Office Furniture Checklist: The Four Most Common Types of Office Furniture

office furniture checklist

It’s time to complete that office, and the one thing you will definitely need is furniture. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to find out what exactly you will need. More often than not, picking out the right furniture is dependent on what kind of office you are in, what industry you work in and who will be using the furniture.

Four Main Types of Office Furniture

In general, there are four basic types of furniture you will need for your office:

  • Chairs: You will need chairs for both you and your visitors. They should be comfortable and adjustable so that everyone can find their perfect position.
  • Tables: Tables, especially meeting room tables, are important for collaboration. They give you a space to put down materials and take notes.
  • Storage: Storage is key in any office. You will need somewhere to store files, documents and other materials. You may also need specialized furniture, depending on your industry or the type of work you do.

These are the basics that every office should have. If you have any other specific needs, like a reception area or furniture for a break room, you can add unique furniture items like countertops and refrigerators to the list.

Office Furniture Categories

We’ve listed more information about the office furniture categories most offices will need during setup below. As always, you can contact Saraval Industries for a detailed consultation to set up your office at (516)-768-9033 anytime.

An Appropriate Desk

Most people need desks to work. The question is: What kind of room do you have? This question is important because the type of desks your employees are using will impact the feel of the office. We suggest that if there is a lot of light coming in from windows, standing desks will capitalize on that brightness.

Or, if your employees are completing a lot of different tasks and potentially need access to multiple devices or many files at once, a wrap-around desk might be the best option.

If you are on a budget but still want a high-quality desk, you can always get used desks for sale.

Obviously, the size of your room is a major factor that will determine what kind of desks your employees will have. Once you have that information, then determine what exactly your employees are doing during their day-to-day tasks to go from there!

Meeting Room & Conference Tables

Most offices have meetings between employees, whether at the executive level or to foster collaboration between regular employees. Therefore, you’ll need appropriate meeting rooms & conference tables.

Many times the type or style of room will determine the kind of meeting table you’re looking for. Is the room well-furnished or intricately designed? If so, it won’t be helpful to purchase a basic table.

It’s also important to factor in how many people you expect to be present at your meetings. In many cases it’s always advised to have enough sitting room at the actual table—you don’t want to risk having the wrong person feel slighted for not having a seat.

High-Quality, Ergonomic Office Chairs

For very clear reasons, having high-quality office chairs is an important part of creating a new office.

You will have to ask yourself a few questions to choose the right office chair. Are your employees sitting for many hours at a time? Are they performing any kind of physical tasks, or are they simply using a computer? Do you want to foster movement around the office, or do you need your employees to stay attentive at their desks for hours at a time?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll be able to choose the right chair for your office. Or, if you have any questions about your particular business, you can always contact us so we can help you choose the right furniture for your office.

Waiting Room Furniture

This is one category of office furniture that is often overlooked. Do you have a space where clients will wait for you to greet them? If that’s the case, then you have to think not only about comfort but about how you want to present your company to the client.

If you have uncomfortable furniture for your clients, you run the risk of making them feel unimportant or undervalued. Having unstylish or unattractive office furniture in the waiting room can exude a lack of class or taste, which might undermine confidence in your services.

When thinking about waiting room furniture, make sure to really explore the type of impact you want to have on your clients. It could, in the end, cost you money.

Storage & Organizers

The final category of office furniture is storage & organizers. Do you need to store client files? Do you have physical inventory that needs to be stored in the office? What kind of devices or electronics do you need to keep safe in the office?

You might not need a lot of storage, but if you have things that need to be kept in the office, you need to make sure they are properly stored. 

You also want to make sure that your office is organized so that it’s easy to find what you need when you need it. 

Tips for Getting the Perfect Furniture for Your Space

Now that you know the four basic types of furniture you will need for your office, it’s time to start shopping! Be sure to keep these tips in mind to make sure you get the perfect furniture for your space.

  • Choose desks and chairs that are the right size for your office. You don’t want anything too big or too small.
  • Think about who will be using the furniture. If you have a lot of visitors, you will need durable chairs that can withstand a lot of use.
  • Choose furniture that is easy to clean and maintain. You don’t want to have to spend a lot of time cleaning your office furniture.
  • Think about the style of your office. You want the furniture to match the rest of the décor in your space.

There you have it, a list you can use for your office furniture checklist! Be sure to keep these types and categories of furniture in mind as you shop for your perfect office space. With the right furniture, you can create an inviting and comfortable environment that will make your employees and clients happy.

Wrapping It All Up

Now that you know what to look for, you’re ready to start shopping for office furniture! Be sure to check out our website for a great selection of new and used office furniture. We have everything you need to complete your perfect office space. 

One of the services we offer at Saraval Industries is consultations for setting up your next office. You can feel confident we will bring a holistic approach to helping you develop your office space. Give us a call today at (516)-768-9033 or contact us through our online form so we can get to work making your space where work happens.

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