The Trade-offs of New vs Used Furniture

October 11th, 2011   •   no comments   

In life we must face decisions that arise from the scarcity of our limited resources; time, functionality, and money are the three that affect business processes the most. Dealing with scarcity is at the heart of all economic considerations.

When a company makes decisions regarding office furniture they’ve got a lot to consider. What are their density requirements? What’s their style? Do they need the space furnished quickly? Some clients find that they have very specific needs that can only be met with a new custom order, but many find that the cost savings of buying used, coupled with the rapid deployment that as-is furniture can provide will give them the most value in their furnishing decisions.

There are certainly advantages in buying new furniture; colors, finishes, and exact specifications can be met. LCOF can typically provide used options that meet, or in many cases exceed the expectations of the client. And when the quotes are compared between new and used options, the choice becomes much clearer.

With used furniture the client can receive a higher quality type of furniture for a far less expensive price than a lower quality new product.

Flexibility is Key

May 19th, 2011   •   no comments   

Flexibility in design often results in strength of design. Take, for example, the wings of a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, which can bend up to thirteen feet up and down. What would happen if these wings were stiff? They’d snap. This isn’t to say that flexibility is the main objective in their design, but it’s a feature which allows a greater range for the wings to perform their job.

Designing an office space often feels like designing a singular engineered object. We have to weigh the permanence (which often implies aesthetics, privacy, etc.) of a workspace vs. the flexibility.  Some users have rapid growth as priority, so they want furnishings which are highly moveable, expandable and customizable. And some users prefer to have a more established design which often requires hard-wall construction, etc. Some of those users might have a clear sense of where they’re going in facilities for years to come. Whatever the design, the value of flexibility is integral from the onset.

We want to furnish a space with the possibility of changing style, accommodating any number of factors which will be in flux. Used furniture provides the possibility of flexibility by saving money from the onset, which allows greater budgets for other things in the future, including more furniture. Modular furnishings particular lends itself to great flexibility of design. As a value-added proposition for the end user, we can plan spaces that can allow for change and growth.

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