For Little Offices a Little Thought Goes a Long Way

For Small Offices, a Little Thought Goes a Long Way

Posted on: 8.27.18

When planning for your small office, the two most important considerations are thoughtful design and smart organization. Here are a few tips on both.

Give Your Small Space Big Personality
Just because your office is small doesn’t mean it should be a shrinking violet. Bold design choices may seem like an odd choice when you don’t have a lot of square footage, but standout accents can paradoxically open up a small space. Here are a few ideas:

1. Bold Color
Every inch counts in a small office. Adding some visual energy to your space can actually help it feel more spacious and more energizing to work in. Consider painting one wall a bright green, blue, orange, or whatever fits your color palette. If painting the walls isn’t an option, hang a colorful print or poster, or install LED up-lighting to shed some colorful light on an otherwise plain wall.

2. Light-reflecting Accents
Pale colors in furniture and work surfaces reflect light and make the space seem larger. The Sadie 5-thirteen chair, made of white bonded leather, is a stylish choice that offers a sense of spaciousness to any office.

3. Lighting Makes All the Difference
Don’t forget to carefully plan your lighting. It’s especially important if you have little or no natural light. Make sure you have bright lighting for tasks that really need it. Reduce eye strain by installing subdued back-lighting on your monitors and make sure to have general lighting to brighten the whole space.

Organize, Organize, Organize
The key to making any small space work is smart organization. When organizing your small office, keep the following in mind:

1. Be ruthless about clutter
The first place to start with any office organizing scheme is getting the clutter under control. Purge as much as you can and create a system to deal with everything that comes in to your office. A simple in-box and filing system are a great place to start.

2. Before asking where something goes, ask how often you use it
This is the first question to ask when organizing and storing your office supplies. Keep the most frequently used items at hand and store less-frequently used items away from precious desktop space.

3. For more storage space, look up
Don’t forget vertical spaces when you need more storage. While covering all of your walls in shelving could lead to a claustrophobic feeling, utilizing one to-the-ceiling shelving unit will give you prime storage space.

4. Contain the clutter
While it’s almost impossible to keep surfaces clutter-free, containing your clutter can go a long way towards cutting down on the distraction of visual clutter. Utilize baskets and drawers to contain smaller items and make it easier to move them out of the way when you need more desk space to spread out for a project.