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What Office Furniture Do You Need?

Thinking about starting an office either in your home or outside? Then you will need to consider what office furniture you will need. Here is a guide to help you select what office furniture you need and what you can do without.

How to Rent Office Furniture
You don't have to buy all of your office furniture. You can rent office furniture too! If your company has limited financial resources and credit is tight, you can rent office furniture as an alternative to buying or leasing. In addition, the ability to rent office furniture gives you the ability to try it before you buy it. Before you rent office furniture…

All-Purpose Office Workstation: A Desk and a Chair
The most basic office furniture that you will need is a desk and a chair. This will give your office employee the space that he or she needs to perform their task. Here is what to look for and how to make an informed purchasing decision.

Computer Workstations
Special office tasks may require special or customized office furniture. Here is a guide to help you decide if your business will require special computer workstations.

Choosing File Cabinets
If filing paper documents will be part of your office operation, then filing cabinets will be part of your office furniture. Before you buy just any file cabinet, use this guide to help decide what type of cabinet you need.

Choosing Storage Cabinets & Shelves
Storing paper files requires file cabinets. Storing everything else requires storage cabinets and shelving units. Choosing the right cabinets and shelves will help your business run more efficiently and provide a better work environment by looking less cluttered.

Choosing Meeting & Conference Room Furnishings
Meetings and conferences that held at your business will require office space and furnishings. The cost for these can range from the simple and economically priced to the opulent and expensive. There are several factors that will help you determine where your business should be on this scale.

Creating a Reception Area
The reception area may be the most overlooked (and looked at) area in your business. You only have one chance to make a good first impression and the reception area may be it. How much you spend on your reception area will depend on what you want to accomplish with your reception area.

Setting Up a Work Room: Tables and Countertops
Don't forget about the "other work" that goes on in an office. Filing, spreadsheets, answering the phone and taking orders are all part of the work that goes on at the office. But there may be other work that goes on that can't be accomplished at a desk. Additionally, if the work would cause a disturbance in the office, the answer is a "work room."

Equipping a Mailroom
Even in today's electronic world, the mail has become a significant part of any business. For some businesses it is a larger part of the day-to-day operations than others. Here is a guide to help you decide if you need a separate mailroom.

Providing a Break Room
A break room for your employees may be the best money that you will spend furnishing your business. We hear many times that "The most valuable resource we have are our employees." But how many businesses really show their appreciation. The break room can do just that.

Budget Your Furniture Expenses
Furnishing an office is an expensive proposition. In the excitement of planning and shopping, it is easy to get carried away. Follow these simple steps and you will stay on track and under budget.

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