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Seven Ways to Optimize Your Co-Working Space

Co-working has become increasingly popular in recent years. People think that that will only continue, as more and more people choose to work from home. So, how do you ensure that people will come to your co-working space? Our article will show you how! Read on to get some tips.

Be Mindful of Airflow and Temperature

As anybody who works for Edujungles can tell you, temperature is a huge deal. If you aren’t comfortable, you won’t be working at peak efficiency.

When setting up your co-working space, make sure that there is always good airflow. Take a look at what kind of space it is. If you are setting up for office workers, remember that they will like be using computers. Computers, and the associated technology, make the air warm. You will need to compensate for this somehow, either through air conditioning, or through good airflow.

Good airflow is also generally good because it keeps fresh air moving through the space. Smells can’t built up in the space, which could otherwise lead to an uncomfortable working experience for people there. Good airflow and temperature means that everyone is comfortable, and will recommend your space to others.

Choose a Good Desk and Chair

Anybody who works in an office can tell you the importance of having a good chair. Co-working spaces need to be inviting and welcoming, and part of that is ensuring that people are comfortable.

Choose good desks and chairs for your space. People may put up with uncomfortable spaces for a short amount of time, but not for long. If you have uncomfortable chairs, people won’t come back. They will tell other people to avoid your co-working space. 

Comfortable desks and chairs aren’t just for show. You can get some serious health issues through office equipment that isn’t up to date. When you are choosing the furniture for your space, consider people’s long term health. Choose good furniture that people can change to suit their height and working habits. Maybe throw in a few standing desks, if you feel like it. People like to feel that you are taking care of them.

Decorate Your Space, Get Flowers

Remember that a co-working office is a place where people will spend a significant part of their day. You shouldn’t just hire a space, kit it out with desks and chairs, and then call it a day. You can do this if you want to, but your space won’t be very popular.

People need mental stimulation. They need something to cheer them up and make them feel good to be in your space. Remember that a good co-working space isn’t just about working. You should also have a small kitchen – everybody loves tea and coffee while they work! You may also want to think about a small meeting space. All of these spaces need to make people feel comfortable. Decorating them is the best way to make people feel at home in your co-working space. Flowers are always a nice choice because they both look and smell good. They also need to be changed quite frequently – you can use this to change the look of your space.

Put Whiteboards or Grant Writing on Walls

If you want to optimise the space you have, remember that office working is about more than working at a desk. Try and use the walls as a space optimizer. Put up whiteboards and other writing spaces on the wall. This would work well if you had a small meeting space. Put a white board on the wall in there. Suddenly you have a whole new dimension for people to interact with.

People like having spaces where they can write things down. A white board can be a huge help – they will be able to explain their thought process to other people as they go along. They might even find new connections themselves! Being able to interact with the world around them is key in a co-working space. You should always keep this in mind.

Manage Noise Levels

What is a co-working space? It’s a space where a number of people gather together to work in one place. It’s like an office, except most of the working there aren’t affiliated with each other or the same company.

People in a co-working space will be doing different things. Some will be working, some will be talking. At any given point, somebody will be making themselves something to eat or drink.

You need to bear all this in mind when you design the space. People can’t work if they are distracted by other people’s noise. You can always lay down some ground rules for space users, but space design is what will help. Make sure that people who talk are away from people working in silence. Doors and separate rooms are the first step. You could even have separate floors if you have enough space in your co-working building.

Provide Healthy Snacks

As mentioned above, a good co-working space supplies its users with hot and cold beverages, and food. If you want to stand out from the crowd, try and provide healthy food. This is good for a number of reasons.

  • People will remember you
    • How many co-working spaces provide healthy food for its users? You will definitely stand out from the crowd.
  • Healthy food is good for you
    • Healthy food will help people’s concentration. They can work better for longer with good food.
  • It cuts down on sugary snacks
    • More healthy food means fewer sugary snacks. This is always good.

Clean Your Workspace at the End of Every Day

The most important thing to do when you rent co-working space is to keep it clean. Nobody wants to come into a space which has rubbish lying around. Do your part to encourage people to come in by keeping it clean, making sure that people feel as though the desk or room they are in is theirs for the time they are there.

Keeping things clean shows that you have respect for the people coming into your space. If people feel like they are being treated well, they will come back. They will also bring their friends and co-workers, and so the cycle continues.

Bring People into Your Space!

Remember that these spaces are not just about working. Lots of people enjoy networking in co-working spaces too. Our tips will help you to put together a welcoming space for everyone. Look at what people want from their space, and work from there. You want people to come back again.

Ajay Deep

Ajay Deep is the brain behind Coworking Mag. He founded this website to help startups and aspiring entrepreneurs find a coworking space in their city. He is a successful entrepreneur who started and scaled a bunch of startups – all from shared office spaces. He has visited hundreds of coworking spaces in different countries and is now an investor in this evergrowing idea of developing new coworking spaces. You may reach Ajay Deep at hello@coworkingmag.com
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