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Contract Furniture: Style, Durability, and Affordability Unveiled

June 13, 2023


If you’re unfamiliar with contract or commercial furniture, you’re not alone. It's funny to think about how many places you visit that are furnished with contract furniture, as well as how many things you use and sit on that are contract furniture items – you interact with it all the time. So, what is contract furniture anyway?

First of all, office furniture is contract furniture - but contract furniture is a much broader term. A loose definition might be: Furniture not intended for residential use. A specific definition is: Commercial furniture manufactured to meet established industry standards. It is subject to stringent testing and a certification processes. It is then sold exclusively by territorial dealerships.

Examples and Distinctions


An example might be furniture supplied to the government, schools, hospitals or companies. A perception might be that it’s not stylish. And there are many workspaces, hotels and hospitals that prove otherwise. Good for the home? You bet. Is it contract? Maybe.

The difference between contract furniture and retail furniture can be confusing. There are many things that both can do. In deciding to buy either retail or contract furniture, you will not sacrifice style, selection or comfort. Some of the perks of contract furniture include the wholesale pricing, the hard use warranties and custom options. Another plus is the expertise of certified furniture dealers. If you buy a file cabinet for your desk, will it match and fit into place? If it comes from a contract furniture dealer, yes.

The Role of a Contract Furniture Dealer

A dealer can provide informed and tailored solutions based on experience and product knowledge. Each industry has different furnishing requirements and goals for their workspace and budget. Contract furniture design prioritizes durability. Retail furniture is not designed to withstand the rigors of usage in high traffic areas. New furniture designs strive to embrace changes in our work and life styles. Ergonomics are a constant consideration in product development.

Contract Furniture Services

So, what's the bottom line?

More often than not, contract furniture is the better product and the economies of scale make it affordable. Buying it through a contract furniture dealer can bring confidence and assurance that you are going to find the right solution.

At Benhar Office Interiors, our contract furniture services provide access to an extensive range of manufacturers - including Herman Miller. We invite you to explore some of our solutions. If you’d like to talk about your specific needs, call us at 212-481-6666 or contact us online.

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