Deciding on an office lay-out can be a complicated process. You want to make the best working environment for yourself and your staff, yet you have the urge to fit as much as you can into the available space.
Partitions are becoming a more and more important part of any office. Cheap and practical partitions from Nexus can allow you to lay out the floor anyway you require. However, this is where it can be quite easy to go overboard.
To put it simply, you want to give everyone their individual space but you don't want to isolate them. Grouping departments together will save space and allow better communication. This type of fit out will create practical spaces for various offices, desks and departments, without the expensive construction work of installing separate walls.
Similarly, storage is also a crucial factor. Every workplace has some storage needs, from paper work to actual goods and materials. Depending on your needs, you may need more space. An efficient layout will provide these options, but without taking up too much space. If you have little to store, then a small area away from offices and desks will suffice.
From traditional storage options and shelves to cantilever racking for the heavier options, there is plenty of choice for humble storage solutions. Situations with more to store, such as warehouses and store rooms, will require extensive shelving and racking, obviously becoming a higher priority. Do not be afraid to stack material high, as this keeps used floor space to a minimum, as well as allowing you to fit more in if you further require it.
If you're still short of space, or want to expand upwards, then mezzanine floors are the way to go. By adding additional floor space, you are effectively expanding the work space within the building.
Mezzanines are ideal in situations where space is limited, whether from increased storage, additional staff or initial limited space. By going up, rather than buying more space, you can create more practical space. This is ideal in taller buildings where there aren't additional floors to go into; mezzanine flooring will give you the opportunity to create this floor instead.
For example, if you have a large warehouse where floor space is a storage priority, raising a mezzanine can allow office space above, whilst retaining the original purpose down below. For more information on mezzanine floors, click here.
Combining the elements
By combining these ideas, you can create an ideal fit-out unique to your situation. If you need additional space, mezzanines can create extra floors. Yet if you simply need to create separate areas for staff and storage, then racks and partitions will allow a cheap and flexible method of achieving this.