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4 Essential Furniture Pieces Every Startup Must Have

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As a startup owner, you’re responsible for executing on many priorities within a tight budget. Your focus should be on investing in your business and not on buying expensive furniture unnecessarily. We’ve put together a list of essential office furniture pieces every startup must have in their office.

Chairs – Don’t Give Up On Support

Your desk chairs must provide lower back support and adjustable height to ensure comfort. Most likely, you and your staff will spend more time on these chairs than any other piece of furniture in your life. Chairs with arms are also recommended because they provide neck and back support. A proper chair will help save your employees from unnecessary future body aches that are caused by incorrect seating posture.

Desks – Don’t Give Up On Quality

Startups will often try to save money by purchasing ready-to-assemble desks that fail to deliver on durability. These desks may seem to provide value at the beginning, but are really a time-consuming chore since they contain many moving parts that need to be assembled. In addition, ready-to-assemble desks have no re-sell value and are not meant to withstand much wear and tear.

Visit furniture liquidators that offer high quality, pre-owned desks that are made from durable materials such as mahogany hardwood. These desks should provide the necessary space for today’s technology and include features like desk grommets.

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Filing cabinets – Don’t Give Up On Organization

Organization is the key to success for any startup. Filing cabinets are the tried and true storage for employees looking to bring together all of their important documents. Depending on the content and privacy guidelines of your startup, a filing cabinet with a key-lock system may be of preference. You should also use cloud storage systems whenever possible to reduce the number of file cabinets you need, free up office space for other uses, and provide remote access to your files.

Bookcases – Don’t Give Up On Development

Bookcases are perfect for storing industry-leading books that your employees can rely on to further their business knowledge. A startup that supports employee development also supports its own growth.

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Putting together a list of furniture you need before you buy is crucial. It will not only help you save time but money. Provide this list to local and reputable office furniture liquidators that can help you choose the right furniture and style while staying within your budget.

A Quick Guide for How to Remove Upholstery on Old Furniture

Antique Couch Upholstery

After long enough, even the most elegant, best loved upholstery can wear out. Whether years of heavy use, a change of aesthetics, or an unfortunate incident with the family pet have made removing upholstery a necessity, you’ll be glad to know the process is actually fairly simple.

First you’ll need the right tools. Ideally that’s a dedicated staple puller (tool inventors weren’t always the most creative namers). However, in a pinch, you could use really any thin metal piece, like an ice pick or flathead screwdriver.

Staple Puller

Pliers should come in handy as well – both for pulling out stubborn staples and for getting the job started. Use the pliers to rip up the trimming, and then keep going until you’ve got it all off and made a nice mess of things, possibly including your fingers.

From there, try pulling up the fabric in a continuous piece if the staples allow you to have your way with it. It’s a good idea to keep this to base new fabric on so you don’t have to make a load of measurements or over-purchase.

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The staples are the tedious part. You might be able to alternate between ripping up the upholstery and plucking the metal out, or you may have to do one after the other. Either way, always be careful – you’re dealing with some old, sharp metal that could be rusted. Keep those eyes and hands safe!

Photo Credits (from top): RedsZone, my DIY adventures, and Ideal Upholstery