Shopping for office furniture is exciting. There's an endless array of styles, materials, colors and designs to browse. There are cushy ergonomic chairs to test out, high-tech workstations with seemingly unlimited power strips to plug in each and every one of your mobile devices into and quirky reception room couches to lounge on. Furniture showrooms are like a playground for office managers.
That is, of course, until you have to assemble said playground in your own office with no outside help. Then all of a sudden those ergonomic chairs are giving you a pain in the neck and you're ready to forget the high-tech-and-ridiculously-complicated-to-put-together workstations and just have all your employees work from wooden TV trays. You'd love to get away from the headaches of furniture assembly by taking a nap on that new reception room couch, only you're missing one of the legs and now one end of the couch leans on to the floor.
If this nightmare of office infrastructure isn't enough to get you to hire professional installers to set up your office furniture, maybe the five following reasons will make you reach for a phone:
1. Furniture assembly is confusing: Sure, the workstations you invested in looked amazing online or in the showroom, but when it shows up at your doorstep, it's just a series of boxes containing legs, work surfaces and dividers along with various sized fasteners and a "War and Peace"-sized assembly manual that might as well be written in Swedish. Even if you are the office handyman (or woman), how much time do you really have to invest in figuring out how to put everything together without driving yourself insane in the process? Leaving the job to the professionals means you can spend less time worrying about how Figure A connects to Figure B and more time focusing on your business, because that's what's more important anyway, right?
2. Office furniture is heavy: You might be lucky enough to have a co-worker or two who's anxious to show off that they're capable of carrying more than a smartphone and a laptop (they're not pumping iron at the gym three times a week just to sit in a cubicle and play Solitaire all day). But in case you don't have a strongman (or woman)-in-residence, keep in mind that office furniture is heavy, even disassembled (we found a set of three workstations weighing in at more than 2,000 pounds). Save your back (and arms, shoulders, legs, knees, neck, and fingers) the strain of lifting and moving your new purchases and have a trained professional do it.
3. You could be missing parts: We've all had the unhappy experience of attempting to put something together only to find you're missing a piece or two, preventing you from finishing the project (or else ending up with a table that wobbles or a drawer that gets stuck every time you try to open it). When you have someone complete the installation for you, chances are they're familiar with how the different pieces come together and can spot right away if something has been assembled incorrectly or if there's a part missing. What's more, they keep spare parts on hand to make the fixes right away. There's no running out to the hardware store or contacting the manufacturer about shipping you whatever was missing in five to 10 business days.
4. You don't need extra tools: We're not sure what your office toolbox looks like (do you even have an office toolbox?), but if all it consists of is a roll of duct tape and a flathead screwdriver, you might not be prepared to assemble a shipment of office furniture. Sure, you could go out and buy the necessary equipment, but wouldn't that money help out your business more being used for advertising and promotional materials? Investing in furniture installation means you don't have to invest in tools that you're only going to use once. The professionals will come prepared with all the equipment and know-how to do the job in a jiffy with nary a piece of duct tape to be found.
5. You don't have office layout expertise: Setting up an office is a bit more complicated then figuring out the best place to put your sofa in the living room. You'll want to make sure all of your workstations have access to power, that the aisles are wide enough for employees to walk through and that you're using your space efficiently. While furniture installers aren't professional designers, they can probably save you from making major office layout mistakes (do you really think it's a good idea to set up that conference table right in front of the copy machine? Will employees have enough room to get out of their workstation if you set it up so close to the wall?). Installers will help make sure like your office doesn't look like it was thrown together by a group of three-year-olds.
Now that you've decided to hire someone to install your office furniture, keep in mind that as part of our White Glove Service, knowledgeable installation technicians from Arnolds will deliver and setup your office furniture quickly and professionally, meaning you'll be able to concentrate on what really matters: Growing your business.
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