Are you getting ready to move your small business out of your garage or basement and into a proper office building? Do you need to get some new furniture for your future employees to use? Unlike decorating your home, deciding what to buy for an office should be based on more than just aesthetics. There are a number of things you need to think about when considering whether a particular desk or chair will work in your new office space. These are things that you might not necessarily consider if you were buying items entirely for your own use and include:
Adjustability: Good office furniture should be adjustable to fit many different heights. Choosing items that are exclusively meant for very tall people and then hiring short or average-sized people can have a negative impact on productivity. Buying furniture that is meant for shorter or average-sized people and then hiring a taller person will also result in the tall person being less productive. Discomfort or even pain can be a major distraction for anyone and not being able to sit or work comfortably can result in cramps or worse. By choosing furniture that has at least some adjustability built in, you'll be able to accommodate a wider range of potential employees.
Usage: An open floor layout with tables instead of desks can make an office look very chic and modern. Unfortunately, this type of office furniture is no good if your employees will need to regularly access or store paper files. Even in a mostly paperless office, you may have to deal with papers from clients or customers. If you don't plan ahead of time where you'll be keeping these things, you may find the office will quickly gain a very cramped and cluttered appearance as people try to find somewhere to keep important items so that they don't accidentally get thrown away.
Style: Aesthetics aren't entirely unimportant for office furniture, especially if clients and customers will be visiting the office itself. You can certainly cobble together a collection of furniture that might be okay in general by visiting various thrift stores or used furniture stores in the area but this eclectic combination is unlikely to impress anyone. You needn't spend an excessive amount of money on your office furniture, but you should at least take into consideration things like uniformity and what sort of first impressions that your choices will give both your employees and any visitors to the office environment.