Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Small space solutions for backroom offices

Not all companies operate out of standard office spaces. Some, like grocery store chains and restaurants, might only have a small room or corner to dedicate to a desk and chair. When this is the case, it's important to maximize space to support productivity.

Here are some suggestions on how to find the best business furniture to fit these situations:

Take measurements

First plan out your room to make sure you are using it efficiently. Is everything that is stored in this room or space necessary? If not, move the clutter elsewhere. For the items that must be stored in the room, find appropriate storage solutions.

Storage

Don't forget to think vertically. A tall rectangular bookshelf can be a better fit than a wide filing cabinet in some situations. Vertical filing cabinets are also available. Another tip is to plan for the doors. Some business owners may not consider how a wide door on a storage unit might take up space.

Multi-purpose tables

In all types of businesses, real estate comes at a premium. Multi-use tables are a good option since they are available in a variety of shapes. Choose from round, rectangle, square and cylinder styles. These surfaces can often times roll up and be taken elsewhere when not needed.

Desk

A traditional desk might not work in a small space. Yes, matching pieces may look professional, but they can take up too much room. Consider contemporary desks that may be more streamlined than their counterparts. They are available in a variety of arrangements and shapes. If space allows, fit an L-shape unit into your backroom office. However, there are also rectangular models which fit into corners nicely.

Ergonomic chair

Untraditional offices also need ergonomic seating. These chairs help avoid sprains and other injuries by adjusting to fit the user. Ergonomic products don't have to be expensive. They can be purchased used. However, its important to be sure you source them from a reputable dealer. This is to ensure the quality to the equipment.

Accessories

There are other tools to consider to have a complete office space, like task lighting. Sometimes overhead lighting isn't enough. A targeted task unit can shine directly on the project at hand. If the room is too dim, eyes can be strained and lighting that is too bright can cause headaches for some people.

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