When I write the vision and mission statements for the business plan of a new company, I write for either longevity or a predetermined life-span. When I plan my capital and operating budgets, I am determining to make the initial capital outlay of office furniture once with minimal maintenance expense to account for in my operational budget.
If I am developing a start up garage business that I am going to sell for high profit in a few years, I am probably going to visit the Sally Anne and make a donation. If I am launching a major C-Corp with multiple S-Corps and LLCs branching out, my corporate offices are going to be populated with long-lasting and high quality office furniture from an esteemed office furniture manufacturer.
Price is not always the best metric for high quality and long lasting office furniture either. First, check the manufacturer’s warranty. That will give you a fairly good indication of the lifespan. 5-15 years is adequate for a company that sees itself lasting a short time while the better manufacturer’s warranties that span decades are of higher quality and are built for long lasting value.
Desk and cabinet drawers are not one of the first longevity considerations office furniture shoppers make. However, I have a great distaste for collapsing drawers..