Dos and Don'ts of Buying Office Furniture

WRITTEN BY rightsize


Thinking about future growth and culture are a big part of buying furniture for your office. But there’s more to it than that. Here’s our list of do’s and don'ts when it comes to furniture procurement.

Do Buy with Future Growth in Mind

When it comes time to purchase furniture for your office space, think about how your business could change over the coming years. Ask yourself if the configuration allows for expansion, especially considering the terms of your office lease. Projecting your growth for roughly 2 years out can help save money in reworking the strategy long term.

Don’t Choose Price Over Value

Office furniture is a big investment - which is why buyers should emphasize value instead of cost. While it might make sense to spend money on furniture that will have only a band-aid effect, investing in a long term solution will be healthier on your bottom line. Invest in furniture that’s going to serve your business for the long haul. But if saving money is important to you, consider buying used and refurbished furniture.

Do Remember to Consider Employee Comfort

Providing an environment that is comfortable for employees can impact everything from business productivity to happiness in the workplace. While it might seem like just a chair, the design of office furniture is actually pretty scientific. Think about what’s going to work best for your employees — and their backsides — before you buy any furniture.

Don’t Buy Without a Strategy in Mind

Take the time to think about what you want for your office space, as well as what works best for your organization. Base your furniture on how your employees work together, what kind of culture you want to create and think about how future growth could impact your vision. This is where the opinion of a quality furniture vendor can make a significant impact on your office success story.

Do Work with a Furniture Expert Who Provides High-Level Services

Working with a vendor who can provide space planning services to help you design the right office space will help make sure that you make informed decisions. An expert will help you layout the furniture in your office space and account for all of the planning details, like accounting for future growth and changes in technology.

And one more thing...

Don’t forget to call Rightsize.

About Rightsize

Rightsize Facility Performance, headquartered in Chicago, IL, is a nationwide office interiors and facilities services firm serving corporate clients in transition. Founded in 2004, Rightsize employs an industry leading “Design/Furnish” approach to ensure seamless workplace transitions and is a single source for interior design, furniture procurement, delivery and installation, asset disposition, facility decommissioning and ancillary project services.  Through its Office Furniture Center brand, which includes and a 200,000-square-foot showroom, Rightsize also provides a single source for quality workstations, desks, seating, filing, conference and reception furniture. For more information please visit

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