Redesigning an office needn’t mean enormous budget allocations and overspending on the latest trends. You can still create an attractive workplace to inspire employees and welcome visitors and be left with funds to spare. Here are some ideas to ensure an effective, inexpensive office overhaul this summer.
Change the atmosphere
Ensuring fresh, the sweet-smelling air in the office can help clear people’s heads and raise their moods for little to no cost. Opening a few windows will help the air to circulate, as will keeping any fans and air conditioning units that are used in good working order. Adding some pot plants and fresh flowers can also help improve the oxygen flow and break up hard, cold lines around the office.
Think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to decorating a newly designed office. Don’t simply opt for the first set of corporate pictures that you can find. There are all kinds of original artworks out there by lesser-knowng artists that you can buy at a more competitive price. You might be able to commission your own affordable artworks to form them, or you might have your own artists lurking in your workforce who could be persuaded to get creative.
Upcycling and vintage chic needn’t just be kept for domestic settings. Finding new ways to reuse items such as pallets, crates and storage units can work wonders. Once you have agreed upon your new office design, think how these items could be incorporated, for example as benches, coffee tables or recycled paper stations. Turn fabric off-cuts into new blinds or cut them up to become tea towels and tablecloths for the office kitchen. Search charity shops for pretty cups and saucers to serve your clients tea and coffee and provide the perfect talking point.
A place for everything
Keeping the office neat and tidy can have a financial benefit as well as an aesthetic one. For one thing, you won’t find yourself losing things that you need and having to replace them. Cleaners can do a better job without so much clutter and so dirt won’t build up, requiring a more expensive deep clean further down the line. You may also find that you can do away with some of your storage if you can get rid of some of the files you no longer need.
Paying for itself
If your office has any space that is not being used, even temporarily, consider renting it out to make some money. The concept of hot-desking is still a popular one, particularly in the freelancing world and there will be plenty of contractors who would be happy to rent desk space for a short or long term to take advantage of a competitively placed location without heavy financial overheads.