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Office furniture: How Much Should I Spend

This question is very difficult to answer as it depends on so many factors. The range of pricing in the office desking marketĀ varies from less than £100 for a rectangular 18mm thick melamine desktop supported on the most basic of square steel tube framesĀ to over £4,000 for a hand built wood veneer desk built in the traditional way by experienced craftsmen.

In between these two poles is a huge and diverse range of product, from home computer workstations and computer desks, through designer glass and chrome offerings, to kidney shaped and asymmetrical wood finish desks. There are even desks which fix together with Velcro for speedy and repeat assembly.

Large Blue Chip Companies spend fortunes on each employee, using only the largest and most respected Office Furniture Manufacturers, whilst many less well quote companies tend to allocate a more modest budget and contact a local office furniture dealer who can advise on the most suitable product for the budget and individual requirements.

At the other end of the scale are the companies or individuals who regard cost as the most important factor of all and will trawl through direct mail furniture supplier catalogues and visit countless direct sales outlets in their spare time, to find suitable product at the cheapest price. They will even save money by undertaking their own planning work, and assembling the product themselves.

Most companies fall into the middle category and contact an office furniture dealer for some assistance. Based on various factors, which include ground rent ( if applicable), no of client visits to the office, quality of staff and work level, type of business, profitability of the company, the office furniture dealer will be able to suggest some ranges which might be suitable. Nowadays desking is much more complicated, with cable management, height adjustability, ergonomics and sustainability all to be considered. The choice of finish and construction is bewildering and only an experienced office furniture dealer would be able to advise on what is available in the market. The purchaser would not be able to allocate enough of his or her time to research this diverse market in order to discover what was the most suitable product for their organisation.

It used to be much simpler 15 to 20 years ago when the range of products on offer was fairly limited and a buyer could easily estimated his office furniture budget at between £200 and £300 per person, assuming an average amount of storage requirements and a modest reception and meeting room.

10 years ago this average amount may have increased to £500 per person, but today it is just impossible to give an average value, as there are so many variables and options. Plus technology with regard to office furniture has added a new dimension to the cost of office furniture, and Health and Safety is also playing a much more important part than ever before.

So the answer to this question is not easy, and never will be, but at least your local office furniture dealer should be able to help you work it out