How Many Square Feet Do I Need?
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The general rule is to allow 185 to 250 usable
square feet per person of office space depending upon the type and style of the
business which you are operating. See our square footage calculator on
our home page to determine which criteria your office falls under. It is also
important to consider your special needs such as extra-large conference rooms
or storage requirement. The following standards can be used to help estimate
the amount of usable office space is required for your business.
President's office or Chairman of the
Board 300 to 400 sq. ft. (4 to 5 windows in length)
Vice-President's Office 200
to 300 sq. ft. (3 to 4 windows in length)
Executive's Office 150
to 200 sq. ft. (2 windows in length)
Partitioned Open Space Clerical
Supervisor or Manager 80 to 110 sq. ft.
Open Space Clerical
or Secretary 60 to 110 sq. ft.
Conference Rooms 15
sq. ft. per person: theater style 25 to 30 sq. ft. per person: conference
Mail Room 8 to
9 ft. wide with 30" counters on either side. Length depends upon amount of
Reception Area 125
to 200 sq. ft. Receptionist and 2 - 4 people in waiting 200 to 300 sq. ft.
Receptionist and 6 - 8 people in waiting
File Rooms 7 sq.
ft. per file with a 3' to 4' aisle width
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15 sq. ft. per person,
not including kitchen. Kitchen should be 1/3 to 1/2 of seating area