Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Business Office Furniture Basics when Shopping Online

When shopping for business furniture, it's important to cover a few basic steps before pulling the trigger on a purchase. Covering your details from the start can save you time, money, and future headaches!

Measure twice and cut once as they say. This old adage is especially true in the office furniture world. Before you even begin shopping it is important to measure your space. A proper blue print, scale drawing, or space dimensions are the first essential step to cover. Guesstimations, approximations, and eyeballing methods just won't cut it. Take your time on this step to ensure accuracy and the rest of the process should go smoothly! Trust us when we say, this is the MOST important step.

Secondly, decide on a line that will match your current decor. Full service manufacturers often offer best selling furniture collections that provide a looking of professionalism in the workplace. Mixing and matching products from different manufacturers often shows. That's not to say it can't work well, however utilizing a full service collection will ensure you have matching furniture throughout your home office or place of business. Meeting with a designer is always an option but can be expensive! Instead, speak with a professional furniture consultant and have them suggest quality lines, collections, and manufacturers to meet your specific needs.

What color should I go with? This is one of the most common questions in the industry. The simple solutions is to request FREE color swatches. Swatches can often be delivered quite quickly and will really help your decision making process. While most online dealers provide images of optional finishes and fabrics online, they tend to look slightly different in person. Unless you are in an extreme time crunch, requesting swatches is always an important step.

Our next basic principle is to allow for the necessary manufacturing time. Commonly, shoppers expect to have products ship within a day or two of order and wait until the last second to place an order. Witch some manufacturers this is perfectly fine. However, several of the hottest and most modern lines of office furniture are made to order. Lines like the new Zira Furniture collection from Global Total Office are totally customizable. They allow for you to specify nearly every aspect to ensure the perfect solutions for your individual needs. Don't get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with stocked furniture lines. However, if you are looking for super contemporary and cutting edge furniture for an entire building... plan ahead. Start shopping about two months before  you need your furniture. List your favorite three collections, get input, and make the best decision for you business. Using a plan ahead approach will guarantee you don't end up settling on your third favorite line of furniture!

Every little bit counts! Before purchasing your furniture, take the time to call the company you're buying from. Aside from ensuring they are a legitimate corporation, ask about monthly savings, coupons, and bulk discount opportunities. Do a quick search online for office furniture coupons. You might be surprised at just how much money you can save your business with a quick phone call to your dealer. OfficeFurnitureDeals.com offers bulk discounts and coupons on nearly every product we sell. The moral of the story is if you don't ask or search for savings you could be missing out! Make the quick phone call to your dealer and build a relationship based around savings, professionalism, and most importantly YOUR needs.
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