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
seating

•   
Mail Room
8 to
9 ft. wide with 30" counters on either side. Length depends upon amount of
usage  

•   
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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Lunch Room
15 sq. ft. per person,
not including kitchen.  Kitchen should be 1/3 to 1/2 of seating area