5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Office Furniture

Whether you’re buying furniture for your new business or giving your office a renovation, buying office furniture can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

There’s always the thrill and joy that comes with getting or doing something new, but there’s also the stress that comes with trying to buy office furniture. There are always a lot of factors to consider, and it can be very tasking.

However, it’s so easy to fall into several errors when buying office furniture. The best you can do is to learn to avoid the common mistakes people make when buying office furniture. Here are 5 of them:

1. Buying without a proper plan

This is by far the most common mistake people make when trying to buy office furniture. It’s wrong to just wake up someday and declare it’s time to get furniture and then just walk into a furniture shop and start ordering.

No, furniture shopping should never be done without proper planning.

You need to first assess your needs – what exactly you need, and then what is perfect for your office environment.

Before going to the market, you must determine the type of furniture you want, the size, color, shape, and so on. You don’t want to buy impulsively and get to regret your purchase decision later

2. Not having a budget

Budgeting is an important part of planning when it comes to purchasing office furniture. It helps you to stay within your limits and not buy more than you need on impulse.

You don’t want to spend all the money meant to set up the entire office on just buying few pieces of furniture – remember you still have other expenses like shipping, taxes, and even hiring office furniture installation services.

3. Choosing the wrong material

You need to consider the purpose each piece of furniture would serve and the perfect furniture material for that purpose – before deciding on what to buy.

The fabric of the chair, the material used for table surface (wood, metal, plastic), the finishing, and so on, should be seriously considered before choosing your office furniture. Choosing the wrong product for the wrong task is a big mistake you really don’t want to make. You don’t want to install a plastic table where soldering iron is being frequently used.

4. Sacrificing value for price

It’s a great idea to try to save money while buying office furniture and go for cheaper items. However, you don’t want to ignore quality in favor of low prices. It’s better to spend money on items guaranteed to last very long than to keep renewing office furniture every now and then. You’d end up spending far more than you were trying to save.

5. Not testing before buying

Did you sit down on the chair you intend to buy? Does it feel comfortable? Is it easily adjustable? Have you seen and tested that table for strength?

Buying office furniture with the hope that every item would work fine, instead of testing them out, is a big mistake most people make. You don’t want to end up with items you’d later try to return.

Of course, there are tons of other mistakes people make when buying office furniture, but avoiding these common ones will help you get great value for your office furniture budget – and you’ll end up increasing employee productivity.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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