Imagine that you found space for your practice in a prime location at a reasonable price. And then you start moving equipment into the space and discover it's insufficient.
by John DeMatte IV, D.C. in Facility Setup on Monday, June 29, 2015
Due diligence up front can help you avoid this mistake. Before you sign a lease or loan, consider how much space you’ll need and how to configure this space.
Determine How Much Space You Need
Depending on your financial situation, you may choose to be frugal when it comes to your practice space. As your practice grows, you can consider additional space needs at that time.
If your practice is focusing primarily on adjusting patients, you’re going to need less space than someone whose practice is going to include other forms of treatment, such as rehab. In most cases, 800-900 square feet, appropriately laid out, will be adequate space for a new practice.
This space might include:
- Two treatment rooms
- Front office
- Doctor's space
- Reception area
Decide How to Configure Your Space
Following are some possible configuration ideas to help you with your planning. You may also find online resources that are useful.
Here are some links to a sample start-up office floor plan
and several other chiropractic office floor plans. Keep in mind these are samples only. You can share them with the property owner or contractor when consulting on your build out plan and develop a plan for your space.
* These floor plans are from “The Chiropractic Office - A Guide to Contemporary Office Design” by John D. Hickey, D.C., copyright 1997, PrimeWord Publishing.