When putting together an office the most important thing to consider is budget, right? After, this is a business we’re talking about! Wrong! That’s definitely not the case, even though it is an important factor. While it’s true that aesthetics aren’t as important as they would be in a residential application, you can’t downplay probably the most important factor: Comfort and ergonomics. And by comfort, we’re obviously not saying that employees need to be able to relax and fall asleep (that is too comfortable), they do need to feel good enough to be able to focus, especially if they’re sitting at a computer desk all day. This doesn’t mean that they all need expensive modular leather chairs, either. They can have standard wood chairs as long as the contours agree with their back.
Budget shouldn’t be the primary concern for file and storage cabinets, either. Though it’s not important for them to be comfortable, they do need to be secure. If you have any important documents, you’ll understand this, as you’d probably be up a creek without a paddle if you lost an entire cabinet of files to a fire or theft. That’s why they make fireproof and locking types, that usually both come in the standard styles (whether you need vertical, lateral, rotary, 2 drawer, 3 drawer, or 4 drawer).
Oak wood is the standard material for desks, though executives probably want to get the more luxurious looking dark cherry. Desks are an area that you can make budget cuts, because they don’t need to factor in comfort or security (at least not as much security as cabinets). So consider metal or plastic for the desks.
Obviously, if you’re trying to furnish a home office, that’s a different story. You can prioritize what you want, but aesthetics are hopefully a concern, as your office will really be part of your house. Though you probably won’t need a mail delivery cart rolling around, you probably will be able to use a nice roll top desk or at least one with a hutch. These will help give you privacy and keep you organized.
Source by Mark J Sinclair