Price doesn’t always equal value received.
In order to make sure you are buying quality furniture, without overpaying, you need to understand how much to budget for your next furniture purchase.
Ultimately what determines how much you should spend on an office chair is how much you plan on using the chair. Are you looking for a chair that you can keep using for years to come? Do you plan on using the chair every day? Will you be sitting in the chair for the bulk of the workday? If you answered yes to these questions, you should budget between $350 and $800 for a task chair.
So why are some chairs more expensive than others? Here are the three factors that can significantly impact a chair’s final price point:
1. Durability has a price
If a chair retails over $350 it is typically supported by extensive warranties and you should expect a useable life of at least five to ten years.
2. More features mean more money
There are dozens of ergonomic features and customizations available these days, but many are accompanied by an upcharge of $20-50 each.
3. Finish choice can significantly impact the final cost
The list price is almost always for the standard grade finish and not for more premium finishes. For example, if you upgrade the base of a task chair from plastic to polished aluminum and the fabric from upholstery to leather, the cost of the chair can as much as double.
The typical desk these days is a 6’x6’ L-shaped configuration casegood. You should typically count on spending between $700-$5000 for a 6’x6’ desk. While the range is rather broad, ultimately, it can’t be narrowed until you make two choices:
- How much storage do I want to incorporate into my desk?
- What kind of finish do I want / Do I want a laminate or veneer work surface?
The amount of storage capacity incorporated into a desk or workstation is a significant factor in its overall cost. When deciding how much storage you want your desk to have, take the opportunity to think about how much you actually need.
There are two common types of finishes for desks these days, laminate and veneer; your choice can have a significant impact on the final price you pay. Veneer is unmatched in appearance and selection options but is very much priced as a premium option. Laminate is a lower cost and lower maintenance option but does not have quite the same aesthetic impact of a veneer worksurface.
Similar to desks, workstations have shrunk in size in recent years and are most commonly seen in 6’x6’ L-shaped configurations although the nature of systems furniture does allow for a lot of creativity in the exact layout design. A safe budget range would be approximately $1200-$4000 per workstation.
Once again, where you land within this range is largely determined by how much storage you desire and what finishes you select.
As with many things, the more you add, the more it’s going to cost. Before committing to a particular configuration, we suggest you take the opportunity to evaluate just how much storage you (and your team) really need at your workstation.
- Do you need to have a space for storing binders at your desk or can you use a shared bookcase instead? What about paper documents and files?
- Do you need that storage tower for your coat and umbrella or would it be more efficient for the office to share one centrally located closed?
Here are a couple of the common upgrades that I many new customers may not realize can quickly run up the cost of your workstation(s):
- Upgrading the panels from a single colour fabric to laminate or veneer
- Built-in writeable whiteboard surfaces on the panels
- Adding a glass (clear, glazed or framed) to the top of the panel for a little additional auditory privacy while maintaining the same open visual feel.
Need a More Detailed Explanation?
All the information on this page was actually pulled from our blog series titled What Does it Cost? For a more in-depth explanation of each furniture category, check out the series or send us your question directly!