can be desk mounted and normally act as a way of stopping paper movement between desks hiding the back of the opposing persons PC monitor and give people a feeling of have their own space.
Seating: Because every individual is a different size and weight the modern task chair should have the maximum adjustability these include seat height adjustment (standard) back height adjustment (generally standard) back rake adjustment.
Tension adjustment on back rake, sliding seat adjustment, arm height adjustment, arm width adjustment. Every task chair has a wide range of moving parts so it is important to ensure the chair has a long guarantee the standard guarantee is 5 years and there are also products with a 24 hour use 10 year guarantee.
Filing and storage
Every office has a requirement for local filing close to the user this has traditionally been in the format of a four drawer filing cabinet the modern alternative is the high cupboard that can accommodate traditional suspension files (used in filing cabinets) and lateral files (access from the front ) and shelves. The main benefit of using cupboards is that they take up the same amount of floor space as a traditional filing cabinet but because of the heights available (up to 2000mm) you can accommodate two to three times the capacity of a filing cabinet so in quantity this can make a big difference to the floor space available.
If you have large amounts of semi archive storage it may be worth considering a roller racking system which will accommodate a vast amount of filing in a small amount of floor space.