Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Showcase: Trending Desk Collections, Office Chairs, Ergonomic Solutions, and More!

Summer Design And Remodeling Trends
Are you looking to kick off the summer season with an office makeover? You're in the right place. We'll help you give your interiors a fresh new look that's up to date with the latest trends. Today on the blog we'll showcase the hottest new desk collections, office chairs, and ergonomic products needed to kick corporate appeal and productivity into high gear. Prepare to be impressed!

White Office FurnitureKeep your office interiors cool and coastal this summer with fashionable furniture from the Mayline Medina collection. With finish options like Textured Sea Salt and Gray Steel, you'll be able to create a beachy vibe your valued visitors will love. The Medina casegoods collection offers a wide range of elite executive office desks that pair perfectly with matching conference room tables, reception stations, and versatile storage components. This full service line is ready to remodel every room of your business. It's the hottest collection of the year thus far!

Fashionable Home Writing DeskTackling a home office remodel this summer? Go with a cool writing desk. These days most folks are ditching traditional desktop computers in exchange for space saving laptops. This has made writing desks extremely popular as shoppers don't need all the storage space. They offer an open concept feel that will make your space look great. We recommend checking out stylish options like the Tinker from Modway. It offers a blend of mid century and contemporary vibes that are hard to top.

Global Spritz ChairThe office chair world is abuzz over auto responding seating solutions like the Spritz from Global Total Office. A weight sensing mesh back task chair from the Spritz collection like the 6760-8 will help you minimize the ergonomic learning curve. This "smart chair" reduces the need for constant adjusting and provides top notch support you can rely on during the most stressful work days.

Offices To Go Ribbed Back ChairIn addition to auto responding office chairs, mid century modern ribbed back chairs are also going to be hot this season. They offer sleek design characteristics that make them an excellent option for boardroom makeovers. Rest assured, the days of using bulky executive style chairs are coming to an end. These days it's all about saving space and looking great without sacrificing comfort. If you're ready to rock your meeting area, check out trendy office chairs like the 11730 from Offices To Go.

OFM Desktop RiserThis summer you can fully expect to see the sit to stand movement to be at an all time high in terms of popularity. Height adjustable desktop attachments like the 5100 from OFM make it easy to promote continuous movement in the workplace. At just $279.99, this is definitely a product worth investing in this summer.

OFM Vivo Perch StoolThat's not the only product from OFM you'll want to check out. Their 2800 model Vivo stool is the perfect seating solution for workers on the go. This ergonomically correct stool swivels, tilts, and rotates to provide a unique operating experience. The perch stool is an absolute bargain buy at just $157.99.

Modway Accent ChairLast but not least, give your waiting room a style infusion this summer with a few fashionable accent chairs. We turn back to Modway for this category as they offer more than 50 cool options to consider. In particular, we love Modway accent chairs like the Response and Engage. They offer wow factor to spare. These side chairs with tufted backs and wood chairs are incredibly well rounded. They provide an awesome sit and just the right amount of flair without being too over the top. True to form, Modway has also made their armchairs very budget friendly. Sure you could go with a traditional lounge chair and sofa configuration, but why not think outside the box this summer. Show off your design skills with unique seating from Modway, then sit back and enjoy the compliments from every guest that walks into your business!
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Seating Sources: Reputable Brands That Thrive On Quality & Comfort

When shopping for office chairs, you have to be on the look out for cheap knock offs and imitations that aren't built to last. Rest assured, affordable seating solutions are available from brands you can trust. Today in our new series 'Seating Sources' we'll take a look at 7 industry leaders that have comfort, quality, and your budget in mind. Enjoy!

1.) Offices To Go

Offices To Go Chairs

Nobody does professional grade office seating for budget shoppers better than Offices To Go. This respected sister company of Global Total Office (one of the best ergonomic chair manufacturers on the planet) has made it their mission to craft high quality chairs that are ready, willing, and able to meet the demands of your task filled work day. Popular OTG chairs like the 11980B are available for just over two hundred bucks. Executive models with Luxhide leather upholstery are also a must consider for high end interiors and upscale conference rooms.

2.) SitWell

SitWell Office Seating

The name says it all! This respected chair manufacturer thrives on comfort and quality. SitWell chairs were once custom and a bit pricey for the average shopper. That being said, they've introduced a new quick-ship program with in-stock chairs outfitted with the features needed to get you posture perfect on a budget. In particular, we love the Rave, Ovation, and Goal collection chairs. They're ready to rock your office with a modern vibe and supportive ergo attributes.

3.) Eurotech Seating

Eurotech Office Seating

A favorite of interior design team and ergonomic enthusiasts alike, Eurotech has been in the chair game for years. They specialize in the provision of high performance seating for every body type and budget. Well reviewed ergonomic chairs from Eurotech like the Ergohuman may be a bit much for the average consumer, but affordable models like the Astra and Apollo have your everyday needs in mind.

4.) Modway

Mid Century Office Chairs from Modway

If you're on the hunt for a new chair for your home office, check out the fashionable options from Modway. Their selection of discount office chairs that are up to date with the latest trends is second to none. Modway chairs like the Pillow available for $253.99 will keep you comfy while simultaneously earning your workspace the compliments it deserves. They've also got a wide array of trendy mid century inspired task chairs that work great in professional conference room settings.

5.) Global Total Office

Office Seating from Global

We can't say enough good things about Global Total Office. We mentioned them above when discussing their sister company Offices To Go, but that just doesn't provide them with the credit they deserve. Global chairs set new industry trends in motion. Their array of self adjusting office chairs that respond to user movements from new collections like Spritz are truly ahead of the curve.

6.) Woodstock Marketing

Woodstock Marketing Office Chairs

Who doesn't like the idea of ergonomic chairs inspired by rock legends? Woodstock Marketing is a new comer to the seating world, but they've already made a name for themselves in the design community. Chairs like the Hendrix boast memory foam cushions and genuine leather surfaces that would make Jimi himself proud to give them a sit.

7.) OFM, Inc.

High Performance Big And Tall Office Chairs from OFM

Last but certainly not least, allow us to tell you a little bit about the chairs from OFM. First and foremost, this industry titan thrives on comfort and quality. Finding a durable big and all chair for your office can be tough, but OFM has you covered. Their selection of chairs that support workers over 350 pounds is second to none. Popular options like the Stratus chair offer the trendy design characteristics and adjustable ergonomic attributes needed to make you feel like you are sitting on a cloud.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Ways To Freshen Up Your Office Space

It's always a good idea to freshen up your office space from time to time. From purging to painting, we've got 6 great ways to do just that. Here we'll highlight the tips, tricks, and product suggestions needed to make your personal interior feel vibrant, productive, and up to date with the latest trends. Enjoy!

1.) Purge & Clean

How To Clean and Purge Your Office Space Effectively

Start with a good cleaning session to freshen up your space. Go through your old file cabinet drawers and remove any unnecessary documents that are doing little more than taking up valuable space. Next, clean off your work surface and get your stationary well organized. To complete your purge and cleaning session, dust your interior, hit the walls with a magic eraser to remove any unsightly scuffs, and vacuum the floors. This simple process should be done about once every month to keep your space looking great.

2.) Succulents

Succulents For The Office

The days of using large faux plants to freshen up office interiors are coming to an end. Add a modern touch to your interior with some cool succulents. They survive well with minimal watering so you don't have to worry about maintenance. Additionally, there's tons of cool varieties that thrive indoors without a ton of natural light. Use cool planters to compliment your furniture and contribute to your refreshed office vibe.

3.) New Office Chair

White Leather Office Chair

There's no substitute for comfort. A high quality chair with adjustable ergonomic features will serve as a supportive friend throughout the toughest work days. These days combining style and comfort on a budget is easier than ever. Brands like Modway, Woodstock Marketing, Cherryman, and OFM are all manufacturing awesome chairs that are ready, willing, and able to refresh your interior without breaking the bank.

Cost Effective Chair Recommendations:

  • Vibe Chair by Modway
  • Creedence Chair by Woodstock Marketing
  • Eon Chair by Cherryman Industries
  • Stratus Chair by OFM
*Designer Tip: The office chair color you select can greatly help or hinder your quest for a refreshed interior. This year, light upholstery options like white, tan, blue, and green are all super popular. Skip old school colors like light brown and black. They'll always have a place in professional interiors, but they feel a bit out dated compared to today's trendy new options!

4.) Natural Light

Natural Office Lighting

Let there be light! Take a few minutes to open up your blinds each morning when you arrive at work. It will make your space feel refreshed in just seconds and doesn't cost a dollar. That being said, if you're refreshing your home office, investing in plantation shutters is a great idea. They look fantastic and make it easy to control the flow of natural light in your space. You should even consider opening up your windows on pretty days. A little fresh air will do you and your office good!

5.) Ergonomic Computer Accessories

Ergonomic Computer Screen Mount

You can refresh your office interior while promoting healthy operating and productivity with ergonomic computer accessories that won't break the bank. We recommend starting with the big 3. Here's a run down of each and their benefits.

  1. Sit To Stand Desktop Riser: Promotes continuous movement in the workplace, reduces fatigue, increases blood flow, and reduces the need for extended sitting sessions that can be damaging to your health.
  2. Monitor Arm: Improves the rate at which you compute while creating additional operational surface space and reduces neck strain by allowing monitors to be raised to eye level.
  3. Articulating Keyboard Tray: Ensures healthy computing angles that reduce the risk of common office epidemics like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome while simultaneously creating additional desk surface space.

6.) Paint Job

Cool Colors To Paint Your Office

A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your office. If your currently dealing with those lack luster beige tones most offices are suffering from, take a trip to the paint store to pick up some swatches. When you decide on a color that will make your space feel refreshed and vibrant, devote a weekend to removing your existing office furniture and laying it on carefully. Most actually choose to paint around their furniture, but this is dangerous and not recommended because the risk of spills goes WAY up. If you're going with this method, at least cover your furniture to the best of your ability and lay down drop cloths! This year, light yellows, blues, and even greens have been super popular paint colors for office remodeling projects.
Monday, June 19, 2017

Fashionable Furniture: Designer Welcome Desks, Seating, and Tables for Your Reception Area!

In business, first impressions are key. That being said, you'll no doubt want your guest welcoming area to make a statement. That's where we come in. Today on 'Fashionable Furniture' we'll be showcasing elite welcome desks, stylish seating, and designer accent tables from industry leading brands you can trust to rock your remodel. Rest assured, these furnishings are up to date with the latest trends and guaranteed to earn your space the compliments it deserves.

Mayline Reception FurnitureNobody does guest reception desks better than Mayline. If you're looking to craft a fashionable welcoming area, we recommend checking out the stations from their Sterling collection. This full service line offers glass accented reception desks with work surface extensions that are unlike anything on the market today. In addition to desks, Sterling boasts an array of matching accent tables that will help you create a cohesive and professional vibe with your space.

Luxury Reception SeatingMayline also has your reception seating needs covered. The fashionable leather lounge chairs from their Santa Cruz line are second to none. Available in stylish color options like Almond, Santa Cruz chairs will help you create a classy environment your guests will love. We particularly love the VCCMT model Santa Cruz lounge chair as it features a tablet arm and mobilized base to go along with well padded surfaces!

Custom Reception DeskGlobal Total Office is also ahead of the industry curve when it comes to guest reception furniture. If an out of the box reception station just won't cut it, check out the custom options from their Zira collection. The modular components from this line make it easy to craft single and multi user guest reception stations. Zira's storage components are also worth talking about. They're a far cry from the traditional metal cabinets that serve as little more than bulky eye sores. Skip the traditional and think outside the box with the furniture from this fashionable line.

Designer Lounge Seating
Pair your Zira reception desk with designer seating from Global's Sirena collection. This line of customizable lounge chairs can be upholstered in two tone options that will make your space pop. Sirena chairs are available with tablet arms, lower level storage compartments, and mobilized bases to help you maximize your area while simultaneously improving the guest experience.

OFM Marque Reception StationOFM has made it their mission to master the reception area. They offer quick shipping desks, chairs, and tables that are a can't miss option for shoppers. This year, you'll definitely want to check out their Marque reception desks in white. They feature curved fronts that look great from every angle. Multiple sizes are available starting at $993.99.

Modular Beam SeatingThe OFM beam style reception chairs from the NET series are perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. Available in 7 quick shipping color options, you'll have no problem complimenting your new and existing decor. These chairs are constructed using heavy gauge steel so you know they are built to withstand everyday use. NET series beam chairs are an absolutely awesome option for salon and physician waiting room seating needs. Multiple sizes are available to meet your specific square footage needs, along with matching glass top tables!

Mid Century Glass Coffee TableDon't forget about the accent tables needed to round out your interior! We recommend maximizing your remodeling budget by selecting designer options from a brand like Modway. With more than 30 reception area side tables available, you'll be at no shortage of models to choose from. We particularly love the Gridiron coffee table. It offers a blend of mid century and contemporary appeal that's nothing short of impressive.

Woodstock Marketing Sly TableLast but not least, you can't go wrong with fashionable accent tables from Woodstock Marketing. This year they've released three new models our designers love. Tables like the Sly will help you create a clean and classy vibe that showcases your remodeling ingenuity. The Sly table is also a great buy at just $349.00. A matching glass top end table is also available if needed to further enhance your space.
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Super Savings: Modern Conference Tables Under $700.00

Conference room makeover projects can be pricey. Thankfully, a select handful of manufacturers have the budget in mind. If you're looking to maximize corporate appeal without breaking the bank and sacrificing quality, you're in the right place. Today on the blog we'll be showcasing cost effective conference tables that are up to date with the latest trends. Enjoy!

Discount Conference Table
Nobody does conference room furniture better than Mayline. Their extensive product offering makes it easy to find the perfect table for your decor needs and budget. This year, no Mayline conference furniture collection has been hotter than Medina. This line of modern components offers everything needed to create a top of the line meeting area without spending a fortune. The MNC8 model Medina table with an 8' long top is a must consider at just $521.99 in your choice of 5 quick shipping finish options.

Conference Table That ExpandsMoving right along, you'll also want to check out the wide array of designer conference room tables from Cherryman Industries. They're ready to help you kick corporate appeal into overdrive. We personally love the AM-410N. It's currently available for right at $700.00 and boasts an expandable design that's ready to grow as your meeting area needs increase over time.

Offices To Go Conference TableThird on our list of modern conference tables priced under $700.00 is the Offices To Go SL9544RS. This oval conference table comes in at under half our allotted budget for today's post. Rest assured, this is the perfect option for any business looking to create a professional grade conference room on a budget. The SL9544RS boasts a spacious 95" operating surface. Five attractive laminate finish options are available with free shipping.

Laminate Conference TableLast but certainly not least, business furniture shoppers will want to check out the GCT5RX conference table from Global. At $371.99, this laminate conference table with a rectangular surface is a true value. Multiple sizes are available that will still fall below $700.00 all the way up to 12' in length. The best part about Global conference tables is that they're available in more than 20 designer finish options that will help you create fashionable environments that are up to date with the today's hottest trends. Global's tables are manufactured using the highest quality materials and take approximately 3 to 5 weeks to craft. This means, you'll definitely want to plan in advance to ensure you're able to create the custom conference room of your dreams.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

7 Tips For Your First DIY Office Makeover

DIY Office Remodeling Tips
Tackling your first office makeover project can be a bit tricky. Lucky for you, we're here to help. Today on the blog we'll highlight 7 key tips for success. By following the simple advice highlighted here, you'll be ready to create a professional grade interior that's comfortable, productive, and in style.

1.) Keep It Simple

All to often, DIY designers go overboard on their first makeover. While we applaud your enthusiasm, it's best to keep things simple. Don't try to over do it by adding every product under the sun at the same time. Go slow and focus on the core elements needed to get your interior started on the right foot. Doing so will help you avoid a frustrating project that doesn't end up the way you intended.

2.) Take Your Time

At the beginning of your project you'll be super excited and ready to shop. We highly recommend slowing down and creating a plan of attack to keep you on track.

Before you rush out and purchase a bunch of new office furniture for your makeover, take the time to properly measure your space. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than purchasing cool new furniture, only to find that it doesn't fit properly upon arrival.

Take your time, create a realistic timeline for your project, and write down a list of tasks that need to be accomplished from start to finish. Check them off one by one as your makeover moves along.

Common Office Makeover Tasks:

  • Obtain accurate dimensions
  • Set a budget
  • Shop
  • Plan delivery
  • Sell old furniture
  • Space prep (cleaning, painting, etc.)
  • Installation

3.) Get Inspired

It's always a good idea to get a little design inspiration! If you have a showroom in your area, drive over and check it out. You'll be rewarded with a ton of cool office design ideas and product knowledge direct from the pros.

If you don't have a showroom in your area, browse social sharing sites like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. They're invaluable!

You can also call online office furniture providers direct. Don't be shy to ask about what colors, finishes, and product collections are currently trending.

Current Office Makeover Trends:

  1. White Office Furniture
  2. Gray Office Chairs
  3. Powered Conference Tables
  4. Tablet Arm Chairs
  5. Writing Desks
  6. Sit To Stand Furniture
  7. Mid Century Modern Seating
  8. Bright Green, Red, and Blue Upholsteries
  9. Industrial Wall Art and Lighting Fixtures
  10. Ergonomic add-ons like monitor arms, keyboard trays, and CPU holders

4.) Stick to A Budget

This ones a biggie! First time remodelers typically don't limit themselves to a budget because they don't quite know what to expect in terms of product cost. Do a little research on how much a new office desk configuration and the components that go along with it will cost. Set a realistic budget for your project. Those who blow the budget, typically end up suffering from a case of remodeling remorse.

It's important to note that there's a ton of great ways to save on new office furniture. Comparison shopping engines like Google Shopping will allow you to sort products by price, and those with free shipping from a ton of the best dealers online. You'll also want to inquire with your dealer of choice about any current closeouts, promo codes for first time shoppers, and bulk discount that can be applied to your order. If you're purchase a desk and an ergonomic office chair for your space, the odds are that you'll qualify for some kind of savings if you ask. Every little bit helps!

5.) Schedule Delivery

Once you've made your purchase, contact your dealer about estimated ship times and tracking information. It's never fun to hear a knock at the door when you're unprepared for the arrival of your furniture. Talk about a headache! Think like the pros and schedule delivery as soon as possible.

If you're purchase a new computer desk from one manufacturer, a new chair from another, and asthetic accents from a third, it goes without saying you'll have a bit more work to do when it comes to scheduling deliveries. If you can, purchase the components needed for your makeover from as few sources as possible.

6.) Prep Your Space

About a week before your new items are scheduled to arrive, you'll want to start prepping your space. Remove your old furniture and sell it if possible to recapture a bit of your budget.

Once your old furniture has been removed, give your space a thorough cleaning. Vacuum the floors and patch any unsightly wall marks that are in need of attention.

Last but not least, lay on a fresh coat of paint. It will do wonders for your office appeal. Fresh paint will make your space feel clean and professional. Just what you were going for! Avoiding painting around that fashionable new executive desk layout once it's been installed as the risks for spills goes up big time. This is a rookie mistake that occurs all to often. Think like the pros and tackle this step when it's easiest.

7.) Evaluate and Improve

With all your components delivered and installed, it's a good idea to give your space a thorough evaluation. Are you able to work comfortably? Is your space in need of a few aesthetic accents? Asking questions like this will help you take your interior to the next level. You should always be on the look out for ways to improve your office space in terms of appeal and productivity. From ergonomic accessories, to wall art, to lighting fixtures, the options are limitless.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Office Chair Comfort Is As Easy As 1, 2, 3!

Office Chair Performance Tips
Getting comfortable at work doesn't have to be a headache. In truth, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3! By selecting the right chair, mastering its features, and avoiding over sitting you'll be on the path to an improved operating experience in no time. Today on the blog we'll cover these 3 essential steps on the road to office comfort. If you're ready to work smart, efficient, and healthy, this post is a must read.

1.) Select The Right Chair

The value of a high quality office chair can't be overlooked. If you're stuck dealing with a second hand chair that isn't ready for the demands of the modern work day, it's time to upgrade. These days, professional grade ergonomic seating solutions are available for every body type and budget. Brands like Global Total Office, Eurotech Seating, and SitWell have made it their mission to simplify office comfort without breaking the bank.

Adjustable Office ChairWhen selecting an office chair for your personal needs, reviews and product demos are invaluable. If you have a showroom in your area, give it a visit. You'll be rewarded with a ton of selection tips and advice from the pros that will help you make an educated purchasing decision. If you don't have a chair showroom in your area, take your search to the web. Most of today's top office seating brands post awesome tutorials on YouTube that you can take advantage of.

Rest assured, not all office chairs are created equal. While getting comfortable is easy with the right chair, you need to be aware of cheap knock offs and imitations that aren't built to last. We recommend  purchasing an ergonomically correct task chair from a brand you can trust.
Oroblanco Ergonomic Chair

Office Chair Recommendations:

  1. Oroblanco Chair from iDesk
  2. Spree Chair from Global Total Office
  3. Ergohuman Chair from Eurotech Seating
  4. Rave Chair from SitWell
  5. Ray Chair from RFM Preferred Seating
  6. Creedence Chair from Woodstock Marketing

*These days there's plenty of chairs to choose from. While there's no substitute for a good sit test, the chairs listed above are highly respected and relied upon for everyday use.

2.) Master The Features

Once you've purchased a new office chair, you've got to master its features. Even the most luxurious ergonomic chair on the planet won't be worth much in terms of comfort if you don't learn to use it properly.

Office Chair Features
After your chair has been fully assembled, bust out the owner's manual and give it a read. If you can, label the levers located on your chair mechanism. This will help you memorize their independent functions quickly.

If you're striving for comfort, you can't take a "set it and forget it approach". By mastering your chair features, you'll be ready, willing, and able to adjust at a moments notice to ensure top notch support.

Helpful Office Chair Posture Tips:

    Office Chair Posture Tips
  1. Keep your back in contact with the chair at all times. If you hunch and lean away from your chair back to type and work at your office desk, spine support is limited. Adjust the back angle of your chair as needed throughout the day.
  2. Don't use the base of your office chair as a foot rest. This "perching" habit is a big time no-no. Over the long haul it will lead to cramping and pain as a result of restricted blood flow. Alternatively, keep your feet placed flat on the ground and facing forward.
  3. Raise your chair arms to the appropriate height for healthy typing. If your arms are too low or too high, you'll be fighting strain that can otherwise be avoided with a quick adjustment. Your forearms should be able to rest flat across the arm pads.
  4. Adjust your chair height to a position that ensures your monitors are at eye level. If you're looking down at your screens to type, your neck is paying the price. Sometimes this setting isn't quite possible for taller users. Adjustable computer monitor mounts will solve the problem professionally. That being said, if funds are limited you can raise your screens with a stack of books or even a shoebox to solve the problem in the mean time.

3.) Avoid Over Sitting

Stand Up From Your Office Chair To Stretch
Sitting for long periods of time can be damaging to your health. In truth, even the best posture habits suffer after extended sitting sessions. When we sit for long periods of time, fatigue sets in. This causes those good sitting habits you've worked so hard to memorize to break down.

Avoid over sitting at all costs. Set a timer on your phone to alert you once an hour. When the reminder buzzer goes off, stand up from your chair. Take a 5 to 10 minute break to stretch out those stiffening muscles. Walk around to get your blood flowing and grab a drink of water to stay hydrated. You'll return to your workstation refreshed and at your best.

Don't be fooled into thinking that your office chair is so advanced and ergonomically correct that breaks aren't necessary. They are!

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