Small Office Furniture: 10 Ultimate Space-Saving Ideas
With almost 90% of UK enterprises having less than 10 employees, it should be easy to find office furniture solutions tailor made for the small office. Even so, with limitations on space and budget it is important that you get it right and end up with an office that provides all you need for working areas and office storage solutions.
Furnishing a small office is all about finding smart solutions and keeping it simple.
1. Choose light-coloured matching furniture
One idea is to choose a furniture range that offers computer desks and office storage cabinets in the same style and material. With a modular computer desk you can add on desk storage and side tables to create a workstation that suits your specific needs.
2. Smart furniture positioning
Office storage should be positioned against or on a wall to maximise available floor space. Choose storage (filing cabinets and bookcases) that can be fitted with doors to make a tidy impression and keep items free from dust.
3. De-clutter and re-organise
Regularly clear and sort through office clutter like boxes, papers, and stationary. Make sure everything has a place to go once it’s finished with, and anything that needs to be sorted. Cable tidies are a great way to neatly and safely store away loose cables and avoid slips and trips.
4. Floor-to-ceiling wall storage solutions
The key to making small office spaces work is making sure there are enough storage solutions that don’t cramp the space. Utilise the entire wall space with wall storage options. Create plenty of space to neatly stash away clutter and paperwork and still make the space feel more open.
5. Use curtains to divide up the space when needed
If you need to divide up the space from time to time, consider folding screens or curtains. Buzzi Bracks are perfect for dividing up small office spaces without compromising the size of the space.
6. Use lighting to make the space feel bigger
Instead of ceiling lights, opt for desk or floor lamps to draw the eye around the room. They’re also better for helping staff to see to do their work. Desk lamps can be positioned wherever needed and can help with avoiding eye strain.
7. Choose desks with exposed legs
Furniture with exposed legs are key to making any space feel bigger and offices are no different. Make the space feel even airier with glass desks. Furniture that closes off floor space can make the room feel smaller and more cluttered. Encourage employees to hang their bags and coats up on hooks instead of under their desks.
8. Use mirrors
Strategically place mirrors near windows to reflect more natural light around the room. Paired with lighter window coverings like blinds, they can really bounce around light around the darkest and smallest rooms.
9. Consider folding meeting tables
If you have a small office space, chances are you also have a small meeting space too. Folding meeting tables are perfect for smaller meeting rooms and offices because they can be stored away after use flat against the wall. They’re also perfect for hot desks too as they can be easily moved around.
10. Implement a clear desk rule
Make sure employees clear their desks at the end of the day. This will not only help keep the office tidy at the end of the day, but it’ll also mean than valuable laptops, paperwork and devices are securely stored away in the event of an overnight break in.