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How To Update Old Office Furniture: 13 Easy Ideas!

How Can Old Office Furniture Be Refurbished?

Old office furniture is a great investment.

It can be used for many years to come, but it needs some TLC and maintenance in order to keep its value high.

If you are looking at old office furniture that has been sitting around unused or collecting dust, then this article will help you decide if refurbishing your old office furniture is the right thing for you.

If you want to update your office furniture without spending too much money, here are some tips that you can use to get started.

1. Clean It Up

Before you start updating your office furniture, first clean it up.

Remove dust and dirt from the surfaces and wipe down the piece of furniture.

If there are stains, try cleaning them with a damp cloth.

2. Replace The Hardware

You don’t need to replace all of the hardware on your desk or filing cabinet; just make sure that everything looks good.

You may also consider replacing the drawer pulls, knobs, handles, hinges, latches, locks, etc.

3. Paint Or Stain Your Desk And Filing Cabinet

Paint or stain your desks and file cabinets in order to give them new life.

This will help keep your office looking fresh and updated.

4. Add Some New Accessories

Add some accessories like plant stands, baskets, vases, plants, clocks, wall art, etc., to add more color and style to your office space.

5. Get A Fresh Coat Of Paint For Walls

A freshly painted room gives off a modern vibe while still being warm and inviting.

Try painting walls white, light blue, green, yellow, red, orange, brown, black, grey, cream, beige, pink, purple, turquoise, aqua, gray, silver, gold, copper, bronze, rustic wood tones, dark wood tones, antique colors, and other neutral shades.

6. Buy An Organizer

An organizer helps organize papers, files, books, magazines, pens, pencils, staplers, scissors, tape dispenser, staples, paper clips, rulers, erasers, markers, highlighters, sticky notes, notepads, folders, binders, notebooks, calendars, planners, address book, telephone directory, maps, charts, posters, pictures, post-it notes, etc.

7. Reupholster Sofas & Chairs

Reupholstering sofas and chairs adds comfort and warmth to any living area.

Upholstery shops offer great deals on reupholsters.

They usually have samples available for free.

8. Install Lighting In Dark Areas

Install lighting in areas where people spend most of their day working such as conference rooms, breakrooms, receptionists’ offices, mailroom, storage rooms, restrooms, kitchens, pantries, utility closets, etc.

9. Use Wall Art As Decorations

Wall art makes a statement about who you are and what kind of company you run.

Choose artwork based on your business type, industry, brand identity, logo design, product line, services offered, target audience, personality, culture, values, mission, vision, goals, objectives, philosophy, beliefs, history, traditions, heritage, family legacy, etc.

10. Change Out Your Flooring

Flooring is one of the easiest ways to change out an entire room. Consider changing out flooring if:

• There is carpeting throughout the whole house

• The floors are hardwood, tile, linoleum, vinyl, cork, bamboo, stone, marble, granite, concrete, brick, ceramic tiles, terrazzo, slate, travertine, glass, metal, plastic, rubber, leather, piece of fabric, etc.

11. Upgrade Your Computer Equipment

Upgrading computer equipment can increase productivity by allowing employees to work faster and easier.

It can also improve employee morale when they see how much better technology has become over time.

12. Replace Your Lamps With Energy Efficient Models

Lampshades should always match the decor of the rest of the room with the piece of fabric.

If you want to update lamps with new ones that use less energy, consider buying LED bulbs or CFL bulbs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs.

13. Clean Up Clutter And Debris From Surroundings

Clutter and debris around office furniture make it look messy and unorganized.

Make sure there aren’t piles of paperwork, boxes, bags, trash cans, old computers, printers, fax machines, phones, desks, filing cabinets, shelves, tables, chairs, plants, vases, flowers, paintings, statues, figurines, clocks, mirrors, wall hangings, rugs, curtains, blinds, window treatments, etc., scattered all over the place.


Office furniture is an investment that should last for years.

However, if you’ve been using the same office furniture for a long time, chances are it’s starting to look old and worn out.

The above list will help you get started updating your office furniture.

You don’t need to buy everything at once; start small and gradually add more items until you feel comfortable enough to tackle bigger projects.

Remember to keep things simple and easy to maintain.

Don’t try to do too many changes at once because this may cause problems down the road.

Scott Buckley

Scott Buckley

I'm Scott, a Woodworker by day and book geek by night. I love making things out of wood. While I have and still, on occassion do, work with metal and plastics, I find them to be cold and somewhat boring. Wood is warm and I feel close to nature with it. I started as a means to help like minded creative folk to answer burning questions. I hope you enjoy reading and learning, and always feel free to reach out to me should you have any questions!

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