Office Space Planning for a Consistent Look

Updating your office requires more than a trip to the local office decorating and supply store.  Simply adding a few new features here and there might help your pocketbook, but it does little for the overall office decor that you’re attempting to improve.  

If your office is in need of a redesign, start by conducting some constructive office space planning that will make the job worth it.  First think about those things that absolutely must be changed, whether it be furniture or decorations.  Next, plan for the integration of your new items.  Then, take a step back.  Will those existing items that don’t need to be changed still function effectively with your new items?  Will they blend together for an overall appealing look, or will your office end up looking like a poorly matched collage with little consistency?

In other words, don’t skimp by completing half of the job.  Make sure that your office look is consistent throughout.  So, if you’ve updated your carpet in the reception area, make sure your paint color, accessories, and wall art match.  Or, if you’ve upgraded to a large oak office desk, be sure that your guest and office chairs match the new piece.

After all, the only design flaw worse than an outdated office is a mismatched office.  Plan your office space wisely for a beautiful design and a functional layout!

 

Office Space that Flows

Office Space that Flows

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Small Office Design Challenges

All too often, the big guys tend to think that the little guys have it so much easier in today’s business world. A small office has less staff and general “stuff” to deal with, right? Well…maybe. But, when it comes to office design, I’d argue that the small guys have a tough job ahead of them. They have to fit office supplies, furniture, and design elements into relatively small spaces. And, as more stuff is collected, the small office can quickly begin to feel like an overstuffed box. And so the challenge begins.

While I’ve often held myself to rules such as getting rid of one old thing each time I get something new, I quickly learned that strict rules can’t apply to office design. We need what we need in order to function. However, we can certainly make some improvements that will keep our design in tip-top shape.

My first suggestion is to find furniture that doubles as storage space. Desks work best when they include shelves or other features that also store papers and materials (this also helps keep the clutter to a minimum). Additionally, file cabinets are key, but only if they are used effectively. Rather than lining office walls with rows of filing cabinets, invest in those that reach the ceiling. Even if you have to use a step ladder to reach a file, you’ll feel better than you would if those filing cabinets began closing in on you.

So, little guys…use your space effectively and efficiently, and you’ll soon show those big guys who’s boss.

 

Get creative with small office design

Get creative with small office design

Small Space Design Requires a Keen Eye

I’ve moved a lot.  In fact, I haven’t kept the same address for more than two consecutive years since I was in high school.  While I’m not going to confess my age, I will say that it’s been several years since I graduated from college, for the second time.  So, what does this have to do with office interior design?

Well, if I’ve learned anything from all this moving it’s that your home space should be functional, just as your office should be.  And, all to often, we aren’t given a lot of room to work with.  From my very first studio apartment, I’ve learned many home decorating tips that easily transfer into the office design world.  The key is to treat small space design with a keen eye so your office looks and feels just right.  Here are a few tips:

  • Keep your furniture away from the walls: Small spaces have a tendency to make us want to push everything against the wall so that we can promote a more open environment.  Guess what?  The opposite happens; soon, you’ll begin feeling like the walls are closing in on you.
  • Divide space creatively: Many offices don’t have the luxury of giving each individual his or her own office.  That’s okay.  Contemporary modular walls can give your office a permanent look while dividing space where you need it most.
Modular Furniture

Modular Furniture

  • Remember that size does matter: In many small space designs we often see the overuse of small furniture.  Of course we don’t want to overcrowd our office area with a desk that’s way too big for the space, but be leery of going too small as well.  Buy furniture that fits both the space and the workload.  And, don’t forget that adjustable tables and monitor stands might work best to save space and still provide the functionality you need.

Office Space Planning for a Finite World

An office only has so much space. So, what happens when the business begins to grow but doesn’t have the room or resources to expand? While you might think of a partition office as one that’s cramped or cluttered, I dare you to think again.

Check out the new contemporary designs that can turn the modular office into an efficient, yet stunning, workplace. Not only can growing offices continue to be productive, but they now can do it style. The best part about these modular walls is that they look permanent. So, while clients will think your office had an expensive makeover, you’ll have the assurance that your office design can easily change as it continues to grow.

Modular Walls

Modular Walls

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