Whether you’re an office based business or a cafe/restaurant, furniture is important to your company. But, when you’re first starting out, it can be hard to find options that suit the business that you’re running and fit your budget. Of course, there’s always the option to simply go for the cheapest option available, but that isn’t always best. This post will go through a couple of ways that you can source your furniture creatively.
Usually, second-hand furniture will be the highest quality option available to you. Think about it; the furniture has made it this far, possibly transferring between several hands before it reaches you. This means that it has to be well-built to have survived. And, this type of furniture is usually much cheaper than new alternatives.
When looking for second-hand furniture for your business, it’s usually best to look for other big organizations for your items. Commercial grade furniture will always be far better quality than consumer alternatives. This will also help you to find consistent furniture; instead of different pieces everywhere. Schools and colleges are one of the best places to start for these items. Usually, they’re not looking to make a profit. Instead, they simply want to get rid of the furniture that they have.
Sourcing second-hand furniture will give you business a rustic edge, which is perfect for a lot of cafes and restaurants. It will make it look like you business has been around for years, making customers wonder why they’ve never visited before.
Some businesses, though, require something newer. Offices and other workplaces can look tatty and poorly maintained, with old furniture. So, you may have to look to new options. Usually, just like with second-hand furniture, it’s a good idea to look at the options available to other types of businesses. Churches are a great example of an organization that will always use good furniture. Items like stackable church chairs and tables are easy to find, and are usually designed to take up as little space as possible.
This type of furniture is also designed to be comfortable for long periods of time and will be built to last. You will find that huge bulk savings are offered, too. This is because organizations like churches can rarely afford to spend a large amount of money.
By opening yourself up to using furniture aimed at other businesses, you give yourself the chance to be creative. The odds are that your competitors won’t be using such unique furniture. This gives your business an edge, even if it’s only a small one. Most business furniture will come in multiple colors. This means that it’s nice and easy to get furniture that reflects your brand, by using your company’s colors.
Of course, when looking for something like furniture, it will pay off to do some research. You need to make sure that the furniture you buy will be appropriate to your business. But, it’s also worth making sure that your furniture is unique and interesting; especially in a customer facing environment.