If you’re getting ready to update your office furniture and need to figure out what to do with the old stuff, you have plenty of options.
Sure, you could donate it, sell it or trash it (although we don’t encourage that last option), but why not boost your office morale and use it to make go-karts instead?
The borough council for a town near London recently donated old desks to Third Sector Potential, a social enterprise company, which converted them into go-karts. Local children were then invited to decorate the go-karts and race them as part of a weekend event earlier this month.
As connoisseurs of used office furniture, we loved this idea.
Obviously, if your desks, chairs, shelves, etc. are clean and in good shape, it’s smarter (and less wasteful) to find new homes for them. But if you have some seriously outdated, falling-apart pieces circa “Working Girl,” then why not use them for a little team-building exercise turned friendly competition? Just divide your employees into groups, hand them your castoffs to turn into rubber-burning speed machines (or at least hilarious, rickety conveyances). Once their vehicles are complete, head into the parking lot to race them (or stage an office furniture demolition derby).
Award prizes for different categories like most inventive use of materials, best decorated, fastest, most durable, most team spirit and best costume (for the driver, of course). Watch as the camaraderie blossoms.
While there’s no word yet on which desk-turned-race car grabbed the checkered flag at the London desk races, we found that those quirky Brits aren’t the only ones recycling their office furniture in this fashion.