- September 7, 2020
- Posted by: Danielle Jenkins
- Category: Bus Shelters
How to maximise space in a small bus shelter
When it comes to bus shelters, space is everything. It’s essential to make the most of the footprint you have available, which requires some out of the box thinking when it comes to choosing the type and layout of your bus shelter. Bus shelters come in all shapes and sizes, but if you have to have a small bus shelter, there are some steps you can take to make sure you maximise the available space within it. Here are some ideas for you to consider.
Have it custom designed
If you’re working with limited space and you need a small bus shelter, why not have it designed for you? Gone are the days when having something custom designed automatically meant spiralling costs. Now, thanks to improvements in technology, you can have a custom bus shelter designed and manufactured for you for a very reasonable price.
But what does that actually get you? Investing in bespoke bus shelter design allows you to have the whole thing designed around your needs. You can play with ideas for form and layout during the design process, to hit upon the perfect design for you. Only when you’re satisfied that you’re getting the maximum amount of internal space relative to the overall footprint of the shelter can you move on to the manufacturing process. This means you’re assured of the design’s suitability for your purposes, before investing in making it a reality.
Don’t enclose your shelter too much
If you want to maximise the internal space of a small bus shelter, one option is to do away with as many sides of it as possible – the more open it is, the more spacious it will feel. A bus shelter that has just one rear wall and the overhang on top will feel much more spacious than a shelter that is enclosed on all sides with a designated entrance and exit.
There is an offset to consider with this, of course, in that your bus shelter won’t be quite so weather resistant. The more open it is, the more vulnerable it will be to the elements. Wind and rain will be a consideration for passengers, but there is always a trade-off that has to be made, especially when it comes to creating more space in a small bus shelter.
Consider your seating options
Another way to increase the overall feeling of space within your bus shelter is to think about the bench you have. Some seating is going to be essential for a bus shelter, but you don’t necessarily need a large full-size bench. There are many innovative designs that minimise the intrusion into the internal space, but still provide an area to sit.
It depends on the location and usage of your shelter. If it’s going to be busy, somewhere more comfortable to sit for a longer period might be a better option. If it’s not going to be used that often, however, a smaller and narrower bench option can provide that much-needed improvement in interior space.
To find out more about designing a small bus shelter, contact us at Ace Shelters today.