You’ve found the perfect office space for lease. It’s in the location you want, it’s the size you need and it has all the basics. But what it’s lacking is personality. Unfortunately, you have a limited start-up budget and that doesn’t include a high-priced decorator.
Not to worry! You can economically spruce up your office space for much less than you might imagine. Here, we’ll look at some great ways to save money and get your office looking like a million bucks!
1. Paint the Walls and Trim
Unless your landlord is against you painting, why not start your decorating by painting the walls (or at least the molding, door frames, window sills, etc.)? Just head down to your nearest home improvement “big box” store and nose around the paint department.
Don’t be shy, though – ask if they have any leftover cans of paint that weren’t purchased by consumers. (Many times, people decide at the last minute they don’t want a color; therefore, the can is immediately put on a clearance rack. There’s nothing wrong with it – it’s just less expensive and may not be the color you originally thought you’d use!) This can save tons of cash.
2. Buy Throw Rugs
Sure, you might not want to pay for wall-to-wall carpeting, but you can always purchase a couple of inexpensive (but attractive) throw rugs. Even if your office space already has carpeting, a throw rug here or there will add a needed splash of color and texture to your new surroundings.
3. Look on the Internet for Unique Office Furniture
Many people give away for free or reduced rates unique furniture that could be ideal for your office space. Consider investing in an older desk or unmatched (but interesting) chairs. One caveat, though – don’t be turned off just because a wooden table has a nick or stain. With some sanding and a little varnish, you can most likely turn it into a beautiful antique!
4. Haunt the Dollar Store
Now, your local dollar store may often carry items that are, at best, “kitschy”, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be occasional “scores”. Once a week, check out the dollar store items. Sometimes, office furniture and accessory manufacturers sell items to dollar stores that are amazing – and you can get them for next-to-nothing.
Ten or twenty dollars could net you some in-boxes, pencil holders, calendars, white boards and more. Again, your office space will look like you spent a great deal of time and money on it… but you’ll know that you didn’t have to do so.
5. Frame Some Pictures
Although you probably won’t want to decorate your office space walls with family pictures, there’s nothing wrong with framing those pictures you took of the ocean or the woods during your last vacation. Not only will they look attractive, but they’ll make nice conversation pieces. And don’t worry if you’re not the world’s best photographer; most people won’t even notice the composition of the pictures. They’ll simply be riveted by what the pictures represent.
Never forget that you control how your office space for lease looks! Even if you can’t paint or carpet, there are numerous ways to make your home-away-from-home pleasant for you, your colleagues and your clients.
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