There is one issue which almost all offices across the world (yes, even here in Yorkshire) suffer from: A lack of space. There is always a finite amount of space in any given office, and so utilising as much of it as possible is the key to getting the most out of it. Not every company has the luxury of simply moving premises every time they need a bit more breathing room, so we’ve set out a few things you can utilise to help you make the most of your office.
First off, a bit of self-reflection is necessary. By conducting an audit into your workplace’s current work habits, you can start to identify what things you really need, and what is just gathering dust or is there to look pretty. Do you really need that impractically large boardroom table in your small personal office? Being critical and somewhat ruthless about certain pieces of furniture or objects means that you can minimise the clutter and only keep what you are truly using. In this case, less is more.
Not only is it a case of identifying what is unnecessary, but you can also about simply adjust or move your existing furniture about in order to maximise space. Think of it as a big game of Tetris. Sometimes all it takes is a good reshuffle and you have lot more space to play with. What’s more, taking a more systematic approach can really help. Planning your office out based on where staff will be most productive is key to getting the most out of your space. For example, moving your office shredder and paper bin right next to your scanner and printer can mean some tasks can be performed quicker, rather than having a small office assault course for people to navigate.
Speaking of printers and scanners, sometimes investing in technology can be a big benefit to your office space. Some offices find themselves with numerous small printers, a separate scanner and even an independent photocopier. By investing in a multi-functional device which can do it all means you don’t need to take up precious space and everything can be consolidated into one neat area. Alternatively, if you find yourself with various electronics which gather dust (yes, we’re looking at you fax machine), then maybe putting it on top of a cupboard or inside a storage room is more effective than taking up your prime real estate.
Every now and then some more major changes are needed. Although not always possible, actually doing a bit of structural changes to your office can do the world of good. One common example we often see is the removal or an office wall, allowing a once small managers office to be fully opened out to allow the whole office to open up and be one nice large office space. Sometimes all it takes is to tear down a wall or shutter to create a space which goes from cramped and cluttered to open, bright and roomy.
One of the most effective methods to making the most of your office space is choosing wisely when it comes to office furniture. With expert help, you can find furniture which finds that sweet-spot of functionality and space, meaning that you’re making the most of what you have. A great example of this is with office desks and tables Perhaps you could swap out your rigid, straight desks for curved alternatives? Or maybe more agile, mobile seating will mean a more responsive and adaptable floor space. Sit/stand desks are a fast growing favourite, which not only bring many health benefits for the user, but they also give you more flexibility and options with limited space.
Clearing the clutter
A clutter-free office environment not only helps you to work better, but can help with productivity in the office. Pedestals, cupboards, tray units and desk accessories are just a few ways of keep clutter in the office to a minimum. And if you’re really tight on space, you could take advantage of our bespoke design service where office storage can be custom made to meet the needs of your workspace. One handy trick that many overlook is to utilise cable ties or cable management tags, which can help hideaway that ugly jungle of cables, as well as helping when it comes to identifying individual cables.
There we have it. It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to small office spaces. In fact, it’s a world of opportunity, cost-saving and innovation! All it takes is to think laterally, be inventive, and make the right investments and you can turn a cramped corner into a clutter-free spacious office.
To find out more about maximising office space, or to see how we can find the perfect office furniture for your workspace, give us a call on 01924 88 88 00 or contact us and we’ll get back to you.