There are several factors that directly and indirectly affect your office renovation budget – such as whether you need permits, if you will be shifting to an open collaborative space, if you need to hire an architect, and the list goes on.
However, there is one factor in particular that is surprisingly influential, yet perhaps not as obvious as those listed above: furnishing choices. Below, we highlight some of the options that will be evaluated as part of your budget planning process.
- Refurbishing Existing Furniture
It may be both economically and ecologically beneficial to refurbish most (if not all) of your existing furniture, and re-deploy these items into your newly renovated office space. For example, workstations and desks can be sanded and repainted, chairs can be reupholstered, cubicles can be cleaned, and so on.
- Purchasing New Furniture
Even if you refurbish as much of your existing furniture as possible, you may still want or need to purchase new items. As you can imagine, the selection is vast, and so are the price positions. For example, workstations can cost anywhere from $1500 to over $10,000, and the same goes for cubicles. Office chairs can cost $100 or over $1000. Even lighting can range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.
- Purchasing Used Furniture
The used furniture marketplace is enormous and very competitive. However, there is no guarantee that you will quickly find used furniture that matches your current items – either because the furniture you want is in high demand, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, because it is rare or no longer being manufactured, and as such is hard to find.
Making the Right Choice
Choosing to refurnish your existing furniture, purchase new furniture, and/or purchase used furniture will affect your office renovation budget – and not by a small margin, either. And so what is the “right” choice?
Ultimately, that is not a question that can be answered in an article, since the factors and variables that comprise your overall office renovation needs and budget are unique. In other words, what make be advantageous and beneficial for one business, may not necessarily be the same for yours; at least not to the same extent.
However, what we can clearly and confidently state after more than 30 years of experience in the office renovation industry, is that you should work with a proven interior solutions specialist, rather than take the “do it yourself” (DIY) route.
Otherwise, instead of expecting to save tens of thousands of dollars on office furnishings (refurbish, used, new or any combination), you will most likely end up paying more than you should, and you will waste an enormous amount of time as well. It is simply not worth it – especially since this is not a home renovation project. It is an office renovation, which means that your productivity and your reputation are on the line. An interior solutions specialist is the insurance you need to confidently expect a smooth, successful and stress-free experience.
Contact Key Interiors today to learn more about the factors that influence your office renovation budget – including your furnishing choices. Your consultation is free, and there is never any obligation to move forward.