Maximise a Small Office Space

“Size doesn’t always matter - and small-scale office fitouts are reducing clutter in the most imaginative ways.”

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Selencky Parsons Offices, London

It’s in the best interest of any business to fit out a space which establishes a healthy, ergonomic environment for its employees. Owning a small business doesn’t mean you have to think small. It does, however, mean you’ll need to implement some creative optimisation techniques to ensure your office fitout fits your business.

Size doesn’t always matter - and small-scale office fitouts are reducing clutter in the most imaginative ways possible. Simple, affordable and effective ideas are so vital in improving productivity. There are a number of ways in which you can achieve smart space management to transform your small office into a multipurpose dream. Here’s how to make a small office space feel bigger:

Smart Storage

storage-office-space.jpgSLA Propaganda Offices, Bahia

“Store-bought shelves don’t always work - but custom-made storage will fit your office’s proportions perfectly.”

The primary function of any office is to support its employees whilst they do their job - this can be achieved at a minimum cost and to maximum satisfaction. Organisation is key to boosting your bottom line, particularly within a shared space. Here’s how to make use of hidden storage and multipurpose functionality.

Remember to work within your limits. Store-bought shelves don’t always work - but custom-made storage will fit your office’s proportions perfectly. Consider your spatial requirements and fit your office out with custom-built joinery including open wall shelves and multipurpose furniture with cabinet integration. Low-level partitions can even double as storage units with sleek hidden drawers, offering a division of space without feeling closed in.

Partition Tuition

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“Transparent office partitioning offers a quiet space without burgeoning on your surrounding environment.”

One size doesn’t fit all - so amalgamating your workstations with flexible office partitions is a brilliant way to delegate zones within your small office, whist maintaining an open-plan scheme. Which brings us to your guide to perfect partitioning. Having defined areas within your office is crucial for employee productivity, and partitions offer a solution to the office chaos without disturbing the flow of your space.

Avoid solid, high-level opaque structures and opt for customised glass walls or low-level partitioning. Transparent office partitioning offers a quiet space without burgeoning on your surrounding environment. Low-lying partitions, on the other hand, are perfect for reconfiguring the layout of your office without taking away from the available space and feel of your room.

Privacy Pods

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“Employers are quickly learning to keep up with the ever-changing working environment to accommodate their employee’s working style.”

Fit your small office out with a workspace for calls and video conferences to reduce environmental distractions. Privacy pods and booths are configurable sound absorbing furniture which offer an acoustic solution to the daily hustle and bustle of the office. Employers are quickly learning to keep up with the ever-changing working environment to accommodate their employee’s working style.

Boost productivity and staff satisfaction and have the experts ergonomically customise your office furniture to optimise your small office. Privacy pods and booths provide employers and employees alike with quiet reflection or collective consultation without taking up significant office space. The contemporary office seems to favour the open plan layout, with pioneers such as Google taking the lead with this privacy pod craze. This trend shows little sign of slowing down - Think geometric enclosed seating or comfy lounge-style booths.

Level Up


Circle Line Interiors, Dnepropetrovsk

“Constructing mezzanines and split-level flooring is an affordable way to double your available floor space.”

Before you begin to look into relocating to a larger, more costly commercial premises - consider expanding on your existing space by adding height to the surface area of your small office. Constructing mezzanines and split-level flooring is an affordable way to double your available floor space. This loft-style trend adds a functional platform within your small office fit out without breaking the bank.

Elevate your office with a customised structure and fit out to fit your small office budget. Cork and recycled wood are examples of great cost-cutting materials you can use without skimping on style. Keep in mind your staircase will be the centerpiece of your mezzanine/split-level design - so choose wisely as your fit out should accurately represent your establishment.

Tone it Down

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McGrath Blackburn Offices - Victoria

“Avoid visual chaos and disarray by opting for lighter, more neutral wall colours as darker colours will make an office feel closed in.”

And now for the obvious - minimalism is key to making a small office feel bigger.

Ensuring there’s enough room to safely navigate your office comes down to decluttering. Remove unnecessary decor and opt for symmetry throughout.

Avoid visual chaos and disarray by opting for lighter, more neutral wall colours as darker colours will make an office feel closed in. Increasing the natural light with larger bay-style windows will allow your office to breathe - mirrors can also be effective in creating the illusion of a larger room. Keeping on top of these techniques will ensure you get the most out of your smaller office.

Fast Fitouts are the experts in achieving the impossible for your office space, working within your spatial parameters and budget. We’ll look after the layout, construction and project management of your small office space, so your establishment can live up to its true potential. For a free concept design and budget estimate for your space, call Adam and the team at Fast Fitouts on 1300 303 831 or send an email to info@fastfitouts.com.au.

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