Office space is always at a premium in overcrowded cities like London – which means moving to larger premises will cost you money, that’s without the inconvenience and the costs of the move itself.
Chances are that the move would see you buying furniture for your new office anyway – but before you book your removals van and take a trip to a high street shop, think about calling a commercial interior designer to see if better office planning could help you avoid the move altogether.
Commercial Interior designer, Morgan Stewart Interiors, have been advising businesses across London and the South East for more than 30 years.
Managing Director Andrew Morgan has planned his fair share of buildings, from schools and colleges to executive offices in some of the UK’s largest organisations and says he’s seen many businesses planning to move long before they needed to.
“SME’s in particular often have a DIY approach to furniture planning, which can lead to inefficient usage of space, and cluttered rooms which don’t give the best impression to staff and visitors. First impressions count – but feeling cramped also affects wellbeing and productivity.
“A commercial interior design consultant knows how to make the most of every inch of space and every speck of light, to make commercial spaces feel comfortable, professional and airy. Re-designing your office interior will almost certainly accommodate more staff but there are other benefits too, like improved wellbeing and productivity – not to mention giving a better impression to clients and visitors.
“I like to think of myself as a problem solver – and love an interior design challenge. In the photograph above, for example, this London industry association needed their corporate executive boardroom to impress. but the space needed to be flexible. The setting included high ceilings and crystal chandeliers, so average ‘folding furniture’ would not have suited the environment. I was able to source modular mahogany and kevasingo tables with an ebony inlay that, despite the luxury finish, were a tip and tilt design, and high quality leather chairs. As you can see, the bespoke solution delivers an impressive executive boardroom that is remains flexible and easy for staff to move around.”
Of course, the services of a commercial interior designer are likely to be expensive – aren’t they?
Andrew was quick to dispel this as a myth, explaining:
“Actually, I provide the workspace design service as part of the consultation process. We provide commercial office furniture to client’s bespoke requirements, and we don’t charge any extra for the commercial interior design. Our experience and reputation gives us access to some of the better suppliers who are more choosy who they work with.
So the all-important question – is this more expensive than buying ‘standard’ office furniture?
“Asking if we are expensive depends on who you are comparing us to. We are certainly cheaper than moving – but commercial office furniture won’t be the same price as your local DIY store.
However, our commercial office furniture is built to last, providing a solid, tax deductible investment that will continue to impress long after the veneer has worn off your cheap high street desk – and our prices are the same or slightly cheaper than a comparable furniture provider who often can’t include a commercial interior design service free of charge.
“You can pay thousands for a luxurious, impressive desk and chair if you want to – and indeed, many of our boardroom and executive office furniture clients have done that. However we are also competitive at entry level and even there, our clients give us rave reviews because the new design and fresh look gives the office a branded feel. For one desk or one hundred, for £500 or £500,000 our goal is to invigorate a workspace – and it’s great that we can often help clients avoid moving costs while doing it.”
To get in touch with Andrew, visit the website or call 01932 786429.
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