Workplace Trends: #1 Making More Out of Smaller Spaces
While the idea of a smaller workstation may at first cause panic – Where will I find room for all my files and paperwork? How will I be able to work with less surface area? In reality none of that should change drastically – it’s more about making the best use of space, not taking anything away. Smaller spaces are more efficient and can create a big impact in your work environment.
- Lower panels are environmentally responsible (LEED)
- The office configuration supports increased collaboration
- More workstations can fit into the same (or smaller) area, reducing precious real estate costs
- Individuals have personal space but the focus is on the team and the company goals
Making more out of a smaller space is not a simple task. When planning a new layout to reduce your office real estate, keep in mind the work function and tasks performed by the individual. For example, the accounting team will need more privacy than the creative team. Below are 4 steps to consider when creating smaller spaces:
- Create a sense of personal space
- Maximize the real estate: make use of every square inch
- Provide sufficient worksurface and storage space
- Maintain a feeling of spaciousness
Teknion District is a excellent example of a product that makes the most out of small spaces. Some design elements that enable District to create ample storage and surface area include the use of multi-functional components, maximizing the utilization of space within storage units and offering smaller scale versions of traditional storage. Credenzas, bookcases and storage towers support worksurfaces, reduce clutter and define space. Narrow, small-scale storage units stacked on credenzas also serve as space dividers. Large windows starting at worksurface height open up the workstation to allow light in and provide views. Overlapping surfaces and under-surface storage make even more efficient use of space.