In recent years, the open concept floor plan has been all the rage in office environments, especially when it comes to startups. Although this type of floor plan can foster collaboration, it can also prove distracting and ineffective for many employees. Here are some tips and advice to follow when creating an open floor plan.

Rely on Accurate Measurements

Before ordering office furniture for your open floor plan, be sure to measure the space accurately. Just because you have an open setting doesn’t mean you want people working on top of each other, which is bound to impede productivity. Take care the furniture you choose doesn’t overwhelm the space or force people to work too closely. In addition, it’s important to determine how many individual workspaces will comfortably fit before you put any furniture in the office.

Define the Space

When installing an open floor plan for your startup, be sure to define spaces to help foster a more organized office. For instance, define a traffic path so that people aren’t moving haphazardly through the space and creating unnecessary distractions. You can use subtle barriers such as bookcases to better define paths from lounge areas or from quiets areas, for example.

Include Quiet Areas

With phone conversations blaring and copiers printing, the office can become a fairly noisy place. A continuously noisy atmosphere can decrease productivity among employees. By including quiet areas, your staff will have a place to go to when they need to focus or concentrate on a detailed task or when they simply need a quiet place to work

Minimize Clutter

When you opt for an open floor plan, you quickly come to realize that everything’s–out in the open. In essence, there’s no place to stash the clutter. In order to avoid a messy and uninviting space, you’ll need to incorporate adequate storage into the space so that everything and anything isn’t simply lying out in the open. If you have clients into the space, you’ll want to ensure that your office is inviting to all who enter.

Consult Professional Designers

When you work with a firm that has experience designing workspaces, you can rely on their expertise to achieve a productive open space office. A great design team will analyze your office space, work with you to understand your requirements and help configure an optimal working environment. Along with your designer, you can create an office space that meets the various needs of your employees. We recently spoke with a professional designer from Solutions Office Interiors and she provided some insight on how to design an office. She stressed that when it comes to designing an office, it’s important to get your teams opinion and insight on how it should be laid out.

An open concept office plan may not be ideal for every type of business, but it works for most startups. By creating spaces where employees can have privacy when it’s needed (i.e. for video conferencing or meeting with clients), you can enjoy an office space that meets everyone’s needs. Be sure to outline all your needs so you can cover them with your design team.