Travel brands are responding by downsizing, from slimline seats on planes to smaller desks in hotel rooms, and using the extra space to either pack in more passengers or make room for new things travelers need. Bring-your-own-device means that travel providers with a solid Wi-Fi network can radically rethink how they use space and what they offer their guests. Perhaps the most radical rethinks are happening in hotel rooms. The evolution of televisions at the beginning of the 2000s from fat boxes to wall-mounted flatscreens allowed properties to clear out big armoires and dressers, but hotel brands are just now beginning to rethink how rooms can function in a world where laptops and TVs aren’t so huge, and travelers don’t need the property to provide them with a tangle of cords or a clock radio to stay ahead of the game. The best designs are the ones which don’t require the guest to do any problem solving. This means putting enough outlets — ones with USB plugs are even better — next to beds so phones, tablets and laptops can be charged and used where the guest wants to use them, and where it makes sense to use them. The standard desk and chair still help the average business traveler, but smart hotels are abandoning your father’s desk for smaller size that actually makes sense for the laptops and tablets travelers place on them. Get the full story at Skift