Whether you’re moving into a new office or you just want to refresh your workspace, designing the perfect office can feel like a chore. But it doesn’t have to be as complicated or time-consuming as you might think with today’s technology.
Here are three easy-to-use tools that can help you plan the perfect office space.
Take Measurements With Your Phone
If your mobile phone has a feature such as a time-of-flight sensor (or time-of-flight camera), you might be able to use your phone to measure your office space before choosing furniture. After all, you’ll want to make sure your new office furniture will fit your available space before placing an order.
To do this, you’ll open your preferred measuring app and scan the room. You should be able to choose points you’d like to measure the distance between, such as from one wall to another or from the floor to the ceiling. It might even give you some instant measurements depending on the app, such as an item’s or wall’s current distance from your camera.
This will let you measure the length, width, and height of your space room-by-room. You can measure more limited areas, like the space beside a window, to see if a new filing cabinet or other pieces of furniture might fit. You could use it to measure existing pieces of furniture if you’re looking for replacements that can fit the same space.
Use an Online Space Planner
There are a variety of tools online that will help you plan your office space. For example, the office space planner quiz from Spacer will guide you through a simple questionnaire to help you figure out how much space you’ll need in your new office based on your current employees, culture, and growth expectations.
Once you’ve taken the quiz, Spacer will provide example floor plans and design suggestions based on your results.
“Test” Furniture With AR Apps
Increasingly, brands are turning to augmented reality (AR) apps to let you preview furniture in your current space. The major online retailer Wayfair is one example. Their “View in Room 3D” mobile app will let you preview products in your existing rooms right through your phone.
To use this type of AR feature, you generally open the app and point it around the room just like you would if you were going to take photos of your office. When you’ve chosen products, like a new desk or table for a meeting room, it will appear on your phone’s screen where you want it positioned in the room.
You can then walk around the room, looking at your phone, to see the furniture from all different angles. It’s as if the furniture is there in the space in real-time, letting you see how each piece would work in your office.
You no longer need expensive interior designers to take all your office measurements for you or pick out furniture that would fit your space. Thanks to modern technology, you can plan the perfect office with the help of software, online tools, and mobile apps that can help save you both time and money.