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A Guide to Finding the Right Office Furniture for your Office

Adam StacksAdam Stacks
June 8th, 2022
~ 9 minute read

Finding the right office furniture for your office can be a chore on your own. Luckily, our customer service team at Madison Liquidators is here to help. We have compiled this guide to answer some of the most frequent questions about purchasing office furniture. This should be viewed as a first major step into the pool of finding office furniture. Careful though, the pool can get pretty deep.

At any point during your search that you feel that you need to speed up the process and have your personal questions, our dedicated sales team is here to help. Our team has many years of dedicated customer focused support. Our team is standing by to answer all your questions and help you with the overall search and purchase of quality office furniture. Give us a call at (888) 831-1012 to get started.

A few tips before we get started with individual office furniture pieces, here are a few things to consider. When purchasing new office furniture for your entire office it is important to maintain a single style and color palette. The easiest way to manage this is to look at a single manufacturer and if possible, the same office furniture series from said manufacturer. For example, if all the desks are “Newport Gray” then the accent pieces such as storage cabinets, bookcases, and side tables can be purchased with the exact same finish by following the manufacturer series rule.

Front Office

A reception desk will be the first major piece of office furniture that customers, clients, and visitors will see when entering your business. It must be professional looking and a strong focal point to the reception area. It should draw in the eyes of those who come through your doors. A highly functional workstation that is attractive to establish a desirable first impression to the inner areas of your office. By the time the guests pass this furniture, they will have an educated understanding of the style of the rest of the office.

L Shaped Reception Desk With Storage

Another important aspect of the front office is the seating for the waiting room. This is not a place to haphazardly throw random chairs into the area but rather it’s for quality office furniture that is designed for such a space. It is just as important as the reception desk to have a stylish and comfortable seat for the guests while they wait. Once these two aspects of the front office are met, the rest of the office can follow. It cannot be stated enough that the front office area sets the tone for the rest of the office.

Curved Reception Desk

Additional Reception Area Office Furniture Resources

A guide to renovating the reception area to give the office new life

Selecting a reception desk for a large office

Curved reception desk ideas

Two Person reception desk ideas

Fresh L shaped reception desk ideas for 2022

Executive and Management Offices

An executive or management office should be filled with office furniture that fits the station. Executive office furniture is designed to be larger with more attention to style. For example, an attractive executive U shaped desk will fill out the space of the management office well. The U shaped desk is already a large piece of office furniture with its three sided design but with the executive version the workspace is even larger with a level of artisanship not found in shared office furniture.

U Shaped Executive Desk With Hutch

As with the rest of the furniture in executive and management offices, think of high end pieces. Look for premium materials such as steel, leather, and frosted glass. All of which draw in the eye for an opulent focal point which is the desired result of furnishing the big office. Executive office furniture makes bold statements for the executive.

Leather High Back Office Chair

Shared Offices

Shared offices usually require space saving options. Not necessarily extreme measures, but we have found that the L shaped desk is the most highly sought after desk for a shared office. An L shaped desk offers double the desktop space of a traditional rectangular desk. They are highly versatile office furniture and exceedingly popular amongst office workers for their versatility and natural ability to multitask with double the worksurface.

L Shaped Desk With Optional Drawers Keyboard Tray

Other options are pedestal desks, and rectangular desks but a type of desk that is on the rise is a peninsula desk. With a peninsula desk, there’s also double the workspace compared to traditional desks. They are more open and lean towards an open office concept with their minimalist design. There are great options for these workstations such as bookcases, and hutches.

Home Office Peninsula Desk With Drawers

Additional Personal Office Furniture Resources

Modern executive desk ideas

Modern L shaped desk ideas

U shaped desk ideas

Sit Stand Desks

A sit stand desk is a modern twist on the office desk. They allow for movement throughout the workday that limits the aches and pains that come with office work. A sit stand desk is one of the strongest combatants to a sedentary lifestyle in the office. With the push of a button, the desktop moves between two preset heights to transition between a sitting and standing position. It’s a modern piece of office furniture for the modern business.

 U Shaped Height Adjustable Executive Desk

Additional Sit Stand Desk Resources

A guide to sit stand desks

U shaped standing desk ideas

Standing desk mats to prevent fatigue from standing


A trusted space saving measure for the office is a cubicle system. These office furniture systems have been trusted for decades for offices that require multiple workstations with limited space. A cubicle provides enough space for an office worker to perform their daily duties. Cubicles are versatile due to their modular design that allows for a custom design for each set as needed.

Two Person Cubicle Desk

Additional Cubicle Resources

Ideas for cubicles in the workplace

Open Office Workstations

An open office workstation is a wonderful way to promote inclusion and teamwork naturally through the office furniture. Built in pods of from two up to eight, they allow for workgroups to work next to one another to complete projects. They are a new alternative to cubicle systems that opens the office instead of partitioning it off. It makes for a more inviting office with the openness that it provides.

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Additional Open Office Workstation Resources

L shaped desk pod ideas

Desk pod ideas

Workstation ideas for a collaborative office

Wall Partitions/ Sound Barriers

Of course, when it comes to an open office environment, some office division will be needed. Wall partitions and sound barriers can be placed strategically to help eliminate noise pollution. The drawback of an open office environment is that sounds travel throughout the workspace. Wall partitions allow for groups of office workers to work closely without their noise carrying throughout the entire office.

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Additional Wall Partition Resources

Previously shared in the cubicle section, this also covers wall partitions

Conference Tables

A conference table is the centerpiece of the conference room. Selecting the right office furniture for the conference room is especially important due to it being where most of the guests, vendors, and visitors will spend time. So, finding a conference table that’s the right size, shape, and style of the office is an essential task. Shapes of conference tables vary greatly from each other. Each shape presents different strengths and weaknesses. One may be perfect for your office but a horrible choice for another. The principle shapes are round, square, rectangular, boat shaped, and racetrack.

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Round, square, and rectangular are self-explanatory, but the other two are unique shapes that need further explanation. A boat shaped conference table takes a rectangular shape then bows out the long sides in a flare to create a luxurious appearance; looking down, the profile of the table looks like an old dingy. The racetrack conference table is the exact opposite. The long sides are straight while the corners are rounded like an oval, creating a shape that looks a lot like an old time racetrack. Both these designs are prevalent in an executive board room due to their upscale appeal. No matter the shape, be sure to select the office furniture that fits your conference room style.

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Additional Conference Room Office Furniture Resources

A conference table sizing chart that provides a technical explanation to conference tables

A guide to upgrading a conference room for a growing small office

A guide to adding power to the conference table

A guide for selecting the right conference table

Office Chairs

One of the most crucial things that cannot be be overlooked when you’re finding the right office furniture for your office is office seating. Straight away finding comfortable and functional desk chairs is vital for all the office workers in your office. When selecting a desk chair, it is important not to try to cut corners and purchase conference room chairs. A desk chair is fully adjustable to nestle the office worker into a comfortable position for all day use. While a conference room chair usually features fixed arms and limited adjustment because they are intended for periodic use, not all day. The limited adjustability is also to limit the distractions that come with adjusting chairs throughout the meetings. Also, guest chairs are not adjustable, and typically aren’t mobile with casters like desk chairs and are also designed for periodic use so placing them in the role of a desk chair will not be a realistic expectation. They are best served in offices in front of the desk for visitors to use as needed. A guest chair is comfortably placed in an executive office for a small meeting area at the desk.

Brisbane Heavy Duty 247 Office Chair With Headrest

Additional Office Chair Resources

Information about heavy duty office chairs

Antimicrobial office chair information

A look at my personal office chair and experience

A look at the new pink office chairs

Office Storage

Every office needs ample amounts of storage. This is one area that if overlooked will become a problem very quickly. For miscellaneous items there are storage cabinets. They come in many shapes, sizes, and styles, so finding the storage cabinet works best for your office is a key component of a clean and organized office. A wide varierty of office storage from credenzas to standing wardrobe closets are available for purchase as organizational office furniture.

Office Credenza With File Drawers

Filing cabinets and bookcases are other storage items that can assist in keeping the office organized. Filing cabinets have been trusted for decades, whether it’s  a vertical or horizontal filing system most offices will benefit from having plenty of them on hand. The same can be said about bookcases. They have many sizes and shapes available and having them in the office will do wonders for the office.

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Additional Storage Office Furniture Resources

Storage solutions for the office

A closer look at storage cabinets

Assistance in your search for Office Furniture

Furnishing an office is no small task. It takes dedication and research to find the exact office furniture needed to fill the workspace. It can be an ordeal just to think about finding a reception desk while looking for an executive U shaped desk at the same time. Or an L shaped desk and a cubicle one minute then a conference table the next. The entire process can be overwhelming on your own. If you are looking to furnish an office with high quality office furniture but are apprehensive about going through the process alone, we can help. Give us a call at (888) 831-1012 for industry leading customer service. Our team of office furniture experts have spent years assisting clients furnish an office. Everything from budgeting to installation can be discussed. We have a dedicated design team that can provide customized floor plans for your office area. Whatever it takes to exceed the expectations of what an office furniture supplier can be.

Tips for furnishing your office

#1- Preplanning- This key area of focus allows you to ensure that everything is covered from what office furniture is needed and where it will go in the office. This also allows time for budgeting and scheduling which do not need to be overlooked.

#2- Employee input- When applicable, allow the office workers to “throw in their two cents” because it creates an environment of inclusion and will build office moral. Plus, most times they know what suits them better any way.

#3- Balancing act- Finding the right balance between affordability and quality is of the utmost importance. Without a balance, you will either end up skimping on one side or the other which will cause many problems down the line. Finding the best quality office furniture within the budget you establish is always the best bet.

#4- Focus on comfortability- A comfortable office is a happy office. It’s an oversimplification but anyone who is going to spend forty hours or more in the office space will appreciate the effort to make it comfortable for everyone.

#5- Add your personal touch- Don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through your office style. When you are done, every piece of office furniture should reflect you. That way, you have created an environment that you are comfortable in and has a single cohesive look throughout.

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Adam Stacks
About The Author

Adam Stacks, came to Madison Liquidators at the start of 2021 after several years of freelance writing for local newspapers, magazines, and websites. His passion for writing began at an early age by writing personal works of fiction. Since joining Madison Liquidators, he has dedicated himself to studying office furniture and relaying his insight to the consumer in hopes of helping them in their search for quality office furniture.

Adam Stacks

Adam Stacks, came to Madison Liquidators at the start of 2021 after several years of freelance writing for local newspapers, magazines, and websites. His passion for writing began at an early age by writing personal works of fiction. Since joining Madison Liquidators, he has dedicated himself to studying office furniture and relaying his insight to the consumer in hopes of helping them in their search for quality office furniture.