If you want cheap office furniture then look for an independent supplier, and look for experts. Only then can you get the very best from your budget, your office and your supplier. And be willing to look at the bigger picture rather than just choosing on the absolute cheapest option â€“ after all you donâ€™t buy office furniture every day â€“ so why rush it?
Itâ€™s one of the most common briefs that furniture dealers are presented with â€“ and one that receives numerous different responses. â€œWe want a stunning office â€“ but weâ€™re on a really tight budgetâ€™.
Most dealers offer a deep sigh and think to themselves â€˜on no - not againâ€™. Some dealers just hang up the phone.... A good office furniture dealer will however see it as a welcome challenge â€“ an opportunity to really show what they can do. To showcase their talents of listening to a client and drawing on experience and professionalism to provide the perfect solution.
What does "cheap furniture" mean
Sadly, there appear to be lots of office furniture companies that donâ€™t hear the whole request â€“and only hear â€˜we want cheapâ€™. Even more sadly there are lots of customers who just accept mediocrity and buy a boring furniture solution on the misconception that itâ€™s all they can afford. But it doesnâ€™t have to be like that
A good independent supplier will take brief from their client which includes; budget, timescale, design preference, and a practical assessment of their future plans. From that they can filter the offering down to a couple of suitable ranges. This is where a customer relies on their sales persons depth of knowledge and willingness to work to find a great solution.
Because each furniture manufacturer has different MFC finishes available, and each seating manufacturer has different fabrics available it is possible to pull together a package that looks much more expensive than it necessarily is. By clever selection and a bit of imagination it is possible to get exactly what the customer needs. Thatâ€™s not to say that customers donâ€™t need at times to be more realistic with their budgets. After all thereâ€™s skilled budget matching â€“ and plain ridiculous targets too. And suppliers shouldnâ€™t be afraid to let a customer know that perhaps their budget needs looking at. After all, a lot of work goes into a proposal and itâ€™s wasted time if the proposal is a non starter because the customer can barely afford a basic melamine desk â€“ when what they have asked for is a glass desk.
Independent suppliers have choice
When choosing a supplier for a new project â€“ the key is to look for is choice. Itâ€™s no good going direct to a manufacturer as they can only sell you what they manufacturer themselves. And itâ€™s no good choosing a supplier who boasts of having 1,000 different suppliers as they wonâ€™t know any of them in depth â€“ and wonâ€™t get the loyalty and relationship service from their suppliers that is so important for you to get great service form your supplier.