The Ultimate Guide to Office Credenzas: Types, Uses, and Benefits


variety of haworth office credenzas

Defining the Office Credenza

Have you ever wondered, “What is an office credenza, and how does it differ from other office furniture?” Originating as a staple in dining rooms for dish storage, the office credenza has evolved into a multipurpose piece of furniture. It’s typically characterized by a long, low cabinet, often accompanied by sliding doors or drawers, and a flat top surface. This furniture seamlessly transitioned into office spaces, offering functionality, storage, and aesthetic appeal to boardrooms, reception areas and private office suites.

Types of Commercial Office Credenzas

Wood Credenzas

Wood credenzas are synonymous with elegance and durability. Ideal for offices that favour a classic or rustic aesthetic, these credenzas come in various finishes – from oak and cherry to mahogany and walnut. They can be intricately carved and decorated for a more traditional look, sleek and minimal for a modern touch.

Metal and Glass Credenzas

Metal and glass credenzas are the go-to choices for contemporary office spaces. They exude a modern, sleek vibe and are often found in executive settings. These materials are not only about looks; they’re known for their durability and ease of maintenance.

Mixed-Material Designs

The mixed-material credenzas are where creativity meets functionality. Combining wood with metal or glass, these credenzas offer the best of both worlds – the warmth of wood with the modernity and durability of metal or glass. They fit well in almost any office décor, bridging the traditional and contemporary design gap. We frequently recommend commercial laminate or laminate and metal credenzas to our customers for this balance of durability and aesthetic appeal.

Functional Uses

Credenzas’ versatility makes them an invaluable addition to any office. They serve multiple purposes:

  • Storage: Ideal for keeping office supplies, documents, and equipment organized.
  • Technology Hub: Perfect for housing printers, scanners, and other tech without cluttering your primary workspace. A credenza drilled with a grommet provides clean cable management.
  • Secondary Work Area: The flat top of a credenza can be used as an additional working space, particularly useful in smaller offices.
  • Meeting Area Support: During meetings, the top can serve as a space for laying out documents, projectors, or refreshments.

We use a 60” credenza in our boardroom to house our video conferencing technology and serve as the refreshment buffet, keeping our boardroom table clear for notebooks and laptops during meetings.

An office boardroom with table, chairs and credenza

Selecting the Right Credenza

Choosing the right credenza involves several considerations:

  • Size and Space: Measure your available space to ensure the credenza fits without overcrowding.
  • Storage Needs: Assess what you’ll store in it. Do you need more drawers or shelves? Would you prefer a combination of both?
  • Style and Material: Consider the existing office décor. A credenza should complement, not clash with, your current setup.
  • Budget: Determine your budget. Credenzas come in a range of prices, and setting a budget helps narrow down choices.

For guidelines when budgeting for office furniture, visit our budgeting guide here:

Credenzas Benefit Productivity and Organization

A well-chosen credenza can significantly boost productivity and organization in the workplace. It provides ample storage space, reducing clutter and promoting a more organized, efficient work environment. A clutter-free space is aesthetically pleasing and reduces distractions, allowing for better focus and efficiency.

Sustainability and Eco-Friendly Options

Reduce your carbon footprint and bring a sense of responsibility and care for the environment into your office space. Many manufacturers are providing more sustainable office furniture options than ever before. When shopping for a credenza, ask your furniture provider for eco-friendly options from recycled materials or sustainably sourced wood.

Maintenance and Care Tips

Maintaining your credenza ensures its longevity and continued aesthetic appeal:

  • Regular Cleaning: Dust it regularly and clean spills immediately to prevent stains.
  • Appropriate Cleaning Materials: Use cleaners suitable for the material of your credenza. For wood, use a wood cleaner; a mild soap and water solution is often sufficient for metal or glass.
  • Avoid Direct Sunlight: Place your credenza away from direct sunlight to prevent fading and warping.

While not directly a maintenance tip, you should always carefully read the warranty information of any office furniture before purchase. Is hardware like door pulls and slides covered or strictly the credenzas core surfaces? How long do they guarantee the quality of the laminate, paint or veneer finish?

An office credenza is key to creating a functional, organized, stylish workspace. It’s not just a storage unit; it’s a versatile piece of furniture that can enhance your office’s overall productivity and aesthetic.

Want to Learn More?

Interested in further exploring office furniture options? Visit our Office Furniture Buyer’s Guide for comprehensive insights and tips to help you make informed decisions.

Ready to Pick Your Perfect Credenza?

Finished with research and ready to start looking at your options? Contact us today for a personalized consultation to select the perfect office credenza tailored to your office’s style, storage needs, and budget.

Cory Porteous
Director of Marketing
Office Interiors