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​Office Refurbishment: Making the most out of your old furniture

An office refurbishment project will usually involve a complete redesign of your existing space, replacing your old, unwanted furniture. Although hiring a skip or a removals company may provide the quickest way to dispose of your old furniture, there are plenty of environmentally friendly options which don’t involving condemning functional pieces of furniture to landfill. Let’s take a look at the options for offloading your unwanted furniture.

Reuse your old Furniture

Determining whether furniture should be disposed of is the first step in offloading old furniture. Good quality furniture which is still fit for purpose can be incorporated into your office refurbishment project, especially if existing furniture is in-keeping with the design of your new office space. Furniture which is a decade old is unlikely to seamlessly transition into a modern, high spec office design, in which case you may have to look at alternatives such as upcycling furniture through reupholstering chairs to match the design of your new office.

The best office design companies can advise on whether Integrating your old furniture into your new office space is possible, especially as reusing furniture not only reduces the waste sent to landfill but can also reduce expenditure on new equipment, freeing up cash flow for other activities.

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Sell it!

Unlike your standard flat packed home furnishings, the best office furniture is designed to last, withstanding heavy usage over the course of several years. If your furniture is fully operational then one of the best and most straight forward options is to sell it on to somebody else.

Office refurbishment projects can be expensive therefore selling your furniture on is a great way to recoup some of the costs involved. Small businesses and start-ups usually lack the capital required to invest in the latest office furniture, so selling your used furniture is a great way to give a small company the furniture required to run their business. Perhaps the most important reason to sell your perfectly operational furniture is to reduce the environmental impact of adding needless waste to landfill.

There are several places office furniture can be sold, such as eBay, Gumtree or the Facebook marketplace where there will always be someone willing to buy your unwanted furniture!

Donate your Unwanted Furniture

If selling your furniture sounds like too much hassle, then another alternative could be to donate your unwanted office furniture to a small business or a not for profit organisation. As with selling, choosing to donate your unwanted office furniture extends the life of your office equipment rather than contributing to landfill.

Donating furniture provides organisations who may lack the necessary finances to invest in necessary furniture required to continue operating. Donating to charitable organisations also ensures that charities can allocate their finances to activities which helps achieve their goals rather than having to spend their often-finite donations on furniture. Recycle for Greater Manchester have partnered with several furniture reuse organisations, providing several sites where you can donate your unwanted office furniture across Manchester.

It’s unlikely that your new office space will be able to accommodate all your old equipment and completely refreshing your office space may be the only way to future-proof your business. Before resorting to dropping unwanted furniture at your local tip, donating or selling your furniture could be the ideal way to contribute to charity, recoup some of your investment and minimise your company’s environmental impact.


Author- Marcus Livesey, Marketing Executive at Officeinsight

Carlie Dunbar

Written on the 23rd May 2024 by

Working behind the scenes, Carlie assists with the purchasing and setting up of new projects and looks after day-to-day tasks within the office.

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