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Anywhere you look you’ll find an answer to this question. The most common answer is approximately 200 sq. ft. per employee, but this number can be highly deceptive. An estimate this broad can cost you time and money when you begin your search for your new office, as it will not take into account your specific needs. Below are some general guidelines to help you make a more relevant search as you begin the process. For a quick estimate, you can also use our free office space calculator.

Enclosed Offices

President or Office Manager's office
300 sq. ft. (20x15)
Large Office
225 sq. ft. (15x15)
Standard Office
150 sq. ft. (10x15)
Small Office
100 sq. ft. (10x10)

Partitioned Open Space

Large Cubicle
70 sq. ft.
Standard Cubicle
50 sq. ft.
Small Cubicle
40 sq. ft.
Open Space
Clerical or Secretary 30 sq. ft.

Conference Rooms

Large Conference Room (300 sq. ft.)
10 People (30 sq. ft. per person) Conference Table Configuration
20 People (15 sq. ft. per person) Classroom Configuration
Medium Conference Room (225sq. ft.)
7-8 People (30 sq. ft. per person) Conference Table Configuration
15 People (15 sq. ft. per person) Classroom Configuration
Small Conference Room (150 sq. ft.)
5 People (30 sq. ft. per person) Conference Table Configuration
10 People (15 sq. ft. per person) Classroom Configuration

Copy/Mail/File Room

This area will vary greatly depending on the nature of the business. The amount of storage, number of employees, and a great many other factors need to be considered carefully when determining your needs for this space. It will be a common area and its functionality will directly affect your employees’ productivity.

Reception Area

Large Reception Area
300 sq. ft. (Receptionist and 6 - 8 person waiting area)
Small Reception Area
150 sq. ft. (Receptionist and 2 - 4 person waiting area)

Lunch/Break Room

30 sq. ft. per person you want to be able to use the space at one time. This includes the Kitchen which will take up an estimated 33% of the space.

Halls/Circulation

25% of the total usable area