How To Lay Out An Office In A Small Space

Posted on: 18 December 2014

If you have limited space for your office, there are things you can do that will allow you to make the most of what you do have. The following tips and ideas can be applied to setting up a home office, a small rented space or even a tiny cubicle within a larger office.

Use of Color

One approach to office space design for a small area is to try to use color to make it seem bigger. Neutral, white colors will open up the space. You can also add a bit of energy to the walls with a border. It's important to make sure that the color you choose for the walls works well with the furniture in your office. If there's enough room, you might even want to add a mural to one of the walls.

Use Matching Furniture

When purchasing furniture, try to get pieces that match each other. This gives your office a more professional appearance. But beyond professionalism, matching furniture will help you avoid having an office that looks cluttered and crowded.

Buy the Right Desk

It's a good idea to buy a desk that has lots of room for storing your things. You'll not only want sliding drawers, you'll also want a desk that has several overhead cabinets. That way, you don't have to have lots of additional drawers and file cabinets in your office. Instead, everything you need (from files to extra staples) can be located somewhere within your desk. If you want to get additional floor space, try a corner desk. A desk that lets your keyboard slide in and out also saves a lot of space.

Be Very Organized

Getting the most out of a small office space requires making it as functional and efficient as possible. The key to doing this is organization. Have everything in its place and a place for everything. When you can easily get to whatever you need for the task you're carrying out, a small office doesn't seem so bad.

Make Use of Light

Make best use of any artificial or natural lighting already existing in the space. The more windows or overhead lighting you have, the less need you have for lamps (lamps would only take up extra space in your office). If you do need additional lighting, you might want to select a ceiling light or a task light that you can connect to your desk.