What is the Average Size of a Co-Working Office Space?

Learn about the average size of a coworking office space in North America and around the world. Find out how much space each person needs and how to plan ahead for your office space.

What is the Average Size of a Co-Working Office Space?

The amount of space available determines how it can be divided and organized into different desk arrangements. According to Coworking Insights, the average size of a coworking space in North America is 9,799 square meters, which is equivalent to approximately 100 square meters. On a global scale, the average size of all coworking spaces is 7,308 square feet. In North America, coworking spaces have the highest average size at 9,799 square feet.

Asia follows with an average size of 8,101 square feet. The average capacity of all coworking spaces worldwide is 83 people, with Asia having the highest capacity at 114 people and South America having the lowest at 54 people.

How Much Space Does Each Person Need?

When it comes to office space, companies often think about square footage. In traditional offices, the norm used to be 200 square feet per person.

This number has decreased in recent years to around 180 square feet per person. In comparison, WeWork's average is 75 square feet per person. In coworking spaces, each co-worker should have an average of 100 to 250 square feet. To make the most of this space, consider a 100 square foot kitchen without seating and 120 to 150 square foot private offices and conference spaces.

How Much Space Should You Leave Unused?

According to lighting control systems company Enlighted, up to 40% of all office space is not used either because it's not rented or simply because it's too much. Additionally, office occupants are realizing that they like being surrounded by people and don't mind having less space. Office Finder suggests leaving about 175 square feet of space for each person who works in the office.

Planning Ahead for Your Office Space

When moving to a new office, it's important to plan ahead and make sure that your next office meets your current and future needs.

Consider factors such as how your company will grow (and what you'll need to manage that growth), how the economy will change (for your market and in general), and what types of equipment and people your office space will need to support.

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