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Office Furniture Standards

UC Merced offers three office furniture options to accommodate the various working styles of faculty and staff. All surface materials, finishes, and upholstery selections are standardized to allow for ease of reconfigures, reuse of materials, and cohesiveness throughout the University.

The University receives discounted pricing through the system-wide furniture contract with Steelcase. Steelcase office furniture are well designed and constructed products. They are can be easily maintained, have a substantial warranty, and align with our campus sustainability goals.

Only Steelcase furniture will be supplied and provided in private and open office spaces. All office furniture options include an ergonomic chair. This ergonomic chair has an adjustable back, height, armrests, and lumbar support, with a five star base. Two of the three office furniture standards include sit-to-stand desks to meet ergonomic needs.

Setting up an office does not always mean having to buy new. The University has an off-site warehouse that houses a surplus inventory of office furniture. This furniture is available to all university operations with no cost of materials in inventory; however, there is a cost for labor and installation for these pieces. There is no option for personal pick up of items.

To request an office reconfigure please submit a Furniture Services Request.

Note: Accommodations can be made through EH&S and Accommodations for specific pieces that need to be added to stations if the furniture does not meet your ergonomic needs. These will be handled on a case by case basis. Please note requests for changing out office furniture for products outside of Steelcase desks and chairs, Steelcase and/or Workrite monitor arms, and/or ECD chairs will not be approved, as these vendors can meet our office standards and are part of a system-wide contract.