I’ve got to admit it, I am not a qualified interior designer. In fact, I’m about as far away from an interior designer as you can get – I’m a DUI defense attorney. I don’t know the first thing about setting up a room so that it is functional and cool, except that I know it when I see it. But I own my own law firm, so I’ve got to make these kinds of decisions, and I’m in the process of moving offices into a brand new, bare space.
The first thing I need to think about as I look for space is what exactly I’m looking for. The place I’ve focused on has a lot of open office space with conference room availability thrown in, which is nice. That means I can set up my office in my office and meet with clients and things like that in the conference room. However, I still see the need to have some space in the office where people could wait while they were waiting for me.
The second thing I need to think about is layout. How can I maximize the space I have so that it is as functional as possible and as cool as possible. It’s not as easy as it sounds. If you can picture a square room, what I was think about doing was putting my desk up against a bookshelf that I shoot straight out into the middle of the room – kind of like a room divider. On the other side I’d put the receptionist and a little waiting area. That way I sort of get two rooms for the price of one.
The final thing you need to think about is what you are going to be using it for. As a DUI defense lawyer, much of my office time is spent sitting at a desk. I don’t meet with clients that often. And people don’t stop by that often. That’s much different than say a high traffic estate planning office or no traffic web development office.
I think in the end it just comes down to pulling the trigger on something. The great thing about designing your own office space is that if you set it up and don’t like it you can always change it around!