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How To Choose The Right Size Office Space For Your Business

Posted by Let Direct on January 17, 2022
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Choosing the right office space is crucial in maximising the success of your business. Perhaps you’re just starting out or maybe you have an established team that’s about to expand. Either way, your chosen environment will set the tone for your next phase of business. 

Here are a few tips on finding the perfect office space to let, no matter what size company you have.

Location and budget

First up: where do you want to be? The cost of square footage can vary depending on where you are in the country.

Your chosen location will usually depend on the nature of your business. Can it thrive as an isolated unit or do you require close links with towns and cities? It’s no secret that the price of offices to let in London can touch on the unaffordable — particularly if you need a large space. 

You might want to consider an office space in Luton instead. Luton offers diverse spaces at a more affordable price. You also have the invaluable bonus of an easy route into central London. Always keep your budget in mind when searching for a commercial property.

Space per person 

Many companies use a rule of space per person when choosing what size office space to rent

A popular mathematical estimate rules that 100 square feet per person is ideal. It allows for 50 square feet for desk space and 50 for movement around communal areas. 

It’s worth noting, however, that In recent years the way many people work within an office has changed. You may find that an open plan office space is better suited to your company. Many people believe this type of office can inspire ideas and collaboration. In which case, you will likely need a bigger area. 

Alternatively, if your employees work in flexible shift patterns, they might not all be in the office at the same time. Do some team members work remotely?

You may be able to save money by going for a smaller office rather than having space that goes to waste. 

Use of space 

The right size office space to let will also depend on whether you are running a business in house or inviting clients into your premises. Do you need separate meeting rooms for privacy?

Perhaps you need extra space for a board room. Alternatively, you may prefer a more casual set-up. Will your desks be in neat rows and require a standard shaped room? Or would you be happy to go for an irregular shape space and configure work stations around it?

It’s important to consider how you want to lay out your office before signing any contracts. 

Utilities 

When choosing an office to rent, you may need to think about specific utilities. Does your team require disability ramps and accessible toilets? Depending on your business, you may need space to store confidential information.

Using space in an office block will often give you access to shared kitchen facilities, toilets and car parks, and are often located in easy-to-commute areas.

If you are just starting out and need a space to accommodate just a couple of people, use of amenities may not be practical or affordable. Are there public facilities close by that you can use?

It’s worth keep all these things in mind when choosing your future office space. For more considerations, take a look at our advice on what you need to know before renting an office space.

Affordable offices to rent in Luton

If you’re looking for the perfect size office space to let in the Luton area, why not explore our rental options? At Let Direct, we have a range of commercial properties to suit businesses of all different sizes. Whatever your budget or requirements, we’d be happy to help you find the right location. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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