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Tips for Buying Furniture

Buying Furniture


  • Consult with Environmental Health and Safety Ergonomics Training Group to help you plan for ergonomically correct office designs.
  • Consult our Furnishings Buyerpopup  to help you plan your purchase, and help you determine if Virginia Correctional Enterprises (a required source under Virginia law) will have to be solicited as a possible vendor.
  • Measure carefully to ensure there is adequate space for the furniture and that it meets the needs of the employee.
  • Pre-plan for new furniture orders. Furniture purchases usually require at least six weeks for delivery.

Making the purchase

  • Furniture purchases of $5,000 or more require that a Purchase Requisition be processed by Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services.
  • Furniture purchases must meet strict fire code standards as well as state requirements regarding the use of Virginia Correctional Enterprises.
  • Allow ample lead time.

Preparing for Installation

  • Know who will receive the furniture and determine whether it will be received at a loading dock.
  • Identify who will unpack the furniture or equipment and inspect for damage.
  • Arrange to have someone install the furniture or equipment if necessary.
  • If the item is heavy, large, or awkward to move, make prior arrangements with Facilities Management for additional moving assistance.
  • Know where to properly dispose of packaging. Determine if packaging can be recycled.