WORKPLACE / APR. 26, 2016
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Maximize Small Office Space With These Design Tricks

Not all of us are blessed with expansive corner offices that have more space than we know what to do with. With the average American office worker spending upwards of 50 hours each week at their desk, it’s important to ensure your office space is as comfortable and calming as possible, even if you’re working in a minuscule cubicle area. Incorporate these space-saving tips to maximize your office space.

1. Cut Down on Paper Use

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If you’re constantly shifting paper around on your desk, it might be time to invest some time into going digital. Take the necessary documents to the office scanner, and set aside a few hours to transform paper information into digital files. While it’s not always feasible to go completely paperless, cutting down the amount of paper on your desk will significantly reduce the amount of clutter you’re dealing with.

2. Choose Your Desk Wisely

If you’re working in a small office, you need to let go of ideas of desk grandeur. The large, massive wood desks of yesteryear belong in the past and have no business in an office already lacking space. Consider glass office desks. Their opaque quality allows the eye to look through the desk itself, opening up the space and preventing the eye from getting stuck on individual objects throughout the room.

Glass desks without drawers are also an excellent way to cut down on clutter; you’re less likely to keep unnecessary items that will take up non-existent space—and as mentioned earlier, the bulk of our office materials are available on our computers these days.

3. Cable Control

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From television screens to computer monitors and printers, every electronic device seems to be laden with pesky wires or cables. Don’t let a hodgepodge of cables tangle up your limited office floor space. Use something like the Cable Turtle to organize all of the cables underneath your desk. This handy device allows you to wrap multiple cords around the inner core and then close the turtle—a one-step process that allows you to conceal the electronic wiring eyesore taking up valuable space.

4. Make Use of Wall Space

Consider what’s on your office walls right now. Perhaps a painting you’re almost positive was originally hung there back in the 1970s? Maybe you’re just dealing with a bulk of blank space. Instead of taking up valuable floor space with bulky storage containers, do what you can to capitalize on wall space that usually goes unused. Vertical shelving and storage options allow you to contain all the items you need without taking up limited square footage.

5. Become Reflective

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One of the easiest ways to trick the eye into thinking a space is larger is to add reflective surfaces. Whether you hang a large mirror across one of your walls or use glass shelving with mirror-like qualities, these materials will reflect light and make an office appear bigger than it actually is. This inexpensive redesign option can change the look of an office with limited investment.

6. Monitor Mobility

Does your position require you to use your computer and do work by hand? Ask your employer to invest in an adjustable screen monitor arm so you can make your monitor mobile. This way, you can move your monitor out of the way should you require more desk space.

7. The Power of “Light”

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Are you one of the lucky ones who has a window in their office? Keep those blinds open and get rid of the bulky curtains. The more light you can let into a room, the larger it will appear. If you don’t have access to a window, do what you can to mimic natural lighting with artificial sources. You can also make your office space appear brighter with the use of the right hue. If you get permission to paint your office, head towards the lighter palette section at the paint store. The lighter the color, the more expansive the room will look.

Use these tips to transform even the most cramped of cubicles into a productivity station that will calm the mind and serve as the perfect canvas for an efficient workflow.

Are there any tips we missed out? Let us know in the comments section below.

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