So, you want to find some office furniture to update your office or a single piece that will better fit your needs, but should you purchase something used or new? Which is better? While Better Office Furniture of Saint Charles, Missouri sells both pre-owned and brand new office chairs, office cubicles, office desks, cabinets and storage, and other quality office furniture; we believe that you should choose items that both fit your ideal needs and your budget. Check out the pros and cons of both used and new office furniture below, to see which is the better investment for you.
Why used office furniture is better?
While Better Office Furniture believes that buying cheap furniture (in both quality and price) is never the way to go, because we believe in investing your money, energy, and time into something that will last longer than a year, we also believe that reasonably priced, used office furniture can be just as good as new. The key is quality, since you will be using your office desk and office chair every day and for many hours, indefinitely. This is especially true if you are purchasing office furniture for a larger business or multiple employees, where the cost of new furniture – even at moderate prices – can break the bank or hit your maximum spending limit. That is why buying quality, used office furniture can be a life-saver, because you can spend half as much and not sacrifice quality for savings.
Take the Steelcase 9000 panels we currently have in stock, for instance. Not only does the Steelcase 9000 series work fluently with hundreds of other Steelcase products, Steelcase panels allow you to easily adjust your office space for both team usage and private space needs. While Steelcase 9000 products are a great investment for your office needs, purchasing used Steelcase 9000 panels can be a better investment for you. Why? Steelcase 9000 panels, like other Steelcase products, have a long life-span and can withstand consistent use within an average office setting, with little maintenance required to keep them working like new. So why not spend less on a quality, used product that provides you with the same comfort, efficiency, and productivity as the same item right off the manufacturing floor?
In addition, not only will you or your business save money and not sacrifice quality, buying used furniture can help you be environmentally friendly by reducing the number of resources and embodied energy used, eliminate additional pollutants (i.e. toxic chemicals, carbon emissions and pesticides) being added to the environment, reduce the costs of additional labor and shipping from overseas, and eliminate the need for packaging materials. Purchasing used office furniture also helps the local economy, by ensuring that small businesses – like Better Office Furniture – can provide consumers with high-quality products at a fraction of the cost. It also allows you to utilize funds that would otherwise go towards new products into other business needs and resources. This includes small businesses having the means to place some of their resources towards local causes they support, and maintain environmental integrity knowing that they are not supporting materials being sent to landfills.
Why new office furniture is better?
At Better Office Furniture of St. Charles, we only sell high-quality, pre-owned office furniture, but sometimes new is simply better. Is it just that glossy shine and new furniture smell? Maybe. It could also be that you know that buying new items won’t affect your bottom line and you want to provide yourself or your employees with the best workstations possible.
Whether price is not an issue for you or you have spoken with our owner and founder, Salena Mikos, about working on the price so you can still enjoy the pleasures of having furniture that is truly best for you, having new office furniture can provide your office setting with some great benefits. For instance, one of the downsides of used furniture is that you cannot guarantee that it will fit all your needs. Having new office furniture available to you allows you to choose from a larger selection of items, along with catering the finishes and colors to perfectly fit your office setting. Having these options allows you to freshen up an otherwise outdated office to have a more contemporary feel; which will also leave your employees feeling more energized and enthusiastic about coming to work. Your business will also work more effectively with growing technological needs, such as charging stations or cabling that is built-in, while also allowing for more effective organizational space.
On a broader scale, having new office furniture ensures that you have better office furniture for your employees, which has been proven to increase overall productivity. This is in part because new office furniture tends to be more ergonomically friendly, which not only boosts office morale but also can prevent the “Sitting Disease.” Not only will your employees not have to worry about over-used office furniture that is squeaky, unsteady, or doesn’t provide the correct support; they will be thankful that you are thinking about their short-term comfort and long-term health by investing in high-quality office furniture.
It also can provide some reassurance for your clients and staff that you are envisioning future growth, and have enough confidence in your business to lay down such an investment. An additional plus-side is that new office items have the advantage of a warranty that will allow you to have broken parts and pieces easily repaired by the manufacturer for free, while also being tax deductible with other office expenses in the first year or depreciated.
Still unsure about whether new or used office furniture is a better investment for you? Better Office Furniture of St. Charles not only offers furniture that will last, we are also here to provide amazing customer service by providing free space planning and direct consultation with every client to ensure that you will find precisely what you need for your office. You can also fill out our Free Space Planning online form to help you find exactly what you are looking for.