Selecting commercial business furniture, from filing cabinets to task chairs, can be one of the most confusing processes you’re likely to encounter in the course of your business. If you’re in search of executive desks, the waters become even murkier.
How can something that sounds so simple be that complicated? A lot of the confusion comes from the way that manufacturers, dealers and retailers describe and price commercial furnishings, especially cubicles, workstations and desks.
And, if you’re like most business owners and managers today, you probably prefer to start your information gathering online. Without someone knowledgeable to help guide you, you may quickly find yourself throwing your hands up in exasperation.
To help clear up some of the confusion, we’ve put together some tips to help make the process easier for you. Follow these simple tips before placing an order for your executive desks and you’re less likely to encounter any unexpected problems.
First, Establish Your Business Furniture Budget
We always advise our clients to start the business furniture search by establishing a firm budget. Otherwise, you’re bound to find an executive desk you can’t live without, but can’t afford either.
Remember that, depending on the contract furniture supplier you choose, you may have to pay extra for shipping, delivery and setup. Some commercial furnishings dealers provide these services on a complimentary basis, depending on the amount of your purchase.
If you’re working with a tight budget, consider looking for used or refurbished executive desks. You can often find exceptional quality used desks for a fraction of the price of new items.
Next, Determine the Executive Desk Style You Want
Once you know how much you want to spend on your executive desks, determine the style and finish you want.
Whether you need a sleek, contemporary style or a stately and traditional look, you can find the designs you need at every price point. For a traditional executive desk in a dark wood tone, for example, you can choose from hand-crafted hardwood designs with leather inlaid tops at the higher end of the price spectrum. Or, for a more budget-conscious choice, you can choose a similar design in laminated or veneer construction.
Finally, Measure and Plan Your Commercial Furniture Layout
Once you’ve chosen a desk style you like, take careful measurements of the office space where you plan to install it. Most commercial business furniture is available in a range of standard sizes, but many customers fail to consider the area clearance you need around the desk.
The best approach is to have a commercial space plan done for the offices. That way, you can get a better visual feel for how the room will layout and flow. If you try to cram too much furniture – or a desk that is a bit too oversized – you could end up with a non-functional space or one that doesn’t feel right or flow well.
The easiest approach to purchasing any commercial furnishings is to let an expert guide you through this process. In Utah and throughout the Intermountain West, Premier Office Designs & Furniture helps customers navigate the confusing process of selecting and purchasing cubicles, workstations, desks, task chairs and more. We offer complimentary space planning for our customers and we can also provide delivery and set-up. Contact us today for all your commercial business furniture needs.