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Wheeled furniture provides flexibility in coworking spaces.

A yoga instructor, an artist, and a business professional walk into a coworking space. It’s not the start of a bad joke. It’s just Tuesday. People running coworking spaces know that no one can be all things to all people, but it’s our job to provide flexibility to meet the needs of as many entrepreneurs and remote workers as possible.

Coworking Spaces Thrive on Flexibility

I have never been so adamant that my tables have wheels. My co-founder and I were reviewing furniture options for the PatchWork Collective. One was a simple, stylish table from a big box store. The other fit more closely with our aesthetic of contemporary industrial wood and metal. For once, I was pushing away from the more aesthetically pleasing option. Why? One word:


See I knew I was going to be the one moving furniture around in our open coworking area and WorkShop meeting room. I was going to be the one making the space ready for everything from afternoon yoga, to a company dinner, to a board meeting. Flexibility was crucial. My tables needed wheels.

Finding a Balance of Community and Focus

What sets coworking apart from more traditional office arrangements is that everyone gets to find their own balance of community and focus. The open office design at the heart of coworking isn’t for everyone. Some people thrive on being isolated from distractions — especially distracting coworkers. Some of us love the companionship and collaboration our coworking team provides, but then we need to tune the world out and get work done.

The key to a well-run coworking environment is to have enough flexibility to meet everyone’s needs: a big table for when you need to spread a project out, a comfy couch for when you need to relax a little, beanbag chairs for when you want to really kick back, and doors to close when you need to focus.

The flexibility of a coworking space isn’t just about my ability as a facilities manager to turn a work space into a yoga studio. It is also the flexibility we provide to our members. Workers can easily transition from one spot to another as their work needs, and their stress levels, dictate.

Flexibility to Host Your Perfect Meeting

Many coworking spaces make their money from permanent subtenants who occupy small, executive offices in the space 24/7. The PatchWork Collective is a little bit different. Yes, we have some permanent office spaces available. But most of our space is reserved to, and reserveable by our members and drop-in workers. That means we have the flexibility to find a space that suits your perfect meeting.

Do you need 4 people around a table? Or are you meeting someone one-on-one? Would comfortable chairs be better, or a formal desk? Do you need a TV, projector, or white board to make your pitch? Our purpose in designing the PatchWork Collective has been to provide a variety of different office spaces so that our members can get the meeting experience they need to build their best business. Contact us today to get a tour or reserve a space for your next meeting.

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2 Replies to “Coworking Can’t Meet Every Need, But Flexibility Gets Us Closer”

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