How to Arrange Office Furniture


Not sure which types of office layouts maximize space without impeding  your ability to get around your office? Office Ink shows you how to arrange office furniture in such a way that allows for:

  • plenty of room to maneuver;
  • easy access to  files, reference materials, supplies and peripherals;
  • adequate surface space so you can work comfortably.

Our wheelchair accessibility guide provides good guidelines on the amount of clearance, or space between walls and obstructions, needed to move comfortably around your office.  Keep those clearance space requirements in mind when choosing an office desk layout.

Types of Office Layouts

While the possibilities for arranging office furniture are as limitless as your imagination, there are some time tested office space layouts that work well in a variety of office environments and sizes:

  • U-Shaped Office Layout
  • L-Shaped Office Layout
  • Open Office Layout

How to create a U-shaped office space layout plan.

U Shape Desk Plan U-Shaped office layouts are created connecting two office desks, two credenzas or a desk and a credenza with an office desk bridge.

U-shaped office layouts offer:

– increased privacy for workers.
– abundant surface and storage space.

How to create an L-shaped office space layout plan.

L Shape Desk Plan Create an L-shaped office space layout by connecting one desk or credenza with a return, or simply with and L-shaped desk.

L-shape office layouts:

– maximize floor space by fitting neatly in corners
– are the most economical type of office layout, requiring fewer and less expensive office furniture pieces than other configurations.

How to create an open space layout plan.

Open Desk Plan Create with two desks, two credenzas, or a desk and credenza.

Open office layouts:

– are perfect for executive offices
– offer abundant storage space for frequently referenced files and reference materials.

You can find more information on office desk sizes and styles at On Time Supplies.

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