Choosing and deciding on the furniture that will go with your office is exciting. New furniture means a new beginning, recreation, and a new look. It seems like a no brainer when it comes to buying commercial furniture for the office. You just need a list of what you need, a choice of color or pattern to follow, and a theme you want to achieve. Many factors may affect you in buying such as features of furniture you want like the number of layers for a drawer, or seats that a couch can accommodate. Whatever it is, it is totally up to you. There are other factors too that can also affect your decision-making such as the “facts” about furniture that everyone, including you, knows are true. But are those a real fact or just a misconception?
Let me give you 6 lists of the most misconception about commercial furniture that you need to clear now before making the purchase.
1. Expensive Furniture Are Top-Notch Items:
Let’s be honest. We think that the price speaks to the quality of any product we buy. Whether it is a bag, clothes, or mobile phones, there is a stigma of buying the item with the highest price because it will be the one to last long and work well at best.
In the case of office furniture, the price also determines durability. But Not Always!
It is safe to remember that not all expensive furniture is top-notch. On the other hand, not all cheap items are a waste of money. Some furniture tends to be more expensive than others of the same type because it aims for a certain type of customer. You do not have to spend more if you can just get the same quality at a lower price. Be smart in buying.
2. Leather Furniture Is Expensive:
If we do a direct comparison of prices among the types of furniture, leather furniture will no doubt gain its spot right on the top of the list. This may make you think twice if you are considering to buy leather furniture and settle down on your second choice.
But if you are going to consider the durability of leather furniture, you will see that it is not a bad investment after all.
If you think about it, the cost of leather furniture does not have much of a difference compared to other types of furniture. Sure, you may need to put a slightly higher initial payment for leather, but the period of time it will last and not having you change furniture for a long while will pay off the cash. It is called smart investing.
3. Leather Furniture Requires High-Maintenance:
Speaking of leather, here is another “fact” everyone thinks is true: It is hard to maintain leather furniture.
To stay supple and avoid cracks on the leather furniture, you must clean and condition it regularly. People do not want to have that hassle sometimes. But cleaning and conditioning leather is the same with spot-cleaning and vacuuming other types of furniture. Maintenance comes in all types of furniture and not in leather alone. If you want your furniture to stay long in your office, proper use and care are essential.
4. All Furniture That Is “Natural” or “Organic” Is Safe:
Most manufacturers will tell people what they want to hear just to get the sale. It’s not that everything they say is a lie, but not everything they claim is entirely true either.
Some manufacturers will have the word “Natural” and “Organic” on its name. But you can not be sure if it is 100% natural or it is only referring to a single material used in that furniture.
Usually, manufacturers will focus its advertisement on the use of the organic material used in their items but will fail to mention all other non-organic materials that could be harmful sometimes.
If you want to be sure and critical for your office furniture in the future, you can ask for a written document or complete information of all the materials that were used on the product.
5. Wooden Furniture Contains Formaldehyde:
Not all wooden furniture is a primary source of formaldehyde in the office. Most of the time, manufactured wood such as plywood, MDF, and pressed board produces a large amount of formaldehyde. In choosing wooden furniture, look for a wood-like oak, birch, maple, beech, ash, linden, poplar, aspen, and pine. You can also just look for a label that says “formaldehyde-free.”
6. Furniture Trends are Vital in Keeping Your Office Elegant:
It will not harm to shop for furniture that grabs your attention and follows what is trendy at the moment. But consider what will happen if another trendy item hits the market?
Keeping your office updated with the hottest and latest item in town will just bring you inconvenience and will be very costly.
Try to find and consider your own style and stick to it. This way, you will not have to purchase new items every three months. Your taste is timeless and will not be beaten by any trend.