In the modern world, space is at a premium. Making the most of the space you can afford is an important lesson in commercial and domestic frugality. The obsession with doing more with less is a healthy one. Streamlining, optimising and maximising can lead to valuable efficiency and cost savings that keep overheads down and allow your businesses to thrive.
So, the days of those ‘big desk dreams’ have well and truly gone. Nowadays, success is not a sprawling desk in a separate office; instead, the big wigs sit amongst the throng, hot desking their way through the day in their open plan offices.
But this is not the only way you can maximise space. With more people starting their own business than ever before, and with rent prices shooting up, we thought we’d divulge some top design tips to help you make the most of your office space.
Get savvy with storage
Modern day offices are becoming increasingly paperless. Not only is this good news for the environment, it can also drastically reduce your need for storage. To maximise your floor space, consider storage options which grow upwards rather than outwards. Vertiginous floor to ceiling storage walls can house shelves, lockers, cabinets and more, helping to keep the workspace free of clutter, while providing plenty of space for all those unavoidable paper based bits and bobs.
Minimise desk space
The average office workspace in the UK averages 14-16m2. That’s not a lot of space, so you need to make the most of it. Reducing the size of individual workstations and desks in open plan areas is crucial to maximising your space.
The size and style of office desks is one of the major considerations for your office space. Before you place a bulk order, take the time to create a scale drawing of your available workspace. Calculate your human resource requirement now and in the future, and see what size of desk you’ll need to fit those workers comfortably into your available space.
Create flexible spaces
A designated meeting room can drastically reduce your available space, and given that it’ll largely sit empty, it’s not an efficient use of such a limited resource. It is possible to create temporary meeting rooms with simple office screens. They come in a wide range of shapes, styles and sizes and make it easy to create ad-hoc partitions in just a few seconds. At some point in the future you might decide you need your own dedicated meeting room, but at this point is it really a luxury you can afford?
If you own your office space, why not make the most of wasted excessive overhead space by installing a mezzanine floor above existing office or storage areas? A mezzanine floor can provide the space you need for business expansion without the expense of a larger premises.
The devil’s in the detail
Attention to detail is particularly important in small offices, so carefully consider every purchase you make. If that fax machine or photocopier is not crucial to the day-to-day running of your business, do without. There’ll always be a potential workaround when it’s needed.
We carefully consider every aspect of office design to make the most of every inch of your available space. Get in touch today to discuss your office redesign.