In our first article on how to make your own office furniture we showed you how to make an office desk and office chair from scrap. In this article we will attempt to make more complex office furniture items, again from scrap materials. Once you have your desk and chair you will probably need some sort of filing cabinet.
There are various sizes of filing in user around the world, for example A4 in Europe, foolscap in UK and letter in the USA. So, before you go scouting around for materials, get hold of one of the files that you will be using. We used bread crates for desk pedestals in the previous article, once again they come to the rescue for a filing system. Go to the back of your favourite supermarket and try out your file in some of the crates. If you are really lucky you will be able to colour-code your filing system by choosing different coloured crates for different purposes, eg red for sales, blue for finance, green for admin etc. Try to choose crates in good condition because we will not be able to put a door on the front of the cupboard and the crates will be on display to everyone who visits your office. Now we have to find a way to stack the crates vertically, with the ability to slide out the crates to view the contents. During these times of
economic depression, there are many high street shops going out of business. Old shop fittings, eg shelves and display cabinets, makes ideal frames for filing cabinets. You can probably pick them up for nothing if you keep yours eyes open. One of the big advantages of shop display equipment is that they have easily adjustable shelves so that you can make full use of the space available.
The next item you will probably want to build is reception furniture. All businesses need to make a good impression on visitors, particularly customers, so you need to take great care when designing your reception desk. The most common form of reception unit has a low desktop for the receptionist and a higher counter for visitors. In the best designer reception counters this is often glass, but we think you will have difficultly finding a glass shelf of the right size and strength. You will need to start with a desk, probably built from a door and bread crates as in our previous example, but since you will need to place a reception counter on top of the desktop, please ensure that the construction is solid and safe. You now need to search for a counter top, the same length as the desk and about half its depth. You need something sturdy, but fairly light, probably a smaller or cut-down door. Fix this to the desktop and you have your perfect reception counter!