Many companies must accommodate their team in a small office area, due to their budget, for a temporary solution, or just because they’re startups and don’t need much space. However, designing an office in a small footprint space might bring some obstacles. We give you some tips in order for you to consider when choosing the furniture and designing the ideal layout.
Before we make a list of the best design practices in small office space, you should know the basics. In absence of an ample area to furnish, you must always count on multipurpose furniture that can change according to your needs and adapt to the different situations that can arise. Additionally, you should try to pick an office with a window. Light gives a feeling of openness that helps space look much bigger, making employees and guests comfortable.
Desks with features
Choose desks with additional features like built-in shelving, overhead compartments, and keyboards trays to maximize your space. Corner desks are also optimal for small office spaces, as well as wall desks that take up no floor space. Plus, always look for mobile desks that can be easily moved or stored.
Although most business centers offer printing services, there are companies that prefer having their own printer machine in their office. If this is your case, then it’s better for you to try wheeled carts that can hold heavy pieces, have built-in shelves to store office materials, and can be easily moved.
Multi-purpose shelves and cabinets
There are times when vertical areas go unused because people don’t know how to make use of them. The good news is, these spaces are ideal for building up multi-purpose shelves to store office supplies, books or displaying office decor.
One other piece that can work for many purposes is a filing cabinet. Besides from being a versatile storage solution, it can serve as a side table whenever you need to have an extra small table. Plus, it can be stored under any desk or put into a closet.
Tip: Try for deeper shelves for storing larger tomes and, above a ledge, space for smaller books.
Ideal layouts for small office spaces
1. If you need a space for meeting rooms you should try a layout that permits and extra seating in the front. How do you do this? Push the desk to the back of the room, so you can free up floor space for extra seating and still have room to place bookcases on either side of your desk for additional storage.
2. If you don’t receive many guests or clients, your focus must be on lots of storage. If you use a corner desk you can place two filing cabinets or two bookcases on either side of the desk. This will also give you space to place a chair in the corner in case you receive an unexpected visit and need extra seating.