Whether it’s an existing office that needs an overhaul or a small office space at home that’s fast becoming a designated office area, here at Office Furniture Online, we are here to help you with our top tips on how to renovate a smaller office.
Update your Ergonomics
Updating your office is a fantastic opportunity to re-evaluate your current office furniture and introduce ergonomics. Ergonomic furniture is designed to keep you and your employees comfortable throughout the working day. This is achieved by using adjustable furniture and equipment that can be tailored to each individual. Height-adjustable chairs, laptop stands, footrests and wrist supports are just some of the items available. The use of ergonomic furniture is proven to boost overall productivity, therefore resulting in a higher quality of work and level of output.
Clever Storage Solutions
If George Clark’s Amazing Spaces has taught us anything, it’s how to be clever with storage. Granted a small space may come with certain limitations but the sky’s the limit when it comes to clever storage ideas. Make use of alcoves, create extra shelving or invest in bespoke furniture that will utilise every inch of space you have.
Following on from storage is organisation. This is vital to working in a smaller space. Each item, be it equipment or paperwork needs to have its own space. It is also essential that employees are made aware of any processes and procedures that are in place when it comes to storing and retrieving items. This could mean filing paper documents in a clearly labelled filing cabinet, storing stationery neatly away in baskets within a display unit and generally keeping clutter to a minimum. Not only does this provide a calming environment to work in, but it ensures that everyone knows where things are kept should they need to use them.
If you are guilty of steering away from colour in the office then now is the time to ditch the magnolia and embrace a different hue. Don’t worry, you don’t need to go all technicolour Dreamcoat on us (unless you want to), but introducing colour is a great way to brighten up the office in more ways than one. Colours awaken the senses, triggering productivity, therefore, creating a happier place to work in. Some ideas include:
- Using company colours for consistency – nothing overpowering just a simple nod to the company in the form of coloured chairs or filing cabinets and accessories is enough.
- Blues for the mind – where focus and mental stimulation is required to maintain productivity.
- Yellows for emotion – trigger happiness and creativity.
- Greens for balance – the perfect colour to create a calming environment.
Colours to stay away from in an office include:
- Red – this indicates a sense of urgency which can invoke a feeling of stress in the wrong environment. Red is best suited to more physical and demanding surroundings.
- White – While the thought of a crisp white office sounds lovely and fresh, in reality, it can feel too clinical and unwelcoming.
Another popular idea is to hang some artwork, whether it be industry-related prints, quotes, pictures or just something you enjoy, either way, have some fun and don’t be afraid to add a little personality to your space.
A small office can soon become stuffy therefore ventilation key to avoiding the afternoon slump. Regular bursts of fresh air from an open window is the ideal solution but if this isn’t always possible then why not add some greenery to your office with some plants. Not only are they beautiful to look at but they rid the air of toxins, resulting in fresher air for the office.
Add a Mirror to the Wall
Not just a trick for the home, mirrors are a fantastic way of creating the illusion of space. They reflect the light giving your office a much brighter feel.
Create a Space you Love
And finally, whether you work from home or you work in an office, it’s important to create a space you love. No one wants lacklustre walls and a chaotic mess, so find your mix of perfect, get clever with your storage, introduce some colour and watch your space come alive!