Many companies look to save money by purchasing office furniture from stores like Ikea or Staples. But if you want your investment to last more than a few years, there are many reasons to choose commercial furniture instead. Let’s see how some similar items compare:

DESKS

Desk A

Desk A

Haworth Intuity Desk

Haworth Intuity Desk

Price

Desk A: $209

Haworth Intuity Desk: $695 (list price)

Warranty

Desk A: 10-year limited warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

Haworth Intuity Desk: Lifetime warranty for parts manufactured in North America (1-5 years for other parts).

Options
Desk A: Four work surface color options. Two leg color options. A privacy screen or desktop shelf can be purchased separately to accessorize the desk, but there are no power options available.

Haworth Intuity Desk: More than 30 laminate options and nearly 40 leg paint colors to choose from. Capable of housing electrical components in a tray under the desk for direct power access, and the tray also works as cable management to hide cords. Can be accessorized with screens, hatches that lift up for power access, screen dividers that can house “slat work tool” accessories for pens, pencils, letter trays, etc. Desk can be single-sided or-double sided so two people can work at one desk.

CHAIRS

Chair A

Chair A

Haworth Very Chair

Haworth Very Chair

Price

Chair A: $99.99 (+ $9.99 for 3-year warranty)

Haworth Very Chair: $1,031.57 (list price)

Warranty

Chair A: IF you pay extra for the 3-year warranty, it covers accidental damage, mechanical damage, and normal wear and tear. Full refund for items beyond repair. The chair is intended for persons up to 250 lbs for five hours use daily.

Haworth Very Chair: 12-year warranty covers 24/7 use by persons up to 325 lbs and includes the framework, mechanisms, seating foam, seat and back mesh, and seating glides and casters.

Options

Chair A: Only available in black mesh and a black fabric seat. Offers fixed lumbar support, seat height adjustment, arm height adjustment, and tilt with lock. Comes with carpet casters. 

Haworth Very Chair: Available in dozens of seat fabric options, nine mesh back colors, and an upholstered back jacket option. Can also be upholstered in leather or faux leather. Your choice of armless, fixed arms, height adjustable arms, or 4D arms. Also has seat depth and height adjustment, forward tilt, back lock, tilt tension control and adjustable lumbar support. Two caster options for carpet or hard surface flooring.

SOFAS

Sofa A

Sofa A

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa

Price

Sofa A: $779

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa: $2,364 (list price)

Warranty

Sofa A: 10-year limited warranty that covers repair or replacement.

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa: Repair or replacement with comparable product, free of charge to the customer, any product, part, or component.

Options

Sofa A: Faux leather two-seat sofa available in four colors with two leg color options.

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa: Upholstery options that may be specified on the outer frame, back cushion, and seat cushion. The material options are endless, and you can even request a fabric you choose to be tested on the sofa. Your choice of round or square legs in three different colors.

When choosing furniture for your home or commercial office, do your homework so you’re comparing apples to apples. Think about what features you’d like and how much you’d like to customize the piece, and remember that the list price of commercial furniture is often just a starting point. The low prices at big box stores may seem appealing, but the chances of needing to buy again soon are high.

For more information about the commercial products seen here, or to learn more about making a smart furniture investment, please contact us – we’d love to help!

 

Sources:

Desk A: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S79022792/#/S79022792

Haworth Intuity Desk: http://www.haworth.com/products/workspaces/benching/intuity

Chair A: http://www.staples.com/Staples-Carder-Mesh-Office-Chair-Black/product_136815

Haworth Very Chair: http://www.haworth.com/products/seating/desk-chairs/very

Sofa A: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/S29031765/#/S29031765

Kimball Office Boyd Sofa: https://www.kimballoffice.com/furniture/seating/boyd/