Whether you are redesigning your office, coming up with a layout for new construction you’re starting, or simply own some commercial rental space and are in between clients, now could be a great time to create a more efficient office layout that yields you space for more employees, more work and more profit. Deciding what your office layout will look like can often require the help of professional space planners or architects. Hiring architects to do your space planning can often be a surprisingly expensive way to turn your ideas into actual interior drawings. That is why Carolina Services Inc. has an interior design team that can help you with space planning without the high costs of an architect. Our space planners use the same computer design software to combine your vision with our expertise and turn it into a real commercial environment.
As you are considering how to create your office layout to maximize the usable space yielded there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, remember to plan storage spaces appropriately. In many offices it seems like more storage space was the main goal and you can find cupboards and shelves in strange places as if the architect had previously designed motor homes. The reality is your office probably doesn’t need as much storage space as you think. As your office moves towards everything being in digital storage, paper should become a thing of that past and with so many cloud storage options bulky servers may even be able to be done away with. Consider reducing the amount of storage space you need by discovering digital or offsite options to store what is really needed.
As you look at your new office layout you may also consider how to arrange employee work spaces. The trend these days is to have open layout offices with less walls to encourage more calibration. Having this space can certainly encourage more employee interaction and impromptu conversations but remember, not everyone works best in that environment, and your business may require more privacy. Depending on your needs you may consider individual space arrangements in blocked seating where teams can sit together or an assembly line style layout where employees work shoulder to shoulder and have more privacy. For more ideas on workspace arrangements you can checkout this article on small office layouts.
The last part of your office layout to maximize is the common space. Is your conference room currently full all day, every day or has it become a storage place for old files since it’s never used? Do your employees have meetings around the lunch room table, or by the microwave since there is nowhere else to do it? Answering these questions can help you decide what type of common space to build and where to put it. Similar to your employee workspace orientations, maximizing your common space depends on your business. If you have a team heavy office then having your common space in an easily accessible area with lots of natural light that is visible to other employees can help encourage those meetings and allow everyone who needs to be a part of them to feel comfortable there. If you are very tight on space consider having only a standup meeting space eliminating the need for large conference tables and chairs. Not only will this save space, it will help your meetings be more to the point and be accomplished quickly. In some cases you may even consider using the best space in the office for common meeting space rather than the CEO’s office.
Now that you have a vision in your mind for what your space could look like call Carolina Services Inc. for help in making your vision become reality. You can call Carolina Services Inc. at 843-566-0656 or visit our website for more information about space planning and design.
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