What’s the best way to design your startup’s office?
An office can be a cold, dreary place.
Or, it can be bright, and inspirational.
They’re still moving in, furnishing, and decorating, but I think they’re already getting a lot of things right:
Location, location, location
There are many offices relocating to the suburbs; I think that’s a mistake. You want to be downtown, where there are amenities close by. A good office location is walkable, has a great coffee shop nearby, and at least a few good places for lunch.
Recently, I shifted to an office with floor to ceiling windows; I was amazed at how much it affected the quality of my work.
Sprintly’s new office has huge windows on the south-east side:
The open office floor plan is the default for most startups. This arrangement works well, but only if you have smaller private rooms that allow you to break away for a meeting, a phone call, or some uninterrupted work time.
It’s easy to move into your new office, quickly set-up some desks, and start working. But before you do, it’s advisable to inject a little patina into your space first. You don’t need hire an interior designer, or spend a lot of money, you just need to get started. Put a few things on the wall; don’t be afraid to get a little weird.
Want some inspiration?
Quick Left and Sprintly are doing a grand opening party for their new Portland office on October 16th, 2014.
They have more information on their website.
Want to work in a space like this? It looks like they’re hiring.