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How to Make Your Commercial Office Space More Attractive to Tenants

Why do some properties get leased immediately while others stay on the market for months? Properties with certain features are more attractive to tenants. As the landlord you’ll want to understand what commercial tenants look for when choosing an office space and strive to match their expectations.

Here are a few key things you can do to make your office space more attractive to potential tenants:

Build for the type of business you want to attract

Who are you targeting? Are you hoping to catch the attention of traditional law firms or the next big tech company? Build and design your space with your audience in mind. If you’re targeting creative startups with huge potential for growth and expansion, then focus on a modern kitchen, large windows and an open workspace with enough space for benching systems.

If you intend to attract financial institutions, law firms, and other professional service firms, make sure you build large individual offices in a more traditional layout. One of the worst mistakes you can make is trying to appeal to everyone. Focus on a certain type of tenant and you’ll see your space leased in no time.

Use glass

The use of glass appeals to many types tenants, as well as their customer base. Consider implementing glass walls or skylights. Frosted glass can provide tenants will some privacy. Herculite doors look great but may be tough on your budget; consider instead a metal or wood-framed storefront door designed with a glass cutout.

Use luxury vinyl tile in the reception area

You should cover much of the reception area with luxury vinyl tile. This feature creates a good first impression for prospective tenants and their clients. A natural wood tone is always a good choice, as it is less likely to clash with your other design elements. Don’t miss the chance to make your office space more attractive with tile.

Choose blues, grays, and whites for your paint colors

While bold colors may seem attractive, you’ll want to avoid greens, oranges and yellows, especially when choosing wall paint colors. Prospective tenants will prefer natural, cool colors such as blues, grays and whites. Ensure that the blues and grays are lighter to prevent darkening the suite.

Use double doors

Many tenants desire double doors as they make navigating an office building easier and make a space feel more open. Consider adding a second door if the office space doesn’t have it already.

Upgrade the kitchen

An upgraded kitchen may not be a top priority for tenants, but it can set your space apart. For many companies, the kitchen is a spot for team building and taking a break from their daily responsibilities. For this reason, a top-notch kitchen can make a big difference for prospective tenants.

Limit the built-ins

Some built-ins are very expensive and they can become useless once tenants decide to remove them to make room for other things. Some companies prefer their built-ins to match their furniture or have a precise sizing for filing reasons. There are several other aesthetic things you can spend your money on that many prospective tenants will appreciate.  

Make sure your bathrooms are sparkling clean

Prospective tenants won’t end a property tour without checking the bathroom. If your bathroom is in very bad shape, the entire office space could be an instant turn off. Make sure your bathroom is clean, up to date and user-friendly.

Bottom line

If your space is attractive, you’ll have tenants lining up to see it. Tenants may still request changes to the space, but by implementing these features, you’ll limit the tenant improvements.

If you have additional questions about leasing your space, reach out to one of our landlord representation advisors. 


  1. Dawna says:

    This is truly helpful, thanks.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Great post! We will be linking to this great content on our website. Keep up the good writing.

  3. Derek McDoogle says:

    I found it interesting when you said that many tenants desire double doors as they make navigating an office building easier and make space feel more open. My boss says that if we keep growing the company, we might need a bigger office. It would be nice to have more space at the office and a more open space design would look great.

  4. Eileen Benson says:

    It was helpful when you said that we should use glass because of its wide appeal. My husband and I want to remodel our commercial property soon. Your tips should help as we make decisions for the doors and storefront!

  5. Faylinn says:

    I loved that you mentioned that you should consider implementing skylights in your office building. My sister and I inherited some land from our dad when he passed away, and we have decided to develop it so we can get some financial gain from it, but we need to hire someone that is an expert in this type of construction. I will make sure I take a look online to see if I can find the best service available.

    • Maggie Kuta says:

      We have skylights in our office and find the natural lighting is energizing. If you need recommendations for developers in the Phoenix area, please let us know!

  6. Tori Raddison says:

    It’s a very good idea to build with your audience in mind because that’ll attract who you want. You’ll also be able to attract them easier that way. I love the idea of having open space with a kitchen for my company.

  7. Rachel Frampton says:

    My husband recently bought a space, and we’re thinking of changing into an office so we can rent it out; that’s why we’re currently looking for a service that may install new windows. I agree with you that it would be best to use luxury vinyl tiles for the lobby, so we’d make a good impression. I also like your idea of choosing shades of grays and white for the office, since neutral colors are what the market prefers nowadays.

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