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9 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Office Furniture Online
Nowadays, we purchase all kinds products online, from clothes to toilet paper. While there’s nothing wrong with shopping online, it does present some unique challenges, especially when buying office furniture. We recommend working with a furniture consultant when purchasing office furniture, but if you do decide to buy online, here are 9 mistakes you should avoid.
Mistake #1: Failing to plan
When shopping online, it can be tempting to see something you like and buy it without thinking much more about it. Unfortunately, this can come back to bite you.
Before you buy anything, make sure you know what you need in terms of size, color, shape, and style. You also need to plan on your business growing or moving into a new space, and make sure whatever you buy fits into that plan.
Mistake #2: Buying without a budget
This is a massive mistake! We all know how easy it is to spend money online. If you’re buying furniture, you could rack up a bill of thousands before you know it. That’s why it’s crucial you go into online shopping with a clear budget in mind.
Mistake #3: Not testing before buying
Online shopping is convenient, but it does mean that you’re buying things unseen. Not only will you not know what the furniture will look like in your space, but you won’t even really know if it’s comfortable.
Mistake #4: Failing to plan for shipping times
Most shipping and delivery estimates are very accurate these days, but things can still go wrong. If you don’t plan for shipping delays or issues, you may wind up having your old furniture removed before your new furniture even arrives.
Mistake #5: Not getting a BIFMA certified product
BIFMA certifications ensure that your product will last for a long time and is safe to use for its intended purpose. Buying online makes it difficult to verify that a product carries a BIFMA certification.
Mistake #6: Choosing a cheap product over a good product
It’s hard not to be excited by deals you find when shopping online but just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean it’s good. If your biggest concern is price, you may be sacrificing quality, which could leave you stuck with bad or flimsy furniture.
Mistake #7: Purchasing furniture with no warranty, return, or support plan
In many cases, buying online means you don’t get valuable protections like return policies, warranties, or support/repair plans. These things may not seem like a big deal, but they’ll come in handy if you have any issues with your furniture.
Mistake #8: Purchasing something pretty over something comfy
Comfort is a big deal when it comes to office furniture. After all, you and your coworkers are going to spend 40 hours a week using it. That modern, lime colored chair may look cool, but it might not be something you could spend a solid 8 hours using.
Mistake #9: Failing to think about your employees/coworkers
Employees come and go and each one of them will be unique in their comfort preferences. That’s why it’s important to select furniture that is comfortable. Remember: comfort affects productivity.
At Office Furniture Source, you can shop at our online store or in person! That gives you the unique ability to come in, see and test our furniture, and then buy from our online store at your leisure. Need new furniture for your business? Contact us at