Top 5 storage tips for a small office spacePublished 30.08.19
If you’re the owner of a small office, you’ll know all too well the struggles that come with renovating the space. It can be difficult to know the best types of furniture and storage solutions for your office, but with a few space-saving tips and tricks in mind, you’ll be on your way to providing your employees with a de-cluttered yet well-equipped workplace.
Go paperless and/or wireless
One of the easiest ways that you can save unnecessary space and become more sustainable is by cutting down on your use of paper. We’ve become much more accustomed to the use of technology in recent years, and its developments mean that we can create, save, share and collaborate documents on a computer. This reduces the need for printing and keeping large amounts of paperwork, ultimately saving the trees and eliminating the need for unnecessary storage space. Encourage your employees to use software such as Monday.com to assign and track tasks, and Google Docs to create and collaborate on documents, and create a policy where employees only print where necessary.
Similarly, we now have access to a wide variety of wireless technology options. In a small office space, it’s a good idea to take advantage of this wherever possible to avoid an accumulation of cables.
Invest in multifunctional office supplies
When trying to save space, multifunctional supplies and furniture pieces are the way forward. Rather than purchasing separate machinery for different purposes, try buying all-in-one equipment – such as a printer that also has scanning and photocopying functions. Similarly, consider installing multifunctional pods that can be used for both collaborative projects and as a breakout zone.
Install floor-to-ceiling storage units
By making the most of vertical wall space, you can install storage units that use up the length of the wall, rather than the width of the overall space. You can then use this to store any clutter you have lying around, or anything that’s not used on a daily basis by employees.
Make use of wall and corner space
Before you start planning the layout for the centre of the room, try and use as much of the wall and corner space as you can for storage units and desks. Once you’ve planned out this space, you’ll then have more free space to work with – for example, you might decide to add a large central desk or incorporate a soundproof pod for group work.
Make design elements central but sporadic
It can be all too easy to go overboard on design elements when you’re working with a small space. Try going for two overall shades, and use textures to add a point of interest. Plan to incorporate these sporadically but centrally; for example, you could add a uniquely designed overhead lampshade, or incorporate seating options featuring a variety of textures.
Working with a small space needn’t be overwhelming. As long as you take a smart, efficient approach to designing the space, you can incorporate everything you need whilst still offering a decluttered aesthetic. If you’d like more advice on how to design your small office space, contact a member of our team here.