Top 10 Items To Consider For Office Space Planning and Design


How does this sound? Every day you go to work and get to join your team in a beautiful, airy office that’s been expertly designed and configured to improve efficiency and maximize productivity.

It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not!

These days, many employers are reevaluating their office layouts and looking to make updates with specific company goals in mind including, recruiting new talent, promoting productivity at work, boosting morale, and even breaking down communication silos between departments all while keeping costs down. Good space planning and design can help business owners achieve all of these goals.

Not sure how to get started on a project list this? Don’t worry.

The design team at Thrifty Office Furniture offers complimentary space planning and design consultations to ensure your company's workspace is comfortable, coordinated and fits your company culture and brand.

In this blog post, we’re sharing the top ten essential pieces of office furniture that you will need to consider when setting up your ideal workspace. No office is complete without a selection of these fantastic choices.

Computer Desks

You’ll probably need one computer desk for every employee or individual working and operating in your business. With the right computer desks, you’ll have perfect workspaces and stations with plenty of room for storage, a few personal items and of course, a laptop stand, an ergonomic keyboard and maybe even a high-def display monitor or two.

Make sure that you look at different shapes and designs to fit your office space. Read our guide, How To Choose The Best Computer Desk, for more information.

Freestanding Shelves

In a perfect world, there would always be wall space for your shelves. But, as you’ll discover when you plan and design your office, this isn’t always possible. With freestanding shelves, you can make sure that you always have the storage furniture you need. Don’t forget, freestanding also means that these shelves are easy to set up or move when needed.

Small Filing Cabinets

While everything may be going digital, you’ll still have important paper documents that you need to keep organized. A small filing cabinet will be essential for every area of your office for this exact reason. Make sure you choose one large enough for your needs.

Chairs For Desks

As a business owner or office designer, one of your top considerations should always be the comfort of your employees. A big part of this will be choosing the right chairs for their desks. The best chairs provide fantastic back and limb support for long hours in front of computer screens.

Sit And Stand Desks

You can take good posture and overall comfort one step further by providing your employees with optional sit and stand desks. This innovative furniture option provides the perfect solution to RSI by allowing employees to switch between sitting and standing throughout the day. Read more about The Benefits of Sit and Stand Desks in our recent blog post.

Coffee Tables

Don’t forget to design and furnish the waiting area for your visitors and clients. A great option here would be to include comfortable seating pairs with a coffee table. These look stunning and will provide the perfect place for company brochures, a candy jar or even little accessories to bring more life to the office environment.


A well-lit office environment is the best way to make sure that your employees can continuously work hard without straining their eyes all day long. If you have high ceilings, consider investing in some adjustable desk lamps to make sure that low light isn’t a problem.

Training Tables

Do you want to make your office space usage more flexible? Training tables can be quickly folded away or set up in minutes, allowing you to create a unified space where employees can work together. They are perfect for special projects, holiday parties and yes, as you might have guessed, in-office training days.

Storage Carts

The benefit of a storage cart is that items can be easily moved wherever you need them. They’re great for transferring documents to different parts of the office such as deliveries. Most storage carts are on four wheels providing you with a lot of ease and flexibility when changing your business office design.

Break Room Chairs

Finally, every great office should have a space where employees can sit back and relax. Break room chairs can be budget friendly but should also be comfortable enough for employees to enjoy a well earned five minutes of peace.

Interested in a Free Space Planning & Design Consultation?

Take the first step to creating your optimal office space by scheduling a free design consultation with a Thrifty Design Expert. For more information, visit one of our convenient locations with showrooms in Raleigh-Durham, Wilmington and Burlington, NC, give us a call at (919) 589-8454 or fill our contact form and one of our team members will get back to you right away.

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