|How to Furnish an Open Floor Office
An open floor office has a floor plan that utilizes a large, open space. Rather than breaking the space up into small, private offices, the open floor office typically consists of some arrangement of office cubicles for employees. The type of furniture and arrangement of the furniture greatly depends on the type of work being done in the open floor office. There are many different types of cubicles, desks, and tables that can be configured in order to accommodate a company’s needs. Regardless of the type of work that is going to be done, there are three steps to furnishing an open floor office. First, determine the amount of money you can spend. Next, pick the style you want to project. Finally, choose key furnishings you will need. Step 1 – Determine the Amount You can Spend Determining a budget for how much you can spend on furniture in an open floor office is the first thing you should do. One way of planning your budget is to create a spreadsheet that lists all of the furniture items you will need and then estimate the cost of each. Then, shop around to find the best deals. Typically, middle- to high-end modular furniture (desks, chairs, and cubicles) costs around $3500 per person. If your budget is limited, it is possible to purchase used or refurbished furniture for much less money than new furniture, though it might not be in the best shape. Another option is to lease furniture for your office until you can purchase something new. Step 2 – Pick the Style You want to Project When determining the style you want to project in your open floor office, you must first consider the manner in which you desire your employees to work. In the case of an office in which there is much teamwork going, you may choose to arrange and configure your office furniture to allow for clusters of desks where employees can work as teams. You can separate each cluster by high- or low-paneled partition walls, depending on whether or not you would like for them to see each other while sitting at their desks. In order to maintain the flow of an open floor office, it is recommended to choose the low-paneled walls. However, if you are running a business in which employees work on projects individually, you may choose to arrange your open floor office with high-paneled cubicles. This type of cubicle is tall enough that employees cannot see each other over the panels if they are sitting at their desks. In either case, the furniture you choose for your open floor office should reflect the style of work you want to take place, in order to achieve maximum productivity. Step 3 – Choose Key Furnishings You will Need In an open floor office you will need basic office furniture, such as desks, chairs, and cubicles. When choosing cubicles you’ll need to make the following decisions about whether you want: • High-paneled cubicles • Low-paneled cubicles • Work stations configured into clusters • Individual work stations When you have determined the work environment (individual or group) you plan on having in your office, you will be able to decide on the exact furniture you would like to have in your office. The furnishings in an open floor office should be functional, and they should also be arranged in a way that will maximize productivity. By following the steps outlined above, it is possible to furnish an open floor office within an allotted budget, while projecting your style.