Since COVID-19 hit, there's been a big change in how we work. Remote work and home offices have become super popular and, honestly, it's not just a quick fix because of the pandemic. This new way of working has become a big part of how we do things in the modern work world, and it's here to stay.
In this evolving work landscape, I've seen that the demand for flexible and comfortable workspaces has surged. With that in mind, let's clear the air and tackle the common misconception that high-quality, ergonomic home office furniture has to break the bank.
The Importance of Quality Office Furniture
Your office furniture plays a crucial role in your daily work life. It's not just about looks; it's about setting the stage for productivity and well-being. Studies and statistics underline the undeniable benefits of quality office furniture. It's not a luxury; it's a necessity. Good furniture keeps you comfortable, healthy, and focused, contributing to a dynamic and successful workplace.
Did you know?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the average office worker spent approximately 5 hours and 41 minutes sitting at their desk each day, according to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Furthermore, the American Chiropractic Association estimated that nearly 80% of the population would experience back pain at some point in their lives, often due to factors like poor ergonomics in office chairs.
The Myth of High Costs & Finding the Balance
Alright, I hear you—office furniture can certainly come with a hefty price tag, but the good news is, it doesn't have to drain your wallet! When I was in the market for a new office chair, I didn't want to fork out over £1k for a new Herman Miller or Steelcase chair. I knew that investing in ergonomic and comfortable office chair was crucial, especially given the long hours I spend at my desk, but I also believed there had to be more budget-friendly options out there.
The Perks of Second-Hand Office Furniture
Similar to most other second-hand markets, the second-hand office chair makey did not disappoint. By purchasing my chair second hand, I could reap the benefits associated with sitting on a nice expensive office chair without having the pay the price tag!
When I was in the hunt for a second-hand chair, here's some of the resources I used.
eBay and Facebook Marketplace
Of course, the useful suspects when looking/finding second hand items. If you know what you're after, it's easy peasy to find your next office chair on these sites.
But be sure you know what to look out for! Before buying my Steelcase Leap v2, I watched a few YouTube videos to understand how the chair works and I read a few reviews to know the shortcomings of the chair. It's always a wise practice to do your homework when investing in office furniture, as it ensures you select the perfect chair that aligns with both your comfort and productivity goals."
However, if you're unsure what chair would you suit, I found BTOD's product reviews to be invaluable when I was choosing the right chair for me.
Refurbished Office Furniture Sites
Alternatively, refurbished office furniture websites can be a great way to find cost-effective office furniture without the risks associated with buying second hand.
Reputable refurbished furniture sites offer several advantages. They have professionals who inspect, repair, and restore used furniture, ensuring the quality and durability of the office chair you select. These sites are also known for their reliable customer service, making the buying process smooth and addressing any questions or concerns you may have. Some refurbished chairs even come with warranties, giving you peace of mind about their condition and longevity. Unlike waiting for new furniture to be manufactured and shipped, refurbished office chairs are readily available, allowing for quicker delivery—especially useful when you need a chair promptly for your home office or workspace.