Before procuring office furniture it is important, of course, to know what products you are looking for and how much you have to spend. But you also need to think about what the furniture needs to achieve.
This may sound straightforward, but there’s more to a chair, for instance, than someone sitting on it. If you’re purchasing an operator chair that an employee will sit at for multiple hours a day, for example, ergonomic design should be the prime consideration, to prevent muscle strain and the consequential health, wellbeing and productivity impacts that would otherwise come with this. The chair should be adjustable too, where possible, so that the arms, seating position and back support can be configured to suit the individual. Reception, lounge or breakout chairs, on the other hand, should have a softer, more relaxed and perhaps even indulgent feel to them, where people can take the weight off their feet and enjoy a quick rest.
The same can be said for almost every piece of furniture within your office space, so don’t rush the decision and, if in any doubt, ask for advice when you need it.