In an ideal world, you’d have all the room you need to create a spacious working environment.
However, in reality your office may be somewhat lacking in square footage. The good news is, by following some simple design tips, you can maximise the space available to you and your personnel.
Take care when choosing desks
One of the main issues to focus on when you’re planning your working area is your desks. The size and style of these products can have a massive impact on the overall look and feel of your office. Before you start perusing the array of items on offer, it’s handy to create a to-scale drawing of your working space. This will enable you to establish how successful particular products will fit into the area.
Rather than providing every single worker with a stand-alone desk, which will take up a lot of room, you can connect these items so that they form larger workstations. This represents a more efficient use of space. Another option is to use large desks and assign more than one worker to each.
Create flexible meeting areas with office screens
Having a designated meeting area can be tricky when space is limited. However, this doesn’t present a problem as long as you’re shrewd in your approach. For example, it’s possible to create temporary meeting areas with the aid of office screens. These items come in a range of shapes, sizes and styles and they can enable you to create ad-hoc partitions in a matter of moments.
When you don’t require separate meeting areas, you can store these products out of view and, as soon as you do need such space, you can set up your screens in a matter of moments.
Be savvy with storage
To help you save valuable floor space in your office, it’s important to make the very most of the vertical space on offer to you by investing in tall storage solutions. For example, you might decide to fit floor to ceiling storage walls. These can house lockers, shelves, cabinets and more.
Effective storage is crucial if you’re to keep your office free of clutter. Bear in mind that if you have too much paperwork, an excessive number of files and other items strewn around your working area, you will make it appear smaller.
Experiment with hot desking
Flexible working is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and elsewhere around the world, and it’s not hard to see why. Being able to choose different working hours or operate remotely can help to improve employees’ work-life balance and make managing family commitments easier. Meanwhile, when done well, it can benefit companies too by raising productivity and enabling the recruitment and retention of the very best personnel.
Meanwhile, it also offers up ways of saving office space. By introducing hot desking, you can cut down on the number of workstations you need. Rather than providing one desk per worker, you will only need to offer enough workstations to accommodate the individuals who will be using your office at any given time.
Bear in mind though, this approach does require some careful planning and you’ll need to make sure your staff members clear their desks at the end of each day so that these spaces can be used by others.
Choose a quality provider
When you’re on the lookout for new desks, office screens, storage solutions and other items, make sure you opt for a quality provider. Attention to detail is particularly important in small offices, so it is vital that the products you buy look great and function perfectly.
Calibre Office Furniture specialises in providing the highest standard of office furniture and accessories and should have everything you’re after.