In the current business climate many businesses may find themselves in smaller offices than they desire, but with the cost of moving and higher rents companies may be looking for alternative ways to free up valuable floor space. With clever office storage solutions you can gain space and at the same time achieve a clutter free office.
To get an idea of how much storage your office needs it is advisable to make a list of items that should go into the storage. You will probably need a variation of storage types: filing cabinets, cupboards, bookshelves and sideboards and then spend some time thinking about where in the office each piece of storage should be positioned. Remember that office storage is not just for filing paper; clothes, stationary, audio conference systems and even your fridge can be neatly stored away. Also make a note of what items are used on a daily basis and things that are used less often, this will help you to decide where and how you should store different type of items.
Your two main options for office storage material are wood and metal, and you may even choose a combination of the two. Depending on the office style and the budget wooden cabinets, cupboards and sideboards can be found in any colour, wood veneers and of course, solid wood. Metal drawers, cupboards, tambour and filing cabinets are usually chosen for their high durability, lockable doors and anti tilt system. Today metal office storage is available in a range of colours that will complement both a contemporary and a more classic office furniture design.
The kind of business may sometimes determine what needs to be stored and therefore the type of storage furniture required. A lockable safe is advised for most types of offices to keep money and the most important paperwork. An open bookshelf or literature display would be useful in a meeting room, reception or kitchen to display company literature or reference books.
A floor to ceiling storage wall will make maximum use of your office space and can be customized with cupboards, drawers, filing and shelves as required. Side boards can be fitted into almost any space, against a wall or in the middle of a room to divide an open plan area. To maximise your work surface store accessories in above or under desk storage – a must for the clutter free office.
Used in the correct way, office storage can be very versatile and definitely help you make the most of your office square metres. Storage units can be used to create walls and partitions and the top of low units can be used as extra work surface or for displays. Make use of an awkward space by fitting built in storage or corner units and use narrow shelves or cupboards where space is tight.
Many furniture retailers offer modular ranges so that you can put together your own unique storage system of cupboards, filing drawers and wardrobes in different heights and widths, with and without doors.
Choose your office storage carefully as your requirements for storage may change as your business grows and, when possible, select office furniture that can easily be adapted to alternative use or another room.