For many companies, running out of space is, at first, a good problem to have. It means the company is growing and flourishing. Eventually, however, the thrill of hiring new team members and building your business wears off and you need to find new ways to reinvent the office – especially if you are in a lease in your current space, or your business can’t afford to upgrade. Here are a few steps to take to maximize the space in your office:
Evaluate the Space
Every inch of your office should have a function. Locate the areas in your office that are under or overused. Is there one conference room that is always full, while another hardly ever gets used? Think about why this happens, and what you can change to make spaces more functional. Often, conference rooms are not used to their best potential. Is a 30-person conference room often used for a meeting of five people? Do spaces get scheduled for use, but then remain empty? Monitor the use of your spaces and brainstorm solutions with your team, such as setting guidelines for specific rooms.
On the flip side, some space in your office may not be living up to its potential and becomes completely overlooked. That back room you have been using for storage can be turned into a cozy office or private meeting room with a few minor changes. The copy room – though seemingly loud and disruptive – would be a great place to add an espresso machine and company message board.
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Renovate Existing Space
It might not sound like much, but if an office space appears comfortable and inviting, it is much more likely to get used. A fresh coat of paint, a few potted plants, and some fun furniture can make all the difference in creating a space for you and your co-workers to enjoy. Encourage your team to bring personal items from home – photos, books, knick-knacks, etc – to personalize their own space. If you rent your space, be sure to check with your landlord to understand the possible limitations to your renovations.
Utilize Vertical Space
Vertical space is greatly underused in offices as well in most buildings. It can be the most beneficial to your office. Replace filing cabinets with trendy shelves or wall hangings. Use sturdy pockets to hang files or forms you use most often to the wall behind your desk. If you are renting your space and worry about ruining the drywall, look for desks with plenty of shelving; that way, you don’t need to drill into the wall.
The best thing you can do to reinvent your space is to get creative! There are tons of DIY ideas you can do for short-term changes in the office, or you can hire a professional to help you out. The experts at Miller Architects & Builders have decades of experience under their belt and can customize nearly any space to your unique needs. Contact us to get started!