One very basic rule about creativity is that when you have limitations you should actually use them as a reference point to spark creativity. Creativity comes from constraints. Take your small office, for instance, with its limited space and therefore limited possibilities. The only way you’re going to make something out of it, is to get creative. Here we’ll discuss a few things you can do within your office space in order to turn things around and actually go back to a nice, welcoming, beautiful space. Of course we cannot promise you miracles, the space cannot just levitate, but we can make the best use of it in order to improve our well-being.
In a small space it is obvious that you cannot provide a single desk to everyone, so what about buying a big table which can be shared? This will give you flexibility and yet a personal space. Moreover, a shared desk combined with some partitions will also provide some visual privacy. And what about using plants instead of partitions?
As a general rule, avoid wasting paper at all costs, and avoid having to stack enormous amounts of paper. Paper that, in turn, has to be disposed and occupies space. Depending on what industry are you in, please make sure to address this issue – also, pay attention to your printing machine: do you really need one? Think again. It’s understandable if you’re a design or law firm, paper is the very currency you depend on, but even in those case think about outsourcing, it will give you a chance to take a walk from time to time.
Forget meeting rooms
Not having a meeting room could actually be a plus since we all know how many of them are basically a waste of time for everybody. If you have a small office, I take you don’t really have too many employees, meaning that the working environment is a bit like a small family sitting around the dining table. And if you really need a meeting room, consider finding a small and quite cafe nearby where you all go in order to discuss things. Imagine the entire city as your meeting room, you don’t need one.
Clean and declutter
A messy office is never going to feel at peace with itself. Psychologically, a messy place feels “heavier” rather than lighter, therefore make sure that your office is always clean and everything in order, and encourage your employees to keep it that way. A small messy and cluttered space isn’t going to make anyone feel comfortable.
One floor, one material
It’s called wall-to-wall flooring and it basically means that your floor should be made of one material only, this will make it stand out and avoid this feeling of fragmentation. Being the space small, you don’t want to make it even smaller by having many times or different materials. A wall-to-wall flooring is the best choice in these cases, it gives your office a strong identity.
Let the wall speak
As you can imagine, walls will have a huge impact on the overall feeling of a room. Choose tones that open the space, make sure that at least one of the walls is free from shelves in order not to feel oppressed by too much stuff around you. There’s an entire study of how wall color affects your psychology and, in any case, white is always the safest choice – clean white.
Since the square meters are limited, make use of the vertical dimension. Shelves, of course are necessary, but a flexible wall where you can attach things, move them around or rearrange them when the time comes, could be of great advantage to your case. Also, get creative, shelves are not the only approach in this case, there’s a whole world of other solution that can be used – ever thought of plastic or wooden crates?
Make use of the ceiling
The ceiling IS part of the office space, it’s not just there for the lighting, it can be used to hang things, maybe building a metal structure to which you can hang plants, pictures, your bike or whatever you want to.