Freestanding furniture is modern office furniture that is used in private offices while others is used in open office which are joined together by panels to form a workstation. Free standing furniture can also be custom made for a CEO.
First of all, you should choose the general material of the furniture. The material for modern office furniture can range from metal, metal/veneer components, laminate, veneer, veneer mixed with laminate. Laminates are artificial materials that is cured and applied to a plywood, MDF or particleboard. Laminates come in a wide range of colors and woodtones. Veneer is an authentic wood that is applied to a stable substrate of plywood. As you shop around, you will find different finishes of veneer from different manufacturers. Before buying, you should evaluate the products. If you are looking for environmental friendly products, you can ask whether the furniture finishes is environmentally friendly. There are many advantages and disadvantages to each of the material. Laminate is cheap, durable and resistant to heat. Laminate is also available in a wide range of colors and woodgrains. However, laminates can be chipped, and have size limits. Laminate also don’t have the rich look of veneer. Veneer has a rich wood look. Veneer is available in various grain and appearance. The disadvantages of veneer include limited colors, expansive, vulnerable to scratches and easily changes color over time. Metal is the least expensive option. Metal is durable with lightweight components. Metal is also available in a wide variety of color. The disadvantage of metal is that it can easily become dented or scratched.
Next, you must determine the type of desk configuration that will fit in the office space. The stand alone desk is available in U and L shapes. Many work surfaces are available in 30 – 36 inches wide and can be 60 – 84 inches long. Bridges and credenzas usually have a measurement of 24 inches wide. The storage configuration consists of the file pedestal beneath the work surface. The most common configuration involves two file drawers, second three drawer file and box box file pedestal. There are also other types of configurations including lateral file cabinets, credenza, wardrobe cabinet and bookcase.
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After you have determined the office configuration, you should take into account the office accessories such as keyboard trays, pencil drawers, lamps, whiteboards and etc. You should also decide the type of finishing on the office furniture. Some manufactures offers different finish touches, paints, different grades and different price levels. If you are not sure about the quote, you can choose a mid grade which allows you to upgrade or downgrade the room according to your budget. Your dealer will now provide you with an itemized quote and detailed drawings.
Finally, you should have a baseline for the design and pricing. If you want to make any changes, you should inform the dealer. Most dealers can do reasonable amount of revisions on the drawings without incurring extra charges. It is a good idea to show to the workers the new office design to see if it fits their needs. In this way, they will be able to provide feedback on the modern office furniture so that you know what changes to make in order to improve the office environment, If the quote pricing exceeds your budget, you can buy from another dealer that offers cheaper options.