Posted on: 3 March 2015
When buying used home office furniture, you can save money and furnish your space comfortably and stylishly. While you may wish to buy accessories at some point, there are four essentials you should select straight away. Every home office, regardless of the size, should be furnished with a functional desk or workstation, office chair, practical storage and adequate lighting. As you browse the used office furniture selection, here is how to choose your quintessential pieces:
1. Home Office Desk or Workstation
One major advantage to choosing a used office desk is that it will most likely be assembled and ready to use. There are exceptions, however. For instance, you might find a wall-mounted desk for sale, and this would be an ideal solution for a small space. If you decide on a wall-mounted desk, be sure it comes with the necessary hardware.
The best way to determine what type of used office desk or workstation to buy is to consider your allotted space and surrounding decor. Take measurements of the area as well. It's very important to consider your needs.
Will you use a computer in your home office, or will a laptop be your choice? You might purchase a workstation with a pull-out tray for holding the computer keyboard, a monitor mount and underneath storage for your CPU unit. Some desks and larger workstations (such as the L-shaped design) will also hold a fax machine and computer printer. If you won't be doing computer work in the office, you might opt for a simple writing desk.
Next, consider the materials and how it will complement your existing decor. Some popular choices for home office desks include wood, glass-tops and metal. Glass is easier to maintain than wood and some metal finishes, although it might not be practical if you have small children at home.
If you choose a glass-top desk that was previously owned, check for chips or cracks. A used metal desk needs to be examined for loose parts, such as bolts and screws. Wood desks should not have sharp edges or warping on the surface.
2. Home Office Seating
If you plan on working in the office for an extended period of time, your home office chair should be comfortable and ergonomically designed. You might choose an upholstered chair, synthetic or natural leather. Whatever material or color choice you prefer, be certain it has these features:
The Ability to Adjust: The chair needs to adjust to your personal height and adequate seat width. Additionally, the width of the arms might also adjust. The back of the seat should also adjust for proper support.
Back Support: If your office chair does not have proper back support for the lumbar region, you may suffer from aches and pains after a while. Some office chairs have built-in lumbar cushioning and support, with a multi-position option. Also, be sure the backrest supports the entire upper back as well. A headrest will provide support for the neck.
Caster Wheels: Mobility is important if your home office is carpeted. It will also allow you to move about if you need to reach another location of the room quickly.
3. Home Office Storage Solutions
Your home office needs to include storage for the essential office supplies. To stay organized, you might like to use boxes that can be labeled for easy identification. Bookcases or shelving units are a good idea for heavy items and books. Stacked cubicles or a desk cubby will work for smaller items.
If you want to save money, your used office furniture store might have some inexpensive baskets for sale. These may be stacked and can be used for a variety of supplies. A three or four tier paper tray can be placed on the desk.
Wooden chests and cabinets make great organizers as well. These may be used as a filing cabinet or filing system. Alternatively, you might choose a used metal file cabinet for storing important papers and documents. Many have locking drawers and are fireproof as well.
4. Home Office Lighting:
Even if your home office is located by a window where natural sunlight enters, you'll want to insure adequate lighting. Good lighting will enable you to work during nighttime hours or when sunlight is limited. For a small office space, a desk lamp should suffice. Consider one with three-way lighting for versatility.
Other choices include floor lamps and clip-on table lamps. The floor lamp might include a 3x magnifier for precision work. A desk lamp with a clamp can be adjusted easily and is relatively inexpensive. You can often find these styles at used office furniture and supply companies.
In conclusion, it's a good idea to buy all your home office furniture at once. You might receive a discount or free shipping or delivery and set-up by doing so.Share