Buying office furniture is a big investment, and most businesses try not to do it too often. It does eventually grow old, tattered and outdated. After you’ve purchased new, used or refurbished office cubicles to remodel, downsize or upsize your workspace, what do you do with the old furniture?
Get the most out of its value and keep it out of landfills by giving it a facelift and reusing it, or sell it to a pre-owned office furniture dealer.
Get a Brand New Look
When you own a high-quality cubicle system, such as Herman Miller Ethospace, consider having it refurbished. New fabric can easily be applied to existing cubicle tiles to completely change their look and make them appear new again. The components can be completely disassembled, inspected, cleaned, repaired, reassembled and refinished, all at a fraction of the original price.
If some of the more modern tile designs, such as marker, tackable or translucent glass window tiles, interest you, they can be changed in minutes by popping the old ones out and replacing them. Add new display shelves or storage units and create a whole new look to maximize the value of your old cubicles.
Liquidate and Recycle
If you don’t want to keep the furniture, liquidation can solve the problem, but it’s important to choose the right dealer for the job. Reputable liquidators will evaluate and inventory your furniture, tell you how long liquidation will take, how much it will cost, and understand the logistics of removing it from your premises without hassle.
One advantage of liquidating instead of storing the furniture is that liquidators cover all moving and storage costs. If you were to send your old furniture to storage on your own, you would have to pay for the labor costs of loading it, pay for it to be transported and unloaded, and pay ongoing storage fees.
Another advantage of liquidation is that, by doing so, you are being environmentally responsible. According to the EPA, nearly 9 million tons of usable office furniture and equipment ends up in landfills every year. The weight of an average workstation is about 1000 lbs.
Not only does liquidating it or recycling it divert it from landfills, but each ton of this diverted waste is said to be equivalent to the reduction in emissions from 39 gallons of gasoline, 14 propane cylinders, or the environmental benefit of planting 9 trees. Why not do what’s right for the environment and increase your company’s LEED points at the same time?
Donate and Feel Good
Last but not least, you may be able to donate your outdated cubicle systems for the tax deduction as long as they are in good working order. Non-profit foundations and community organizations have offices that need furniture. And social service agencies, such as Habitat for Humanity and Goodwill Industries, may be interested or be able to refer you to partners who might need it. The bonus is that you can promote your business as a “green” business that is helping the environment.
Buy Refurbished Cubicles
If you haven’t made any decisions yet about your office furniture, consider used or refurbished cubicles and workstations. Refurbished and remanufactured systems are in “like new” condition but help your business stay within your budget. It is possible to acquire premium office systems, like Herman Miller Ethospace, for 30 to 70 percent savings. Your company will earn more LEED points for reducing the environmental impact involved in the manufacture of new furniture.
EthoSource liquidates office cubicles your company no longer wants and finds them a new home elsewhere. If you are looking for new, refurbished or used office systems or want a furniture facelift, we recommend that you check out their online catalog at www.EthoSource.com