Having up-to-date, well-functioning furniture in your office can make your workplace more efficient and attractive to current and prospective employees. However, knowing when to replace existing pieces is not as simple as monitoring wear and tear.

If the colors are out of style, workstation walls are higher than 68 inches, or it doesn’t easily reconfigure to meet your needs, it might be time to purchase new. We also recommend that you keep an eye out for trim pieces that are popping off or surfaces that are beginning to wobble.

In some cases, it may make sense to repair your existing furniture. Start by determining if it can be reconfigured. If so, are the parts needed still available? Then, evaluate the price to recover the pieces with new fabric.

As businesses expand, they may find the furniture they have in their office is no longer available. Integrating similar, new styles might be an option for chairs and lounges areas, but not for workstations.

When it comes to investing in your workplace, it’s best to plan ahead. Good quality workstations and private office furniture should last 8-10 years, whereas less expensive options won’t. Create a plan for replacing or repairing furniture, considering your company’s staffing plans. Then, include those costs in your budget.

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