Category Archives: Office Furniture Restoration

Office Furniture Outlet complete refinishing and restoration services for any type of wood furniture.
Refinishing is environmentally friendly promoting the re-use of high quality office furniture. We have to capability to refinish all metal and wood furniture to like new quality. A great way to save money.

Tips on Buying Green Office Furniture

discounted green office furniture for saleThe Four R’s in Recycling and Office Furniture: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore


Does it really matter if businesses choose to follow the four R’s of recycling? Well, there are many green steps a business can take that will make a big difference for a company business, the community and the planet.

The first of the four recycling R’s is to reduce. When considering office purchases ask yourself: is there an option that is more recyclable, or has less packaging? For example, when looking to buy office furniture consider used office furniture for minimizing packaging. Buying used also saves the furniture from ending up in a landfill. In fact just (40) cubicles will divert one tractor-trailer load of furniture from the landfill.

Your business may be due for a move, often this means new furniture to fit the new building. Instead of eliminating existing furniture, consider having it refurbished with new paint and fabric. Electrostatic painting can refinish any metal furniture such as filing cabinets and cubicle frames. Cubicle fabric is easily replaced to accommodate new building design aesthetics. Use a space planner to ensure the best fit of your newly refurbished furniture in your new space. A CAD design of your office is also helpful to design optimal work-flow for office efficiency

If you decide to abandon your old furniture consider selling it back. Often you can get money or store credit when working with an office furniture dealer. The main goal would be to keep the furniture from going to a landfill. Remember to look for used office furniture when buying for the new office. You will find that you will save 40%-80% off retail list when buying used.

Restore the forth “R” in recycling is relatively new to but very important. A good business will protect their assets. Consider repairing, refinishing, re-purposing, or refinish assets before you decide to throw them away. All surfaces like metal and wood can be refinished and refurbished to like new conditions. If you have chairs, cabinets or desks that are broken look to have the repaired. Office Furniture Outlet has an on site repair service, which saves you time and money.

Office Furniture Outlet of Virginia has been providing affordable new and used office furniture and services to business for over 20 years. Call us today to let us know how we can help you with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

Quality Executive Desk

Knoll chairs and u shaped desk installation

Virginia Beach Restaurant Owner’s choose a Bernhardt Executive “U” Shaped Used Office Desk for their new office.  A pair of Knoll Studio De Armas Guest Arm Chairs complete the office.

u shaped desk installation

Bernhardt & Knoll are high quality commercial grade office furniture.  The desk and chairs are built function well, look great and last for a long time.

If you are considering purchasing office furniture contact us or visit our showroom.

OfficeFurnOutlet_LogoOffice Furniture Outlet
1124-B Kingwood Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23502
Showroom Hours
Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
or by Appointment

(757) 855-2800

Are You a Part of the Green Movement?


There are many definitions of upcycling, but the one that I like best is:
“Taking an item that is no longer needed or wanted and giving it new life as something that is either useful or creative.”

The trend seems to be moving toward being environmentally friendly and everyone loves being “green”.  More people are starting to get into the idea of recycling and reusing old items for brand new purposes.  Instead of sending items to the dump, you get to show your creative side and repurpose them.  You like to recycle to reduce pollution, you thrift to save money, but have you ever thought about buying used office furniture?

When buying used office furniture, you are saving money all while saving the environment. Think Green!  By buying used there are fewer raw materials used, remanufacturing conserves energy and natural resources. Office furniture recycling extends the lives of resources already in circulation such as wood, aluminum, steel, plastics and fiber, using them over and over to the fullest extent possible.
(See why going green is good for your business here.)

Here at Office Furniture Outlet, we want your creativity to flourish.  We allow you to choose your own colors, fabrics, and finishes.  Not only are you saving up to 60% off of retail prices, but we offer an array of services that will be sure to benefit you.

If you’re in need of new office furniture and need installation, delivery, project management, space spanning, electrostatic painting, or are just looking to sell your old office furniture, give us a call today at 757-855-2800.

They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To: Helikon Office Suite

Recently Office Furniture Outlet liquidated an admiral’s office suite.  We had to post the pictures of the suit as it was made by Helikon. Helikon is out of business but they were known for their workmanship and excellent quality. The admirals set is all ‘flame’ or crotch-cut mahogany. Crotch mahogany is cut from where a limb protrudes from the trunk of the tree, it produces a flame-like figuring on the wood. When the wood is finished the result is just stunning.

To have found so many matching pieces is rare. The Office Suite includes six pieces: wardrobe, end table, lateral file, double pedestal desk, and a storage credenza. New this set could have retailed for close to $30,000.


The office suite looks great in pictures however, it looks even better in person. Stop by our showroom to see it in person.

Office Furniture Outlet
1124-B Kingwood Ave
Norfolk, VA 23502
(757) 855-2800

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Bringing Office Furniture Back to Usefulness

While reading the below article it occurred to me Office Furniture Outlet brings office furniture back to usefulness. Like the article states when a office liquidation is done OFO takes the “damaged, outdated, or just plain ugly” and restore it.  Refurbishing is our game. Office Furniture Outlet has the capability to fix most damaged office furniture.  Outdated furniture is one of our favorite finds because a simple change in finish and a little elbow grease and the old wood desk has new life again.  The plain ugly are the hardest to update but OFO has learned that there is a home for every piece of office furniture.

I hope you enjoy the article below and remember to give us a call if you need furniture repaired, refinished or refurbished. We offer a refinishing services to the general public.  Leave the hazards and mess to us.

Call today for an estimate @ (757) 855-2800

Furniture Fix-Its: Restore – Need a major overhaul? Even the most decrepit pieces deserve a second chance

Sometimes a major overhaul is needed to bring a piece of furniture back to usefulness. Whether it’s damaged, outdated, or just plain ugly, here are some ideas to restore beauty to your furniture.


This is probably the best-known method for refurbishing wood pieces, and there are many products and informational websites available to help you refinish furniture. There are a few important points to mention before you start applying any finish remover. First, if you are considering refinishing a family heirloom, or an antique acquired at an auction, estate or tag sale, get it appraised first. Refinishing a valuable antique will greatly diminish its value in the eyes of a collector. Second, removing a finish is messy and can be hazardous if not done in a well-ventilated space. Make sure your workspace is durable enough to deal with the mess, as well as open to fresh air and away from any source of spark or flame, including any pilot lights for gas stoves, hot water heaters, or furnaces.

Decorative handles and knobs

Home improvement stores and a variety of catalogs offer a vast selection of decorative and functional furniture handles and knobs. Designs range from traditional to fun, and can add a spark of life to the everyday table or cabinet.


You can transform a table from “OK” to “wowee!” by cutting and pasting. Decoupage can be as simple or elaborate as you wish. Basically, it involves cutting out pictures to create a pattern, and then gluing them down. After the pictures are glued in place, several coats of a decoupage medium or a varnish will seal and protect your design.

Some neat ideas include using “ABC” clip art on a child’s table; coffee and tea cup wallpaper cutouts on a kitchen table; flowers and birds clipped from durable wrapping paper to adorn the top and legs of a nightstand. Cutouts can come from color photocopied prints, pictures, or documents. Wallpaper, borders, gift wrapping, and other papers are also sources for decorative pictures.

Decorative painting

When refinishing to the natural wood isn’t an option or your desire, consider painting the furniture piece. Start by gently roughing the surface with fine-grit sandpaper. Use wood filler for any dents you don’t want to show, unless you are purposely going for a distressed look. Paint the surface with an enamel paint to help the object withstand wear and tear. However, keep in mind you don’t have to stop at one basic color — you can create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece with the following techniques.

Faux Finishes: This category of painting includes a wide range of techniques, from marbleizing to vinegar painting, sponging to combing. Become familiar with the different looks and decide which one will work with the furniture you want to try it on. Marbled faux looks are more formal, while sponging creates a much more informal, country-style finish. The websites noted at the end of this article will give you places to begin examining the various finishes.

Trompe l’oeil: Literally “fool the eye,” trompe l’oeil painting can create illusions on furniture, like a book lying open, a deck of cards with a dealt hand, a dish of strawberries waiting to be enjoyed, or a pot with twining ivy growing up a table leg. This technique might be more challenging than you are looking for unless you are an experienced artist.

Stenciling: One of my favorite decorative techniques is stenciling. Tables, chairs, bookcases, cabinets, and many other pieces are wonderful showcases for stencil designs. Look for a stencil that will work with your decorating scheme as well as the size of the piece you wish to stencil. Proportion is important, and a large bookcase could overwhelm a small, fussy stencil pattern. If you happen to use an ivy stencil on the room walls, it is fun to trail the stenciled ivy onto a piece of furniture, adding a trompe l’oeil-like illusion. A game-size table gains extra points when you incorporate a game board for checkers or chess. For ease, try to purchase stencils with overlays that make it easy to have several colors in the design.

Crackling: If you are seeking to add age and character to a corner cupboard or pie safe, crackled paint coatings might be the technique for you. Several manufacturers offer crackle coating kits. Most start with a base coat and then apply a second coat in a crackle medium. A thin coat of the crackle medium will result in thinner cracks, while a thicker coat will create larger, chunkier looking cracks.

Whimsy: Go a little wild! Use a pop-out color — or two, three or more! One chair or table painted with flair will make a statement. You can add as much detail as you like, from painting the rings around chair or table legs with different, complementary colors; adding “dots” to the piece by applying paint with the back of a new pencil eraser; or a checkerboard patterned seat. The sky is the limit when your sense of whimsy takes over.

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Atmosphere And Office Furniture

Refinished desk for sale at Office Furniture Outlet
Refinished Desk

Relating the environment back into your office design proves to benefit productivity.  The article below suggests that nature themed office furniture can improve office atmosphere and enhance employee engagement.

Could this be why we are drawn to high quality wood furnishings?  At Office Furniture Outlet we refinish most used wood products we liquidate.  We see time and time again customers eyeing and even touching the refinished wood inventory.

Wood feels luxurious and expensive.  Office Furniture Outlet sells refurbished used office furniture. We are the place where you can have champagne taste on a beer budget.  Used office furniture is generally 40% – 60% cheaper than new — even once it has been refinished.

Office Furniture Outlet offers custom-built office furniture.  When considering your surfaces you could use Corian.  Corian is composed of 70% natural minerals and is good ecologically sustainable product.

When you are looking to furnish your office consider incorporating some natural elements into the design to boost employee moral. Give Office Furniture Outlet a call and we can help you design your office. (757) 855-2800

Nature Themed Office Furniture Can Boost Employee Motivation
April 21, 2012

A number of Britons never take a lunch break away from their office and lack a connection with the environment impacting their well-being and in turn their efficiency, according to a recent survey.

Findings by Ambius, a firm that specialises in developing buildings through planting, reveal that many workers could improve their health and productivity simply through their surroundings. Previous studies concur this by suggesting that quality interior design can lead to health benefits and further results indicate that just five minutes exposure to nature is enough to have a beneficial effect.

Nature themed office furniture can enhance employee engagement. Drab walls and plain furnishings can have negative effects by bringing down the atmosphere and surveys have shown that high-end furnishings reduce stress….Read More

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How to Save Money on Office Furniture – She Writes

The article below discusses the sound reasoning behind buying used office furniture.  It points out that when buying used office furniture you will still get good sturdy office furniture however, for a cheaper price. Give Office Furniture Outlet a call so we can help you furnish your office with quality used office furniture – (757) 855-2800.


By Karen Star on January 27, 2012 at 9:26am

There is a difference between saving money and being cheap. It makes sense that something that is twenty years old and wobbly would be less expensive than something new. When it comes to buying office furniture, it is extremely important to buy something of quality. What most company owners do not realize is that new furniture is not the only way to find sturdy, quality furniture. In fact, there are many different ways a company owner can find the furniture that is right for his/her office that isn’t brand new.

Consider the three different places you can buy used furniture for your company:

1. Furniture Dealers – Buying used furniture from a dealer offers the most choices. Although this is probably the most expensive used furniture option, it will still be around 25% less than buying new. Furniture dealers usually have a showroom full of furniture and employees ready to help you make your choice. You may have to check out a few furniture dealers if you’re looking for office furniture, but it should save you money in the end.

2. Furniture Brokers – Buying from a furniture broker is extremely cost effective; however you will probably not get a nice showroom or the help you would from a dealer. A broker’s job is strictly buying and selling furniture, so sometimes you may be able to get new furniture for a lower price. Although you will probably not be able to see the furniture in person before buying, brokers usually display all the furniture online or are willing to send pictures.

3. Auction – Not too many company owners consider an auction when it comes to buying office furniture, but if there ever is an auction in the community it’s worth a shot. It is rare that you would find furniture for an entire company office at an auction, but if you just need one or two pieces this may be the right option for you.Used furniture is best for a smaller company because it doesn’t always come in large shipments or amounts. It may be worth it to buy new furniture if you’re planning on staying in an office for more than three years, but it’s always a good idea to check out all of the used furniture options available.

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Used Office Furniture: Good for the Environment! Good for Your Business!

Used Office Furniture

Knoll Guest Arm Chairs

Used Office Furniture is a post-consumer office furnishing that has been diverted out of the solid waste stream and back into the market. Used office furniture can be termed remanufactured, refurbished, recycled, and re-used, all of which are being “used again.

Cost Benefit

Buying used office furniture generally offers a saving of 20 to 60 percent off the cost of new furniture. Buying great quality used office furniture shows that your firm is managing the company’s assets wisely and sends the message the conservation and waste reduction is an important corporate goal.

Design Benefits

Office Furniture Outlet will work with your office space. This means no pre-determined selections of color, fabric and finish; remanufactured office furniture allows you and your designer complete creative freedom. If you can design it;  Office Furniture Outlet can help you achieve it.

Environmental Benefits

Think Green! By buying used there are fewer raw materials used, remanufacturing conserves energy and natural resources. Office furniture recycling extends the lives of resources already in circulation such as wood, aluminum, steel, plastics and fiber, using them over and over to the fullest extent possible. Most office furniture has a long life. Color, fabric and other outdated elements can be changed to match any office interior as well as other furnishings. By recycling office furniture, the products as well as the natural resources are diverted from the solid waste stream. Also recycling office furniture conserves labor and manufacturing energy especially when metals are kept out of the smelting process.

Office Furniture Outlet has the largest selection of used office furniture in South Eastern Virginia.  Their showroom, located in Norfolk’s industrial park, is open to the public. Office Furniture Outlet liquidates offices up and down the east coast to offer the best in supply and selection.

Call Office Furniture Outlet Today with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

Larry Iverson Owner, The Desk Doctor


By Victoria Hecht, The Virginia-Pilot

Larry Iverson’s convinced the adage”they don’t make’em like they used to ” will ring especially true in the furniture market in the coming years.

Already, he said, wooden pieces aren’t of the quality they were just a decade ago and won’t stand up to the test of time. He cited the use of composites and less-hardy woods, more glue and less hardware, and outsourcing to other countries among the reasons.

The Norfolk resident who owns The Desk Doctor (, launched his business in 1995 as office-furniture recycling — the process of refurbishing and refining — grew in popularity among consumers in home, commercial and government offices.

With furniture getting new life, skilled crafts persons and workshop facilities were needed to address the demand, from hand stripping to repairing damage, Iverson said.

“The core value is here,” he noted, running his hand over a mahogany desk with inlays and a leather top. Iverson purchased it in Manhattan, one of the major East Coast destinations he frequents on buying trips.

The Desk Doctor employs eight people full time and is located in a 15,000-square-foot shop at 23rd Street and Llewellyn Avenue in Norfolk. Besides office furniture, the company also restores antiques and does custom work for homes and businesses.

During an economic downturn, restoring rather than replacing furniture makes sense because it can be done at a fraction of the cost, Iverson said.
Restoration is also good for the environment as it reduces one’s carbon footprint, said Iverson, who worked for forest-products company Weyerhaeuser Corp. before starting The Desk Doctor.

“The old-growth forests that the furniture makers were using 10 years ago are gone now or protected,” Iverson said. “Reuse is the best form of recycling.”

Re-purposing pieces — such as configuring an entertainment armoire for today’s flat-screen televisions — is another of the company’s services, he said.

“High-quality, real-wood furniture is always in demand, no matter what the economy is doing,” Iverson added.

What attracted you to furniture restoration?

Being able to see the natural beauty of the wood and the original craftsman’s talented work restored for future generations to enjoy.
What kind of savings can people realize by purchasing restored furniture?

Carefully restored antiques are highly valued and are one of this country’s easiest personal investments. Furniture can be refinished for a fraction of the original value and saves 50-90 percent of replacement costs.


Are you finding that people are turning to furniture restoration in these challenging times?

Families who value their prized heirloom furniture always use restoration services. As younger generations recognize the limited availability of quality made, real-wood furniture, they begin to use refinishing to reuse the furniture and save money.

Do you have any restored furniture in your own home?

I will always have restored and refinished furniture in my home. I have an eclectic mix of many pieces from different periods, made with various woods and craftsmanship details, like inlays, carvings and marque accents.

What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
The privilege of working with master craftsmen and the beautiful things that can be done with real wood.

What’s your favorite thing at your own home?

Living in Norfolk.  We just recently built our dream custom home on a beautiful point of land looking up the Lafayette River.

Victoria Hecht, (757) 446-2614