Why you shouldn’t purchase used office furniture

Why you shouldn't purchase used office furniture

When you are thinking about purchasing furniture for your medium to large size business, you may have considered buying used furniture.  Cost is usually a big factor when making the decision to buy used furniture, because everyone loves a good bargain. While buying used furniture appears to save you money in the short-term, there are some definite drawbacks.  Here are a few of the downsides to consider before you buy used office furniture.

No guarantees, service plan or warranties

When you buy a used car, you receive valuable information that is often easy to verify, like mileage, or whether or not the car has been in an accident.  It is easy to check these things out by doing a little research. When you buy used office furniture, you have to have full faith in what the seller is telling you about the furniture. The used chair that you purchased may have been rarely used, or it could have been used by 20 people. There is no way to tell and there are absolutely no guarantees.  When you purchase new furniture by a reputable furniture dealer, you will be offered a service plan and warranty on the product, the risk is very minimal, you know what you are getting and if the product isn’t what you expected, the manufacturer will make sure that you are satisfied.

Price savings at first, but future costs

Why by used? Because its cheaper, at least in the upfront costs. But as discussed above, you don’t always know what you are getting. Experts agree that when businesses by used furniture, most will have had to replace it within two years of the purchase.  This can be quite costly over the course of time. A high quality manufacturer will cost more initially, but most guarantee their product for at least decade, some even offering a lifetime guarantee. Try to keep in mind, up-front savings often lead to long term expense.


When you purchase used furniture, you might be left to choose from whatever is out there resulting in a hodgepodge of mismatched furniture.  When quality manufacturers design furniture lines, they are designed to seamlessly work together and look aesthetically pleasing. If the look of your workspace is important to you, it may be difficult to create a space that you love and reflects your brand when you only have limited options from which to choose. When you buy used furniture can be updated, you are often left to purchase slightly dated styles that don’t entirely match the decor and style you want.

With over 45+ years of experience in the furniture and design industry, Bellia can help you find high quality furniture within your budget.  We work with a large network of furniture manufacturers, we stay on top of trends and are aware of the latest innovations, so as we are sourcing products for your space we are not just taking into account the overall design and aesthetics, but also your needs to help you achieve your business goals.  Give us a call today and let us help you love the space your in!

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