When starting a business or trying to give your current workplace a makeover, one of the most expensive investments that you will have to make will be your office furniture. Unfortunately, this often means that you cannot afford all of the pieces that you desire or those designer brands that you see in magazines. To help you find some bargain furniture we have compiled this guide.

Step 1: Decide what it is you're looking for. Browse websites and magazines, looking for ideas and inspiration of office spaces that stand out to you. Make a list of the various furniture items that you require.

Step 2: Decide what your budget is. Whilst the overall goal is to spend as little of this money as possible, it is important to know exactly how much you can afford to spend if you become desperate.

Step 3: Find some suppliers or websites who stock office furniture that falls within your budget. By using keywords like 'asset recovery', 'auction' and 'discount', you can often find exactly what you're looking for.

Step 4: If possible, try to check out the various items of furniture before placing a bid or making a purchase. You must keep in mind that pictures are not always reliable and can easily be faked.

Step 5: Be wary of purchasing items from interstate or even the rural areas of the state in which you live, as you probably won't be able to check it out prior to making an offer.

Step 6: As nearly all discount suppliers will not provide a delivery service, you will have to factor in these costs with your initial offer. Can you pick up the furniture yourself or will you need someone else to do it for you?

Some of the best advice that we can offer you in regards to buying inexpensive office furniture are to not go overboard – just because everything is at bargain prices doesn't mean that you necessarily need it. You should also check the payment options of each supplier before making an offer, as you don’t want to get stuck with a cash only sale and an empty wallet.