Sometimes utilizing the dreaded cubicles at the office is unavoidable. However there are ways to make a cubicle a more inviting and aesthetically pleasing space to work. The trick is in combining concepts of layout and design with personality and style, all while creating a healthy workspace that promotes productivity.
Layout | Design
Space saving is key when you begin designing the layout of an office space. Even though the space may be small, you want to make it appear as big as possible. This may mean you will need to create some illusions in the layout of the furniture and the design of the space. In any office, especially a cubicle, less is always more. Try to be as minimal as possible with the amount of furniture you use in the space and limit overhead shelving. Make sure the furniture and items you do use in the space are of good quality. Since the office space is small you want to choose quality over quantity with every piece. If you feel more space is needed, consider using closed storage under the desk. Having closed storage space under the desk instead of on the cubicle walls or on the desktop will make the space appear larger and less cluttered.
Follow the cozy and organized theme with your design. Coziness is important for spending long hours at the office. But it’s important that just the right amount is added because too much coziness can lead to sleepiness! Try adding a throw or a cushion to the office chair to add a touch of comfort to the space. Organization is an absolute must. Look for clean and stylish ways to keep desktop items organized.
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Personality | Style
It is important that everyone’s workspace reflects who they are. If you are an employer, encourage your employees to showcase their own style and personality around their workstation. If you are an employee working in a small space, take it amongst yourself to make the space more comfortable for you. Because you will most likely be more productive if you are surrounded by things that make you happy. However, with such a small space office space accessories and décor should be kept to a minimum in order to avoid over cluttering. An over cluttered office will make it hard to focus and will clutter the mind and could promote stress. Accessorize, but keep it minimal.
Headphones are a great accessory and a must if you are bothered by constant office noise. If you need further help with accessorizing consider adding a standout piece or a conversation starter. And try sticking to just one piece of wall art (or maybe two if you really have to). Small office plants are also a great idea to bring life into the space and add a personal touch.
The number one reason a workspace may be unhealthy and unproductive is if employees are going to work every day in a space they hate. If this is the case it’s time for an upgrade. Make your cubicle into a place you do not hate. Provide office chairs that promote good posture. Exercise ball office chairs are a great option and adult coloring books are great for de-stressing. And mini fridges fit seamlessly under desks and are perfect for storing water bottles and healthy lunches.
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