The layout of an office can have a significant effect on productivity and employee satisfaction. A good design allows employees to do their jobs well, while a poor layout can lead to higher stress and reduced productivity. So if you are in charge of determining your office floor plan, you’ve got an important job ahead of you, and we are here to help.Read More
While this article is for anyone planning an office floor plan, it focuses on medium to large office spaces with a size greater than 2000 sq ft (about 200 m2). You can also check out Small Office Floor Plans, specific to businesses with ten employees or less, and Home Office Floor Plans for those who work out of their homes.
“How much office space do I need” is often one of the first questions before reviewing or creating floor plans. To estimate total office space, you can allocate a certain amount of space per person. The result indicates your potential floor plan size. In the US, 150-175 sq ft (14-17 m2) per person is a relatively standard number to use. So, for example, if you have forty people who will work in an office space, a good starting point would be floor plans in the 6000 - 7000 sq ft (560 - 650 m2) range.
As you think through the number of actual workspaces, offices, and conference rooms you need, it’s a good idea to review the usage in your current space. For example, if members of your staff work a flexible schedule, some workstations or offices may be empty part of or all of certain days. This could allow some work areas to be shared.
Similarly, look at current conference room usage to determine the times each room is booked vs open. This can help you know whether certain types of rooms are more popular and if you need more or fewer of certain size conference rooms for the future.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires companies that employ 15 or more employees to create work environments that are inclusive to all employees. Even if you aren’t located in an area where ADA compliance is required, by following ADA guidelines, you can help every employee reach their full potential, which benefits everyone. By planning ahead, it’s not necessarily hard or cost-prohibitive to make sure that the floor plan has an accessible entrance that doesn’t require stairs and to ensure doorways and hallways are at least 36” (.9 m) wide. Other examples include short pile carpet that is easy to roll over, and desks that are at least 27” (.7m) high to allow wheelchair access (height adjustable desks are a great idea).
Office floor plans tend to have some fairly common rooms and areas, but their type, style, and how many depend on your particular business. Consider:
Finally, as you think about your future company floor plan, think about the unique features you can build into the design to represent your company and attract great talent. This could be a game room with a ping pong or pool table, an exercise area with equipment and space for yoga, or a coffee shop-inspired casual meeting area, just to name a few. With some upfront planning, you can create an office layout that your employees will love.