Instead of moving their business elsewhere, a lot of SMBs choose to solve their space issue by smart and budget-friendly renovation. More affordable and less disruptive to the business operation than moving or buying new, renovating and remodeling can even bring a positive change in the eyes of your employees and clients.
Reinvent the floor plan
Offices are typically dynamic environments where employees and clients circulate from nine to five, and working conditions change as the company evolves. If your present floor plan is meeting your needs, it doesn’t mean it always will. Re-thinking the floor plan doesn’t only include tearing down walls and changing doorways, but also reducing the amount of furniture and outdated equipment. Floor plan rearrangement is a great opportunity to get rid of the clutter, and storing what remains in designated storage areas.
Recycle what you can
By reusing the existing workstations, you won’t only reduce the renovation cost, but also minimize the environmental impact of your office remodel. While, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to get everything done by simply reorganizing the furniture, dismantling, sanding, and repainting the desktop surfaces, and re-upholstering the chairs cost less than buying new.
See what can be DIY-ed
Even if you have them sized to your specific requirements, standalone desks and drawers will cost you less than workstations with built-in drawers and cabinets. However, you can reduce the cost even more if you purchase the cut pieces from manufacturers and assemble the desks yourself. There are even examples of companies with dazzling budgets going sustainable in order to economize on the office redesign. Instead of purchasing new workstations, people in Amazon repurposed solid-core wooden doors by attaching table legs, and created what is called the ‘Amazon desk’.
Choose resilient flooring
The choice of floor always says a lot about the company, yet many businesses are looking to save as much as they can on the flooring. Although inexpensive ceramic tiles from China have become a popular material for commercial flooring even in developed countries like Australia, the current vinyl flooring trends in Sydney shows that businesses have recognized the value of this versatile material. Available in sheets, planks, and tiles, commercial vinyl flooring can mimic the appearance of ceramic tile or wood floors at a much lower cost, while being resistant to moisture, spills, and heavy traffic.
Create a home-like environment
If you still need new furniture pieces, why not considering some of the home furniture. Office furniture is lacking character and is often overpriced, so why spending a small fortune on ‘proper’ business pieces, when you can use home furniture. For example, instead of a matching set of swivel chairs for your reception area, choose a big comfy sofa. Upholstered dining chairs can make for an interesting, if not more familiar feel in the executive meeting room, while in the staff room, you can create a much less formal arrangement with bean bags instead of hard chairs.
Introduce office plants
Considering that people nowadays spend up to 87% of their time indoors, plants are a welcoming addition to any office environment. When compared to other decorations, plants are inexpensive, and apart from regular watering and occasional dusting, require little care. Bigger plants can even help break up the open floor plan in a natural and non-disruptive way. Thriving well even in windowless offices and cubicle, spider plants can live off fluorescent lighting and infrequent watering. They are ideal for improving air quality and reducing dust and other particulate matter.
Through a combination of recycling and repurposing the existing furniture, and exploiting affordable flooring materials which are both durable and easy to maintain, an office remodels be neither disruptive nor expensive. With a touch of DIY spirit, you can reinvent your old place of business and open opportunities for new endeavors.
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