If you’re looking to fit out your workspace, you should consider buying Australian made furniture. There is a multitude of benefits for businesses to import products, export or manufacture locally.
They each have their merits, allowing office chair and furniture businesses to offer you a wider choice of high-quality products. By importing, you can also introduce new and unique products to the Australian market.
Importing good quality components can also reduce manufacturing costs for your business and more affordable prices for consumers. As a business, exporting allows you to tap into new markets and increase your potential revenue.
However, with the expansion of online shopping and global trade, it’s easy to forget that your choice of purchase still includes Australian made. Not only is it good for the environment, but it also supports local businesses.
But did you know there are other compelling reasons to buy Australian made office furniture? Keep reading to find out!
Australian made furniture supports the local economy
Did you know that when you buy office chairs and furniture, you have the power to support local businesses and economies?
There’s been a huge shift over the last few decades. The cost of living continues to increase, manufacturing industries in Australia have declined and technological advances have made it easier than ever to purchase a new coffee table, bookshelf or dining table or upgrade your office space.
And why not, access to affordable and stylish furniture, delivered straight to your door, is certainly appealing! The assembly process may not be as beloved by everyone, but it is a shared experience most people can relate to (love it or hate it).
In fact, the shift to online shopping has become so successful, that there may be another choice out there that has been overlooked, if not forgotten, where the furniture is made.
When you buy Australian made, you’re supporting local businesses and the community as a whole. This is good for the economy and creates jobs.
Seeking out Australian made products and furniture is an important factor to consider and there are many great brands out there to choose from.
Environmental benefits of manufacturing locally
Australian made office furniture is often made from sustainable processes and materials like bamboo, wool and leather. You can also choose to purchase items made with recycled materials, environmentally friendly adhesives and organic compounds.
Choosing eco-friendly office chairs reduces your exposure to harmful chemicals whilst also ensuring that your furniture won’t damage the environment.
Aside from the materials used, buying from a local manufacturer translates to reduced freight emissions as it doesn’t require long transport distances. Picking up your new purchase from a local business also means no need for excess packaging and reduces waste from transport. This means it’s better for the environment on a global scale.
Another plus of using sustainable materials is that you can feel confident that your furniture is robust and lasts in the long term.
Restore, repair, recycle and upcycle!
Due to Australian made office furniture’s high quality, it will last longer and you won’t have to replace it as often. This is better for the environment because it reduces waste and prevents items from adding to landfills.
There are so many benefits to be had from embracing the idea of taking old or worn-out items and transforming them into fresh new pieces for your home or office. Wear and tear to furniture, especially items that get used daily, is to be expected.
When something breaks or has seen better days, often the first response is to just get a new one. Even if items are in good working condition, the allure of upgrading to the latest model can see household items end up on the neighbourhood verge collection heap.
However, simply replacing a worn-out component, a lick of paint or cleaning fabric properly is all that’s needed to extend the life of homewares. Repairing and restoring an item is much better for the environment and can even save you money.
DIY projects such as restoring antique furniture or fixing a broken office chair, are also great ways to improve mental health and wellness.
While purchasing brand new homewares is always an option, it may not be necessary if only a few small components are damaged.
Arteil stocks a wide range of office chair parts, from replacement casters to new armrests, making it easy to find the right component for your needs. With a little bit of DIY spirit, you can have your office chair looking and functioning like new in no time.
Australian furniture safety and quality standards
Australian made office chairs and furniture are also made to high quality and safety standards, under the law. This means products sold must meet strict safety and environmental regulations.
Furniture stability is a vital consideration when buying a new piece for your living room or a chair for your home office.
This is especially critical if you have children due to the risk of furniture toppling over. Young children climbing over heavy furniture such as bookshelves, tables and dressers can cause them to become unstable and lead to serious injuries.
Securing large or heavy furniture with straps, braces or wall studs is now commonplace in Australia and most brands will provide these materials with your furniture. The Australasian Furnishing Association places a strong emphasis on product safety and promotes action across the industry to improve furniture safety through their members.
Custom built and ergonomically designed
The office environment has come a long way in recent years, with a greater emphasis on ergonomic office furniture and employee wellbeing.
Did you know that one in four office workers suffers from back pain as a result of their job? This is because, oftentimes, employees are stuck sitting at their desks for hours on end. While it’s important to have a comfortable office chair to sit in, it’s also crucial to have an ergonomic desk and other office furniture.
Australian made office furniture is often designed with ergonomics in mind, as there are strict guidelines that must be adhered to. Furniture retailers who sell Australian made office furniture are often willing to offer custom options or modifications to suit your needs, ensuring your comfort and the right support in your office chair.
Arteil’s office chairs are manufactured using high-quality components including Australian made foam, chair bases, seats and backrests.
Helps preserve traditional craftsmanship skills
Finally, one of the most surprising benefits of choosing to buy locally made furniture is that it helps preserve traditional craftsmanship skills such as upholstery.
Many people may not even know what upholstery is, or realise the potential of developing this skill. Over recent years, a lack of training and career growth opportunities have put the industry in a state of flux. There is demand for skilled upholsterers, but businesses are struggling to find people to fill these positions.
However, as the world becomes more environmentally conscious, there is hope that this craft will once again flourish as a vocation and career.
Arteil is a family business and is committed to providing employees with opportunities to learn new skills and grow within the company. As part of this commitment, Arteil trains employees to learn the upholstery trade, as well as manufacturing new chairs, reupholstery and repairing old ones at our showroom in Perth, WA.
As a family-owned and operated business, Arteil takes pride in our workmanship and customer service. Our goal is to provide our customers with the best possible experience, and we believe that by training our employees to be upholsterers, we will be able to do just that.
Investing in our employees allows us to offer a wider range of products and services to our customers, and to ensure that our products are made to the highest standards.
Australian made office chairs are a wise investment
If you’re looking for a company that can provide high quality, Australian made office furniture, look no further than Arteil. We are an Australian-owned and operated business with over 40 years of experience in the industry.
We pride ourselves on our workmanship and customer service. Plus, we offer shipping across all Australian states including Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.
Arteil is a leading manufacturer of Australian made chairs and a supplier of quality office chairs to businesses, schools and education, health care and government locally and across the country. As a family-owned business, we take pride in our workmanship and exceptional customer service.
If you’re considering buying locally made furniture for your business or home office, contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you.