Arranging office furniture is easier than it may seem. Simply keep this checklist in mind before you begin:
Keep the entryway clear
Create visual balance
Don’t take up all of your wall space
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 can actually help you feel better while you work. It may even help reduce stress. Learn more about how to follow these tips below.
1. Keep the Entryway Clear
Your entryway should have as few pieces of furniture near it as possible. Crowding the entryway can visually shrink the space and interrupt traffic flow. 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.
2. Create Visual Balance
Distribute visual weight throughout the room to make the space feel balanced. In other words, don’t put all of your furniture in one corner of the room and leave the other end of the room with a blank wall and no furniture at all. You can also create visual balance with your décor. If you’ve got your desk and bookcases at one end of the room, try hanging large statement art on the opposite wall to achieve balance.
3. 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 must place your desk against a wall, put your guest chairs out in the open instead. The right amount of open wall space will make the room seem larger than an overly cluttered space.
4. Be Conscious of Traffic Flow
Don’t arrange furniture so that people struggle to get around it. Not only is it irritating, but working in a cramped room can cause you to feel more stress. Not to mention, it can be a fire hazard in an emergency. When creating an office floor plan, our designers always create a minimum of a 3-foot wide walkway. 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.