Buying used does not mean buying old. Or ugly. Or dirty.
Over the years, I have heard people within the furniture industry compare buying furniture to buying cars. You can get a cheap, new car but it won’t retain a high re-sale value or have a long warrantee. You can buy high end new, but that is really expensive. Or, you can buy quality, gently used that retains its value, has all the new amenities and is reliable. Office furniture is very similar in all of these scenarios. Have you ever thought about purchasing pre-owned furniture? You should!
The leading brand names in the furniture industry are Herman Miller, Steelcase, Haworth, Knoll and Allsteel. These brands set the standards for commercial furniture. And believe it or not, there are companies out there who are constantly changing and updating their furniture from these manufacturers, long before it’s worn out and needs to be replaced. There are companies who relocate and don’t want to take their furniture with them, or companies who unfortunately go out of business. Regardless of the reason, there is an abundance of beautiful cubicles, desks, seating and more that is left looking for a second home. Take a look at these Haworth Compose stations, or this Herman Miller Aeron Chair. These second hand items were purchased for a fraction of the cost of new, and they’re beautiful! They will last for years to come.
Buying used also means you’re helping to keep furniture out of our landfills. Manufacturers promote themselves as being green, offer green manufacturing and use recycled materials to help our environment. Although I’m not opposed to any of those practices, you really can’t beat the green factor when buying used. No manufacturing required, maybe some trucking to get it from point A to point B but that’s about it.
There truly are endless possibilities when buying used- there is so much available, and even what is available can be changed, reconfigured or even blended with a few new pieces to meet your exact vision or standard for your office. There are literally hundreds of thousands of cubicles, desks, chairs, tables… you name it, available and ready on the second hand market. So why would you wait 6 weeks for someone to produce new furniture, and charge you more to do so? Workstation Consultants has about 40,000 + square feet of warehousing, with cubicles, desk, chairs, tables, and much more at any given time.