Well you’re not alone. In most smaller companies, when the CEO or someone at the top of ladder determines they need furniture, the task ends up in the hands of a person who has no idea how to shop for it or where to start. If we had a dollar for every phone call we have received from a client looking for a desk or a workstation, who didn’t know the size or set up that they need, and their boss said it needs to be as inexpensive as possible, well… we wouldn’t have to work anymore! So what are the steps in purchasing office furniture? Here are the first two…
Step 1: Determine the need. Do you need a desk? Or a Workstation? Or 30 workstations? If so, do you know what size? How about café furniture? Lounge furniture? A reception station? Collaboration? A training room? Ergonomic accessories? Oh , and don’t forget teleconference! And…. you get the point… Determining exactly what it is your office may need isn’t always easy. But come up with a few key factors and then proceed to step two….
Step 2: Call a furniture consultant [Enter Crawford and Company]
It is our job as your furniture consultants to assist you with selecting products that fit your budget and vision and will be able to grow with you as your company grows. We have 6 furniture consultants, all with several years experience in the industry, and an extremely talented team of professionals to assist our consultants. With our experience, we know the right questions to ask to determine the best solution for your company, which is rarely the most expensive option (regardless of what those other guys tell you! So if you’re stuck trying to determine how many people you can fit in your space, we will take your floor plan and then provide you with a block plan to determine how many stations you can fit at specific size stations. Then, once the quantity needed has been determined, we can then whittle down the exact workstation layout that works for your company and employees.
No? You don’t want a cube farm? Ok then how about this approach:
Allsteel offers 5 different systems for workstations and desking solutions. They focus the functionality of their products as well as the advancement of technology and the changing workplace, all while keeping design aesthetic in mind. And if your need doesn’t point to Allsteel as the solution, we represent over 200 manufacturer’s of furniture. Our knowledgeable consultants will help to point you in the right direction as to which products will work best for your need.
So what happens next? You call us! We will help you in your selection of a new building or suite by creating a “test fit” floor plan for you (Free of charge!). From there, we will assist you in selecting the best product line for your need and budget. And if you’re not moving and just updating your space or trying to fit more employees in, we can do a test fit and a station typical per a conversation of what is needed for your space. We also make a point of it to come out and meet with our clients and see the space you are looking to improve. There will not be any pulling teeth getting our account executives out of the office, we promise! The best part of all of this? We leave you with a solution, you present it to your boss, your boss loves it, you get credit, you get promoted. It’s THAT easy.