7 space planning tips to help you get started

1. Structure:

Think about if your business structure is more collaborative, lending itself to an open design, or if your line of work is better suited for private offices. That will play a large factor in how the space in configured, and what should be considered from a layout standpoint. 

2.  Layout:

If you have certain departments that work together regularly or people who need access to certain fixtures within the office like the IT closet or the copy machine, add those considerations to your layout to make sure your space is efficient.  

3.  Employee Privacy:

Open floor plans with low height panels is your new updated version of the workplace environment but when creating these kind of spaces make sure to provide a place where team members can work quietly or take a phone call and not be disrupted.  

4.  Collaborative Work Spaces:

Even if most of your office space has an open layout, there should still be  places in the office where teams and clients can meet to brainstorm ideas.  For example, a conference room or an open sitting area. 

5.  Filing Needs:

Plan for how much filing space you are going to need as the business grows.  This might be a good time to consider using online storage, saving you space and money. 

6.  Power and Data: 

If your desks and work stations require power and internet access, make sure those details are are accounted for in the space plan. An expert will help make sure you ask the right questions about how to plan for outlets and more. 

7.  Environment:

Through space planning you have the opportunity to create an environment that is pleasing to your staff.  Natural light, sound masking and ergonomics will contribute to the culture of the workplace satisfaction.