If you have a small office with an open floor plan, then you and your employees probably understand the need for a private alcove. Private alcoves are generally small, soundproof rooms that allow employees working in an open floor plan a chance to meet with clients, make phone calls, or work on important projects without interruption. Unfortunately, many smaller offices are already short on space and do not have the extra room to create a shared soundproof space. If you are in this position, you still have a few options.
Optimize Your Closet Space
A medium or large closet can be converted to a soundproof alcove. If the closet is not big enough on its own, you can expand the alcove into the main room, utilizing all or part of the closet and part of the main room. You may have to figure out creative storage solutions, depending on what is currently stored in the closet. You may consider lofted storage, above your desks or along the walls of the main room.
Consider Collapsible Options
If your employees will only need to use the private alcove on rare occasions, you may want to consider a collapsible version. This can preserve an open meeting or relaxation area that can be easily closed off with sliding panels when employees require a higher level of privacy.
Alternatively, if you regularly need privacy but sometimes host clients in an open area of your lobby, you may want to keep the alcove expanded and collapse it for more room only when necessary.
Shift Your Current Furniture
You may be surprised by how much space you can achieve by shifting your current furniture or opting for smaller work stations for your employees. One way to gain more space if you often have employees that work from home is to offer unassigned work stations where employees can plug in a laptop and immediately start working. This allows employees to rotate between workstations and can also allow you to offer a few standing stations in addition to sitting stations. By getting rid of a few of your work stations, you can utilize space that is currently wasted when employees work from home.
You can also purchase smaller work stations designed for the modern office. These work stations generally allow employees to plug in various devices and have less personal storage space than traditional work stations, which can free up the necessary square footage for a private alcove.
If you have a small or cramped office, do not assume that you have no room for a private alcove. Instead, consult with a professional office designer to learn how many options you actually have. For more information, contact Midwest Commercial Interiors or a similar company.