How to Make the Most Out of Your Small Business Space
If you have just rented your first office or workshop space and are trying to make the most out of the area, making it more accessible and safer for your customers and employees, you might need to pick up some design skills on the way. Unless you are trained in architecture, you will have to get creative and make sure that your new office or workshop serves you as well as possible. Find a few tips below.
Let the Light In
You will need to make your space look bigger and brighter to make your employees and customers feel at ease when entering your business building. You can get some Velux windows installed, or simply replace a wall with glass or glass bricks. You will have to make the most out of the natural light available. Think about installing a trifold door or a large window that will connect your workspace with the outdoors.
Open Up the Space
Instead of having walls and corridors everywhere, you can open up your office space and allow the light and conversation to flow. Open plan workplaces encourage communication and collaboration, and help you make the most out of the space. You will not have to consider the location of your walls when designing workbenches and office desk furniture, and get more flexibility at the same time.
Use Shelving Units
When you find a small office space that is cheap to rent, you need to work smart to make the most out of its features. Using shelving units instead of fixed cabinets and storage units will help you find everything easier, and give you a lot of flexibility. Check out some of the innovative designs, such as the gondola shelving systems consisting in versatile and easy to combine modules. This way, you can tailor the size of your shelving to your wall space, and not the other way round.
You can also make the most out of the vertical spaces available. Instead of having a board in the middle of the room, you can install a whiteboard with a projector on a free wall surface. When adding flowers and plants, use small floating shelves instead of taking away floor or desk space from your employees.
Multifunctional Storage Solutions
You can also use smart office storage solutions to save space. Hide your computers in the desk, or get a server cabinet in the old unused chimney stack. You will be able to get storage furniture in the meeting room, so you can have all your supplies stored in the desk or even under the seats. Use corner desks to make the most out of your space, with storage in the corner, or desks with detachable tray storage.
Whether you are looking to improve the appearance of your small business space or make it more functional, you can use the creative ideas listed above to keep your employees and customers happy. Take advantage of smart storage solutions and open up your space to natural light.
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