March 22, 2013

Can You Invest In Custom Office Furniture Design?

Article by Micah Weeks

Are you looking for a certain item of furniture for your workplace but have been unable to find something that comes even remotely close? You may not have realized that you actually have another option besides crawling through office supply stores in your free time – you might be interested in seeking a company who can supply you with custom office furniture design.

  • Gather some images of items that resemble the piece of furniture that you are trying to find or contain a component that you are looking for. You can find these images from magazines or catalogues or even online. Some people find it helpful to create a mood board or a collage of the images, so that you can look at them all at once.
  • Consider exactly what piece of furniture you require for your workplace; you might have seen an end table that you absolutely love, but you really need it to function as a desk. Take note of the proportions and the scales of each item and consider how this helps it to perform the function it has been designed for.
  • Sketch the item of furniture as you envision it in your mind (or have an artist friend do this for you). Try drawing the item from different perspectives, such as the top and the side, so that you can see how it looks from all angles. If you would like, you can also add colour to the sketch so that it looks exactly as you imagine.
  • Indicate on your collage of images the components that you imagine would be used in this design. This might be the way that a particular chair is joined together or the way that a drawer has been cleverly concealed in the side of a desk. When you hand these over to the designer, they should be able to see what you’re talking about.

Once you have come up with some preliminary office furniture designs, you can approach a company who is able to bring these sketches to life. If you would prefer, you can even speak with the company and ask them to provide you with some initial drawings. Some people find it easier, however, to draw what they are looking for rather than to try and explain it with words.

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