Buying used office furniture is a smart way to decorate a small office at your home or even a large office at a big company. Although the yellow pages and the internet are filled with hundreds of ads of companies that sell refurnished used office furniture, selection must be made wisely, unless you want your office to fall apart in a couple of months! So, what should you look for when you decide to purchase used office furniture?
Just like new office furniture from prestigious brands is a good investment, reconditioned office furniture from leading brands can last for long years without the need for replacement. Some large companies refurnish their offices every few years. The used office furniture and cubicles from these companies are usually sold to specialized companies where the furniture is refurbished before reoffered for sale again. Companies such as Ethosource offer used office furniture from top notch brands like Hernan Miller at a fraction of the original price. Mostly, this type of office furniture is as good as new as most companies at least partially refurbish their furniture before selling it.
One of the problems that might face you, if you choose to purchase used office furniture, is that you won't easily find the perfect furniture pieces to match your office space. However, some specialized companies can modify the furniture to suit your work space. Look for companies that offer excellent customer services. Some companies will send you a sales representative who would decide which modifications should be done to the used office cubicles you wish to purchase.
Not only you would be saving money, but also protecting the environment when deciding to go for used and reconditioned office furniture. Some of the used office furniture is known as environmentally friendly office furniture, or green office furniture. It is better to look for office furniture that is manufactured from recycled and recyclable materials such as wood, metal and recycled plastic. Materials like recycled plastic prevents the damage that can affect the environment from the use of ordinary plastic. Apart from used office furniture, green office furniture can be manufactured from wood recycled from railway trucks, old factories, bridges, buildings...etc.
Deciding to purchase used office furniture doesn't mean that you are going to get some low quality furniture that would collapse a few weeks after being assembled. Always look for durable furniture whenever your budget can permit. Some materials are both durable and environmentally friendly such as cork and bamboo.
Look for used office furniture that offers flexibility and technical feasibility e.g. most used office cubicles from Ethosource are easily assembled and come with baseline electric power input.
The recent economic recession has shrunk the budget of many businesses especially small ones. Not only can you save a lot of money when purchasing used office furniture, but also you can help protect the environment.
This post is courtesy of EthoSource and Mark Miller, COO EthoSource
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