Tips on Buying Office FurnitureOn January 5, 2021 by Brent Bates
When setting up a home office, finding the best place to buy office furniture will be one of your first considerations. There are many choices for buying office furniture, used and new, in all price ranges.
With all the choices available, making the right decisions regarding office furniture can be daunting. Here are some considerations that might help.
Determine Your Needs
The type of work you do and the size of your home office will pretty much dictate the type of office furniture you need. You will need at least a desk and chair to start, then storage and file cabinets as your needs grow. Also, consider the type of lighting that’s required. Natural lighting is always best, but most likely you will need a good desk lamp.
Negotiate With Your Employer
If your employer allows you to work from home, you should be able to negotiate the acquisition of required office furniture. Many times, employers will provide you with the furniture and materials.
Explore All Options
If you are responsible for buying your furniture, you have many options. Classified ads, charity stores, office supply and department stores, liquidation sales, and government surplus auctions are a few places where you can find deals on furniture.
When searching the classified ads, pay attention to the free or to give away sections. Often, office furniture can be found since many people tend to give it away to make room for new stuff. You can also find good deals in charity stores and second-hand shops. You shouldn’t have to take out a bank loan to buy functional furniture.
Build Your Own
If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, you can even make your own furniture. For example, a desk can be made quickly with a few bricks for support and boards for the table surface. Shelves and storage can be constructed with a few boards and some wooden crates. If you’re on a tight budget and don’t need anything fancy, then making your own might be a consideration.
Give yourself some time to evaluate your needs, budget, and strategy for buying office furniture. Explore all options before making purchases. Don’t be afraid to mix and match used and new furniture. The key is to find what works for you.
You will be spending many hours in your home office, and those hours must be a productive time. The furniture you choose should fit your work habits and promote your productivity.