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A large office space is often beneficial for businesses to avoid feeling cramped and allowing a large open space for efficiency. However some aren’t so lucky to be working in a large office space, and so making the most of a smaller space for maximum productivity is key. Here are some things to consider:

Design 
Design wise, the general rule-of-thumb is that light and bright colours make a space appear larger. Having white or pastel coloured walls will always reflect more light than a darker colour, so opting for these is a good start.

Reflective textures are another obvious one which will open up the space. Mirrored surfaces will create the illusion of a larger space, as will the use of glass/transparent plastics for partitions and windows. Even pieces of furniture like desks and chairs in transparent or translucent materials will also make the space seem bigger, with less blocks of opaque colour which could interrupt the space.

Paying attention to the layout of furniture, partitions and walls and assessing the flow and pathways is another good tip. Having a good amount of floor space to allow people to move around with the least chance of collision with person and/or furniture is a way to create a harmonious and well-working office.  

The ever-popular open-plan design trend is something to consider for a small office space; going whole-hog and knocking walls down will really open up spaces, and using things like plants, and again transparent materials for partitions can still provide privacy where needed.
  
Equipment/Facilities
Assessing if you need everything which is currently in the office is a great way to de-clutter and create space. For example, are there communal photocopiers or printers in the office building available to you, which can allow you to remove personal ones within a small office room? Is there a recycling station within the building; does everyone need their own personal bin? Maybe stick to one per room and empty it regularly.

Using communal facilities instead of cluttering the space with personal ones will not only de-clutter the space but also encourage employees to take the shortwalk to the required facility, which can be refreshing to step away from the desk and screen.

A piece of furniture which tends to take up a lot of valuable space in an office is filing cabinets and paperwork storage. While it’s often good to have access to hard copies, try avoiding them building up as a way to condense the amount of storage needed. Stick to a strict filing schedule, or better still, switch to digital storage like Google Drive or The Cloud, and print when necessary. The physical office space you’ll free up from previous, chunky cabinets can open up pathways or make way for something more useful.



Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry, with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.


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