Having your own office space is often a welcome sign of achievement, but with some companies, those offices offer privacy at the expense of space. If your office makes you feel a little like Alice when she grew too big for the house, it may be time to implement some office design tips to use the space better and make it feel a little bit bigger. The following few office design tips can help you make the most of a smaller office space.
Start With Your Furniture
The biggest thing you can control in your small office is likely your furniture. Don’t push any of your furniture up against the walls. Instead, leave a few inches of space, and you will give the illusion of a larger room. When you’re searching through office chairs, choose one that is a slimmer design. The bulkier it is, the more cramped it will look and feel in a small office. Finally, if possible, choose matching furniture sets that have slim design options.
Next, Tweak Your Walls
If you have the freedom to change your walls, opt for lighter colors to help the space feel brighter and more open. Dark, warm colors can make a room feel more confining, a sensation that goes along with their “coziness.” That’s the opposite of what you want in your office design. And if you can change out the dark flooring, even better. Again, light options are your friend. Finally, ditch any curtains for lighter shades to help extend the light and airy feeling from the window into the room.
Cut The Clutter And Chaos
When you’re short on space, even a little clutter fills it up. Give everything a place, and then put everything else away. Clearing up the clutter will make the room feel more open. Likewise, ditch any wild patterns from your office design. Rather than livening things up, they tend to make small spaces feel cramped and chaotic.
Add Storage Above
Finally, take a page from crowded cities and remember that when you can’t build out, build up. Use the space on the wall for storage with shelves that go all the way up without requiring floor space. This gives two important benefits. It offers more practical storage space to keep your small office clutter-free. It also draws the eye up and makes the room feel larger.
Choose Edwards & Hill for Your Office Furniture and Design Needs
Are you ready to redesign your office to maximize productivity and creative thinking? Edwards & Hill can help you design and install the perfect designs for your business. Edwards & Hill is a leading office, education, medical, and hospitality furniture provider with high-quality design and installation services for any style or scale. We have our headquarters in Annapolis Junction, Maryland, as well as another convenient office location in St. Louis, Missouri. If you are ready to get your office design started, contact us online or give us a call at 301-317-4250. For the St. Louis office, please call 314-797-5077. For more furniture design tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Flickr, and YouTube.
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