Because coworking spaces are built for so many different types of people with different working styles, it can be difficult to furnish these spaces in a way that pleases everyone who joins the office. However, there are some common themes that we have found to be popular in most of the shared spaces we’ve seen. Take a look at three trends we think every coworking space should be incorporating into their designs:

1. Focus on worker wellness

In recent years, research on office life has shown the impact that our physical surroundings can have — both negative and positive — on our physical and mental health. And so, more employers and coworking spaces are beginning to focus on employee wellness within their building designs to improve workers’ health and even increase productivity.

From implementing the relatively new WELL Building Standard Certification, to designing “green” areas to bring the feeling of nature indoors, coworking spaces are taking advantage of wellness initiatives to attract employees. Many coworking spaces now include wellness rooms where members can meditate, practice yoga, or engage in any activity that lets them take a break from sitting at their desks. Many coworking spaces have now even become dog-friendly to offer more flexibility and improve worker mentality.

2. Create private offices for small teams

With nearly half a million startups reported to be working in the U.S. in 2017 alone, there’s no shortage of small teams that need somewhere to work besides their homes. While coworking spaces originally started out by targeting individual workers like freelancers or business travelers, there is now a stronger need for small teams and startups to get cheap office space.

With that in mind, coworking spaces are now targeting these smaller teams by offering monthly rent options for small areas within the large coworking space, such as a cluster of dedicated desks. To attract teams that want their own amenities and privacy, coworking companies are also beginning to create smaller private offices with their own kitchens and bathrooms so it feels like the area is truly the team’s “own office.”

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3. Mixing furniture zones

One of the biggest challenges of designing a coworking space comes in the form of designing layouts that will please every personality type. While some people tend to work more productively in a traditional desk-and-chair layout, others feel better when they’re working from a sofa or bean bag chair. Another common problem arises when there are workers who need to make phone calls often, while others may prefer to work in silent zones.

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To solve these challenges, coworking spaces should create a mixture of furniture zones that offer both laid-back and traditional seating options, including collaborative tables and quiet spaces or office pods for those who prefer to work alone or in silence. Many coworking offices also include courtyards or patios with plenty of power outlets for members who enjoy working outside in the fresh air.

As the coworking industry gets more competitive — some are even predicting that coworking spaces will actually replace traditional corporate offices in the next decade — it’s important for those designing new coworking spaces to realize that these characteristics are crucial for attracting workers to their offices. To learn more about how you can improve the furnishing and design of your coworking space, contact us today.