Office Furniture Repairs – Refurbish or Replace?
Owning a business means you wear many, many hats. At first, you are the boss and the employee, you are the decorator, recruiter, cleaner, the general run-around person – and of course, the interior decorator and space planner. These are all “side jobs” – there’s still a business to run at the end of a day. What about established businesses who, once upon a time, invested in office furniture, Years down the line, you may find yourself questioning the furniture you bought. It may have seen better days, but does that mean it needs to be replaced?
We discuss when it’s time to replace your office furniture, and when a good refurbishment may do the trick.
When Can You Refurbish Furniture?
Refurbished furniture is a new spin on something out-dated; people typically refurbish furniture when the aesthetics of the item are worn, in disrepair or no longer appeal to their current aesthetic.
Furniture restoration involves tackling any aspect of work that’s required to get an old dresser or chair as close to the original condition as possible. Often, it’s more than just a facelift – it’s making the item usable again and possibly even adding value.
It’s important to remember that certain furniture items – such as speciality material ergonomic office chairs – may require specialist attention (or even be under warranty) – so tackling those may not be a viable option. It is absolutely, fundamentally vital that when you refurbish older furniture, you check the integrity of the structure itself. If it’s worn and falling apart – you may have to repair that aspect of the furniture before tackling the aesthetic.
Pros and Cons of Refurbished Office Furniture
Similar to purchasing new office furniture, purchasing refurbished office furniture has its pros and cons. One of the obvious benefits to purchasing refurbished office furniture is the cost saving.
One of the only cons involved with purchasing refurbished office furniture is that it is unlikely to have the latest design and features of brand new office furniture. One may also compromise the safety and comfort of staff if they choose to only consider the aesthetic aspect of furniture, and ignoring any underlying or potentially dangerous issues with the structure itself.
Pros and Cons of New Office Furniture
Buying brand new office furniture (as opposed to used) allows you to choose from a wide selection of furniture colours and styles that perfectly fit your dream office design. More modern colours and finishes will ensure that your office feels fresh and contemporary.
Built-in cabling and charging station options will allow more flexibility for configuration as well as allow for more effective organizational space. If you are buying new office furniture, you may also qualify for a volume discount if you are purchasing 6 or more of the same item.
New furniture may also be tax-deductible with other office expenses in the first year or depreciated. Most importantly, buying new office furniture ensures that your carefully selected investment is covered by manufacturer warranty.
The biggest disadvantage to buying new office furniture is that it can be exorbitantly, beyond-the-means-of-your-budget expensive, especially if you are buying multiple workstations or investing in setting up a new office.