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When it comes to furnishing your law office, one often overlooked essential piece of furniture is the trusty ole law office couch. If you have the space, it's right up there with a coffee maker in terms of importance.
While it may not be as essential as a desk, chair and computer, the right couch can make a world of difference. After all, just because you're a lawyer, that doesn't mean you, or your associates/staff, always have to sit at a desk.
Below are a few tips on what to look for when selecting your law office couch.
Office furniture needs to be pragmatic and cleanable (as you don't want to replace it because of a small spill which is bound to happen), but shouldn't be covered in plastic. And while you might be able to flip the cushions once, it's best if your couch can be easily cleaned (by consummate cleaning professionals). If you want a fabric couch, rather than leather, vinyl, or some other more durable (easier to spot clean) material, removable, and washable, cushion covers can make sure a couch isn't doomed from the start.
Your couch isn't just for you. It's bound to get used by clients, particularly those that need to unload their problems. The more comfortable the couch is, the more your client will feel at ease. And if you meet with potential clients in your office, making them feel comfortable is critical (though unfortunately, that takes more than just a cozy couch).
Legal work is taxing and often requires long hours. Having a couch large enough to stretch out on, and comfortable enough to actually catch a snooze on, can help make sure you don't have to leave the office to get your second wind. This might actually be the most important tip when it comes to selecting a couch for your personal office.
If your couch sticks out like a sleeping juror, potential clients might wonder if something is amiss, financially, or logically. Although you're being hired to solve a legal problem presumably, if you have an art deco or abstract art couch in an office filled with traditional wood furniture, potential clients might be right to question your overall judgment. But it's important to find a couch you can be proud of.
For the budget conscious, going with a used couch can make a big difference. Often, good quality used furniture can be found for a fraction of the cost. Alternatively, if you have a good couch at home nearing the end of its lifespan, you can consider bringing it in, so long as it matches the décor. Or, depending on the style of sofa you choose, you may be able to find a high-quality cover that makes it look and feel brand new again.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.