Most of our customers have a good idea of what they have in mind or what they can afford for their office furniture requirements, but there are still those who really don’t have any idea, or don’t really want to let us know what their budget it
This does present a serious problem to us, as office furniture prices can vary enormously depending on specification and requirements.
For instance a basic 160cm rectangular operator desk with a steel frame, can cost as little as £100, but the same size desk, with a more stylish desk frame, comprehensive cable management, and a thicker, better quality desk top, could cost as much as £700.
The same with call centre or bench desking. We sell entry level systems which work out at less than £200 per desk, but can offer top end systems at nearly £1,000 per desk.
In the same way as most cars are capable of getting you from A to B, safely and comfortably, some do it much better than others, and this is usually reflected in the price.
Many people, when buying office desks, just look for something they like, and which is within their budget, without thinking how important cable management can be.
In the brochures, on line or even in the showroom the desks look great – clutterfree, with just one laptop sitting on the desk. Most of the time the lap laptop doesn’t even have a power cable attached.
There are people out there who really can just use a laptop on their desk, without having to plus anything in. The battery is fully charged, the wireless internet and printer is working fine, and they don’t need a larger screen, but in our experience there are not many people like this.
More often than not the laptop battery is nearly dead, as is their mobile battery, and as anyone who uses the same desk for a long period of time each week will agree, eventually the small keyboard and screen on the laptop means that full sized versions are soon required, and then power will be required.
Bretford have just launched two exciting ranges of computer desks aimed primarily at schools and other educational establishments, but which can also be a useful addition to our office furniture catalogue for specific applications such as hot desking. Continue reading Bretford Launch New Computer Desks→
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