4 Dos and 4 Don’ts When Designing and Staging an Office
If you are thinking about selling, remodeling, or renting an office, you have come to the right place. We will go through some things that matter when staging office space and which mistakes you should avoid if you want to make a successful deal.
So, what makes the office different from all other staging challenges? When staging other spaces, most experts go for comfort, relaxation, and peace. While all that is good for the bedroom or living room, you need to envision productivity, creativity, and functionality when it comes to the office. It is not that you don’t need comfort, but it is quite different from the rest of the staging spaces people sell. So, let’s dive into the tips and tricks that will make this whole journey much more manageable.
The 4 Dos of Office Staging
1. Essential Furniture Pieces
Since it is an office space, it is essential that you include furniture pieces that have a purpose. Start by placing a high-quality desk on the focal wall in the room. This is just the start, and it will lead you onto your next task. You need to include a comfortable but stylish office chair behind that desk.
Once you have the desk space neatly organized, you should also think about shelves. Potential buyers should be able to imagine where all their books and supplies would go. Another smart idea is to show buyers where office supplies could go too. Just remember – start big, and then add the furniture pieces and the accessories discussed below.
2. Proper Office Lighting
Each properly designed office requires proper lighting. The safest option here is to go for overhead lights, as well as task lighting. If the space allows, you should go for curtains that won’t block natural light. It is a working space – light matters. Place the overhead fixtures strategically so that the entire room gets enough light.
3. Combine Colors the Right Way
If you decide to include a rug, go for one that will define the area and go under larger furniture pieces. Once you choose the rug, you can add some other color accents that will perfectly match it. Moreover, in order to create a cohesive look, match at least three items to the carpet.
4. Additional Accessories to Include
Proper office accessories can sell the space just as much as the desk can. Besides the books mentioned above, you should also include wall art (in the same color palette as the rug), sculptures, clocks, and plants too. When choosing, don’t forget that you need to think about your clients’ taste and preferences. Some may go for maps, mirrors, or photographs. Try to match their expectations.
All this may seem overwhelming. The clients’ preferences, the plethora of choices regarding furniture and accessories… things can get confusing and expensive. Fortunately, there is a way to please your clients without spending all those money and time on different types of details for different clients. Namely, you can try virtual office staging. You can show the potential of the space without moving all those heavy furniture pieces around. Experts will customize the space to your liking and your clients’ preferences, and you will be ready to sell the place in no time.
The 4 Don’ts of Office Staging
1. Hiding Items Instead of Eliminating Them
Clean lines and surfaces are a must when trying to sell an office. Having said that, don’t go around and start stuffing things in drawers or closets. That is not a solution at all. You never know where a buyer may want to look. Instead, get rid of all that clutter. You can either sell some of the stuff (if you don’t need them) or relocate them.
2. Showing Too Many Personal Items
Office and personal items don’t go together. Sure, you may want to keep a photo of your closest family on your desk, but when you are staging, personal items should be removed. It would be best to let the potential buyer imagine their family photo there—their own space to work and be productive.
3. Too Much Clutter
Wall art, plants, books – whatever the item, be careful not to overcrowd the space. Clutter should be avoided at all costs. Clear all surfaces, add just a few items and make them sparkle.
4. Over-Staging the Space
With all that talk that you shouldn’t add anything personal, there is the danger of making the space too neutral. That is not good either. Yes, it is office space – but it is still a good idea to include pieces like artwork or a beautiful flower arrangement. They are not too personal but always make the area look more charming and welcoming.