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The Most Common Mistakes Made When Buying Office Furniture & How to Avoid Them

We all want to be well-informed; especially when making a more pricey purchase. If you have ever you bought furniture, you know that it can be quite the investment. An investment that takes time and research since you want it to last and be comfortable (not to mention look as fantastic as the chairs on your Pinterest page.) We all need a place to sit, relax and binge-watch that new series.

Even though we might not think about it, furniture plays a large part in our everyday lives. From the office to sofa at home, or even your porch bench; how we sit and how long is always something to consider. This is extra important when thinking about buying for an office. I mean, the average office worker sits 10 hours each day, so if you’re going to be somewhere that long, you need to be sure you make the right choice. I get it, sometimes it may seem like an IKEA desk and chair would work for you, but if you’re going to spend 70 hours a week on it, it’s worth making sure the whole thing isn’t going to collapse one morning.

Buying office furniture means thinking beyond just the aesthetics. There is being comfortable and the safety factor- especially if you are also looking for your employees. By avoiding these couple common mistake made when buying furniture, you can feel better about what you spend, how comfortable and safe the products are, and of course that look the best in your space. Not only will this help with employee satisfaction, but will also allow them to be more productive when they can sit and get things done without discomfort. Plus, who doesn’t love a fabulously designed and exciting office that people actually want to spend time in?

Buying Without a Plan

Buying on impulse rarely turns out well. Because you are making an investment, you need to be sure to take time to address all of your potential furniture needs. How will this item be used? Does it need a lot of storage or maybe need to adjust in height? The more you note specific needs for a piece, the better prepared you’ll be going into a purchase.

With that, think about how each piece is related to a task at hand. If you or the user will be sitting 90% of the day in the same chair, it’s worth making sure the item is tried out before purchase. You don’t want to have to get up every half hour to stretch because the chair is hurting you and you definitely don’t want that for your employees.

Not Thinking About Others

If lots of people need to use the same thing (especially over time) the item not only needs to be versatile, but also be able to handle constant use. Think about what other people might want and need and get suggestions and opinions. They may have an idea you didn’t consider that can take your office from nothing special to a place that really makes a statement. You also need to ask about what works and doesn’t for them from previous experience. And hey, ask a client what they like to see when they come in. You’d be surprised what people say, and if something as simple as having a nice chair for them to sit in at your conference seals the deal, why not?

Price VS Value Debate

If you want something that will last years, you’re going to have to spend a little more. That is true from cars to tables and everything in between. Investing in a something that will last longer is a personal choice, but when it comes to an office; that choice is usually to get something you won’t constantly need to replace. Not only does that lessen the chances of that items future obsolescence, but it ensures you won’t have to deal with finding parts and pieces to replace. Nobody has time for that.

Don’t overlook the longevity and reuse of your furniture. There is always a chance you will move spaces or change the decor and you don’t want your furniture to fall apart then or not work in the new space for any reason. Buying with future growth in mind is also necessary for when you do need more and so that you can fit everyone and their belongings. That brings us to thinking about timeless style or trendy space choices. The more economical choice is timeless, but depending on your type of business; impressing those who come into the office with modern commercial furniture and pops of your corporate color might make an impact. Just because lime green might be the new ‘it’ color for furniture this year doesn’t mean you should include it- just think about discussing and incorporating some design to keep your office both chic and timeless.

Not Hiring a Commercial Interior Designer

This is probably the #1 mistake that is made when purchasing furniture. Many people think hiring a designer is only necessary if you have a new office and are starting from scratch. Commercial designers can help incorporate old furniture with new, assist in what to buy, the finishes, fabric, material, etc…. They have the tools and the knowledge to be sure you make the best choice and can make recommendations along the way. Consulting the experts even on smaller purchases ensures you get what you need. Of course, if you do need them to design from the bottom up they can do that.

These are just a few tips to be sure you get the most out of your new furniture purchase. The most important thing you can do as a buyer is ask questions and do research whether you’re buying 500 desks or a new bar stool.

Happy furniture shopping!

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