Whether you’re new or old to the process of buying office furniture, it’s likely that you may have run into at least one of these common office furniture mistakes. Office furniture mistakes can result in some costly problems down the road, so it’s important to prevent—or fix them—as soon as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the most common office furniture mistakes to avoid, and how to make sure you avoid them.
Mistake: Buying Furniture Without Planning Ahead
Before you buy any office furniture or fittings such as door handles or wooden sliding folding door fittings, you need to seriously consider the purchases you are about to make. Office furniture is a pretty big investment, especially if you are buying furniture for a large office. Impulse buys or poorly researched buys can result in thousands of dollars in mistakes–something you will definitely want to avoid, especially if you can’t afford to fix such a costly mistake. The key to avoiding this investment mistake is to plan ahead. When planning to buy office furniture, think about the following things: how is the furniture going to be used? How often will it be used? For example: A side guest chair in an office that will only be sat in occasionally does not need to be as study and comfortable as a chair that will be used every day, for hours a day, by an office worker.
Mistake: Forgetting Employee Comfort
Sure, that set of office chairs might be a bargain—but how comfortable are they? Most employees in an office will be sitting down for long periods of time. And this requires chairs and other furniture which are not only comfortable but support good posture and reduce the chances for back strain and other health problems caused by poor furniture support. Happy, healthy workers are good workers—you don’t want employees who are constantly shifting in their seats, stretching their backs, and striving to get comfortable. You want employees who can sit down in their comfortable, posture-benefiting chair and can work comfortably and happily throughout the day.
Mistake: Avoiding Pre-Owned Furniture
Pre-owned furniture often carries the stigma of being “used”—images of chairs with flat seats or broken legs come to mind. But don’t write off pre-owned office furniture right away, especially if you are looking for office furniture on a budget. A lot of pre-owned furniture can be easily reused in your office with minimal refurbishing to make it comfortable. Pre-owned does not necessarily mean unusable.