There is so much to consider.
Cost, space, quality, warranty, and delivery to name but a few. They are all very important in the general assessment procedure, but the most important criteria are often overlooked until it is too late.
Cheapest v Cost-Effective
The better quality office chairs are offered with 5-year warranties or 2 years for heavy-duty 24-hour control room chairs.
Lead times can pre-determine which supplier you opt for but more importantly it can drive the buyer down a precarious office furniture selection route, where availability outweighs all other factors.
You have a new employee starting on Monday and you need an office chair, a desk, and a computer.
Think about this for just a moment. Which of those three items will the buyer spend most time over selecting?
Which of the three items will the buyer be given specifically more advice on which model to purchase?
Which item is more important to suit the tasks that the new employee will have to undertake?
Okay, we all know the answer; the computer. But which of the three original items will still be in that office in 5 years' time? Now that is an entirely different matter.
Where is all of this leading to you may ask?
What is your priority?
The new employee should be considered first and foremost when specifying new office furniture. Their size and physical capabilities will determine not only the type of office chair you select but also the desk height, the hand of the desk (is the person left-handed?), and the height of the monitor. Something which is overlooked more often than not is the lighting. Space can often be at a premium in modern office environments and will often dictate the only place a new workstation can be located. Glare from lights can be a major factor in producing headaches and eye strain in computer users.
Ideally, you should choose the best office furniture you can afford. This will give you the best long-term investment in your employee and office furniture in terms of your budget. And don't forget there are deals to be had out there so don't be afraid to ask for a discount. It is a very competitive market, but be sure you are comparing like for like with regards to quality.
Dearest doesn't always equate to best, but cheapest can land you right in the middle of that minefield.