Good businesses are always looking for strategic ways to save money. Whether you’re an office manager, the company controller, or even the owner of your business, you know that new furniture can be extremely expensive. Calculating the costs associated with setting up shop can be overwhelming. And for that reason, you may be considering used office furniture. More and more people are turning to used furniture to save money when furnishing their offices. Buying used office furniture for your business really is an economically tactical move, as well as a practical one. The purchases you make will have a beneficial impact on your company’s bottom line while serving the pressing needs of your office environment, employee comfort and overall productivity.

Before you purchase pieces of furniture, it’s best to think about the overall layout of your space and what exactly you want to achieve. Think about your type of business and what your style is. When shopping for your new furniture, you want to keep in mind if you will be entertaining clients and need a space for that – either comfortable chairs or a conference table and think of your office design with those items in mind. Since you will probably be spending quite a bit of time at a desk, its important to know the different desk designs and styles so they can be figured in as well. You can find a desk in wood, glass, metal, and even marble in a wide variety of designs and styles. Here’s a quick look at some of the different desk types and shapes.

Desk Types:
  • Executive: Often heavy and decorative, these desks are typically made of solid wood and feature a front panel that hides the legs of the person sitting behind them. They tend to have significant storage space.
  • Secretary: Classic in design, small yet hefty secretary desks have a smaller set of storage units on a desktop that often folds in to save space.
  • Drafting Table: The tabletop on these otherwise simple desks can be positioned at an angle. Drafting tables are optimal for visual artists.
  • Floating: This wall-mounted desk design can be folded into itself for efficient space usage.
Desk Shapes:
  •  Rectangular: Standard desks have rectangular tabletops and are well-suited to almost any room design.
  • L-Shaped: Perfect to place in a corner or if you need a lot of tabletop space.
  • Corner: This desk is specifically made for corner placement.
  • U-Shaped: These cove-shaped styles take up the most space but offer the most storage options. Excellent for a more professional setup.

Now that we’ve gone over the different styles for desks in your space, below are some other items you’ll want to consider.

Office Chairs

Because you’ll be sitting in it for hours at a time, an office chair must be comfortable. The perfect office chair for you will allow you to sit with your knees bent at exactly 90° and your feet flat on the ground. If you can’t find an office chair height that perfectly accommodates your body, try a height-adjustable chair that will allow you to position it at the optimal height.


Depending on your work needs, you may need storage solutions beyond the drawers or cabinets included in some desk options. If you need somewhere to store books and magazines or somewhere to display decorative objects, consider a bookcase. If you need a heftier storage solution, consider a large storage cabinet. For smaller and more decorative storage solutions, opt for stylish storage containers including bins, baskets, and buckets that can hold blueprints and office supplies. Storing files and documents in drawers may not be ideal for organization – instead, opt for a filing cabinet. If your desk doesn’t have storage options included, choose a desktop organizer.

Extra meeting spaces

If you plan on meeting with clients or other personnel in your office, it’s essential that you include additional comfortable seating options in your space. If you want to make a good impression on guests, choose comfortable upholstered chairs that are a bit more decorative and comfortable than the average desk chair. And don’t forget a Conference Table. There are so many great options out there. Think of how many people you will need to be able to fit comfortably and whether round, oblong, or square will work best in your space.

Client seating

The most natural position for additional seating is facing your desk opposite your desk chair. Because many desk bases are closed on the side opposite the desk chair, it’s a good idea to place additional chairs a foot or two away from the desk to ensure enough leg room.

These are just the basics but there are so many different themes and styles you can use for your office space. Buying gently used office furniture has great benefits. By purchasing gently used office furniture you’re saving the world from extra fossil fuels, raw materials, and overall waste that would manifest from producing new furniture. In fact, buying and installing used equipment eliminates nearly 80% of the environmental impact created by new office equipment.

In addition to the cost benefits of purchasing gently used furniture, your businesses will also enjoy long-lasting quality furniture that today’s manufacturers can’t replicate. When it comes to an investment like office furniture, you can’t sacrifice durability and reliability.

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