Office Planning Survival Guide

What Skutchi can do for you.

When planning an office whether you are remodeling or starting with a brand new space there are many factors you must consider to create a professional and comfortable workplace environment that will foster creativity, collaboration and efficiency and propel your business towards success. Evaluating your needs and resources are essential to the process and knowing the area you have to work with will allow you to use every inch of available space to its full potential. Skutchi Designs Incorporated has the tools and knowledge to help in every aspect of office planning from space planning and design to installation and project management. Skutchi makes it possible to have the office of your dreams with a budget that won’t break the bank!

Step 1: Know your space.

Proper and accurate measurements are a vital part of any step of office planning, knowing how much space you have to work with will allow you to effectively position equipment, furniture and work areas so that they don’t interfere with each other and hinder functionality. You wouldn’t want to order a six-foot desk for a 5-foot space or prevent a door from being able to fully open. By sending the measurements of your space to Skutchi when planning your office you’re guaranteed an efficient and visually pleasing design that can be customized to your unique needs and wants. Some key measurements are wall to wall, width of doors as well as the direction in which they open and position/dimensions of columns and built-in fixtures.

Step 2: Who are you planning for?

Who will be using the space you are designing? What will they be doing in this area? Does the employee have any special needs? These are questions you should ask yourself when deciding what items to fill a space with. If an area is going to be used primarily for drafting it will have different needs than an area used for filing or storage, you may have to use a bigger space to accommodate for large drawing tables than you would for shelving units or filing cabinets. It is also important to indicate where the power sources in your office are located, this can aid in the placement of appliances and fixtures and help you avoid having to run extensive wiring which can be an eyesore and a safety hazard. Properly outfitting the different areas of your business is essential to creating an efficient workspace. A Skutchi office planner can make sure that each section of your office is properly equipped to get the job done and can advise you on purchases that can improve the quality of your business.

Step 3: Accommodate Growth.

Companies are constantly growing and evolving and as they do so must the space they inhabit. This inevitability requires an office planner to think about how their office layout will allow for an increase in volume of both workload and employee head count. Does your current layout leave any available space that may be used in the future? If not you may want to consider options such as open floor plans or “Hot Desking” a seating system in which there are no assigned desks or cubicles but rather a number of workstations that can be used by anyone. This allows an office to eliminate the 1:1 ratio of workstations to employees because when one shift leaves they take all their supplies with them and open up the desk for the next shift to come in and set up. An open, unassigned seating plan means that a relatively small office can now employ a larger pool of employees and handle a greater volume of work.

Step 4: Budget Your Project.

Every project should have a target budget and every office planner should have an idea of what their client wants to achieve with that budget. Skutchi Designs is committed to being well aware of all of their clients resources and balancing them with their needs and wants. This knowledge and dedication results in work spaces that are functional, stylish and suited to anyones individual needs. Offering fully customizable products as well as GSA and State Contract Approved options means any project can be a Skutchi project! Remember, money isn’t the only resource which must be budgeted, time constraints are often a crucial factor when creating a work space and Skutchi can work with you to mitigate downtime and make sure that deadlines are met and opening day is not delayed.

Step 5: Decorate.

Once you’re aware of the amount of space you have to work with, what kind of equipment your business requires and how much time and money you can spend on the project it is time to think about the esthetics of your office. Do you want the space to look modern or traditional? Do you have a color scheme in mind? Have you thought about fabrics, laminates and other materials? Whether you’re starting from scratch or have a fully formed concept in mind an Office Planner from Skutchi can help you realize your vision and make it a reality. Remember that most Americans spend around half of their waking life at work so creating an atmosphere which is not only functional but also comfortable and inviting is a key element in employee happiness and performance.

These tips can help you make informed decisions on the layout and design of your office and along with Skutchi Designs Incorporated can turn the process into an enjoyable experience that results in a work area which will keep your employees happy and efficient and help your business flourish. For any further advice or call us at 1-888-993-3757.

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