Office Space Planning


An efficient office space planning is crucial to the running of an efficient company. There are some office layouts that are disorganized due to the way that they have grown organically, rather than having been properly space planned. Many problems exist when an office has not been formally planned.

During the formulation of an office design, it is worth planning ahead; as you wouldn’t to have to redesign everything just a few months later because of an increase in staff headcount.

The following standards can be employed to approximate the amount of usable space required for your business.

Typical President’s Office
350 to 450 sq. ft.

Typical Vice-President’s Office
200 to 350 sq. ft.

Typical Manager’s Office
100 to 150 sq. ft.

Open Space Workstation
60 to 75 sq. ft.

Conference Room
20 to 25 sq. ft. per person

Reception Area
150 to 200 sq. ft. (Receptionist and 2 – 4 people)
200 to 300 sq. ft. (Receptionist and 6 – 8 people)

20% to 30% of the total usable area

The general rule of thumb is to allow 150- 250 usable square feet per person depending upon the type and style of the business. This range can change to cater special needs such as extra-large conference rooms or storage requirements, but will include normal amenities within a general use office. Though, it is highly recommended to consult an office space planner for an accurate determination of space requirements.