You’ve heard the arguments in favor of buying used office furniture: cost savings, environmental friendliness, will depreciate less, etc. No one debates these points. However, even taking the benefits of used furniture into account, sometimes, it just makes sense to buy new office furniture. There are quite a few reasons why, actually. Without further adieu, here are six reasons to buy new over used office furniture.
1. No one wants to hear someone moan about how Bobby has a bigger desk than them.
When you buy used furniture, it’s harder to find pieces that go together. More than likely, you will end up with different size desks, different style of chairs, etc. Also more than likely, at least one of your employees will complain that another got something better than them.
2. Buying new furniture makes it easier to maintain a consistent brand image.
This ties back to the previous point in the way that buying new allows you to more easily find matching pieces. But it’s not just about being able to find coherent items from the get-go. You see, when you buy new, you’re more likely to find the same or similar pieces when your business grows and you need to buy more furniture. For example, our cubicles are standardized to where if you need more down the line, we’ll likely have what you’re looking for.
3. That vintage chair may look cool, but do you really want to sit in it 8+ hours a day?
The above chair is a 1980s office chair from Steelcase. Now, we all know Steelcase ranks among Herman Miller as the crème de la crème of office furniture. And yet, although the product description for that chair says it adjusts, you can see that there is no lever — let alone multiple levers — to make any simple adjustment. In addition, the cushioning is dismal. Not to mention arms appear very narrow and likely uncomfortable to place your arms on.
But hey, you don’t have to buy furniture old enough to have earned the classification of “vintage” to notice a difference in ergonomics and comfort of office chairs. Ergonomic seating has come a long way in recent years. For example, our most popular ergonomic chair (pictured below) is far more advanced than chairs from just 10 years ago.
4. There’s something to be said about warranties.
While some dealers may offer their own warranties on used furniture, it’s less common, and the warranties typically don’t compare to those that accompany new office furniture. If something goes wrong with your new office chair, desk, etc., you can rest assured your warranty will (in most cases) have you covered.
5. It’s tax deductible.
Alright, alright. Yes, used furniture is also tax deductible, but still. If you’re concerned about the cost of new furniture, knowing you can write some of what you paid for it should help to alleviate anxiety about making a new office furniture purchase.
6. It reflects a confidence about your business that will pass on to your employees and customers.
An aesthetically pleasing office will make it stand out to anyone, whether you manage to create a stylish work space using new or used furniture. However, we already know that new furniture makes achieving top-notch office design more feasible. But regardless, simply making the investment into new furniture tells others you’re confident about the future of your business. As a result, customers will feel more confident about doing business with you, and your employees will feel more secure in their jobs and confident about the work they do for you.