If you own or manage a small business, chances are that you’ve faced the dilemma of replacing old, beat up office furniture. Ugly office furniture, unlike worn home furniture, can have a serious impact on the success or failure of your business. However, replacing it can mean throwing dollars down the drain every few years. Luckily, there is another option that can save businesses money, and help them to maintain a professional environment.
Having old furniture restored, repaired, and protected can add many years to its life. Many professional companies offer restoration services at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new desks every five years, and it’s a much more reliable method than trusting your employees to keep the damage to a minimum.
Depending on your business, having new, quality office furniture can have a serious impact on the types of employees you can attract, and the types of clients you can entertain. This is particularly true if you have a business that involves routinely meeting with clients. Having professional-looking furniture that is in tip-top shape is supremely important, as it makes a positive first impression.
When having your furniture restored, consider adding a stain protection package on as well. Furniture protection allows any spilled liquids to bead up and not sink into the fabric, meaning that you can simply wipe them away. That means that office chairs and conference room chairs don’t have to be replaced quite so often.
If you think your office furniture is beyond restoration, then consider furniture reupholstery instead. Chairs are much more expensive to purchase than they are to professionally reupholster. Many places offer pick up and drop off services as well, so you don’t have to worry about lugging all your chairs into a store at one time.
If a large amount of your office furniture needs to be replaced at one time, consider working from the front of your office to the back. Areas of high traffic or places that are often used to entertain or interview should be first on your list to repair. Next, repair employee chairs and desks gradually, allowing them to use extras while they work. Lastly, repair your own furniture (if necessary).
When your furniture is repaired, reupholstered, or restored, treat it carefully if you aren’t interested in springing for the protection package. However, keep in mind that it’s much easier to buy a stain protection package once than it is to constantly have to use couch stain remover and elbow grease in the middle of the work day.
Keeping your office furniture looking professional can give your business a huge boost. If employees are surrounded by a professional work environment, chances are that they’ll care more about the success of the company, and take their positions more seriously. Something as simple as restoring and protecting your office furniture shouldn’t be the difference between the success and failure for your small company. Act now, before your furniture is beyond repair, and save yourself tons of money in the long run.