Planning or reorganising your office layout: what do you need to consider? what are the essential office furniture purchases and those that can wait? what about space? privacy? clients? proportions? desk types?
Planning Your Office Layout
If you intend to purchase new office furniture or even if you want to reorganise your office it is worth experimenting on paper before you move anything around.
Planning is at the heart of any successful office layout. Its not just about making sure that everything fits (although this is of course essential) but also about looking at the work flow within the office. Putting it down in a plan enables you to see things objectively and the eradicates costly mistakes that can be made when the wrong purchases are made. Additionally it means that you don’t have to hump furniture around only to discover a better place for it later on.
Of course, you can employ someone who uses CAD to help you but if that is out of your price range you can easily achieve this yourself. By measuring your office space you can create a floor plan which is easily drafted by using a scale ruler. By cutting out scaled birds-eye drawings of all the office furniture and fitments that you want you can play around with the layout of your office.
When you play around with all the elements in your office on paper you will be able to come up with more creative solutions to your office dynamic. Things to take into consideration are:
- Traffic flow: How will members of staff move to and from the areas they need to be in?
- Space: Is there enough space for everyone to perform their tasks comfortably and safely?
- Privacy: Is there enough space for members of staff who need privacy?
- Atmosphere: Will your layout help to create the ambience that you need in your office?
- Clients: If you have clients in your office how will your layout impact on them?
- Proportions: Is your office design well proportioned? Does it appeal to the eye? Will you and your staff feel happy to work in this space