The 6 Questions You Must Ask Before Buying Commercial Furniture Online
Whether you want to furnish a new office from scratch or revamp the existing décor in your old office, here are six questions that you should ask before using the Internet to buy commercial furniture:
What Type of Furniture Do You Need?
Years ago, there were not very many types of commercial furniture solutions. In most cases, you simply had to settle for the low-quality, low-comfort options that were made available. Nowadays, there is an extensive list of commercial furniture options on the market — — from seating and storage to desks and tables. Before you take a dive into shopping online to furnish your place of business, take the time to identify exactly which types of furniture your office needs the most.
How Big is Your Budget?
Keep in mind that your business has plenty of other operating and/or overhead expenses that your budget must cover throughout the year. It is wise to enhance the décor of a traditional store front or office building periodically. However, it is much more important to keep your business financially afloat without risking its untimely demise due to a strong desire to break the bank just to furnish it.
What is the Visibility Factor?
When shopping for commercial furniture, you must also consider the visibility factor. Will you feature the selected furniture item within a high-traffic area in your office? It is recommended to properly balance your budget with the type of furniture that you place in high-traffic areas versus your own private spaces. For instance, the type of chairs and tables used in the lobby or waiting room area may be a lot fancier and more visually appealing than the chairs within your office or break room. It is all about perspective and making sure that your furniture selections line up with your brand’s image and overall reputation.
How Frequently Will the Furniture Be Used?
You must also pay attention to the frequency of usage planned for each furniture item on your shopping list. As is the case with most personal furniture, they are certain commercial options within your work environment that may be used frequently each day and by a growing number of people.
For instance, think about the desks, chairs, tables and other items shared among your staff. On the other hand, you may also have certain furnishings that are presented more for fashion than function perhaps as show-pieces to boost the aesthetic appeal of your office décor. When you buy commercial furniture online, you must always consider how frequently you plan to use it (or know that it will be used by other members of your staff.)
Have You Considered Floor Space?
Before you become a little too attached to shopping for commercial furnishings to fit in your space, you need to figure out exactly how much space you have to work with in the first place. Even if you are furnishing an office space from scratch, you still need to measure the usable floor space available. Investing in storage cabinets, hung shelves and other efficient storage solutions can help you and your staff to keep a lot of things off of the floor to provide you with more available space. However, you will still need to take accurate measurements to determine how much space is available.
How Soon Do You Need It to Arrive?
What are your expectations with regard to delivery and timing? If you went to a traditional furniture store, you might be able to purchase what you need and have it delivered (or just load it up and take it at that time). However, the more efficient approach would be to buy the furniture online and have it delivered. Check your calendar to determine a realistic timeline — leaving plenty of time for shipping, delivery and set-up. If necessary, speak with the seller to see if there are any expedited delivery options available.