What Is Office Space Planning?

What Is Office Space Planning
February 17, 2015

Office Space Planning

Nearly everyone can arrange a living room so that it's comfortable, but an office is different. There are more people to think about, more space and elements or components to deal with, and a lot more going on every day than an average home.

Space planning isn't just a term for fitting everything into a set square footage. It's a real application of design principles that help incorporate all of the elements you need into the most logical, practical, and efficient arrangement possible. It's complicated, so professional space planning services are worth their weight in gold.

Here's whyOffice Space Planning Can Save Money
You might never have thought about how an office arrangement could cost or save you money. But it can, and in many different ways. In fact, one of the first points covered in the book, “Planning Office Spaces: A Practical Guide for Managers and Designers.” is reducing costs.

For example, if you've got natural light around the perimeter of the space, but also bank of tall cubicles that blocks the light, you'll spend more electricity for lighting than if you chose different furnishings installed at different places. Lower panels or those with glass in a better area can let the light in and cut those costs dramatically.

The right arrangement can help you make better use of what you've got. If you think you need a large, expensive conference room, you might actually be fine with a smaller brainstorming spot using a few chairs, or even clustered cubicles with low panels where workers can collaborate more easily. If you're thinking about a larger office, a space planner might show you ways to avoid it.

It Can Also Make Work More Efficient
Designers understand things such as traffic patterns, square footage requirements for different tasks, and ergonomics. Where a simple cubicle, chair, and a desk might seem just fine to the untrained eye, space planning shows which furnishings work best for which tasks, and in which areas.

Traffic patterns are the way workers move around the office. A pattern will emerge based on where furniture is installed. But a more efficient traffic pattern can make the workflow better. A space planner can arrange furnishings with the right amount of square footage for the job, all while keeping a clear and effective traffic pattern around the whole space.

Ergonomics helps workers stay safer from stress related injury. But it also means you'll have more comfortable, and possibly less cranky, workers all day long. With desks and chairs that adjust to their users, there will be fewer aching backs and sore necks, and bending and stretching to reach a file or drawer will be minimized.

It doesn't take a college degree to wield a tape measure and determine how many desks and chairs will fit into an office. But just like a living room that somehow doesn't feel right, or a store that seems to be set up all wrong for convenience, office spaces need the tools and trained eye of a professional space planner.

Offices and technology change with the times, and so does the way American workers interact, brainstorm and collaborate. If you're in the market for an office furniture upgrade to keep up with those changes, or even just an office revamp, you're definitely in luck. We at Cubiture offer you complimentary space planning services. You'll not find that at any big-box retailer.

Let us work with you to design the most efficient, attractive, and up-to-date office that your square footage will allow. Call us at 713-412-0900 for more information today.

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