When you’re looking for tables, chairs and desks for your home, we’re guessing used office furniture retailers don’t top your list of places to go shopping, which is a shame because you could miss out on finding one-of-a-kind pieces at prices you’ll love.
Here’s a look at how used office furniture could transform your house:
Home office: Skip the trip to Ikea Schlurenborgen desk and matching shelves that you will have to assemble yourself when you get home and will probably end up dented and dinged before you decipher the first pictogram in the assembly instructions. You can find gorgeous, high-quality pieces like those pictured above at inexpensive prices that will make your office the envy of the neighborhood. All the extra storage will help keep all of your family’s paperwork, from school forms to tax records to insurance information, well organized and right at your fingertips.
Craft room: Whether you enjoy crafting with kids, are trying to set up a home business making tutus or just want a large surface on which to wrap gifts, a sturdy, U-shaped desk is an ideal piece. There’s enough workspace to spread out a project or allow a couple people to work at once, plus there’s storage for stashing supplies when you’re not working. Buy one with a laminate work surface and it’s also a cinch to clean.
Dining room: A basic dining room table with leaves might be able to comfortably seat eight to 10 people maximum, which for large family gatherings just might not be enough. If you host your extended family frequently, consider purchasing a used conference room table to use in place of a dining room table. They’re longer than standard dining room furniture, so they should be able to accommodate your giant brood without leaving people to eat from their laps or setting up a kids’ table in the kitchen. It will also probably be more affordable than having a larger sized table custom made.
For the kids: Whether you teach your kids from home full time, or just need a designated area for them to complete their homework, picking up a couple of these high-tech desks will make it easy for them to go from working on a computer to handwritten work while also organizing their school supplies and paperwork. With their own desks, your kids won’t have to fight for a spot at the kitchen table or sneak upstairs to their bedrooms to finish their homework (ie: check Facebook). They might even be more inclined to finish their schoolwork without a fight.
Extra seating: If you entertain a lot or have a large family, chances are you’re always on the lookout for easy-to-stash chairs that look good. Well, look no further. Used office furniture retailers have a variety of chairs in stock (like the Leland Red Stack Chair pictured above) that can easily make the transition from conference room seating to Thanksgiving dinner with the extended family. Look for stackable, lightweight chairs that can make for easy moving and storing.
Additional storage: Executive office suites often have extra pieces aside from the desk like shelving, hutches or credenzas that can be repurposed in a home for all manners of added storage. We think a glass-doored hutch would look right at home in your dining room as storage for china, crystal, flatware and serving platters. Use it in your family room as a place to store board games, DVDs, CDs, family photos and other tchotchkes from your adventures. A credenza would be the perfect place to set your new flatscreen (it even has a home for your Blu-ray players and satellite or cable boxes).