Making your office look great on a budget

It can be tough to mesh furniture solutions for a tight budget with the need to present a great face to your clients, customers and staff. However, it’s not impossible to get a good deal that will still keep staff happy and clients impressed- with a little knowledge and effort, the quest will be easy. Here are some tips to help you get the best bang for your budget.

Don’t go off halfcocked
Forcing yourself to purchase in a rush is a recipe for overspend and distaste. Take some time to properly consider your purchase and ensure that you understand both what you need, how you may change your offices as you expand into the future and the needs of your staff. Plan out how you will arrange furniture to ensure you’re not cramming a space with too much furniture, bearing in mind that people need space to move and that drawers etc. need clear spaces to move into. The office needs to be operational as well as look good.

Shop around
Having a plan will enable you to shop around, as well. Look through the catalogues of several places- not neglecting big chains like Kmart and target which now supply furniture- to price various pieces. Don’t forget to venture into the online world for price comparisons. However, don’t be fooled by the popular gambit which neglects to factor in shipping costs to your purchases. Use only recommended online dealers and read all the fine print carefully so you know exactly what you’re purchasing.

Ergonomics isn’t just a word
Bear in mind at all times the comfort of the people who will be using the office furniture too- it’s all well and good to produce a charming new age design desk, but if it’s uncomfortable and unsuitable for purpose it’s nothing more than waste. Certain health and safety regulations require you to meet ergonomic designs for your workforce. Colleagues and friends may be able to provide worthwhile recommendations- if only of who to avoid.

Remember that a quality secondhand piece can often provide far better value than a newer piece. You should be able to find major brand name furniture at a better price, and most modern refurbishment shops offer guarantees that match the new dealers. There are great bargains to be had. If you’re paying cash, buying bulk or have other incentives, don’t be afraid to ask about potential discounts, too. There may be discounts available which the sales person will not bring to your attention, and you will lose out.

Remember, the task of procuring new office furniture shouldn’t be a major hassle. If you’ve done your research and have a solid plan, the task will become considerably easier all around. Don’t be afraid to chase bargains either, whether it be by buying refurbished pieces or asking for discounts on what you’re purchasing. And examine all deals carefully to be sure you know exactly what you are purchasing and what your options are. Otherwise, good luck with the hunt!