Top 3 Mistakes People Make Choosing Office Furniture

Top 3 Mistakes People Make Choosing Office Furniture

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Taryn Williford
Jul 26, 2011

The best tip for living a life with no regrets is to think things out in the first place. Before you jump wallet-first into a home office full of awkward furniture that's not right for the space, make sure you're not committing any of these three cardinal sins of office-furniture-buying.

1. Buying without a plan.
Step one in stocking your office is to think about what kinds of furniture you'll need. First consider the three efficiency zones—the work center, reference center and supply center—and figure out what you'll need to delineate these spaces in your office. Does your work zone need a meeting space? Is your reference center little more than a few books? Buy furniture to suit your needs.

2. Not considering comfort.
Concentrating on work will be a struggle if you're knocking your knees on a too-short desk. And really, you can't even kick back with a YouTube marathon if your chair is unbearable. Keep comfortable by finding your ideal desk height and picking the perfect office chair—and don't pick some sleek design if it's tough as nails to sit on.

3. Going for price over value.
Don't get the two confused. If you want a cheap chair, flip a bucket upside down. If you want value, be open to shelling out a few (hundred) more bucks for something that will last a lifetime—both in construction and in classic office style.


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