Monday, March 30, 2015

Advantages of New and Refurbished Furniture

When furnishing an office, you have two options: either buy new or refurbish your old furniture. Both options have their advantages and the decision is ultimately one only you can make. Here are the benefits of both sides, hopefully to help you decide which road to take for your own, personal office space.

The Benefits of Buying New Office Furniture  

Freshen Up Your Space:  Buying new furniture can really recreate your space, with either a new color scheme or just a whole new feel. A new, refreshing environment can help up office morale and can even inspire your employees to generate new ideas. Plus your office space will be looking modern and updated, and most importantly fashionable.

A Big Investment Equals Commitment: Investing in new furniture can be a subtle way to show your clients that you and your business are here to stay. This sense of stability can result in major rewards with your clients, as they feel secure and safe with your company.

Ergonomically Friendly: Show your employees that you care about their long term health and comfort by investing in more ergonomically friendly furniture.

Warranties: New furniture is good in the way that if something breaks or falls apart, you have a warranty to get it replaced for free.

Tax Deductible: For small businesses, your office supplies, including furniture, can be written off as a business expense in your first year.

The Benefits of Refurbishing Old Furniture

Money Saved: Refurbishing your old furniture can make your pieces look brand new for a fraction of the price. New furniture adds up quickly, while you could cut the costs by refurbishing old chairs or giving desks a fresh coat of paint.

Environmentally Friendly: Refurbishing furniture helps to cut down on the use of natural resources to make new furniture. If the demand for new furniture decreases, the need to cut down trees and other resources will also decrease. Also, not throwing away your old furniture can help reduce waste and landfill size.

Health Benefits: Newer furniture is made using Volatile Organic Compounds, VOC's, that are released in the air in the form of gas throughout the furniture's lifetime. The newer the furniture the higher VOC levels. VOC levels can lead to irritation of the nose, eyes, and throat, as well as loss of coordination, nausea, damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system.

LEED Certification Points: If your company is working towards a LEED certification, you can gain points in the categories of waste management, materials and resource reuse, and recycled content by refurbishing your furniture.

It's Easy: The act of refurbishing can sound overwhelming, but really it can be done easily. Chairs and couches can be reupholstered, wooden pieces can be sanded and refinished, for a few examples.

Either way you go, maintaining your office space is an important and fun part of owning a business! 

About the Author: Henry is a guest contributor from Corporate Office Interiors, offering brilliant office furniture solutions. Visit for more information.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the information about the benefits of new furniture. In my opinion, buying new furniture can really be a refreshing taste for your area, and really recreate the space. With new furniture, the space will look more modern and fashionable which is what most people want.