Designing Co-Working Spaces
Picture this scenario: Your company has just two employees: you and an assistant who is off today. It’s another typical day at the office with you flying solo. Suddenly, a person to your left asks to borrow a pencil. You hand it to them. Another person to your right asks if you know when you’re taking a lunch. The person across from you suggests the new sushi restaurant down the street. None of you work for the same company. Welcome to the concept of co-working spaces!
What is a co-working space?
In the hypothetical scenario we just described, no two individuals work for the same company. In essence, a co-workspace is a communal environment where several different companies may work under the same roof.
Millennials are drawn to this kind of work environment. As they continue to become a larger part of the workforce, many of them becoming solopreneurs and starting their own companies, the overhead costs of leasing a facility just aren’t logical for one person. Instead of working from home or the local Starbucks each day, they choose to work in these communal setups.
Freelancers and those who work remotely are also the types of workers who utilize co-working spaces. As with the solopreneur, rather than working at home alone, these individuals choose to be a part of a larger community in a co-working space.
Why choose a co-working space?
As we mentioned, initially it’s much easier for a solopreneur to use a co-working space than to rent an office. Even if he or she has an employee or two, the benefits of cost sharing make co-working spaces highly desirable in the early years of a company.
Another significant reason is the aforementioned sense of community: those who work in a co-working space develop relationships and connections. These connections can become a source of referrals and opportunities. In the same way co-workers at the same company can become friends, relationships between those who share a co-working space are just as powerful.
How does one design a co-working space?
The question of how these spaces should be designed depends on who is asking it. With this growing trend, a landlord may find this to be a more attractive option than leasing space to just one company. With that in mind, decide what kind of atmosphere you want to create. As with many office spaces, open floor plans are going to be critical to the success of your space. Consider who you may be attracting: if they are health-conscious and active, standing desks or even treadmill desks may bring in the right clientele. Make sure desks are comfortable and accommodating to the various tech needs of your lessees.
As the person who may be leasing the space, find out what the landlord provides. If you simply lease a spot and are expected to provide your own desk, remember basic ergonomic principles. Also, keep in mind the colors to decorate your space: bright colors that evoke creativity will go a long way to making you more productive.
Still on the fence?
If you’re still undecided about co-working spaces, consider the creative synergy that can result from being around like-minded solopreneurs and business people. Remember the connections you’ll make as you’re starting your business and the benefits this will bring down the road.
Whether you’re moving into a co-working space or setting one up to lease, we can help with the planning. Our designers will create a custom plan to meet your needs. Give us a call or fill out our form for a free quote.