First and foremost, an office is there so that people are able to work. Whether you are a law office, operating in a corporate environment, or are a savvy new media business, there is one overriding similarity that ties different spaces together when it comes to space planning.
That similarity is the need to utilise space and develop different rooms, areas and pieces of furniture for a specific reason. Even if you have a pool table in the break room, it is there to increase employee job satisfaction and portray a certain brand personality.
Therefore, before you start thinking about all the amazing equipment you want inside the office, it’s important to think about how you can best utilise a space.
Before contemplating how you want to decorate a space with gorgeous plant walls or otherwise, you need to think about what the room’s primary function will be. Even if it is a multi-functional space, or one that encourages activity-based working, deciding what the room is for and laying it out appropriately should at the forefront of your mind.
For instance, will you need desks for employees to sit at? Is there a need for a meeting table? How many chairs and people will be required in the room at any one time? Have you accounted for wheelchair users or other disabled persons who will be using the room?
Once you have decided on what you need from the room, you can begin deciding on the more exciting aspects such as the colour schemes and general aesthetics of an office.
The fact of the matter is that design should never compromise utility – even if you have a room that is solely to provide a relaxing space with bean bags and game tables, it is there for a specific reason.
You should always consider how your employees will use any space or item that you provide and how it will impact their work. For example, will installing a slide make getting between floors more exciting for your staff and increase their desire to come to work each day?
If the answer is yes, then you can achieve the best of both worlds by tying together great design with a purpose.
However, if the answer is no because the majority of your workforce aren’t a demographic that would appreciate a slide, or the installation would take up precious space that is needed, maybe consider installing a chic elevator instead.
Now that you know what you want to achieve from each area of your office, and where you want to focus your attention, you’re ready to begin planning your space!
This could begin with a basic idea and sketch and progress to an advanced 3D portrayal created on advanced computer software. But wherever you are in the process of formulating your space planning, one of our experts will be able to take your ideas and incorporate them into the perfect office fit out in London to suit your company.
If you’d like to share your ideas with our team to see how we can help with space planning and creating an office that combines master design with utility, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01553 811 833.