When looking for office furniture for your office it can be a challenging process if you have a specific number of people to fit in one area. This is where designers of office planners come in handing to help you space plan the furniture in your office.
There are several types of workstations (cubicle) manufacturers and styles. Decide whether you want a higher end for an executive office, less expensive for a smaller office, or if you want to purchase new product or used.
If you are purchasing new product from manufacturers such as Hon, Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll and others. Research the types of workstations they make and find a dealer of the product in your area.
If you go to the manufacturers web site they should be able to connect you with someone local to help you with your needs.
Cubicles come in a variety of colors and materials, including different fabric choices, laminate colors, paint colors, wood or metal trims, glass, and different sizes the most common size is 8’x8′. They can be built in different configuration according to your office layout but the basic ones are just a square cube.
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If you are moving into a new office try and get quotes from a furniture dealer in your area. You can locate them in the phone book or online. If you work with a dealer you are more likely to get the best price, color selection, and service for your needs, especially if you are looking to purchase a large amount. A dealer with help you with space planning, color selection, and installation.
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What can a dealer do for you? Well most dealers have design staff available to help you space plan and pick your color selections according to your office layout. They also provide trained technicians to install your cubicles as putting these together is different for every manufacturer and there are electrical codes and specifications that the installers are aware of from the drawings that the designers prepare for them.
Space planning is very important. The furniture representative will come out and measure your space and prepare a layout for your cubicles in your new office. Also, color selection can be crucial when matching paint colors/laminates and fabrics on the workstations to the color of your office walls and floors or carpeting. Space Planning BasicsSpace Planning MP-028-TFA The Board Furniture ArrangerDealers receive exceptional pricing from the manufacturers and most of the time you cannot purchase directly from the manufacturer you have to work through one of their representative. If you are purchasing workstations/cubicles through a used dealer or planning on installing them yourself, make sure that you know what you are doing as you can’t fit a square peg into a round circle.
Get quotes from a couple of different dealers in your area when searching for cubicles and find out what their warranty policy is. For instance if you receive a damaged panel or counter top how long before they replace it and is there additional or hidden charges for installation. Get your quote in writing and sign it once you have accepted their proposal this way if they forget to order any small pieces like end caps and trims, etc. they will have to provide them at their expense.
You may also want to get pricing on chairs from the dealer. This way you can match the desk chairs to the fabric on your cubicles and you may receive a discount on the chairs and receive free shipping for ordering all the items at one time in bulk.
Plan ahead and allow at least 6-8 weeks for delivery and installation of your cubicles depending on the dealer. So if you are planning on moving in a couple of months don’t wait until the last minute to purchase furniture for your new office.