Dining Room Furniture for Low Budget

August 13th, 2013 10:23 pm

One of the biggest secrets of budget dining room design is to use what you already have! Begin your design project by thinking about what it is that you want from your space, and how your existing furniture differs from your design. If your existing furniture is still sturdy, there are lots you can do to improve or alter the aesthetic appeal. The solution could be as simple as a coat of paint in a fun new color, or replacing the top or your old table with a new one in a more contemporary shape. Buff out old scratches, and give aging wood a new coat of polyurethane or furniture wax.

Re-purpose your existing dining room furniture to give your space a whole new look without the hefty price tag. For instance, stack shelves or serving units to create height and drama, or replace traditional cabinet doors with antique shutters. Changing or rotating seat cushions, picture frames, and other small details can also help brighten up the space without requiring a major redesign.

Be Selective
Remember that to achieve a great new look in your dining room, you don’t necessarily have to change out all of your furniture. Often, just a few striking new pieces are enough to give the space a new atmosphere. If you’re only investing in a few new items, it’s worth it to shell out a little extra money for something really high quality. You’ll save on replacement and redecorating costs down the line. Don’t be afraid to mix various styles to come up with something truly unique. If most of your furniture is cottage vintage, a few well-placed industrial design elements can create a strikingly dramatic look through juxtaposition.

Shop Around
When decorating your dining room, never underestimate the value of a little footwork! Resist the urge to purchase everything all at once at a big box store; there are much better ways to get value for your money. Particularly in the case of furniture, second-hand stores, thrift shops, and garage sales are your greatest ally. Also remember that all the techniques you’ve used to update and improve your own furniture can work on yard sale finds as well!

Choosing Office Furniture Guide

April 18th, 2013 1:20 am

1. Make sure the office furniture you choose fits the room and that there is enough room to open cabinets and drawers, and that people have enough room to get to their desks, and in and out of the office. There are by-laws that require wider corridor widths for fire access.

2. Office furniture needs to be suitable for the purpose. A cool looking desk isn’t necessarily functional. Café style chairs and tables might look good in a catalogue, but are they appropriate for a legal office.

3. Don’t forget extra office furniture items like storage cabinets, book shelves and computer stands as these will provide additional functionality, ergonomics and storage space for your office.

4. Make sure that your office furniture is ergonomic. It is important that it is comfortable as well as stylish and practical. Health and safetyrequirements need to be adhered to as many strains, aches and other work related ailments should be avoided.

5. Divide the room where possible by having separate areas for different types of staff. Those who spend all day on the phone will have different furniture needs to those who need room to view design ideas or those who need peace and quiet.

6. Different moods can be created by using different coloured chairs, desks, or tables. Partition & Screen heights offer acoustic assistance and shelving options.

7. Stylish hi tech modern designs, or functional; basic shapes? What you choose will depend on the nature of your business and your budget. Your office furniture may be fashionable today, but will it still look stylish in 5 years time?

8. Think about the impression your office furniture has to give to clients as well as staff. Office furniture for a firm of accountants needs to be different from a graphic design company or a call centre. The office might be part of a factory, restaurant or a shop, so it needs to be appropriate and in keeping with the company image. A design agency will want to appear creative and vibrant, whilst a solicitor’s office will want to appear professional, calming and welcoming.

9. Think about the future, how easy is it to expand the office layout, using your chosen furniture? New employees, technology changes or processes and procedures may mean that the office layout has to change frequently. Can you move desk around yourselves, or do you need the fitters to take the desks apart so they can be rebuilt in a different part of the office?

10. Good office furniture will encourage and assist employees to be more productive, by ensuring that all they need is at hand, and they can carry out their duties without disturbing others. These tips should help you to decide which office furniture is best for your needs and will meet the needs of your staff, giving the right impression to your clients and other visitors. The right office furniture will look good, be comfortable and last a long time. Why not consider updating your office furniture today.