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Furniture Quotes

Three different types of quotes are used during the buying process. Read the information below to learn the differences among these quotes.

Note: To view and order furniture products online, visit Oracle Procurement.

Sustainable Criteria

The University of California’s Sustainable Procurement Guidelines (“Guidelines”) lay out the minimum for sustainability.  See Table 1 - Category Specific Green Spend Criteria for Indoor Furniture.


When you buy furniture for your department, you may receive three types of quotes: budgetary, order-ready, and revision. The following information explains each type of quote:

  • Budgetary quotes provide an estimate of the cost for furniture. You can use a budgetary quote to request funds, allocate existing funds, or make decisions relating to the furniture purchase. This quote doesn't usually include detailed workspace planning, drawings, or furniture choices. Furniture designers usually provide budgetary quotes at no charge, but you must ask specifically for this type of quote.
  • Order-ready quotes usually include a charge (for example, 2% of the cost of the project for Steelcase orders). When you know your budget guidelines and have chosen the types of furniture, finishes, and fabrics you want, a designer will create an order-ready quote. This type of quote usually includes drawings and an itemized list of products to be purchased, including details on fabrics and finishes.
  • Revision quotes include major and minor revisions of an order-ready quote. Major revisions require the designer to produce new drawings, but minor revisions don't. If you're ordering furniture from Steelcase, UCSD's contract furniture vendor, you may request up to two major revisions at no charge. Steelcase and most other furniture vendors charge additional design fees for more than two major revisions.
For questions about quotes or other aspects of buying furniture, contact Alma Mendoza, (858) 822-4390.