Over 90 percent of American workers are not satisfied with their workstations, according to a survey conducted by Steelcase. If you’ve thought about how to create a unique office, you might find that cost is your biggest obstacle. Many offices tend to mix both new and used office furniture can help you cut costs but still give your office a modern aesthetic. Here are five tips to consider when blending both used and new pieces.
Work Within Your Budget
Before you select the exact pieces that you want, create a budget for each type of furniture you want to incorporate. This will allow you to determine what pieces you can select new, and what pieces you can select used. Set a budget for each type of furniture to determine how much you can actually spend on chairs, tables, and other essential pieces.
Think About Your Employees Needs
If your office has employees with bad knees or legs, you might want to consider ergonomic office chairs, but maybe implement used desks. For those looking for a healthier workspace, you might look for a used stool to go with a new sit-stand workstation. Consider asking your employees what they look for in their office furniture first before committing to a purchase.
Think About Collaboration
If your office has an open layout, you should decide between workstations and tables. Consider how many people you will want seated at each table, and how much collaboration happens in these areas. For offices with cubicles, you might want to look at different partitions and panels to give employees the privacy they deserve and space for organization.
Think About Aesthetics
This tip is more important for those who are looking for a few pieces here and there, rather than those looking to do a whole office redesign (which our friends at Hyperspace can help you with, if you’re interested.) You’ll want to ensure that each piece you select features clean lines and compliments other pieces within your office. When going through used furniture, ensure that the durability and quality of the pieces fit your needs. If you’re looking to create a bold office space, an accent piece here or there will help specific areas pop out.
Think About Long-Term Use
Will your furniture arrangements now make sense in the future? Ensure that your furniture selections will fulfill long-term needs. You’ll want to think about the quality of the used furniture pieces, and for desks, the ability to adapt to new technologies that may develop. Also consider the rate your company is growing currently, and factor that into your decision of whether you should go with new or used furniture.
Want to test out used furniture pieces before you buy? Consider making an appointment to visit our Hagerstown warehouse.