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How to Buy Office Furniture

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How to Buy Office Furniture

Buying office furniture, whether for a small space or a whole office, may seem intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be.

At Source, we make the buying experience as easy as possible – whether you prefer to browse online or talk to a furniture specialist in-store. Here are a few things to consider when you’re in the market for office furniture:

  1. Consider the size of your space. If you have a small office, ensure the furniture that you’re buying doesn’t take up the whole room.

    It’s important to measure your space whether you’re buying furniture online or in person. However, it’s harder to visualize how big the furniture is when you’re looking at a small picture of it online. When measuring, account for how much room you’ll need to walk around the desk, and how far away the desk needs to be from the door so it still opens. Also consider how much room you’ll need to leave for storage solutions such as filing cabinets and bookcases.

  2. Consider if the finish/colour will match with your other pieces. If you have existing furniture in your office, you may want to ensure that your new purchase matches. Print out a picture of the colour-swatch or laminate finish and hold it up to objects in your space. You’ll be able to discover whether or not the tones complement each other or if they clash.

  3. Read the product description carefully. Furniture companies use varying types of materials and laminates that are not always equal in quality. Be certain that you can trust the quality before you purchase. Source is proud to carry Performance’s Classic Series that features high-density laminate with DuraEdge detailing for an enhanced look and added durability. It’s important to read the product’s material information in order to maintain its appearance and clean it properly.

  4. Know the return policy. Find out how much of a headache it would be to send the furniture back if you end up unhappy with the piece. Read the company’s return policy ahead of time so that you’re not surprised if you want to return the item.

Guides to Buying Office Furniture

how to buy chairs

How many hours do you spend sitting in your office chair? If you work eight hours a day, five days a week, the answer is an approximately staggering 1,900 hours over one year. This number alone makes it clear that a desk chair is one of the most important pieces of office furniture. But a desk chair isn’t the only seating an office needs.

how to buy a desk

Your desk is the main piece of furniture that anchors your office and supports all the work you do. Today, it’s much more than a writing surface. A desk holds your computer and peripherals, docks your laptop and other mobile devices, and stores documents and tools.

Most of us understand the importance of using ergonomic chairs and seating options to combat the effects of sitting in a stationary position for the duration of the workday. Even with the option of an ergonomic chair, however, it is still important for one’s health to stand and move around throughout the day, stretching the neck, shoulders and lower back.

how to buy storage

A clutter-free workspace is every busy professional’s dream. While keeping your desk neat and organized can often get put on the back burner, it’s essential for productivity and can lead to an improvement in efficiency and performance.

how to buy lighting

Too often, key pieces like desks, shelves, and chairs overshadow lighting choices. This is a shame, because light does more than let you see the way to the conference room. Proper office lighting should be central in space design. Light can make a space seem warm and inviting, or it can reinforce a cool, businesslike environment.

how to buy tables

Getting just the right size, colour, and type of office table for your space can seem like a challenging task. Buying office tables starts with the three Ps: personal taste, preference, and purpose. Then, no matter your style, there are some standard considerations when it comes to the how-to of table shopping.

When office cubicles first became popular, they were meant to be private work areas that conserved floor space. Eventually, they turned into a symbol of impersonal offices. Recent trends have leaned towards open-concept areas, but the lack of privacy and noise issues are once again making cubicles appealing.

how to budget

“You have an unlimited budget to buy office furniture,” said no one ever. In the real world, we all have to work within a budget when it comes to furnishing an office. Finding a balance between the kind of office furniture you would like, and the kind you can afford, can be a challenge.