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How to Buy Furniture From Steelcase

Read step-by-step instructions on how to buy furniture from Steelcase, a University-contracted office furniture supplier.

The University has a contract with Steelcase, Inc. for tables, chairs, file cabinets, free-standing steel or laminate desks, bookcases, paneled office systems, task chairs, or side chairs.

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1. Contact Steelcase

  • Call the Steelcase UC Services Center at (877) 722-9090 or email ucfurn@steelcase.com
  • The UC Services Center will assign a work order to your request.
  • A representative from BKM, Steelcase's local supplier, will contact you within 24 hours.

2. Decide which type of quote you need

  • If you aren't sure that your budget can cover the cost of the project you have in mind, ask BKM for a budgetary quote. This quote will allow you to plan your purchase within your budget.
  • If you know that what you want to purchase is within your budget, ask BKM to prepare your order-ready quote. There is no charge for minor revisions to the quote. Steelcase also allows two major revisions at no charge.

3. Get a quote from BKM

  • When the BKM representative contacts you, discuss the services BKM can provide, including:
    • Design consultation
    • Space planning
    • Product selection
    • Moving
    • Installation
  • Check the timetable to estimate how long this step will take.
  • After you have decided what you want to buy, BKM will supply you with a quote that will include all charges, including design, delivery, and installation.

4. Choose the correct method for your purchase

  • Use Marketplace to order Steelcase furniture through the BKM punchout

5. Prepare for your furniture delivery

  • Set a delivery date with your BKM representative.
  • Decide what to do with your old furniture. Options include contacting UCSD Surplus Sales or contacting UCSD's furniture buyer for a list of private furniture-recycler services.
  • As the delivery date nears, prepare your workspace by clearing the old desktop, bookshelves, and drawers of files and other paperwork, desktop accessories, and personal effects.

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