Maximize space with a cleverly designed counter. Most offices don't really need all the storage their kitchens provide. Recapture the value in this dead, under-the-counter space by hiding a visitors’ desk.

A hidden desk, monitor affixed to the underside of the counter, and sliding bench transform this tiny kitchen into a proper workspace. Integrating a hidden work station can save 75 to 90 square feet (the size of an average cubicle).

This set up was successfully employed at the VN Quatá Project--a modern green apartment complex in Brazil--where many units were as small as 173 square feet.

On any given day, an office might need to fill different roles--lounge, desk space, conference room, and so on. An expanding table is perfect for the firm whose needs change day-to-day.

The Goliath Table by Resource Furniture can be as small as 18” deep. With one leaf (as pictured), the table makes a generous desk for one.

With all five available leafs, the table expands to 115” deep, easily seating ten for team meetings.

A 2012 study by Cisco reports 60% of today’s assigned offices and cubicles sit empty during a typical day. Offices that move and adapt allow firms to use smaller, more efficient spaces. Hot desks like these rather than dedicated offices and cubicles better serve the day’s attendance.

Putting everything on casters allows infinite configurations, depending on the day’s requirements.

In the near future, controllable tinting technologies like electrochromic windows will allow windows to double as walls, creating workplace privacy on demand. In the meantime, you can achieve a similar effect with curtains and sliding doors.

Studies have suggested that people who sit less than three hours a day add a full two years to their life expectancy. Putting a standing desk in your home or office can improve your health and with the right design, stow away discretely.

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Simple Ideas For Creating a Harder-Working Workspace


When considering your company's future growth, upgrading your office can—and should—be central to your strategy. Ideally your workspace should be organized, professional looking, and representative of your brand's consumer-facing image. It should also be designed with space in mind. Firms—no matter their sizes—should ask themselves how much space is really needed to conduct business? And are their spaces used to maximum effect? Simply put, doing more with less space is a practical business decision since smaller, optimized offices are less expensive to build, operate and maintain.

The following ideas for creating harder-working offices will inspire you to get the most out of your space.

Graham Hill is a serial entrepreneur and founder of LifeEdited, a specialty consultancy that works with architects and real estate developers to design and market buildings that optimize for space.

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