The process of buying new office furniture can be both exciting and nerve racking. After all, it’s not like you’re buying groceries. This is something you (and potentially your employees) will be using for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the “do’s” and “don'ts” of buying office furniture.
1. Choosing Price over Quality
When it comes to buying office furniture, you want it to last. Hand-made furniture that is made from raw materials, while more expensive, will always outlast plastic & press furniture. On top of that, the overall look and appearance of hand-crafted furniture outshines that of its cheaper contemporaries.
2. Purchasing from multiple brands/manufacturers
One of the biggest mistakes people make when buying office furniture is buying multiple pieces from multiple manufacturers. This results in the furniture not matching, creating an unbalance in the space. When purchasing office furniture, everything should be coherent and complementary.
3. Not considering employee’s satisfaction
If you’re furnishing an entire office space, the furniture doesn’t just represent you, it represents your employees. Your employee’s satisfaction should always be a priority. After all, happy employees mean happy and healthy business.
4. Not buying with future growth in mind
Another big thing to consider is how much your business will grow in the years to come. You want office furniture that has the ability to expand and reorganize. It’s crucial not to have anything slowing down the growth of your business. Don’t let your furniture be the reason your company gets left behind.
5. Buying from a business that has little interaction with you after purchase
Customer service and reliability is one of the most important aspects when considering what company/manufacturer to buy from. You want someone who will always answer the phone, maintain good standing with your business, and honor any sort of agreements you may have made when purchasing your furniture. Checking up on a company's reviews is a great way to vet businesses before you ever reach out to them!
As you can see, there are a lot of mistakes that can easily be made during the office furniture buying process. While it is a very fun process, it can get tricky at times. At Iron Age Office, our reviews speak for themselves. Our clients love us because we take the extra step of getting to know them and sticking with them, even after the installation of their IAO furniture. Reach out today to see what we can do for you!