Jul 5 2018

5 office fitout mistakes to avoid

Revamping your office with new furniture is a great way to improve company culture and productivity. But whether you’re going for old-school workstations or an open and collaborative, activity-based space, there are some common mistakes you need to avoid.

Going for the cheapest option

You get what you pay for, especially with office furniture. You might have scored a great bargain, but those savings could be wiped out in two years time when your task chairs start collapsing.

That doesn’t mean cheap furniture can’t be good furniture, but you have to do a bit of due diligence before you raise your purchase order. Make sure you check testimonials, warranty conditions and any relevant certifications. You should also compare a few different proposals before making a decision.

Treating furniture as a commodity

Too many companies think about office furniture the way they think about printer paper – a necessary item for doing business, but not one that you need to put too much consideration into.

The fact is that your choice of office furniture has a massive impact on your workplace culture and productivity. The right furniture means happier and more productive employees; making the wrong choice means you may have trouble attracting and retaining staff.

Buying from the big brands

It’s very easy to say ‘oh, so-and-so is one of the biggest and best furniture brands around, so they must be the best for our needs.’

However, some of these brands might not be the right fit for your business. And companies can often get better value for money by going with a smaller player.

Not checking a supplier’s delivery record

Your furniture supplier might be a good company with great products, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to deliver those products on time. Manufacturing hold-ups, importing issues and delivery delays are quite common and can leave your staff twiddling their thumbs and unable to move in.

That’s why it’s important to do your research and choose a company with a proven track record on delivery. Ask your supplier for references, and have a chat to other clients about their experiences.

Failing to consult staff

Sometimes the business unit making the furniture decisions doesn’t talk to the rest of the staff – the people that are actually going to use those chairs, tables and couches. Which usually means that when the furniture arrives, it doesn’t get used for what it’s meant for.

It’s essential to ask your employees about their needs. Not only will you get better value for money (because the furniture will actually be used), you’ll also boost morale by making employees the co-designers of their space.

Pace Group is a furniture supplier specialising in needs-driven design. Before recommending any products, Pace Group’s industry experts will talk to you and your staff to identify exactly what your office furniture needs to achieve. Then they use their up-to-date knowledge of the latest trends to recommend a customised, value-for-money solution to meet those needs. Visit paceaustralia.com for more information.