Doing things right the first time is essential when furnishing your office. There will be no “do over” for many years to come. Living with regret takes on a whole new meaning when you are surrounded year in and year out by furniture that just does not work for you. Begin the process by establishing your overall budget. Once you know how much money is available, then you will need to determine exactly what pieces to include. For example, if buying a desk, chair, and bookcase, purchase the best of each of these items that you can afford. Then determine which one piece is absolutely the most essential in your office. For an architect or a graphic designer, the desk will be the central element. If work involves sitting for long periods of time, then the chair may be primary. A style needs to be chosen, as well. Do you prefer a classic look or perhaps a modern appearance? Are the floor coverings and wall decorations more likely to complement a dark shade or light? Also, consider the size of your office. While a lovely, sprawling desk looks good in the show room, will it fit in your office?
Perhaps you have chosen the chair as the premier item. You already know if you prefer modern or classic, and what color schemes will go with the decor. Now you need to narrow the choices for ergonomics. Does the chair adjust for height? Can the back be repositioned if it is too high or low to be comfortable? Is the seat too soft or hard? Will the seat cover remain durable for years to come? If the desk is more important to you, then you need to decide how much clear space you need in order to work effectively. Will there be room left over for the computer, printer, telephone, and filing paraphernalia? A lawyer may need reference books accessible in a nearby bookcase. Can all of the books used on a daily basis be housed in this particular bookcase?
If you are looking at a set of Omega Systems furnishings, then will the collection actually take up the right amount of space? A simple answer to this question can be found by taking the measurements of the most likely combination. Put tape outlines on your floor in the appropriate locations, and see if you can still move around the room. If so, you are ready to sign on the dotted line.