Decorating a Small Office Space
One day you might earn a corner office with a view, but until you do, you’ll have to make the best of your tiny office. Create the best, most efficient space possible with these tiny office tips.
Personalize the Space
Whether your office is made up of a leftover desk in the corner, used office cubicles or has a door that you can barely close, make it your own. Think about what brings you happiness: a few pictures of family, a small vase of fresh flowers or a string of colored lights. As long as what you decorate your space with doesn’t disrupt anyone else, you should be okay. Avoid playing music or using aromatherapy diffusers as this might bother others.
Use Comfortable Furniture
Just because your office is small doesn’t mean that it should be uncomfortable. Insist on a cushioned, height-adjustable chair or purchase your own if necessary. If you tend to get achy hands from keyboarding, use a wrist cushion.
Make a Doorway
Even if you are in a cubicle with no door, it’s still possible to make a doorway of sorts. Start by positioning two moderately sized plants that can thrive in low light to stand sentry at the opening of your space. Next add a colorful, low pile rug. These items will signal to others that they have entered your office (such as it is).
Offices are notorious for their bad overhead fluorescent lighting. Add some warmth to your cubicle with a lamp and task light. Blue light, emitted by computer screens, tablets and phones is “cool” light and can cause eye strain. The warm light cast by incandescent and LED light bulbs is best for the eyes when you aren’t lucky enough to have your office light by the sun.
It’s easy for papers to pile up in a small space. Don’t let this happen or your cubicle might begin to resemble a hoarder’s home. Make the best use of the space available to you either by putting in shelves under your workstation or building up, adding them above your desk. Keep items you need handy but organized in upright containers. Unless there is a need to keep your own reams of paper or user manuals at your fingertips, find an out-of-the-way storage area like an empty cubicle or closet. Be sure to label everything carefully with your name and date so no one will mistake the items as surplus or trash.
Often at the start of your career or when you’re building a company, you have to work in cramped quarters. Take control of your space so that small can also be mighty.