Compared to an office or call center that's closed to the public, commercial space design must be visually attractive and highly functional for staff and clients alike. Here are 10 great commercial space design tips, plus one more — we can't resist giving a little extra value!
- Use evidence-based solutions. Having a flair for color and composition isn't the same as having years of experience and study of commercial space design. If you're new to design, it's best to consult a specialist.
- Know your goals. What are your objectives for the new space? What's your budget? The more you know about what you want to accomplish, the easier it will be to formulate a plan.
- Look to the future. You're not just setting up an office for now. When investing in new furnishings or designing a new setup, think about your long-term plans in addition to your current needs.
- Know that less is more. Functional and fashionable furnishings are important, but so is traffic flow, as well as ensuring that your staffers or customers don't feel cramped.
- Know that right is right. When setting up a retail space or reception area, it's important to remember that people instinctively turn right when entering a store. What do you want them to see first? Put it in the "right" spot.
- Let there be light! Bathing your workspace in light is great for mood, motivation, and morale. No fluorescents, though!
- Enhance comfort. Never overlook the importance of comfortable seating.
- Ensure visibility. When you want visitors to see a POP display, reception desk, or anything else, put it in the line of sight of visitors as they enter.
- Promote branding. Enhance your commercial space design with items specific to your company, like signage or prominently displayed logos. Spaces behind counters are a great place for this.
- Let it be convenient. Make necessities easy to find and access. Avoid putting items on tall shelves or making staffers walk across the store for things they need frequently.
- Encourage teamwork. Whenever possible, design with collaborative areas in mind. Bringing people together produces better results than keeping everyone in their separate areas.
Have more questions about commercial space design? Contact the design specialists at CBI Group to learn more.