Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The 7 Simple Steps To New Office Furniture

With any new purchase necessary steps must be taken to ensure quality, professionalism, and value. When it comes to office furniture there is no difference. In today's post we will discuss the 7 vital steps necessary to acquire office furniture with ease. By following these steps you will ensure a pleasant shopping and installation experience with minimal headaches!

Step 1: Space Planning

As with most projects the first step is typically space planning. This step is the most important and deserves your full attention! To properly plan for the addition of new office furniture you space must first be measured properly to ensure a perfect fit. While this step sounds relatively simple, don't forget to mark where your power outlets are! It never hurts to make a simple elementary drawing of your furniture layout ideas for reference. Be sure to leave ample leg room, space for storage cabinets, and other accessories you may consider adding later. It's important to remember that space is at a premium. When space planning take note of any wall curves, lighting fixtures, or protruding objects that may hinder your layout. Once you've measured once, go back and check your dimensions one more just to be safe. Trust us... there is nothing worse than ordering your dream furniture only to find out that it just doesn't fit properly. Most of these issues are totally avoidable by simply measuring and planning properly!

Step 2: Shopping

Everyone's favorite step in the process seems to be shopping, and for good reason! Shopping is fun! When shopping for a new office desk or workstation the best place to start is online. The best terms to use while searching are typically the most specific ones. For example, if I have a modern home that is upscale I would search "modern executive office furniture". If I was outfitting an office on a budget I would search "discount business office furniture". Being specific can save you time and money.

Once you have identified a type and style of furniture to meet your needs (and fit your space), contact the dealer. If you are unsure of your purchase they may be able to provide color swatches, an opinion on the product, or even schedule a time for you to visit a showroom. By calling the dealer you also have the ability to inquire about shipping times, additional discounts, and so forth. For that reason our number one tip in this post is to always call before purchasing!

Step 3: Purchasing

Once you have shopped around online and compared you prices it will be time to make a purchase. As we've said previously it never hurts to call and ask for an additional discount. If none are available do a quick search for coupons and determine the absolute best value. Remember, customer service does count! Lastly, make your purchase and notate to your dealer that you would like an invoice, tracking number, and any order details as soon as possible. Being prepared can really help you for step 4.

Step 4: Shipping

Once your furniture is purchase the dealer will send your order to the manufacturer. In order to save you money and provide free shipping most furniture dealers do not stock products. They in turn ship directly from the manufacturers closest shipping point to you. This cuts down on lead times and your costs! Make sure before your item ships to give you dealer all of the necessary information to get your items to you without hassle. Factors like what floor you are on, if you accept curbside delivery, if you require inside delivery, if you require a lift gate or assistance to remove your products from the truck, can all affect the time and cost of delivery. Being upfront and efficient from the start can really save both you and your dealer time. Commonly you will need to set up a specific arrival date to ensure you can meet the truck to receive your furniture. Make sure you request this as soon as possible along with a 24 hour call before. Other than that, your shipping should be a breeze!

Step 5: Prepping

Once you receive your tracking number and shipping information from the dealer you will have a few days to prepare and prep your space. Make sure to clear a path to your new office. Office furniture typically ships in large rectangular boxes that can be cumbersome if a clear path is not available. Having a plan is truly essential. If your products are larger. It might be best to stage your boxes in the living room or warehouse of your office or residence. Tape a bit of cardboard over all corners to ensure safety and no wall boo boos. Another great tip is to pic up some furniture sliders from your local hardware store. These can really save you some back pain if you purchased larger office furniture.

Step 6: Receiving

By the time you are done prepping you space you should be receiving your 24 hour call before delivery. Typically the freight company will provide a 3 to 4 hour window of arrival. If you have requested and paid for inside delivery be sure to instruct the driver which door you want the furniture delivered through. If you are accepting curbside delivery ensure that you have the necessary man power to remove your items safely and securely. Receiving will go smoothly if you prepare and communicate with the driver. Be sure to inspect your packages thoroughly for any damage. If you for some reason notice damage, don't feel bad refusing the shipment. In fact, it's the professional and correct thing to do. Typically this is the exception and not the rule. More common than not the receiving of furniture goes extremely well.

Step 7: Installation

Believe it or not most office furniture is quite simple to install. Since most orders consist of a few chairs or executive desk packages it is recommended that you try to build out the furniture yourself. Typically 2 people can handle jobs of this size in a day. Tacking this task with a friend can save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars. For larger jobs however, installation is unavoidable. Typically your dealer will have a trusted network of furniture installers and can even arrange for your products to be delivered and installed on the same day if handled before hand. Installation will be an additional charge and should be budgeted for. Once your furniture is installed the debris from the boxes and packing materials will be removed and discarded properly. Now it's time to enjoy your new furniture!

Last but not least take a seat. Kick back, relax, and enjoy your new purchase. You've done it. By following these 7 simple steps and preparing yourself properly, you have successfully purchased and outfitted your office or home with new furniture.
Thursday, July 19, 2012

5 Ergonomic Desk Chair Features Worth Remembering

Today we will identify and define several key ergonomic features found commonly in desk chairs. If your desk chair doesn't have these features.... well you might just need to upgrade!

Ergonomic Feature 1: Tension Adjustment

Increase or decrease chair tension to allow your body to rock comfortably without heavy pushing. This feature helps to reduce muscle fatigue.

Ergonomic Feature 2: Chair Tilt Lock

This features allows users the ability to lock their seat to accommodate individual position preferences. There are two types of chair tilt lock. These are single and infinite. Infinite allows you to lock the chair at any angle you choose.

Ergonomic Feature 3: Seat Height

These features has become a standard on most office chairs As simple as it sounds, it really is an important ergonomic attribute to add to your office chair. Adjusting the seat height of a chair to meet your needs will take pressure off your thighs, which will subsequently ease blood flow.

Ergonomic Feature 4: Arm Height Adjustment

Another common feature that should not be over looked on computer chairs and task chairs. I personally would not purchase a computer chair that did not offer arm height adjustment. This valuable feature allows operators to reduce the muscular effort in the neck and shoulders, therefore minimizing the risk of pain.

Ergonomic Feature 5: Contoured Seat Cushions

Contoured cushions support the body effectively. They allow users to sit for longer periods comfortably. Thus increasing your productivity.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

OFM Office Furniture Solutions

OFM, Inc. has long provided business furniture solutions at affordable prices. This industry leading manufacturer has recently released several great new product lines that deserve some attention! Today we will cover a few of OFM's new product lines we feel you will love!

1.) Marque Reception Desks


This line of easy to assemble reception desks has taken the industry by storm. With the ability to increase the size of your station and even assemble without the use of tools it's no wonder why. Marque reception desks are available in three popular finishes that will enhance or create a stunning office decor. This line of professional reception desk configurations is available in a standard laminate model and a more contemporary version with plexi glass front. Units start at $994.99 and go up from there. The 55290 Marque Reception Desk is the standard model and is great for smaller spaces and perfect for those looking to grow their businesses in the future.

2.) OFM UNO Lounge Chairs

Keeping with the times, OFM decided to create a modern line of popular reception seating that is taking the industry by storm. UNO lounge chairs are extremely popular for lounge, waiting room, lobby, and even home work spaces. Styles like the UNO 420 lounge chair are purchased in sets of two, support up to 250 lbs, and are available in some really great color combinations. If your business is in need of modernization, UNO is definitely worth a look!

3.) OFM Net Series Beam Seating


Beam seating seems to keep getting more and more popular. The Net series by OFM has probably taken over the top spot when it comes to affordability, modern style, and overall quality. Net series beam seating is available in 7 colors. It is constructed of steel mesh which makes it an excellent choice for both indoor and outdoor applications. As an added bonus this line of reception seating is also GREENGUARD Certified! The basic model is the OFM NB-3 Net Series Configuration which seats 3. Styles with tables and up to 5 seats are also available. Pricing starts at $590.99.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Business Office Furniture Basics when Shopping Online

When shopping for business furniture, it's important to cover a few basic steps before pulling the trigger on a purchase. Covering your details from the start can save you time, money, and future headaches!

Measure twice and cut once as they say. This old adage is especially true in the office furniture world. Before you even begin shopping it is important to measure your space. A proper blue print, scale drawing, or space dimensions are the first essential step to cover. Guesstimations, approximations, and eyeballing methods just won't cut it. Take your time on this step to ensure accuracy and the rest of the process should go smoothly! Trust us when we say, this is the MOST important step.

Secondly, decide on a line that will match your current decor. Full service manufacturers often offer best selling furniture collections that provide a looking of professionalism in the workplace. Mixing and matching products from different manufacturers often shows. That's not to say it can't work well, however utilizing a full service collection will ensure you have matching furniture throughout your home office or place of business. Meeting with a designer is always an option but can be expensive! Instead, speak with a professional furniture consultant and have them suggest quality lines, collections, and manufacturers to meet your specific needs.

What color should I go with? This is one of the most common questions in the industry. The simple solutions is to request FREE color swatches. Swatches can often be delivered quite quickly and will really help your decision making process. While most online dealers provide images of optional finishes and fabrics online, they tend to look slightly different in person. Unless you are in an extreme time crunch, requesting swatches is always an important step.

Our next basic principle is to allow for the necessary manufacturing time. Commonly, shoppers expect to have products ship within a day or two of order and wait until the last second to place an order. Witch some manufacturers this is perfectly fine. However, several of the hottest and most modern lines of office furniture are made to order. Lines like the new Zira Furniture collection from Global Total Office are totally customizable. They allow for you to specify nearly every aspect to ensure the perfect solutions for your individual needs. Don't get us wrong, there is nothing wrong with stocked furniture lines. However, if you are looking for super contemporary and cutting edge furniture for an entire building... plan ahead. Start shopping about two months before  you need your furniture. List your favorite three collections, get input, and make the best decision for you business. Using a plan ahead approach will guarantee you don't end up settling on your third favorite line of furniture!

Every little bit counts! Before purchasing your furniture, take the time to call the company you're buying from. Aside from ensuring they are a legitimate corporation, ask about monthly savings, coupons, and bulk discount opportunities. Do a quick search online for office furniture coupons. You might be surprised at just how much money you can save your business with a quick phone call to your dealer. OfficeFurnitureDeals.com offers bulk discounts and coupons on nearly every product we sell. The moral of the story is if you don't ask or search for savings you could be missing out! Make the quick phone call to your dealer and build a relationship based around savings, professionalism, and most importantly YOUR needs.

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