If upgrading your office isn’t an option, then there are plenty of ways you can maximise the space you have without the hassles of relocating.
Installing a mezzanine floor as part of an office redesign instantly increases valuable floor area where space is a constraint.
Cosmetics company Badgequo were looking for an office design solution which would support the company’s future growth in their current 10,500sqft office. Fitting a mezzanine floor was a key way to maximise the existing space. The mezzanine floor added 145m2 (1560sq ft) to the overall office space. This area is now home to a variety of collaboration spaces including a meeting booth, a number of private meeting rooms and a new kitchen and dining area ‘Nosh and Natter’, to allow staff to enjoy lunchbreaks and downtime away from the main office area.
The mezzanine floor under construction:
Ridding an office of clutter is an obvious way to free up more space. One survey revealed that a cluttered workspace was the number one turn off for people visiting an office, so tidiness is crucial to making a positive first impression.
Corridor storage at Zoo Digital
Many companies need to display products, awards, certificates and other items that enhance their brand. There are clever ways to combine branding, storage and displays in smaller offices:
As part of the Badgequo office redesign, bespoke storage solutions were specified to be used as part of the company’s showroom. The storage units not only display the company’s products but they form movable partitions that create a flexible space for meetings and ideas sessions.
Wall space can also be used for product display and branding purposes. The wall above the reception at outdoor product specialists Go Outdoors features a large display of the company’s actual products. This is a unique way to create a sense of fun, whist simultaneously displaying showcasing what the company specialises in.
Lighting has a huge impact on how people feel and behave at work, so any office redesign should consider upgrading the current lighting. This is especially important with smaller offices, as a clever use of lighting can actually make the space seem bigger, as well as making it more practical.
XL Joinery used lighting to ‘zone’ different areas within the largely open plan office space. This included pendant lighting over collaboration areas and the reception, and ceiling spotlights and panels for more traditional spaces, such as meeting rooms and corridors. To increase natural light, traditional cellular offices were demolished and replaced with open space where direct natural light could be harnessed. Effective use of glass and glass panelling throughout the office increased the distribution of natural light.
Introducing flexibility to a smaller office space can drastically increase the space available.
The pressures of having to reduce floor space from four to two floors meant law firm Gordons LLP had to completely rethink how they used their office space. To make the limited space work, the whole office was redesigned as open plan, making it the first major law firm in the country with an open plan design. Creating an open plan area meant freeing up the space previously taken by private offices, whilst installing private booths and increasing the space used for breakout areas and meeting spaces.
Example floor plan taking advantage of adaptable furniture to maximise space:
When space is at a premium, furniture can be used in clever ways to make the most of the floor space available.
The offices of digital media agency Zoo Digital feature white desks, folding partitions and stackable furniture to help the company make the most of the space available.
Many organisations don’t budget for art in their commercial interiors projects. Yet some feel “art is a critical component – on par with light, air, ergonomics and quiet spaces” in a well considered office design. We think the tide is turning and more businesses are starting to feel that art is a necessity for their workspace.
Office partitions are the key to creating versatile working areas within the office.