First impression is the last impression. When someone steps into your office for the first time, the décor and aesthetics of the place impress upon them the values of your company. The interiors of your office are an essential part of building your brand’s image. Thus, when it comes to furnishing your office, nothing can be left to chance. Every detail adds up to give your office a personality of its own. At the same time, the ambience should boost the productivity of the office staff without giving off a monotonous vibe.
You and your staff will be spending majority of the day (and sometimes evening) in the office setting. One can outsource the job of interior designing to professionals, or do it on their own (not recommended), if they have the vision for it. But, in either case, here are the five things which should be kept in mind while furnishing your office-
While furnishing the office, one common (but easily preventable) mistake which occurs is that more focus is given to practicality than comfort and ergonomics. It is essential to avoid the trap of thinking that an office chair is just an office chair. It is a piece of furniture where the majority of your employees will be spending their time. While they will be working tirelessly for the benefit of the company, it is important that they receive the posture and movement support necessary to function efficiently. The work of designers becomes of utmost important in this respect because through constant innovations, they must come up with new office furniture designs which adhere to ergonomic standards and contribute to the overall productivity of the office.
2. Personalise your office settings-
The workplace environment in India is changing at a fast-pace as working culture constantly evolves. At the first glance, the way your office is designed will reflect what your company stands for to a third party. To make sure that your office becomes a reflection of your company’s personality, it is important that you involve a super-specialist. Even if you have the vision, professional expertise is necessary to make sure that the office furnishings are personalised in a way that it doesn’t look like a standardised setting which can be easily copied from a catalogue.
3. Functionality before Aesthetics:
Many times, people concentrate so much on ‘how’ the furnishings should look that they overlook ‘what’ purpose it is suppose to serve at the end of the day. Comfort, practicality and functionality are the core values which designers should keep in mind while designing any piece of furniture. Aesthetics, although an important part of the process, falls secondary to these values. After all, no matter how pretty a desk looks or how much it complements the ambience of the office, if it does not add to the comfort and therefore productivity of the employees, it is of no use.
4. Quality at the Right price:
When one is establishing their office, it is with the hope that their business will grow and prosper. This thought needs to reflect in the way you furnish your office as well. For as long as your business stays, you will need your office. So it is important that you invest at the right price in good quality furniture that is modern, functional and long-lasting.
5. Have fun while furnishing your office:
It is not every day that you will get the chance to furnish your own office in any way you desire. It is not an activity which can be taken too lightly because your choices will impact your business as well. But at the same time, do not stress too much about it because over-thinking everything will not be helpful. Take the advice of experts, stand on the shoulder of giants and remember to savour the fun of furnishing your office!
"What I lack in academia, I make up in experience", believes Hersh Pitroda. . Hersh Pitroda has more than 7 years of experience in the field of furniture. He is known for his tenacity and passion towards his work. Hersh continues to focus on what he wants and how he wants to impact lives, companies and fuel the growth within the organization through design and good products. He is currently the co-founder of Burosys, a new age contemporary and modern furniture making company. In his earlier days, Hersh has also stint with LVHM PR and Manish Malhotra as a designer.