Used office furniture offers many advantages over new office furniture. Obviously, cost is the most significant factor. Used products can often sell for 50% less than their new equivalence. There are also the environmental benefits associated with conservation. The longer individual furniture pieces are utilized, the more we can conserve lumber resources used in the manufacture of new products Additionally, used products contain fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs) than do their new equivalents. Minimizing these airborne substances creates a healthier work environment for your employees.
Office furniture can be remanufactured, refurbished, or used. The term “repurposed” is a synonym for “refurbished,” so please keep this in mind when visiting with members of our team. They often use the term “repurposed” to refer to furniture that has been restored to an almost new appearance.
Remanufactured furniture is not the same as repurposed furniture. Remanufacturing involves restoring up to 90% of the original material used in building the piece. Often, too, it involves making changes to the physical dimensions of a desk, table, or office cubicle systems. Remanufactured office cubicles and furniture have to be certified as such by the original manufacturer. While we do make select remanufactured products available to our clients per agreements with certain factories, the majority of our used furniture business lies in the refurbished arena.
Refurbishing a cubicle, desk, chair, or table will restore all of the visible surface area– and particularly work areas–to a completely new appearance. The cost of repurposing used office furniture is considerably less than remanufacturing, and it requires no factory certification. Our team can refurbish furniture in our own facility, making it possible for clients to have existing furniture expeditiously restored or simply order replacement furniture from items we currently have in stock.
Refurbished Office Furniture
You may be surprised at how a couch, table, chair, or older cubicle can be restored. Couches can be reupholstered to look almost brand new. Used tables can be sanded and refinished so that they shine again when the light hits them. Noisy chairs stop squeaking, broken looks once again protect belongings, and loose cubicle panels can be restored to reliable functionality and a good, clean appearance.
Because repurposing involves restoring the functional and visible areas of cubicles, desks, and tables, there is a drastic reduction in the amount of VOCs that are released into the atmosphere. Many organizations seeking LEED certification can earn points by having existing furniture restored as a means toward minimizing VOC emissions within the building.
Regardless of LEED points, however, the overall environment of a work area can be drastically improved by cleaning and restoring the aesthetic elements of used office furniture. Desks, tables, chairs, and cubicle systems repurposed with new finishes, laminates, and fabrics will brighten up the entire office.
Refurbishing office furniture allows you to add on to your existing work areas with pieces that look identical to your existing inventory. Our design team will match materials, colors, and fabrics to what you already have in order to match your existing furnishings and interior decor.
Used As-Is Office Furniture
It may also be possible to purchase “as-is” used office furniture that is already in good working order. This is often recommended for businesses on a tight budget. Purchasing office furniture “as is” allows you to begin using pieces that are in sound working order now. Refurbishing them to a higher aesthetic can be arranged at a later date when sufficient capital exists for the project.
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