The Latest Office Furniture Trends For 2020
Keeping up a professional image for your business can be hard, and nothing says unprofessional like outdated, tatty furniture in the office. As we dig our heels into 2020 and the new year, it’s a great time to explore making a couple of changes to the office set-up, especially if it has been more than five years since you last bought any new furniture for the office. It may be a bit daunting to do so without a sense of some of the latest office furniture trends, but never fear, we’ve got you covered.
Why 2020 is the Year For New Office Furniture
Before we begin, it helps to set the stage and contemplate why 2020 is a great year for getting new office furniture. The turn of a new year is a great opportunity for renewal in general, but this year is different, as it is the turn of a new decade as well. If you’re looking to leave some “baggage” from the last decade behind, or just need to freshen up the space in order to boost team morale, finding new furniture this year can make a world of difference. This not only shows potential clients and investors that you are serious about the business, but also gives your staff a home away from home, especially considering the time commitment they make to the company in any given week.
Trend #1: Bold Designs
Out with the old, and in with the new. The old, monotonous image of office furniture has been replaced with one including bold new furniture designs, with a leaning towards the monochromatic. Colour and personality are two elements to give a lot of consideration to before buying new furniture, with less focus on function and more on how it affects the overall aesthetic of the office. Furniture designs that surprise are proving increasingly more popular among US startups, which will likely trickle down in the South African market too. When looking for new furniture, as your supplier about options including bright, bold patterns.
Trend #2: Tech-Smart Office Furniture
Buying furniture with tech in mind has never been more important than it is in 2020, and no, it doesn’t mean that you have to fork out thousands for smart tech just quite yet. Let A.I grow over the next few years, and instead of turning your office space into something out of Minority Report, start by buying practical furniture that has a leaning towards technological inputs. This can include buying desks that support smartphones and other devices, exploring height-adjustable desks and looking at ways in which existing furniture could be turned into tech-friendly furniture over time. Plan for the future now, so you don’t end up having to replace everything down the line.
Trend #3: Going Green Across The Board
Last but not least, it’s never been a better time to go green, especially with regards to the furniture you buy and the materials it was made from, as well as whether the company that supplied it is keeping sustainability in mind. Sustainable and biophilic office design is another trend creeping in from the West, with employees longing for greenery in the workplace over and above an old school plant collecting dust in the corner. When you’re looking to replace the furniture at the office, consider this, and design the space with a view towards your own office being more green too. Clean air can do a lot for mood, overall health and morale in general.
A Good Place To Start To Find New Furniture
If you’re sold on the idea of changing things up at the office in 2020, you’re now equipped with some trends to be mindful of before you make any purchasing decisions. If you’re looking to set aside a chunk of money in your annual budget towards this, it will help to speak to specialists as well, who can answer any questions you may have before you make a purchasing decision. Other than that, remember to consult with your team about what they would appreciate and enjoy, while remaining mindful that you’ll never be able to please everyone. As long as the office space showcases your business as having arrived in the 2020’s, the rest will be manageable. All the best for the year ahead!