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Refurbishing a Commercial Space

By Richard Coombs
Monday, September 22, 2014

A guide to refurbishing a commercial space

The benefits

Change how people perceive your business

It's no secret that people's perception of a business is partly formed by the commercial property that they choose to call home. People want to do business with businesses that are based in presentable and positive working environments. This is particularly true for retail stores. When you walk down the street, you enter the stores that are the most inviting. For example, a jewellery store can have all of the finest jewellery, but if they are based in a rundown shop, they won't be perceived as a luxury jewellery store.

Improved productivity levels

Nobody likes to work in an unpleasant and tired looking environment. By refurbishing your work place and making it a nicer environment for your employees, there will be a positive effect on their morale which will in turn, lead to a more productive workforce. Refurbishing your commercial property will also show that you care about the conditions in which your employees work.

Getting started

Decide how you want your office to look and put together a plan

Having a plan is essential, without a plan the refurbishment process will take a lot longer than you intend it to. First of all you need to have an idea of how you want your office to look, will you opt for contemporary style, traditional style or something completely unique? Take the measurements of your space into account when planning how everything will be layed out.

Set a budget

With any refurbishment project, setting a budget is essential. Make a list of all the most important items you will need, then research their prices and allocate a certain amount of money to each item. By having a budget in place you will ensure that you don't overspend in areas which you shouldn't. It will also help you to identify items that you can save money on.

Set a timescale

Time is precious, even more so in the business world where time literally does cost money. You will need to decide how long you can afford to keep your office closed for refurbishment. Set a project end date and work towards ensuring that the refurbishment is completed no later than the date you set. By setting a timescale you will motivate yourself to get the project completed sooner.


Flooring is an important part of a commercial spaces appearance. It really does set the tone for the rest of the offices decor. Depending on the type of look that you wish to create, you really can't go wrong with floor tiles. Gone are the days when commercial floor tiles were only available in a handful of styles and colours. These days they are available in pretty much any style, colour and finish imaginable. Large porcelain tiles are personal favourite of mine, not only do they look great in retail spaces, but they also look good in solicitor's offices, travel agents and estate agents. When factoring flooring into your budget, make sure that you include the cost of having them tiled.


If you're office furniture is looking tired and you don't feel that it will compliment your new decor, consider replacing it with a more suitable alternative. This point applies to office spaces more than retail spaces. To make the most of your space, think carefully about the way in which you position your office furniture. Sometimes placing desks at a slight angle can create more space. However, this all depends on the shape of your office.


Lighting can have a significant impact on people's mood, so it's important that your space is adequately lit. The most suitable type of lighting for your space will depend on the type of look that you are going for. If there are certain parts of your office or retail space that you would like to showcase more than others, utilise lighting fixtures that allow you to do this. When used correctly, lighting can be a great way to create various types of atmospheres in a commercial space.


Depending on the type of commercial space that you have, a fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference. Furthermore, it's probably the most cost effective way to transform a walls appearance. You could even paint one wall in a completely different colour to the rest; this will add another point of interest and help to create a feature wall. As a nice touch, frame any awards and certificates your business has had and then place them on the wall. Not only will this impress clients and customers, but it will put your businesses unique touch on the space.

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This article was contributed by David at Direct Tile Warehouse, an online store that specialises in commercial floor tiles.

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