One of the most irksome tasks of creating an appealing office environment can end up being very rewarding if done properly-choosing the right office furniture. Improving employee workspaces is very important. They spend more of their waking hours at work than anyplace else. Sometimes, that fact gets lost in the process of choosing furnishings that best suit employee needs, and comfort.
But good, quality office furniture ends up at the bottom of the priority list when many business owners are more concerned with "getting a deal." These hints can help buyers enjoy the process, and maybe pick up a few "brownie" points with grateful co-workers.
Have a plan: The opening step is to carefully consider the kinds of furnishings needed. Consider the three general zones of a typical business: work, supply, and reference areas. Decide what's needed. Where will you put the meeting space? Is your reference center fully computerized or are there a lot of books? Think of office functions as you make your plan.
Think comfort first, and choose value over price: Uncomfortable employees perform less efficiently. So picking the perfect office desks office chairs is probably most important. Don't confuse price and value. If you want a cheap chair, head for a garage sale. If you want to value, be open to spending the money it takes for one that will last for years and hold its value.
Do we want new or used office furniture? You have a larger variety of choices in style, color, quantity, and size if you buy new. If you want a "modern motif," new might be your only avenue, especially if you're outfitting 30 workspaces. It's generally more expensive and involves some sort of set-up, another added expense, but if you accept these costs, go ahead, splurge, and keep these quality pieces for many years.
Used furnishings get a bad rap, but can be a perfect solution. You can certainly save money, especially if you're moving from one location to another. Unless you're lucky, don't count on a big selection. A good rule of thumb is this: if you're buying for 15 or more employees, new is best. If buying for 14 or less, used should work. Just make sure to look the merchandise over very carefully.
Once the above decisions are made, go shopping, or rather, just look first. No furniture deal is so good you can't find it elsewhere. So buy on your terms, not the sellers. Also, consider asking your employees for their opinions. You might even ask one or two employees, whose opinions you trust, to accompany you on "scouting" trips.
When buying used, what's best - dealer or broker? Dealers can be very helpful, and offer better service, but they are generally more expensive. A broker's prices are generally less expensive, but services might be sparse. Used office furniture brokers are a good solution for small budget-minded companies that know what they want. Also, know how you're going to transport your office furnishings from their warehouse to your office.