Large or small, you’ll want to use your space effectively. You want to fit as many desks, shelves or racks as possible whilst keeping everything orderly and easy to navigate.
A. Make a list of all the desired elements.
List everything you’d like to have in your store. From chairs, booths, coffee machines, drapes, and duvets. From floor to ceiling and every wall.
B. Prioritize each element.
You are probably short on budget, space and time. So prioritize every item on your list with your team:
- Must have: What is critical to start using the space? For offices, this might be a number of desks and a meeting For stores, this could be a number of shelves and a check-out counter.
- Should have: What elements are important but not necessary for starting out? Think strategy boards for offices or mood-defining murals for stores.
- Could have: Things that will improve the You get them when you have some spare time and money. Maybe that pingpong table?
- Won’t have (now): Not important or appropriate These elements do not add the value they cost and are abandoned for now. Perhaps next space.
C. Put your elements on a floor plan.
Putting things in a floor plan shows how the space is used. You can detect potential conflicts and cluttering before you get started.
If you want an impression of the mood, you can use a tool that creates a shiny plan for you.