Finding the right desktop and home computer furniture means more than picking out your favorite colors and styles. If you and your employees are not comfortable at their computers, then you, as the business owner, may soon be dealing with extra break times, work-related injuries and increased absenteeism. This doesn't mean going for the Rolls Royce of workplace furniture. Instead, employ the top three steps in your purchase of computer furniture:
- Discover how to make the right choices.
- Look for ergonomically correct computer furniture.
- Purchase with care for your current and future business needs.
Start with the basicsWhat do you need in terms of computer furniture? Be realistic. For example, if your employees all use desktops, then don't buy the computer tables available in anticipation that if your revenue is double what you've anticipated, you'll get them all laptops.
Consider ergonomicsA top concern in choosing the correct computer furniture is physical comfort for you and your employees. For example, if the furniture is the wrong height for how you work, it won't help you be productive.
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has some helpful computer furniture ergonomic guidelines. Check OSHA's Checklist Purchasing Guide to assess furniture choices before you buy.
Look the partWhether your computer furniture is new or used, it should give a professional impression, especially if your clients will see it. No one wants to award a big project to a company whose computer is teetering on a stack of wooden crates.
Make smart buying decisionsConsider buying remanufactured furniture – it looks new, without the hefty price tag (remanufactured furniture is about half the price of new) – and usually comes with warranties. And be clear on yor needs. If you need a corner computer desk or computer cabinets, you can find them, but you'll need to focus your search.
- Anticipate: Your needs for the future (the next 1-2 years).
- Don't rush: Take time to research the furniture options.
- Build more than an office: Build a relationship with your furniture vendor, which might help you in getting better deals on future or multiple purchases.
- Reap the rewards: Many vendors or office supply companies, including Office Depot, offer a specified percentage cash-back reward on those purchases you made throughout the year.