Appearance may not be everything, but it counts for a great deal, and presenting a professional image is important for any business. If your office needs some sprucing up, some effective remodeling basics can be done without spending a bundle. Whether it’s flooring, painting or reorganizing, a do-it-yourself approach can allow you to do exactly what you want and within your budget.
Some simple remodeling projects can be done without professional help. Following are some of the ways you can improve your office environment without spending a fortune.
When you embark on a remodeling project, it’s the perfect opportunity to do some office-wide organizing. Keeping your personal files in order is not only a challenge on an individual level, but if your office itself doesn’t have some a good policy in place, you may be creating a great deal of inefficiencies for employees and reducing their productivity. If you can never find what you need in the supply closet or it takes a while to track down some reference materials floating around the office, it may be time to get organized. Start by bringing in some new filing cabinets, bookcases or shelving. A few simple additions can help you maximize your available space and save you from having to hunt around the office to find a stapler, company documents or an extra mouse pad.
It’s amazing what a new coat of paint can do to a room when you choose the right color. Painting is a job anyone can knock out to liven up an office, conference room or lobby area. Many studies have been done on the psychological effects of color, so making the right choice can lead to a more productive, harmonious office.
You could even consider painting walls different colors to suit different departments — for example, blue is said to stimulate the mind, whereas yellow is supposed to spark creativity.
As you remodel, don’t forget to pay attention to your floors. Heavy foot traffic can make your floors look like they’ve been the pathway of a recent marathon, so while you’re picking paint colors and devising a plan for new shelving or organization, be sure that your floors get a makeover as well. If you have the right flooring tools, you can lay down some carpet, vinyl or laminate that will be durable and tie-together all the rooms in your office.
Combining Functionality & Style
Whatever your motivation is for remodeling your office, your goal should be to create a comfortable and organized space for the benefit of your employees. It’s important to create a place that combines both style and functionality. Finding the right balance between these factors can help employee productivity and make an impression on clients. Achieving these goals doesn’t have to be expensive, and taking a DIY approach to these basic remodeling tasks can give your office a new look at an affordable price.
Felicia Baratz is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media addict living in Indianapolis, IN. As a contributor to ProfessionalIntern.com, Felicia discusses new, innovative technology and it’s relation to the business world and social media marketing.