If you’ve been using the time away from the(physical) workplace as an opportunity to rethink different aspects of yourbusiness, the subject of your office’s design may have come up; does it lenditself as well as it could do to the functions of the company? If you’vedecided ‘No’, then a redesign is in order; the trouble is that undertaking anew officedesign may seem time-consuming andexpensive.

It doesn’t have to be. Whether you’restaying in your current location or moving somewhere that will be better suitedto the size of your workforce, you can design the space quickly and inexpensivelywith a few simple tricks and tips.

Creating an office design with limited space & a reducedbudget

The key to creating a successful officedesign for a small business is rearranging the good elements you alreadyhave, before augmenting them with inexpensive additions. Even something likeplacing extra thought into the seating plan of the office can make a hugedifference to the functions, culture and morale in the office.

Here, we're going to give you a few designideas that will help to keep costs down, while maximising its influence on thebusiness.

Budget office design ideas for small spaces

  • The start-up. Perfect to inspire flexible work habits and free-thinking, anybusiness can borrow ideas from the set-up of the average start-up. The keyelement is to have standing working space, so it's a good idea to incorporate afew flexible surfaces for the placing of laptops, tablet devices and anyassociated peripherals. Common furniture of a start-up layout includes thingslike café tables and sofas – anything to get people together to collaborate,while making them comfortable at the same time.
  • Theinspiration hub.This is a layout where ideas are sparked; so key features of this officedesign include inspiration boards, idea banks and plenty of casual meeting spaces. Inspiration hubsare ideal for offices that want to encourage a culture of constant improvement;colleagues pushing each other on to dream up the next big idea. It can also beused to serve clients, create projects or anything else that requires a modicumof innovation. If your business relies on an exchange of ideas, an inspirationhub will be ideal.
  • Thelight-flooded office. Addingmore light to an office can help to boost mood, health and productivity, so foroffices with small budgets that need a more comfortable environment, floodingthe office with light can be a big help. By clearing away window displays andblinds, adding mirrors and switching out lightbulbs, the amount of syntheticand natural light can be increased.
  • Themulti-environment office.Giving employees the means to take charge of how they’d like to work isa great way to boost productivity, the quality of that work, happiness andsubsequently, their attachment to the company. This is why more workplaces areintroducing multiple environments; from comfortable areas for solo/groupworking, private rooms for quiet working and meetings, through to thetraditional open office set-up. Creating such an office design isrelatively easy; areas can be ‘zoned’ using decorated wooden frames ordifferent tiles/carpets to designate different areas.
  • The motivational office. Ever been stuck on a task and looked around for inspiration, withnothing in sight aside from dull, dank walls? Sometimes, giving the office a newlick of paint can help to boost mood, concentration and productivity; somefirms even use motivational quotes to inspire or encourage a fresh way ofthinking. Thinking about intelligent wall design and obtaining paint anddecorations like decals is more inexpensive (and just as inspiring) than goingthe whole hog and totally redesigning the office, so it’s an option well worthexploring.

  • The social office. If boosting employee happiness and retention is important, makingthe office a more social environment can help. Recent pollshave shown that people value workplace friendships and the formation of friendships will enhance performance. A goodplace to start would be to arrange desks to encourage face-to-faceinteractions; bring desks up to eye height and allow people to face each other.Introducingcosy breakout areas for them to haveinformal meetings or chats will be a big help too.

So if you’re considering improving your ownoffice interiors in the near future or are thinking about altering your small officedesign, why not consider getting in touch with our expert team to see howwe can help?

Leading office design solutions by Oaktree Interiors

For 30 years, the Oaktree team have beendesigning and building bespoke offices for all manner of business operations throughoutthe south of England. During that time, we have kept up with all of the latestdesign trends and technology, enabling us to not just establish a knowledgeableand trusted business, but also one that stays constantly at the forefront ofthe changing workplace.

Regardless of your requirements, whetheryou too want to improve the collaborative aspects of your office layout or ifyou need a full-scale fit out, our proven track record suggests that we canhelp you to achieve your aims.

As part of our service, we offer a FREE,no-obligation consultancy that takes into account all of your aims, the needsof your employees and the set-up of your building, before compiling them into adesign plan. Included in this will be mock-up 2-D and 3-D high-resolutionimages of what your ideal office may look like. So why not consider getting intouch with our team today?

If you would like to learnmore about how we can provide the ideal officedesign for you, give us a callon 0345 21 86955 or e-mail hello@oaktreeoffice.com
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