Arranging furniture is easier than it may seem. Simply keep this checklist in mind before you begin:
Step 1: Keep the entryway clear
Step 2: Create visual balance
Step 3: Don’t take up all of your wall space
Step 4: Be conscious of traffic flow
That sounds easy enough, but what does it all mean? Not only will arranging your office furniture in the right way make the space look better, but creating a more open and airy space will actually help you feel better while you work and can even do its part to help reduce stress. Learn more about how to follow these tips below.
Keep the entryway clear. Your entryway should have as few pieces of furniture near it as possible. Place visually heavy objects such as your desk and bookshelves away from the door to create the illusion of having more space. This places large items away from your eyes when you first walk into the room, giving you a better view of the entire space. Try to keep as few things near the entryway as possible so that you don’t visually shrink the space or interrupt the flow of traffic.
Create visual balance. Distribute visual weight throughout the room to make the space feel balanced. In other words, don’t put all of your casegoods in one corner of the room and leave the other end of the room with a big, blank wall and no furniture at all. Visual balance can be created not only by furniture, but by décor as well. If you’ve got your desk and bookcases at one end of the room, then try hanging some large statement art on the opposite wall to achieve that balance.
Don’t take up all of your wall space. This step may be tricky if you’re working with a smaller space, but, if possible, try to avoid pushing all of your furniture up against the walls. To make better use of the space and give the room more fluidity, place your desk in the middle of the room. If you have a desk that must be placed against a wall, then put your guest chairs out in the open instead. The right amount of open wall space will make the room seem larger than a space that is overly cluttered.
Be conscious of traffic flow. Don’t put furniture in an arrangement in which people will struggle to get around it. Not only is it irritating, but it can actually cause you to feel more stress if you’re working in a cramped room. Not to mention, it can be a fire hazard in the event of an emergency situation. When creating an office floor plan, our designers always take at least a 3 foot wide walkway into account for just this reason. Rather than placing furniture pieces across the whole floor and decreasing walkway space, try doing the opposite. Placing bookcases and filing cabinets close to your desk will keep walkways open, creating a space that’s easy to move in.
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