6th October 2022

How To Make The Most of a Compact Office Space

industrial style office with vegan friendly leather sofas and chairs in green, steel and oak desk & table

It’s true – space comes at a premium. But when trying to run a successful business, you may not have the time or the resources to move into larger premises. This doesn’t have to be the be-all and end-all – there are ways in which you can make the most of compact spaces, particularly when it comes to your office. 

With an increase in at-home workingwe have naturally become more adaptable to our working environments. However, you may need to get creative if you have the luxury of having a designated office space that has to work for all aspects of the business. 

Here are some ways you can make the most of a compact space:

Divide into zones

A great place to start is by assigning designated zones in the room, such as an area for the desks, boardroom, waiting area, kitchen & storage. Decide which of these are most important to your company and prioritise the space you’re likely to need for each.

If you’re working with us for your office project, we can help you at this stage by providing a floor plan to help you make the most of your space.


Of course, one of the obvious ways to make the most of your space is to combine particular areas that work well together, like the kitchen and waiting area.

We’ve made it possible for all of our kitchen designs to be configured easily as small kitchenettes to meet the needs of an office environment – integrated fridges, coffee machines, and waste disposal can all be added if necessary.

Get creative with storage

Make sure your storage requirements aren’t left on the back-burner when designing your office space – if you know you’re going to need file storage or a designated area for your printer or fax machine, the sooner we know, the better

General office storage can be pretty mundane and not pleasant to look at, but that’s where we pride ourselves – premium office storage that looks modern in a vintage, industrial kind of way. Regarding pieces of equipment like your printer, we’ve come up with a great solution – The Great Western Printer Unit, which can be controlled to show or hide the printer when needed.

Choose your desk wisely

There are many different desk designs you could opt for, but if you are conscious of space, bear this in mind early on. Each desk has its positives and negatives – Corner desks provide additional work surfaces, and some even have built-in suspended storage. However, they do not work as well in specific layouts. Height-adjustable desks come with their health benefits, but if standing up during the day doesn’t appeal to you, this may not be the best choice.

If you do not already have your heart set on a particular design, speak to our sales team, who will be happy to talk through your options; here are ten industrial desks [10 desks you’ll love] to give you some inspiration.

Utilise wall space

It would help if you considered adding artwork to your office walls, no matter your style, as this can instantly change the feel of a white, bland environment. However, there are other ways to make the most out of your bare walls using wall accessories. If you love a space to brainstorm, then a whiteboard should be on your list!

Want to take your meetings to the next level? What better place to put it if you have a designated boardroom or meeting space? Perfect for presenting ideas in a meeting or brainstorming the next great idea for your business. Don’t forget these eight items to elevate your business meetings.

Style it!

Styling a commercial office space can be a daunting task. It can be hard to know where to start if you’re not a designer. The key is focusing on the big picture and then breaking each area into manageable chunks. Start by choosing your primary colour palette, then move on to furniture and accessories.

An easy way to add colour to an office space before you even get to the accessories is in the upholstery. Our vegan-friendly leatherette is available in various colours, so when you’ve chosen your colour scheme, look at which swatch will work.

Wherever you are in your new office project, whether it’s just a quick sketch in your notepad or you’re ready to take the plunge, we’ll be happy to help you towards a hassle-free office fit-out.

Contact us today.

Paige Allison