When companies vacate a premises these days, it is normally too expensive to bring the furniture with them as they can get new furniture without the hassle at similar costs. And there is a morale booster in staff getting new furniture. If you can get your hands on furniture that has been “left behind” by a corporate company you normally will get extraordinary value.
Is used systems furniture the way to go? On average a new cubicle is $5-6 thousand, refurbished are about $2-3 thousand.
Used furniture, particularly modular is a good way to reduce costs but would not be applicable in all situations. It is essential that the furniture you buy matches with your existing office decor, cabling requirements etc. It is best if an entire floor or large section is done at a time. Used furniture is not a good option where company branding and image is important.
Some considerations: Make sure any new furniture you buy matches your existing; when buying systems include your IT staff and cabling vendor in the discussion as some older systems can’t hold as much wire, or may have sharp turns that aren’t friendly to things like stiff Cat 6e cabling. Most older workstations are designed to accommodate the very large, CRT’s from several years ago. Nowadays, most people have wide-screen flat screens (sometimes two), which may allow you to use a smaller cubicle footprint.
Previously owned furniture can be missing keys for the furniture locks. However, most furniture vendors or www.EasyKeys.com provide office furniture replacement keys, lock cores, desk locks, key blanks, and other items to make projects easier.
There is an abundance of great used product out there. Partner with an experienced furniture vendor to help you find it, procure it, transfer and build it. Partner with an experienced design architect to help you tie in the color/feel with the work environment and company brand. And consider storing a few spare parts and pieces for future repairs.