Mistakes to Avoid When Buying Office Furniture

From guest reception areas to meeting and conference space, finding and purchasing office furniture requires practical considerations beyond aesthetics. Your business will thrive if your employees are given the tools they need to be productive in the space. As you plan, avoid these three commonly made mistakes to create a space that will yield improved employee engagement, productivity and profits for your growing business.

Not Considering Employee Needs

Steelcase research shows that office workers who have choice and control over where they work are more engaged than those who don’t. While open offices promote collaboration, there are times when employees need a more private space to focus on their task at hand or to make a quick phone call. Consider which different spaces your employees will need and benefit from when designing your workplace. If you’re looking for ideas on how to boost your workspace, take a look at our inspiring spaces lookbook to bring together design, materiality and performance in your office space. Learn more about employee engagement and the workplace in our new Global Report.

Choosing Price Over Quality

Although it’s tempting to purchase lower-priced furniture, especially when you’re pinching every penny to help your new business grow and flourish, these products can actually cost you more in the long run. Cheap furniture has the potential to cost you extra in terms of repairs and replacements that can quickly add up. It’s common practice for companies to use a phased approach when purchasing new office furniture. Consider starting with office chairs, especially if employees spend a lot of time working at their desks. Keep employees productive throughout the day with flexible and comfortable seating with turnstone’s Shortcut

Disregarding Adapatability

Office furniture is an investment, so it pays to think long term. Purchase furniture that can adapt and support changing technology. Find pieces that can be reconfigured and moved easily when your staff and layout require something different. For example, turnstone’s Bivi product line grows with you. You can set up an office for one and as your company expands, you can easily add on or reconfigure your layout to fit ever-changing needs.

Take time to consider the needs associated with the future of your company. If you need help planning your space, our team offers planning assistance.


By avoiding these three common office furniture mistakes, you can create a better work environment for your employees and business to thrive in and increase employee engagement and productivity. 

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