It’s incredibly important to make the best use of the space you have in your office. Not only to make your office a more pleasant place to spend time in, but also to improve the productivity and efficiency of you and your staff.
Of course, when it comes to maximising your office space and making more room, it can be hard to see the bigger picture. It’s all too easy to get bogged down in the everyday function of an office to see how you can create more space, but here are some tips to change all that.
Outsource Your Filing
Naturally in business, there will be paperwork required, which is usually filed away in the office to be there as and when you need it. Over time these small pieces of paper can develop into mountainous piles or row after row of filing cabinets. But there is a solution for document archiving, with off-site storage. This will free up valuable real estate in your office that can be repurposed for more desk space or an open-plan meeting area, for very little extra cost or convenience. In fact, off-site business archives can offer a far more effective and secure location for keeping all your documents in order than filing them in your office.
Re-think your layout
With any office space, you need to think about the design and layout of the area. Whilst you may have always had the desks positioned in a certain way or a large seldom used sofa in a meeting room, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best use of space. Consider having a reshuffle of the furniture layout, from positioning desks into pods or back to back, to repurposing unused furniture elsewhere. You’ll find that a fresh layout can make all the difference to how you use the space.
Downsize your Furniture
Whilst we’re on the subject of office furniture, it’s also a good idea to have a look at the style and size of furniture you use in your office. Big bulky desks and chairs can take up a lot of unnecessary room. This is why, if you have the budget, a refit of your office with more slimline furniture will mean you can have more space to move around or even enough room to accommodate more work areas for future expansion. Head to Civic Australia for some inspiration and great furniture suggestions for your office space.
Minimise to Maximise
Another aspect to consider is the amount of clutter you have in your office. We all have it, so it’s nothing to be ashamed of, but embarking on a serious decluttering of your office, from clearing out business archives to having a clean desk policy, can have a dramatic effect. The minimalist look can help you to maximise your office space no end, and improve the productivity of your staff in the process.