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    What Are the Top Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying New or Refurbished Office Furniture?

    Posted on 10th Apr 2018 in Cubicles, Reception Desks, Standing Desks

    Whether you are purchasing new office furniture to replace old furniture, or you are expanding and need to accommodate new employees, the type of furniture you choose will have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. It has been proven that employees that have access to furniture that is ergonomically correct and visually appealing can actually increase their productivity.

    Additionally, the furniture you choose will have a positive or negative effect on the overall look and feel of your office space. When your office is well-furnished, with cubicles, reception desks, and office standing desks, clients (and potential clients) will take notice right away. Using quality furniture shows you take great pride in your business and you are more likely to take good care of your clients’ needs in the same manner.

    In this post, we are going to share the advantages and disadvantages of buying new and refurbished furniture for your office.

    Advantages of Buying New Furniture

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    New furniture means new warranty

    New office furniture comes with an extra cushion of security, known as a nice, little thing called warranty. If something goes wrong with your new furniture and you have a good warranty plan or a protection plan, you will be able to replace it without additional costs. All of our furniture (chairs, conference tables, reception desks, etc.) comes with warranty guaranteed.

    Your clients will be impressed.

    A client’s decision to invest (or remain with a company) is often based on what they see when they visit your location. When clients see that a company is upgrading their space with new furniture, they are often led to believe the company will invest in the growth of their business.

    New furniture is more ergonomic and comfortable.

    Office furniture makers are on the ball when it comes to innovation and technology. Their primary purpose is to create furniture that’s more ergonomic and comfortable. For example, modern office chairs are designed with ergonomic design, soft leather upholstery, pneumatic gas lift systems (seating adjustment), and advanced lumbar support (lower back support). Furniture that is up-to-date is more efficient and can have a positive effect on employee productivity.

    Disadvantages of Buying New Furniture

    New furniture does not always come assembled.

    Once your new furniture is delivered, you will either have to assemble it yourself, recruit your staff to assemble it or hire someone to install it for you. Assembling your own furniture can be very time-consuming, and if it’s not assembled properly it will not be effective.

    When you buy cubicles and other office furnishings from Eco Office, we will actually arrange installation for you. This will give you peace of mind that your office furnishings are installed properly.

    New furniture is not as budget-friendly.

    If you are a startup company with a limited budget, buying brand new furniture may not be the most practical choice. If you are an established company, the cost of buying multiple cubicles, reception desks, chairs and office standing desks, can add up rapidly. Plus, new furniture lose its resale value almost instantly. We strive to keep our new furniture as reasonable as possible.

    Now let’s compare the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing refurbished furniture.

    Advantages of Buying Refurbished Furniture

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    It’s more affordable.

    One of the main reasons why people buy refurbished furniture is to save more money, obviously. You can purchase furniture for considerably less compared to buying new. At Eco Office, our clients are often unable to tell the difference from our new furniture from our refurbished furniture. Therefore, your employees and clients will have a difficult time distinguishing the difference as well.

    Buying refurbished furnishings is more eco-friendly.

    When most people buy new furniture, they throw out their old furniture. The old furniture ends up in a landfill, which has a negative impact on our planet. Buying refurbished is not only cost-effective, it can save the planet for future generations. View our fine selection of refurbished office furniture items.

    It’s reliable and has more longevity.

    Refurbished furniture is created more sturdy than home furniture and it can withstand more wear and tear. When you buy refurbished furniture it will often last for years to come. Before we refurbish older furniture, it goes through a thorough inspection right in our warehouse. We only accept furniture with very minimal wear and tear. So, when you buy refurbished furniture from us, it looks new.

    Disadvantages of Buying Refurbished Furniture

    In some cases, you buy without a warranty.

    Refurbished furniture often comes with an expired or limited warranty. Depending on the type of furnishings you buy, it may be a great challenge finding replacement parts when it needs to be repaired in the future. However, when you buy from us, we provide you with warranty protection in the event something goes wrong.

    Slight wear and tear.

    Our refurbished furnishings looks and feels new and provides similar benefits of new furniture, like a fully-coordinated aesthetic look and no-risk of scratches, nicks, dents, and blemishes.

    As you can see buying new furniture and refurbished furniture both has its advantages and disadvantages. The key to replacing your old furniture successfully is to avoid focusing solely on the cost; however, to consider how your furniture will impact productivity, the appearance of your office space, and its overall effects on our planet.

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