A cramped office space is a hard place to work in. The cluster has been known to debar smooth flow of creative juices as much as an organization has been known to give it, unrestrained flow. Thus, the need to work in and from an organized setting cannot be overemphasized.
However, the problem of a small office space might stand as an impediment to this refreshing need for lightness and an absence of cluster. Hence one must make the best use of what one has, to gain and achieve the best effect.
In reality, a small office space would be arranged and decorated to look and feel like much more, while a large space would feel really cramped due to mismanagement. The trick is to maximize small office space to its full potential and more on the side. This trick isn't so difficult and with the right mindset could be no much more than a hat trick. The key is knowledgeable organization and management.
DIRECTIONS ON MAXIMIZING SMALL OFFICE SPACE
• Tools and Furniture in Small Sizes
The craze for big desk and large tools has gradually run its course and is no longer trendy. Having a large desk in a small office is like trying to fit a dinosaur in a dog's cage. There would be little or no luck with it fitting and even if it does, there wouldn't be room for anything else. An effective office space requires room for movement, comfort, and air. Do the furniture and tools in small sizes and none would look out of place.
• Less Reliance on Paper
In the typical Nigerian office, the bulk of office space is swallowed up by rows and rows of filing cabinets due to excessive reliance on paper. With the new efficiency brought on by computing and internet facility. This space shark can be effectively eradicated to release space for light penetration and leg movement.
• Using the Walls and Corners as against Clustering the Windows
The right ambiance needed for efficiency in most offices is a combination of good natural lighting, good air flow, room for leg movement and absence of cluster. The arrangement of tools and equipment, therefore, should favour the corners and walls as against obstructing air flow through the windows.
• Thoughtful planning with Room structure as top consideration
Each office space would have its special structure, the choice of which layout to favour whether a minimalistic design or heavy-duty equipment style would be based on the consideration of fitness for purpose and room structure. It is however advised that a small office would pop up better with a simple design as against a complicated design.
Whatever design or layout favoured must be subject to the test of fitness for purpose, ambiance for effectiveness and efficiency, aesthetics as well as comfort and convenience. Working and creative pursuit might be sometimes a difficult task, there is no use making it an impossible task as a result of the office space oozing out the wrong vibes.
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A guest contributor on HOG Furniture Blog is a law student at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). Loves to write, read, travel, paint and talk. A fan of the outdoor and adventure. Her everyday fantasy is to see the whole world.