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Office Furniture: Why Renovate?

Swivel task chair before and after reupholstering

For every company, there comes a point when things need a refresh. When that dreaded day arrives, it can feel like an overwhelming obstacle. You may not have enough money left in the budget to buy brand new, or enough time to dispose of all your old furniture. On the other hand, it’s not going to help your company’s image or sales if your clients have to sit on ripped, shabby chairs during pitches and meetings. The fact is, office updates are an essential part of good business. It keeps things modern, fresh and clean, and makes a good first impression on potential customers. With us, refreshing your office furniture doesn’t have to be a huge project to tackle. Choose to renovate your office furniture and you’ll save time, money, and the environment too.

Style Savvy

Almost any item can be reupholstered and given a new life. Office chairs, reception sofas and general seating are all perfect candidates. The beauty of our service is in its versatility. We provide a large selection of high quality fabrics – including leather – with different colours and patterns to choose from. You can also provide your own fabric. Existing furniture can be further refreshed with replacement arms, new seats and backs, and antistatic castors. Have a look at our before and after photos to see what we can do.

Cost Effective

Office furniture renovation can cut your expenses by up to 50%! As well as the obvious saving (no need to buy new furniture) you’ll also be eliminating costly disposal fees for your old furniture. We offer free advice and quotes to get you started, as well as free delivery within a 50 mile radius of Reading (T&Cs apply). Standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days, but our experienced professionals may be able to complete in a quicker timeframe if required. When it comes to French polishing, the job can be done on site in your office! Thorough cleaning is also covered in the cost so that your furniture is totally transformed. And the best news? All of these services are covered by a 12-month warranty, so you can rest easy knowing your pieces will stay intact.

Eco Friendly

As if you needed another reason to reupholster, here’s a great one: you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and your company’s impact on the environment. In the UK alone, more than 22 million items of furniture are thrown out each year, creating a huge amount of carbon dioxide emissions that could be avoided if we simply upcycled old or tired items. What’s more, keeping these items out of landfill prevents additional waste from being created during the manufacture of replacement items. When you renovate your furniture, you’re not only driving business and saving money, you’re also having a positive impact on our planet.

Ready to give your furniture a new lease of life?

Click here or call us on 0118 9883009 to talk to us about office furniture renovation and reupholstering.

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Refurbished office furniture

Black chairs around a boardroom table

Refurbishing office furniture, as opposed to buying new, has a lot of environmental and cost benefits, and more

Cost benefits

Choosing refurbished office furniture makes a big impact on the difference in price. Buying new furniture can be extremely expensive, in fact a new set of furniture often doesn’t fit the budget for most businesses. It also takes more time to wait for new furniture to be manufactured and shipped.

Refurbished desks often save more office space and increase productivity in the workspace by 35%

As much as £90,000 can be saved in office space costs per year

If you intend to grow and expand your business, this is even more reason to not purchase new furniture and opt for refurbished ones and not waste extra time or money.

Office desks which are refurbished cost around 30%, or less, than the expense for new desks, so the amount that you save can be seen immediately.

Refurbished furniture typically comes with a 1-5-year warranty, which is the equivalent of new furniture.

Environmental benefits

When you purchase new furniture for your office, it takes resources to have this new furniture made, and to ship it causes an environmental impact.

Every ten office desks which are refurbished save up to a tonne of C02

Approximately 1.8 million office chairs and 1.2 million office desks end up in a landfill in the UK every year.

Refurbishing an office desk, for example, can cut its carbon footprint by 36%. Replacement of the desk top cuts its footprint by 18%. An office chair’s carbon footprint can be reduced to as much as 45%

Any office furniture which is left over after refurbishment, because it’s very common in offices that refurbish to have some of their old furniture unneeded, can be donated to schools or charities.

Other advantages

Refurbishing furniture is actually a popular trend in design, and is becoming more and more favoured, not just because of the benefits mentioned above. Refurbishing office furniture gives you a chance to reinvent the look of your office. You can repaint or even redesign the furniture completely. No one will even be able to tell that it’s a refurbished item.

It also gives your office a more unique look, which can improve the moods of your employees and reduce stress.

Refurbished furniture also tends to last much longer than new.
With new furniture, the resale value is much lower than the original. However, quality refurbished furniture can be resold at a high value, often higher than the original price. It has proven to be a very worthy investment.

If you think that refurbished furniture will make your office look shabby, you are completely wrong. As I already mentioned, refurbishing office furniture is the direction most businesses are going towards, because it can be made to look modern, and even better than new furniture.

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What is the most sustainable office furniture?

Dark wooden boardroom table and black blardroom chairs

Most businesses, when it is time to refurbish or expand their offices, immediately begin to search for new furniture to buy for their new offices. This is actually a huge mistake, because it is the choice which costs the most, and the worst thing that you can do for the environment.

Which is the best?

Used, second-hand, and refurbished office furniture are the top choices.

This is because the only environmental disadvantage is the transport to move it which causes a carbon footprint. Purchasing new furniture and having it manufactured is much worse for the environment and the footprint is much larger.

The difference in cost is also huge. Purchasing all new furniture for your office often goes over the intended budget, and furniture which is second hand is much less costly.

Refurbished office furniture tends to last even longer than new furniture as well.

Also, the resale value of new furniture drops by a large amount, whereas with refurbished furniture it can actually increase after purchase. So, in the long run, refurbished furniture is actually a good investment.

Any disadvantages?

Purchasing second-hand and/or refurbished furniture means that it might not be in tip-top condition, but is often worth it because of the unique look it can give your office. You can also find refurbished furniture which looks very modern.

It is possible that some refurbished furniture may be sold without any warranty, so check for this because most can be sold with a 1-5-year warranty just like new furniture.

So, the advantages seem to outweigh the disadvantages.

Second best?

The next best choice for your office furniture would be re-manufactured furniture.

Re-manufactured furniture is ideal if your office is made up of steel and aluminium bases on chairs and desks, because it is reused, and softer parts are replaced.

It meets the needs and budget of clients, and it’s cheaper than buying new furniture but is the same in quality.

It’s better for the environment and has the same warranty.

The only difficulty with this option is that you need to find a re-manufacturer that agrees with your specifications and can meet the quality you want. Re-manufacturing is a good option but only if it’s done properly, so you have to ensure that you find a good provider.

To conclude, purchasing all new furniture for your office may seem like the obvious choice but it is not the right way to go. Nowadays, there are so many other options which are better for your pocket and the environment and, unfortunately, not everyone is aware of this.

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Reupholstery for corporate sustainability

The component parts of good quality office chairs will out live fabrics and foams. We can help increase the life of your office furniture in the following ways:

  • Replace worn seat foams
  • Repair/replace faulty components such as castors
  • Full clean & service of component parts
  • Reupholster using sustainable office seating fabrics

The majority of our office seating is reupholstered in Camira fabrics. In 2015 Camira were recognised for outstanding achievements in continuous environmental improvement and best in class performance with their second successive Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. Camira are pioneering a sustainable textile industry through environmental product design, supply chain integrity, resource efficiency, people development and CSR.

EU EcoLabel Textiles

EU Ecolabel textiles meet criteria that guarantee:

  • Limited use of substances harmful to health and environment
  • Reduction in water and air pollution
  • Colour resistance to perspiration, washing, wet and dry rubbing and light exposure

Here are some examples of EU Ecolabel fabrics we can use for reupholstery:

Camira Xtreme – made from 100% recycled polyester

Camira Hemp – 60% Virgin Wool, 40% True Hemp

Camira Blazer – rapidly renewable & compostable, made from 100% wool

Camira Patina – 69% Wool, 22% Flax, 8% Polyamide


Contact us to discuss any seating renovation requirements and request fabric samples.