DATE: 07/16/2015

Choosing the right office furniture is a lot like choosing a good pair of shoes. Comfort, style and affordability are all key considerations.

But, as a small business owner, you likely have one additional factor in mind – space. As previously mentioned, the size of the average office has decreased by as much as 21 percent since the 1990s. There’s no doubt about it, when it comes to furnishing your small office you need to carefully consider the functionality of every item in your space. But, with a little ingenuity and “know how,” you can have a small office that feels every bit as enjoyable to work in as a larger one.

Keep the following tips in mind when furnishing your small office:

1. Choose Multi-Purpose Furniture

Multi-purpose furniture items are designed to “work harder” for you than regular furnishings. Whether it’s an ottoman that doubles as a storage unit or a desk that doubles as a conference-room table, a multi-purpose furnishing is designed to give you more bang for your buck. Luckily, today’s modern options offer a variety of creative, multi-use solutions that make furnishing a small office as easy as pie.

Consider stackable furnishings that can be taken apart and reconfigured in multiple ways, like this collection by Matroshka. This self-storing, cubic design was cleverly inspired by the classic, miniature Russian dolls loved by children all over. The amazing part? You can get a workstation, a break room, a meeting room and a cupboard all from ONE item of furniture. But don’t think you’re only limited by the multi-purpose solutions being manufactured. With a little creativity, you can come up with your own multi-use solutions. For example, check out the way these wooden folding chairs were hung on the wall to create extra storage space when not in use. The sky is the limit!

2. Stay Organized

Just because you have a smaller space, doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. Besides keeping your space clean and tidy, you can enhance the feeling of spaciousness by making an effort to hide any extraneous items not in use. That means doing things like bundling electronic cords behind shelving units; placing pens, notepads and small electronics inside unobtrusive storage units; and only keeping large/everyday items in sight.

You can further maximize space by placing locking casters on desks and tables. Not only does this make your pieces mobile, it gives you the flexibility of spontaneously rolling things out of the way when you want to repurpose your office for something else.

3. Consult With An Expert

The most important thing to remember? You don’t have to do it alone. At CBI, we’ve consulted with a variety of San Antonio small business owners over the past 20+ years, helping them maximize small spaces to their fullest potential.

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