Implementing smart and thoughtful design in a small space can spur productivity and promote creative collaboration. And thankfully, with the rise of hybrid and remote as the new normal, downsized workspaces have become common and much easier to design for. Below, we’ve rounded up five ways to design smart and maximize space in a small office, without sacrificing feng shui or comfort.

by Bond Collective

1. Encourage desk flexibility

In a small space, clutter needs to be carefully considered and avoided. Encouraging desk-sharing or hotdesking can be one way to limit clutter from building up, and also prevent rigidity in a tight space. When we sit in one spot every day, we often move less and thus can get caught feeling stifled, especially within tight corners. Allowing workers to move freely in the space will limit clutter and prevent the space from feeling stale.

Switch it up! Move around to common areas to change your work scenery.

2. Utilize functional office furniture 

Offering functional furniture in a small office space, such as fold-down desks, expandable tables and chairs, and rolling furniture allows workers to re-imagine the space and quickly adjust the environment to fit their needs – whether that's expanding furniture to host a brainstorming sesh, or collapsing desks, chairs, and tables to host a literal stan2d-up presentation. Sometimes working in closer corners can actually spark creativity and togetherness, as workers are more likely to collaborate. You might find more inspiration in a small space than in a big office!

Choose office furniture that is easy to be moved and rearranged within a space.

3. Create ideal office lighting

Most workers can agree an abundance of natural light and ambient lighting enhances their mood and productivity—research backs it up, and there are even lighting standards for all businesses to follow in the United States! 

Making the most of office lighting in a small office can transform the space. Small spaces with windows should take advantage and open them up to reveal natural light, which will improve productivity and also widen the space. Add mirrors to reflect natural light, which will also create an illusion that the space is larger. Placing unique ceiling and wall accent lights can also add texture without sacrificing space, and can create ambiance in the room. 

Natural light is loaded with vitamin D, and, of course, there’s the energy savings!

4. Avoid bulk and store vertically

When looking for storage, avoid choosing bins and old file cabinets that take up space as bulky items on the ground. Instead, choose storage options that stack vertically. Designing upwards can also give the illusion that the space is taller and provide dimension through visual space.

Avoid clutter on vertical shelving by using creative storage containers, like wicker bins and wooden trays, and place them next to more artistic pieces, like a focal piece of art or plants. Allowing the space below desks and furniture to be clear will let the room appear spacious and open.

5. Consider the flexibility of a coworking space as an option

If you are considering a coworking space, like Bond Collective, members have access to fully equipped spaces to work, rest, and network with other guests that a traditional office setting does not provide. They will also have access to shared spaces like gourmet kitchen areas, comfortable lounges, and amenities like showers, mothers’ rooms, pet-friendly spaces, and phone booths. Studies show that coworking spaces allow for greater levels of flexibility and a sense of community over traditional offices. Coworking spaces give workers access to expansive spaces with amenities to explore, network, and thrive.