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The Design Process – How to Best Plan for an Office Space

Office Design Process

Regardless of the industry, designing a proper office space is crucial to the success of your company. With the right design, it can increase employee productivity, satisfaction, and collaboration, ultimately raising profits in the long run. Since most startups have limited capital funding to spend on their office, here’s a series of steps on how you can furnish your startup office on a budget.

Have an Open Concept Workspace

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Source: http://www.conceptcupboard.com/blog/2011/03/office-space-for-startups/

Instead of the traditional closed-off cubicles and hidden-away offices, build a workspace where employees are able to communicate face-to-face and be mobile throughout the office. Allowing employees to move around the office as they please establishes a sense of community and encourages the exchange of ideas. This collaboration between team members also brings invaluable fresh perspectives to the company.

A startup office with an open concept design saves costs as well. Purchasing furniture, such as tables and chairs to be shared among the office as opposed to individual desks appeals to any startups tight budget.

Dedicate an Area for Inducing Creativity

Office Lounge

Google is well-known for its fitness rooms, ping pong tables, nap corners and more. While the average startup may not have the means to emulate all of these perks, having one area in the office for employees to take a break from their work by exercising their minds and bodies will boost not only their personal health but productivity and job satisfaction as well. No one likes staying in one spot, staring at their screens, for long periods of time.

This “creativity area” doesn’t have to be expensive either. It could be anything from a foosball table to adult coloring books to board games. Employees will return to work re-energized and inspired to produce great work.

Set the Proper Ambience

Working in the same office, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, can become tiresome after some time. That’s why it is very important to set the scene for a space that employees look forward to coming to each day.

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The key to setting the proper ambiance is to match it with the theme of your company. A playful, contemporary startup can use bold and bright colors to display energy and excitement, whereas a more serious, modern company might opt for neutral tones to show calmness and professionalism.

There are two very budget-friendly items that can instantly liven up any office regardless of the theme: plants and lights. They are low-maintenance and instantly gives the room a fresher and cleaner look. Whether it’s an elegant floor lamp or a simple desk lamp, adding more lights to the workspace will surely brighten up your employees’ day!

There you have it. A simple, cost-effective guide on adding not only furnishing but personality to your first startup office.

>> Comment down below your favorite interior design ideas for a commercial space. If you’re interested in furnishing your commercial space efficiently. Furnishr handles all the designing, furniture deliveries, and assembly. Take a look at our past office projects.

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7 Tips to Refresh for Less with a Quick Room Makeover

By Alexa Caruso 

Trends come and go but your space is yours forever. It can be costly and unreasonable to be constantly purchasing new decor or furniture. However, your room seemingly becomes dull over time. After all, you are staring at the same white walls and ceilings from when you wake up to when you go to sleep. So how do you switch-up your home style without breaking the bank? Here are some quick and easy tips on how to refresh your room with a new look for less.

Room Makeover Ideas

1. Get Crafty

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Who said decorating your room had to be tedious? This is your opportunity to showcase your unique style while incorporating your favorite trends. And if you’re willing to put in some elbow grease you can change your space for pretty much next to nothing and don’t forget you’ve got the whole online world willing to help (hi, Youtube tutorials).

Suggestions run the gamut, but this option tends to suit those looking for a more rustic or industrial style since you’ll be repurposing items. For example, discarded crates + fresh coat of paint = super cute and stylish stackable storage containers. You can even use discarded wood to create rustic new shelving or a whole new backboard for your bed! The point is, you’re only limited by the depths of your imagination, so think outside the box.

2. Grab a Paint Brush

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While it might sound intimidating at first, painting a whole room, just a wall or a piece of furniture can work wonders to refresh a space. Your local paint store might even be able to help you out with trendy (and inexpensive) wall treatments. Just make sure you select the right color to accent your style and don’t be afraid to be bold!

3. Get Moving

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Get moving. Well, your furniture that is. Revamp a space by moving things around. Perhaps your chair used to be sitting beside your bed facing the door, and now you’ve shifted it by the window. Through playing with the furniture layout, it creates movement in your eyes throughout the room.

Not only that, but it allows you to utilize the space in new ways. For example, perhaps the window wasn’t very utilized before but now that the chair is by the window, you are able to enjoy the natural light and look out at the view. You’d be surprised how different your space will look and feel just by changing the layout. And of course, it won’t cost you a single dollar.

Section 4. Declutter, Glow-Up and Go Green

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Organizing a cluttered space can work wonders. That’s why minimalism has become such a huge trend over the past year. You can declutter the room by throwing away or donating items that you haven’t used or worn in the last year.

It can also make a significant difference when you tuck away all your electronic cords. Suddenly this can make the room feel and look brighter and airier when there’s less stuff in the room distracting your eye.

Once you’ve tackled that, make your space feel even bigger by adding a few mirrors. Mirrors can make the room feel bigger and brighter as it creates more depth and reflects light within the room. You can do this by clustering some smaller mirrors in a space for an interesting focal point, or put in one big one to make an impact. Also, add a plant or two to make space feel even fresher. Just remember to water it!

5. Thrift, Thrift, Thrift!

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Everyone looks a good steal! If you’re interested in purchasing some “new” pieces for your space, consider hitting up online classifieds, antique or thrift shops, and garage sales. You’ll find some unique pieces for prices that won’t hurt your wallet. Just remember to be patient! The best items might be tucked away and scattered around the shelves!

6. Accessorize

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Pillows, throws, a stack of books, a new table arrangement – all make for an excellent way to give an old piece of furniture a fresh new look.

Arrange your favorite souvenirs or trinkets from your travels. This can be a fun talking point when your guests come and visit — oh this? I got it as a keepsake when I was scuba diving in the Bahamas.

7. Shop Smart

If you’re going to splurge and spend a bit of your hard-earned dollars, then try to invest in pieces that give you maximum impact.

how to refresh your room - shop smartA full-length mirror might cost a pretty penny, but it will definitely make a statement in your space. If you’re going to buy a new future, look into items that can do double-duty – essentially anything that can be used as a decorative piece but can be used for storage too. It will help keep clutter to a minimum (see no. 4!).

>> Hopefully, you find all of these tips helpful, and for those of you moving into your first 1-bedroom space, check out our article THE COST OF FURNISHING YOUR 1-BEDROOM APARTMENT next week. Comment down below what tip completely transformed your space, and how your bedroom or living room makeover went!