Avoid These Spatial Planning Mistakes in Your Office

You may not always know what specific design elements to consider as you plan your office’s spatial interior design. Many businesses today fall into the same spatial planning traps that have plagued offices for years. Continue reading to learn more about some of the most common mistakes encountered in office design.

Bad acoustics turn your workspace into a megaphone

In the age of the open plan, more than half of today’s workers say that noise levels impede their productivity. Placing collaboration or break spaces too close to workers’ workstations can unnecessarily crank up the volume. Flat, solid walls, low ceilings, and cramped work areas can all increase the volume on your office too.

2. Lack of cohesion robs your space of identity

Spaces that lack cohesion can cause feelings of dissonance and anxiety. It’s important that the design themes you apply to your office are applied consistently throughout. Many offices make the mistake of designing different spaces within their offices independently, sometimes because they have designed or renovated different spaces at different times, and sometimes because they mistakenly think the variety will create a sense of versatility. This isn’t always the case. Office designs can be dynamic, agile, and eclectic, without being chaotic or incoherent.

3. Imbalanced desk sharing ratios leave your office cramped or sparse

Too few desks per person in your office will inevitably make your workers feel cramped, stifling their productivity and morale. On the flip side, we’ve all seen offices with multiple desks for every worker. They can look anaemic, as though the company has just experienced a massive downsizing. Finding the right desk-sharing balance is crucial. To achieve a truly agile design, you need a space that can be refitted to account for more desks as they are needed, without disrupting the greater spatial layout of the office.

4. Rigid design rules out scalability

As your business grows, so too will your staff, and that means the layout of your office will eventually need to change. Failure to anticipate the need for such changes could lead to you outgrowing your current office space much quicker than you need to. Don’t fill every square meter of your office space with permanent fixtures that will prevent you from growing.

5. Private vs collaborative spaces are disproportionate

Your workers benefit from both private and collaborative spaces, but too much of one can disincentivise the other. Don’t force multiple teams of dozens of workers to share a single small collaboration room. Always weigh your teams’ necessities against your design.

6. Natural light is not used to its potential

Natural light is one of the most coveted resources in any office design, but it can also be one of the trickiest to fully utilise. Try to structure your office floor plan such that most people can enjoy the available natural light most of the time, and nobody enjoys it none of the time. This can be easier said than done, but natural light is worth making the effort for, as it is proven to have a significant impact on worker morale and productivity.

Design mistakes are common. Make your office the exception

Every office faces different challenges in pursuit of their ideal design. Fortunately, no business needs to go it alone. DB Interiors are experts at office fit outs and special design. With years of experience placing New Zealand businesses in the spaces they need to thrive, we know what pitfalls to avoid as we help you piece together your next great office space. Contact DB Interiors today to learn more!

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