Office furniture planning advice

We are often asked if we can help with office furniture planning and the answer is always yes. Our sophisticated CAD  design systems can produce 2D and 3D renditions which are almost life-like.  Most of our office desks and chairs have already been drawn to scale for use in our CAD systems so we can literally just drag and drop the items into place as required making space planning quick and easy.

We are happy to visit your offices to take all relevant measurements to enable us to produce a scale drawing, but obviously this is subject to our work load, your location, and the amount of planning required. 

 Sometimes it is just not economically viable for us to travel hundreds of miles to measure up just few office desks.

But if you are willing to help then we can still produce 3D renditions for smaller offices  or even  home offices.  In fact it is always a good idea to have some plans drawn up which are to scale because the office  furniture is always bigger than you think it is, and the room is invariably smaller than you anticipated.

So do you just need to run a tape measure along the walls and send this to us, for us to be able to send you back a plan and rendition?  The answer is technically no, as although we could plot the room from the information given to us, we would need more information to be able to be sure that the plan would be viable.

Often it is the obvious things that are overlooked when putting together the information required for a detailed office plan, so we have listed some of the more obvious ( and some not so) requirements:-

1) Dimensions- This is self explanatory, but the dimension should be taken from floor level to account for skirting boards. Ideally the dimensions should be metric. It is always an idea to measure across the diagonals as well as the perimeter, as this a good check measurement and allows us to draw the area, if the corners of the office space are not square

2) Positioning of any  extrusions such as water or gas pipes, radiators, fireplaces, window sills, fitted cupboards and doors ways where standard access will be required on a regular basis. We should also be told about any escape doors as the planning requirements for these are different to standard doorways

3) For 3D planning we will also need the wall height, and measurements if the ceiling slopes in any way. Windows also need to be measured, for their size but also for their sill height.

4) Office decorations. 3D renditions look best when they resemble the actual workspace, so giving us information about carpet colour and wall/ceiling decorations will help us a great deal. The best way to do this is to send us a few photographs of the office space.
As you can see from the above, the more information you can give, us the more realistic and true to life your office plan will look.