When you run a small business, the last thing you want is for it to look or feel small. Of course, windows and other sources of natural light make your space appear less small, but if you want to actually make it feel larger, you need to go one step further.
Enter the world of glass and mirrors. These two small elements have been adding sophisticated elegance and a sense of enlarging space to a room’s decor for quite some time now. But never before have they been more prominent on the business side.
From glass-topped tables and shelving units to strategically placed mirrors, implementing mirrors and mirrors as functional décor pieces in your small business is a great way to enhance a room’s dimensional feel without changing the boundaries of the space itself.
Let’s take a closer look at some simple ways to enlarge your small business with glass and mirrors.
Wooden doors serve as much more than a barrier between the outside world and your indoor space: they create a sense of enclosure and finality that you can’t lose without opening the door again, thus defeating the door’s purpose in the first place.
Fortunately, there are compromises in glass doors. Whether you choose a French-style door with multiple panes of glass or the unbroken beauty of a single piece of glass mounted on a hinge with a wooden or metal frame, the effect is the same. Now you have a way to keep light flowing through the door into your space without compromising the safety and security that functional doors provide.
Quick Tip: For an extra increase in space, install sliding glass doors. With these independent entry and exit points, you no longer have to factor in door clearances eating up valuable floor space inside that can now be dedicated to something much more useful.
Coating the table with custom cut glass not only creates a functional flat surface for dining (for use in a break room or lounge area) and work (a conference room table or even an office table), but also provides a transparent surface that allows light to pass through uninterruptedly.
For a final tip that combines the structural supports of glass and the light-reflecting qualities of mirrors, consider pairing a glass shelving unit with a bookcase or mirror-backed cubby wall.
It’s a great way to highlight products or merchandise, organize client binders, or simply display office décor such as family photos or memorabilia.
To increase shelf space, install LED light strips harmlessly around the entire interior perimeter of the bookshelf (under individual shelves and hugging the sides around the top and base) or place a light on one of the shelves so the beams bounce around the room.
DIY Dry Erase Board
Now that you’ve got your supersizing needs covered at the front of the house, let’s go behind the scenes for the perfect DIY project to punch up your conference room or keep you organized in your office: dry erase boards.
A sheet of plexiglass is a cost-effective solution for finding boards that fit the space you need.
While you can easily lean it against the wall and lay it flat whenever you need to write on it, if you want you can place it around a wood like a picture frame or even drill a hole in the top corner to hang it from the wall. wall.
Quick Tip: If you choose the hanging option, be sure to drill the holes into the glass slowly to avoid cracks and keep them far enough from the corners. Leaving between 3″ – 6″ of space from the top and sides is sufficient.
A 3/8″ thick width is a good, versatile thickness for your sheet of plexiglass and you can custom cut it to your exact specifications when you buy it.
Quick Tip: If you’re having trouble completely removing the mark from the dry-erase marker, simply dab a rag with rubbing alcohol to remove any residue.
What other ways have you seen glass and mirrors incorporated into small business spaces that make them appear a little larger?