Mistakes not to make when buying office furniture

It’s easy to spot the perfect office furniture range for your imagination and leap straight in, but that’s how mistakes get made! A little bit of care and attention will take the tedium out of this buying process whilst leaving you free from hassles and mistakes.

It’s an important task to get right, as it will affect both your staff’s productivity and your client’s first impressions. Here are some mistakes we see often:

• Aimless buying.
• Opting only for looks.
• Not taking your furniture for a test drive.

Aimless buying.
Aimless buying is a killer, and the bigger your offices the bigger the room for error. Firstly, you need to know what you actually need. Secondly, you need to have some idea of where future growth will take you. Start by finding out what features your furniture has to have- whether it’s desks that move easily or chairs with anti-tip locks. Careful consideration now will stop you making expensive mistakes. It always helps to get feedback from staff as to what they need and what they’d like, too. You also need to make certain that you are properly designing the spaces- drawers must open easily, people have room to move and drawers have unimpeded access.

Opting only for looks.
Sometimes, going just for the looks is the worst thing you can do. Firstly, remember that trends die quite quickly. You want future-proofed choices that will not require an expensive refit next year. Secondly, remember that office furniture must serve a purpose first and foremost. The most interesting design in the world is of no use if it’s unusable. Lastly, remember that study after study proves that productive staff are happy staff. Choose ergonomic options that maximize productivity and minimize injuries and irritations. This will also result in staff less prone to sick days and workplace diseases.

Not taking your furniture for a test drive.
This, of course, ties in to the point above. Some places will allow you a ‘try before you buy’ option to test office furniture. If you don’t have that luxury, then make sure to evaluate it well before purchase. Remember part of that evaluation will be the balancing act of considering how best to balance cost and durability. Sometimes, a cheaper chair will work out your more expensive option, simply because of the costs of owning and maintaining it. Don’t forget to add up the costs of things like transport fees, freight charges and taxes before you decide too. The business you are thinking of purchasing from should offer you good after sales support too- from warranties to items damaged in transit, you need to know you have help and support along the way.

Remember that above all you must make sure you have a sensible plan for furnishing your office, and to pick pieces which will last in stylishness. Once you have a great grip of the true costs involved in purchasing the sweet you want, it will be easy for you to make a great decision you will be proud of later.

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