In the back room
Maybe your main operations are retail or manufacturing. In that case, you probably won’t need to spend too much on office furniture, at least for appearance sake. Yes, you may need a nice desk with sufficient space for computer equipment and other supplies, but overall, furniture should not be a huge expenditure.
Depending on the nature of your business, you may have clients visiting you. If this is the case, you will want it to look nice, but can probably find used pieces that are still in great condition. This is not the main focus of your business, so there is no point in making it the main expense either!
Part of the area visible to customers
If you run a business that does not have much customer traffic, most of your staff might be located behind a front counter, which is there to assist the few people who do come through the door. Whether employees are in cubicles or have standalone desks, you want the design to look clean and be free and of clutter. Used items are fine, as long as any blemishes are not too visible from the customer’s viewpoint.
How your business operates
- Large companies: Many large organizations have numerous employees working in different departments, such as human resources, finance, sales, marketing, etc. Theses departments likely have a combination of cubicles and offices within them. In this case, you want to provide a comfortable workspace for your entire staff. Employees want to visit a manager with a professional looking office and clients will likely visit from time to time as well. While you don’t necessarily have to purchase everything brand new, you don’t want it to have obvious signs of wear. You can save some money by leasing or renting cubicles. You may also find a deal on executive furniture through re-sale outlets or from other companies selling to purchase new.
- Small businesses: Accountants, real estate agents, interior decorators – all often operate out of a small office location. Even if your budget is tight, you definitely need nice furniture to convey a professional atmosphere to your clients. To save money, look at gently used furniture or even renting.