After the pandemic, lots of businesses are considering downsizing their office as employees work from home. Over the last couple of years, businesses have recognised the efficacy of employees working remotely. What’s more, employees themselves have enjoyed a better work/life balance. They can get all their work done and interact with colleagues (thanks to modern technology) while also spending more time with family and avoiding long commutes.
This year, many business owners will look for smaller offices because they don’t need to accommodate quite so many workers. But how do you pack and store office furniture? Whether you’re planning to store furniture permanently or just until the office move is done, you’ll see some advice today.
Firstly, see this as an opportunity to declutter. If you’re moving to a smaller office, perhaps it’s finally time to throw away that damaged sofa from the reception area. What’s more, it could be a good time to throw out any damaged office chairs or cabinets. Why not see this as a fresh start for the business? After all, clients and other visitors to your office don’t want to see all sorts of damaged and broken furniture (this doesn’t send the right message).
Not only will decluttering make the task easier, but you also won’t need to pay as much for moving and storing. For example, you might be able to hire a van for moving rather than a larger (more expensive) vehicle.
Choose the Right Packing Supplies
Now that you have all aged and damaged furniture out of the way, you can concentrate on the furniture you have left. Firstly, think about the supplies you’ll use to pack office furniture. Online, you’ll find various packing materials whether you need strong boxes, bubble wrap, or another material. If you’re to store furniture for a while, you’ll want to cover it to prevent mould, moisture, and other damage.
Next, make sure you’re sensible when packing office furniture. As a basic example, think about taking desks apart because this will make both travel and storage easier. Why? Because you can fit the broken-down desk into a smaller box and then it won’t take up as much room in the storage facility. You could fit two or three desks into the space that one would take without taking it apart.
If you’re to choose this route, make sure you keep all nuts, bolts, and other smaller pieces in a bag. This way, you won’t lose integral parts of furniture whenever you next need it. Depending on the quality of the desk, you might also want to wrap each part in bubble wrap or another protective material.
If you’re moving filing cabinets, the advice to be sensible applies again. For example, take all drawers out and empty them to reduce their weight and simplify storage. Depending on the material, you might want to wrap a protective cover around the drawers.
Finally, what should you do about cubicles? Disassemble the walls, wrap everything in protective padding, and transfer in a moving van just like all other furniture. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to leave cubicles behind.
After decluttering, this hopefully reduces the need for storage facilities even if it doesn’t eliminate it. Choose a local storage facility so that you can access your furniture again whenever you need it. With this in mind, you now have everything you need to properly pack and store office furniture after downsizing. If you need help, contact a professional service with experience in the area!