The first coworking space, the Hat Factory, opened in 2006 in San Francisco. It was a full-time coworking space that offered memberships for $250 a month. That modest fee bought you freedom from distractions at home, cooping up at a noisy coffee shop, and the invitation to a community with like-minded workers. Since that integral launch, coworking spaces are estimated to be used by 1.7 million people in 19,000 locations across the globe. With coworking being such a successful endeavor, the environment of the coworking space should reflect that.
What Is a Coworking Space?
A coworking space is a space run by a business that allows entrepreneurs, freelancers, and telecommuters the ability to work in a communal location. They often provide Wi-Fi, individual and communal workspaces, shared access to printer/copier/fax machines, and communal kitchen, bathrooms, and lounge areas. These spaces are not free of charge but the cost will depend on the business model the owner chooses, either flat-rate membership, a sliding scale based on use, or non-profit support. Some membership fees give you access to an on-site gym, events, workshops, or networking gatherings. With dozens of coworking spaces in your area, you can choose which location, membership fee, and features will best suit your needs and desires.
How Are They Beneficial?
Coworking spaces are not only beneficial for the members, but also for companies as well. They lower the overhead cost for a company while promoting flexible options for their employees. These spaces provide a sense of community for those who telecommute or are freelancers. Coworking spaces provide an environment for workers to brainstorm in a different space which can often produce a more comfortable and free-flowing discussion of ideas.
What Should It Include?
The amenities are not the only thing a coworking space should provide. There should be clear areas for individual work as well as conference rooms with ample room for large tables, comfortable chairs, and room to move around. There needs to be plenty of seating and tables that can be moved to accommodate individual work and teamwork. Your coworking space will also need a reception desk where information and supplies can be found.
Why Choose Wehrli Furniture?
Furnishing your coworking space can be difficult when big box tailors their selection to a typical business model. Your coworking space should feel and look cohesive which means your furniture items should match in style, size, and material. Durability and high-quality materials should be a top priority as the furniture will take heavy use. As their movability is important, the legs should be high-quality and sturdy as well as light enough to move around as needed.
Custom design from Wehrli Furniture gives you the ability to design the layout of your coworking space along with selecting the materials, colors, style, and size for each piece of furniture. You can ensure a cohesive look and feel to your coworking space when you take advantage of the freedom custom design offers. To begin your project today, contact Wehrli Furniture or visit our website for inspiration.