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For startups and small companies, office space isn’t always something you’ve got a lot of room to play with (literally). If you’re short of money and can’t afford a larger office, but are taking on more staff, then maximising the building space you’ve got is an absolute must. That’s why we’ve come up with this list of ways to get the most out the space you’ve got.

Reduce Your Dependency on Paper

How much of your office space is used up with paper, books and files? Filing cabinets, even when they’re not in use, sit there taking up valuable office space. We live in a digital age, the more of your files you digitise, the more physical space you’ll have. You can back files up on the Cloud, so your files will actually be safer if disasters, like flooding or fire, hit the office building. Don’t print off emails, just forward them to anyone who needs them.

Smaller/Less Furniture

You might have to wait a little longer for that dream big desk. There’s no point in large desks that barely fit in the office. If you want a big desk, then become more profitable and get a bigger office. However, we think that the days of the big desk are numbered – everything you need is stored in your computer, so a big desk is a purely aesthetic thing. A standing desk would also take up less space, due to the loss of the chair.

Get a Mezzanine Floor

If you’ve got a shortage of floor space, but have a wealth of vertical space, then a mezzanine floor is the perfect way to take advantage. A mezzanine floor installed above your main office unlocks an enormous amount of floor space for you to use for storage and extra workspaces, while also adding an interesting new feature to your office.

Shelving

Sticking with the vertical focus, shelving is an excellent way to use empty space higher up your walls. Anything that frees up space from your floor and makes use of wasted space. Go for something stylish or rustic, you can get a cosy looking office without having a cluttered one.

Encourage working from home

Business these days is so reliant on internet and connectivity, that employees can easily work remotely. And what better way to reduce clutter, than having a few employees work from home a couple of times a week. They get to sleep a little longer, and you have more space to kick about in.

Split your office into zones

If you’re short of space for certain aspects of your business, then try dividing the office into zones for different things like working, meetings and even eating. This means that the office meeting space will always be available for short-notice meetings. Meeting or collaborative working zones can have larger tables or couches to fit everyone on and individual working areas can have smaller desks for one person.

Open plan

Removing partitions and walls from your office will free up physical space, as well as making the room feel more airy and spacious. It frees you up to move desks about and make the office more space-efficient, and encourages collaboration between colleagues. An open plan office lends itself to greater flexibility and adaptability.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make more space for yourself in your small office building. These are excellent ways to keep costs down, compared with buying or leasing a larger building. We hope you’ve been inspired to make the most out of your limited office space.