As you consider relocating your office, one of the factors – and possible one of the obstacles – that may prevent you from moving into a better, more functional space is the need to purchase new furniture.
Indeed, the costs of re-furnishing a small business can easily run into the tens of thousands; and for larger organizations, it’s not uncommon for the final price tag to exceed 6 figures. And while office furniture is an asset that delivers value for many years, justifying the expense – even if it can be financed – may not be desirable, or viable.
However, there’s an innovative way for you to potentially save tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, while at the same time improving your business’s productivity, efficiency and even the satisfaction of your employees: smart space planning.
Smart Space Planning Makes Moving Your Furniture A Lot Easier
Smart space planning uses leading-edge CAD software and other specialized interior design tools to re-imagine your existing furniture in your new space – so that it not only suitably fits the new dimensions, but optimizes workflows, and maximizes overall space usage.
For example, many businesses are not fully accessing their available functional space – such as meeting rooms or customer waiting areas. Instead, over time, employees shift to “preferred spaces” – such as a team leader or supervisor’s office, or even the lunch room.
In fact, it’s not uncommon during the summer months for some employees to hold meetings outside in the parking lot or at a nearby fast food restaurant or coffee shop; not necessarily because they want to enjoy the nice weather or a small break from the office, but because they don’t have the space they need to collaborate.
Smart space planning identifies these issues, and resolves them by configuring furniture and designating spaces that serve the practical, day-to-day needs of your employees.
What’s more – and just as importantly – smart space planning involves creating digital renderings of various furniture arrangements and configurations so you can identify the potential advantages and limitations of each. In this way, everything can be clearly determined well ahead of time, so that on moving day, your current furniture is picked up, moved, and deployed exactly where you want it to go.
The Bottom Line
While you may ultimately want to buy some new furniture – particularly if your new space is larger and you’re looking to increase your roster of employees – your current furniture doesn't have to be decommissioned. Many items may still be an excellent fit for your new location. Smart space planning helps you make this determination, which can save you big money in the long run.
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