Short On Office Space? Here are 8 Space-Saving Tips For Offices

November 1, 2018 | Commercial Real Estate

Is your office space feeling a little cramped? Try these eight space-saving tips to help you make the most of the space you have.

Tip 1 Go paperless

Filing cabinets and other physical document storage units are less necessary nowadays and take up lots of space. So, go digital and take advantage of cloud storage systems.

Tip 2 Declutter

Research shows that clutter adds to the stress of the daily grind and can suck up needed space. So, encourage your employees to audit their workstations and chuck away anything that they’re hoarding.

Tip 3 Let there be light

Dark spaces tend to feel smaller. Allow more natural light into your premises wherever you can. Where that’s not possible, use light fittings and fixtures to brighten any dark areas that you have. But keep in mind that top-down lighting pools all the light in one place, which won’t help your cause.

If you’re lucky enough to have some lovely big windows, stay away from blinds and curtains to help give the space more depth.

Tip 4: Stick to light colours

Dark colours absorb light instead of reflecting it, which can make a space feel smaller than it really is. So, opt for light-coloured carpets, tiles, floorboards and paint to make your space feel roomier.

Image of a de-cluttered desk | Commercial tenant representative services article

Tip 5 Buy space-saving, multi-purpose and adjustable furniture

These days, there is a range of space-saving, multipurpose and adjustable furniture out there – perfect for tighter office spaces.

It’s also important to stick with office furniture that you need and use regularly. Stay away from purely decorative pieces and, instead, try some small smart space decorating ideas. For instance, lay down a vertically striped rug to make your room appear longer, hang a large piece of art or invest in some large mirrors.

Tip 6 Take advantage of vertical space

It’s amazing how much space you can save with effective wall shelving. What’s more, hanging shelves close to the ceiling draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of a larger space!

Tip 7 Consider flexible working arrangements

Do all your staff need to be at your office at the same time?

These days, more and more people are working flexible hours. And modern technology makes it possible to work anywhere, anytime. Flexible working arrangements can also reduce your need for office furniture. For example, you can potentially introduce hot desking rather than giving every staff member their own desk.

Tip 8 Choose an open plan layout

Open plan offices naturally feel more spacious than those with multiple closed areas. They can also promote collaboration and a culture of transparency. Instead of partitioning, try using rugs to separate an open space into smaller spaces (another small smart space decorating idea).

Image of an open plan office | Commercial tenant representative services article
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