Office space – no, not the 90s movie – is a key part of running a business.

If you get it right, a good space to work can help attract and retain staff, while keeping them happier.

So how did one mortgage company, based in London, sort their presentation room for a tiny cost rather than splurge thousands on interior designers and builders?

Trussle, while may not exactly be called a small business (they have taken millions in funding from Goldman Sachs), still retains their bootstrapping roots.

‘When I was quoted £40,000 from an interior design guy to design us a new seating area for presentations I thought, ‘I can do this myself for a fraction of the price,’ said Charlotte Bergman, office and community manager of online mortgage provider Trussle.

‘I hauled 50 pallets, which I found from a local guy, in stages up the stairs from the street at 6am; (passers-buy helped me out), I sanded them down and painted on a layer of primer and two layers of regular white paint (it’s important to use primer first as the paint is basically see through).

‘Then I made sure to put down a small plastic film down so the rough pallets didn’t mark our nice new wooden floor.

‘After I’d stapled them all together and placed some pillows on top we now use them every week for presentations and events.

‘It was all done in four days.

Bergman says it the boxes, which form a sitting area for company presentations, fit in well with the company ethos and inject personality into their office

‘We don’t want to be like HSBC, we want to inject some fun into our office while keeping costs down.’

The presentation area at Trussle

The presentation area at Trussle

Trussle, headquartered in the East London co-working Craftwork office, have also created a few nifty rooms which pay homage to their humble beginnings in co-working spaces Second Home and others. The rooms also feature themes such as Scandanavian design and 60’s LA where they started with around four people, growing to offices in Tileyard and Networks as well as a stint at OneFineStay’s offices for a few months.

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The firm also have a chill-out room which is used by employees who need to get their head down and get work done.

The company has grown from around four to 70 since December 2015.

Cheers to their DIY and can-do spirit!

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