How much do you think about your office furniture?
Like most business owners, the answer is probably: “not a lot”. Of all the things that a small business owner has to think of, the worry about office furniture is fairly low down the list of priorities. When you have got the furniture in place, then you just don’t think about it anymore– it’s natural.
There’s no arguing that your office furniture being low priority is a fine, even sensible, business practice. However, there’s also no arguing that office furniture isn’t an expense. It costs a small fortune to outfit an office, especially an office that has to accommodate a number of employees. If you fail to take appropriate care of your existing office furniture, then replacement is an expense you’re going to have to keep bearing over and over again. This constant need for investment can put a hole in your bottom line– something that few businesses can afford.
So, let’s focus a little on office furniture for awhile. If you want to avoid the constant replacement cycle, then here are a few things you’re going to want to keep in mind…
Spend More To Save More
When you’re first outfitting an office, it’s tempting to go for the cheapest furniture available. This is especially true if you don’t often host customers; provided that the furniture you choose will allow people to work, what does it matter if it doesn’t look great?
It’s important to remember that it’s not just the aesthetics that can be the issue when you buy cheap furniture; it’s the durability. If you expand your budget a little, you can afford to buy more robust furniture that isn’t going to need replacing in a couple of years. If your budget is particularly stretched, then you don’t need to buy new furniture– secondhand furniture that has proven to have already stood the test of time can be beneficial, too.
The Problematic Sun
If you’re going to be hosting customers or clients at your office, then the last thing you want is for the space to look worn-down and tired. If the furniture looks past its best and the upholstery and carpets are faded, then you’re going to struggle to present your business in a modern light. The cause of these issues is simple: the sun.
The UV rays that come streaming through your window have the potential to prematurely age your office furniture. Making the decision to invest in UV window film means that the majority of those harmful rays will be prevented from penetrating the windows, meaning that your furniture can look as good as new year after year.
Finally, it’s important to discuss the importance of treating furniture correctly with your employees. You should caution against, if not outright ban, employees spinning on chairs for no reason or sitting on desks to discuss a project. It’s not beyond reason to expect that your employees treat your office furniture with the same respect they would afford their furniture at home.
With these measures in place, you can once again put your office furniture to the back of your mind where it belongs!