5 Reasons to Buy Used Office Furniture
#1 - Save Money for your Business
Running a business is expensive, prioritizing your spending can be difficult. Fancy, brand new office furniture, while nice, is likely not a priority for you or your employees. Simply put, you can save up to 80% when you purchase used, that could mean saving tens of thousands when furnishing your entire office space.
When debating if used office furniture is right for you, ask yourself; What could I invest in to grow my business?
You likely have several answers for yourself.
- More marketing spend - The majority of small businesses neglect their marketing budget.
- Hire new people - Would a CFO or Accountant give you more time to focus on other important aspects?
- Create a safety net - Over half of new businesses fail within the first 5 years, are you prepared for the unexpected?
If the financial benefits to purchasing used office furniture are not enough, allow us to dive a little deeper into the subject.
#2 - Reduce Your Impact on the Environment
It’s 2019 and everyone is aware of the ongoing issues of pollution and waste, not just in the US but globally. It’s imperative that each person does what they can to help reduce the waste that ends up in our oceans and landfills.
Office furniture is designed to be used every day and last a long time, this is great in almost every aspect, except when it ends up in a landfill. The materials that most office furniture is composed of are not decomposition friendly.
- Plastic - One of the leading contributors to our waste and pollution issues. Plastic takes up to 1000 years to decompose.
- Glass - Forget about it. Glass can take MILLIONS of years to breakdown and decompose. Some researches argue that it doesn’t breakdown at all.
- Rubber - Typically takes between 50-80 years to breakdown.
- Painted Wood Products - Because the paint protects the wood, it takes 10-15 years to decompose.
- Steel & Other Metal - Most office furniture is composed of a metal frame, etc. On average it takes 200-500 years for steel to breakdown.
When you buy new office furniture it is almost always shipped on pallets - meaning more trees are cut down just to transport your new office furniture, then those pallets usually end up in a landfill if they’re not properly recycled.
Purchasing pre-owned office furniture is a simple yet effective way to reduce your business's carbon footprint.
#3 - Faster Delivery and Installation
Office furniture retailers that only sell new products typically don’t have floor models of all their offerings. It’s not always easy to decide on office furniture from a pamphlet. What’s great about pre-owned office furniture stores is all the inventory is able to be seen in person. When you make the purchase there is no waiting for it to be ordered in, then scheduled for delivery and installation. Many times you can take it home (or to your office) the very same day.
#4 - Get Great Quality and Brand Name Office Furniture
Just because you buy used office furniture doesn't mean you’re sacrificing quality. Many Fortune 500 companies will buy top of the line furniture for their whole office. When they relocate or switch to a new office space they hire companies like Office Furniture Warehouse to decommission their furniture so they don’t have to deal with it. The used name brand furniture can then be resold at a fraction of the cost, which is great for your small business.
Brands like Haworth, Steelcase, and Herman Miller are all commonly found in used office furniture dealers nationwide. Office Furniture Warehouse does so many largescale decommissions we’re able to keep our used furniture prices amongst the lowest in the US.
#5 - Resale Value of Your Office Furniture
High quality used office furniture holds its value well, so even when you’re done using it you can count on it still holding value. Brands like Concept Seating design their products to last a lifetime so chances are if you purchased quality used furniture it will hold up long after you’ve finished using it. Most office furniture manufacturers offer replacement parts if you happen to damage a piece.
Whether you need to furnish your home office or the entire floor of a high-rise building we encourage you to weigh your options when making your next office furniture purchase. Pre-owned office furniture has many upsides for both your wallet and the environment, that’s a win-win in our books. If you’re having difficulties finding used office furniture to fit your needs you can always combine new with used, buy pre-owned chairs to go with your new desks, etc.
If you have questions on where to find gently used office furniture near you feel free to contact us here at Office Furniture Warehouse, we would be more than happy to help.