Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Hacks to A Healthier Office Life

With winter on the way, it seems like everyone is looking for tactics to stay healthy and keep off the pounds - office workers most of all. The sedentary work life of many Americans isn't always friendly to all those pumpkin pies and ginger cookies that are so hard to resist this time of year. Working with tons of other people, germs are pretty hard to resist too. That's why in today's article we're rounding off some clever office life hacks to help you stay in shape mentally and physically this year!

Eat Right

Eating right is the first step to a healthy, productive life in the office. Unfortunately, the fall and winter seasons are chock full of yummy hard-to-resist treats. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to Santa's Christmas cookies, office workers everywhere have got a big challenge ahead of them this season, and it all starts with eating the right things. Fat-free or skim milk smoothies, fruits, and veggies   are the office employee's arsenal to a healthier, more comfortable work life. Try to go for things like blueberries, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados, fish, and broccoli.

*Bonus Tip: Instead of throwing out the pumpkin guts from this year's jack-o'-lantern on Halloween, rinse and toast up the pumpkin seeds for yummy work snack. Just a handful can give you the daily recommended amount of zinc to enhance critical thinking skills and memory!

Add A Plant

Being trapped in an office without windows is like being trapped in a room with no oxygen - literally! What most people don't realize is that without healthy office air purifiers, by the end of the day, everyone is breathing an unhealthy amount of each other's carbon dioxide. Sounds gross, right? That's why it is never a bad idea to keep small plants around the cubicles and workstations for healthy breathing! Many universities and government agencies like NASA have done lots of studies to determine which plants are the most adept at reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Plants like peace lilies, spider plants, and lemon balms are all adept at removing indoor air toxins. With healthier air, office workers are focused, awake, and energized!

* Bonus Tip: According to, plants are also adept at preventing colds. Some good plants to help fight germs and cold symptoms include english ivy, heart-leaf philodendron, african violets, and dracaena.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Unfortunately, cookies and germs aren't the only heavyweights to box against in the colder months. Gray skies and cooler weather can also bring about aggravated health conditions along with the Monday blues. That's why it's so important to maximize workplace comfort and stay fit as much as possible. Shopping for discount ergonomic accessories such as dual screen monitor arms or retractable keyboard trays and implanting them into work life are great ways to keep the body healthy. Devices like these in conjunction with standing office desks, healthy chairs with ergonomic benefits, and plenty of "deskercise" help to boost muscles, increase comfort, and reduce common office aches.

Be Colorful

Fall is well known as the world's most colorful season, but did you know some colors can aid you in the workplace too? Studies have shown that some colors can influence human activity and behavior with prolonged exposure. For example, blue has been shown to increase productivity, making it the most common color for office environments, and green (currently the most popular color for interior design) is known to increase energy and release stress. Don't ever be afraid to decorate your cubicle, desk, or personal office in colors that speak to you. If the boss won't let you paint, shop colorful task chairs for your daily dose of visual vitamins!

* Here's a list of proven and suspected benefits from color exposure:

Blue - Studies show it to increase productivity. Currently the most popular decorating color for offices because of this. Represents calmness and stability
Green - Suspected to promote relaxed energy, improve focus, and reduce anxiety or stress.
Red - Energy promotion. Studies show prolonged exposure to red increases heart rates and breathing.
Orange - Associated with stimulation, encouragement, happiness and energy.
Purple - Associated with creativity.

Stay Clean

With October just around the corner, it's no surprise to start seeing the beauty of fall - pumpkins, spiced candles, autumn leaves, kleenex! That's right. Winter's on the way, and there's more than leaves in the air. As the seasons change, the colder air usually drives more people to stay indoors where close encounters of the germy kind are more likely to happen. If you want to avoid a runny nose this season, it's important to stay fastidiously clean, especially in the office. Computer mice, chair arms, retractable trays for keyboards, and door handles are all hot zones for germs in an office. Hand sanitizer, sanitary wipes, and conscious cleaning at the start and end of each work day are your tickets to a healthier office life. Stay clean!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Boost Your Boardroom With A Global Zira Table!

The Global Total Office Zira Collection is truly spectacular. This line of cutting edge office desks, reception stations, and storage solutions now includes out of this world modern conference tables for professional business use. In today's article we'll highlight these incredible new tables that are sure to give any boardroom a boost!


Zira Boat Shaped Table

Global Zira series conference tables are available in rectangular, racetrack, and boat shaped top designs.  Rectangular conference tables offer a traditional look that allows users to sit comfortably at table ends. Racetrack models, also known as oval conference tables feature straight sides and curved ends that allow for curved seating layouts. Zira boat style tables are the best of both worlds and the most popular shape available from this collection. Boat shaped conference tables feature a combination of curved sides and squared of ends that offer a sophisticated look that's sure to impress.


8' Zira Conference Table

Users will enjoy the ability to choose from a variety of surface lengths ranging from 8' to 12' to meet the needs of their specific meeting areas. An 8' Zira conference table will sit 2 users comfortably per table side and 1 user per end for a total of 6 guests. 12' Zira tables accommodate 4 users per side and 1 user per end for a total of 10 guests. Remember to measure boardroom area effectively before purchasing a table. These new conference tables are made to order and take approximately 3 to 5 weeks to manufacture. We're told that Global is currently expanding the Zira line to include larger boardroom tables including 16', 18', and 20' long models.


Absolute Acajou

Tired of the traditional cherry, maple, and mahogany office furniture finish options? If so, you'll love this line of boardroom tables from Global. Zira is available in 18 out of this laminate tones including super cool new colors like Absolute Acajou, Tiger Walnut, Dark Espresso, and even white! Accent your laminate preference with a choice of black or brushed cobalt base finish options.


Perhaps the coolest feature of the Global Zira series conference table collection is the ability to add customizable power options like HDMI, USB, phone, cable, and audio inputs. Gone are the years of running cords all over the conference table to share presentations. Global has revolutionized the multi media meeting world with the Zira line. Basic modules are available that include 3 prong outlets and phone jacks that come factory installed for users. Custom Zira power options are also easy for users to specify. Simply choose what you need and a module can be outfitted for your specific needs using plug and play telecom plates. This line is truly cutting edge and way ahead of it's time. The competition is literally scrambling to keep up in terms of quality, style, functionality, and price! Use a high tech conference table with power and you'll never settle for anything less.

Final Notes:

Zira Furniture

In the long run, the Zira collection is truly innovative and unique. With it's wide range of desks, tables, and accessories, you can easily outfit your office with stunning furniture from front to back. This full service line is completely customizable and offers the versatile features needed to accommodate even the toughest projects. Zira boardroom tables are a must consider for any business looking to update their meeting space. They are fully functional, affordable, and down right impressive. If you have to time to wait the 3 to 5 week manufacturing time, you'll definitely be rewarded with a table that's ready to impress your valued guests for a lifetime.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Office Inspirations: Cutting Edge Conference Rooms That Impress

In any interior design project, it never hurts to get some inspiration. Conference rooms are places where professionalism, high tech design, and expression must all combine in order to serve the business. With all this entailed, naturally, they can be a huge challenge to decorate. That's why, in today's article, we're highlighting some cutting edge conference rooms along with some smart decorating tips to help inspire you. Enjoy!

Be Professional

Don't worry. Even if this term usually implies clean lines stark designs, "professional" doesn't always have to mean boring. There are businesses out there of all shapes, sizes, and colors, and each has it's own personality. Whether your company deals in expensive luxury cars or fun video games, don't try to mask it's nature. However, every business needs to be taken seriously at some point, and smart conference room furniture is the perfect medium! When designing, keep things clean and professional like the conference room pictured here. Not only does it boast clean lines and sophisticated appeal, but that personal eco-friendly touch is still there in the plants, tones, and wallpaper!

Express Your Business

When hosting for business guests, it's important to make yourself memorable. Even though professionalism is important, it's always best to add a little bit of personal flair in your design so visitors know what your conference room represents. One of the best mediums for personal expression in a corporate office is through stylish conference room seating for visitors. The best office chair brands like Global Total Office and RFM Seating will offer plenty of color choices for fabric, mesh, and leather upholsteries. The office above uses distinctive chair, engaging wall art, and sculptures to capture the memories of guests. Other great mediums for office expression are distinctive plants, furniture, glass conference tables, fish tanks, architecture, and company colors!

Go High Tech

With the rise of the digital age, high tech is a trend that's always on the rise! Never be afraid to impress corporate visitors with technology, and always make sure your conference room is outfitted with the basics in presentation accessories for business use. Lecterns, whiteboards, and projectors compatible with tablets, computers, and smartphones are a must in the current business climate. However, the most important piece of tech in your arsenal has to be the conference table. For those on a tight budget for space and money, reconfigurable modular tables for conference use are the best option. Most feature high adaptability and power ability for connecting devices. Like the photo above, clean lines and clever lighting are staples of high tech appeal!

Keep It Clean

No matter what your office looks like, nothing says professional quite like clean! When designing a conference room, a simple, elegant design is always the best way to go because it doesn't overpower the eye. Try to stick with the basics, like a table, some chairs, a presentation board, and a few accessories. Sometimes, adding unnecessary items like bookshelves, cabinets, or even lots of artwork can push the look of your room off the edge, making it seem cluttered. When in doubt, take a tip from the office above and stick to the bare necessities!

Stand Out

The goal of a conference room is not just to provide space where executives can discuss business plans and golf games - fundamentally, it's purpose is to make an impression! It is possible for a conference room to remain clean, high tech, professional, and clean and still stand out. Conference rooms are places to make a statement about your company and showcase what it represents. Be ready to shop around until you find the best office furniture that appeals to you. Don't be afraid to go bold with chrome, dark wood boardroom tables, and stellar glass furniture. Colors, tech, logos, lighting, and shapes are all made to capture attention, so don't shy away from them in design. Sure, it's easy to go overboard, but even an unconventional space like the one shown above can  make a great utilitarian conference space. Be brave enough to express your ideas!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Office Furniture Shopping 101: Tips And Tricks To Help You Save!

How To Save On Office Furniture
When shopping for new office furniture, it's always important to maximize the budget. That being said, in today's post we'll highlight several awesome tips and tricks to help you do just that. From coupons to bulk discounts, we have all the insider tips you need to furnish your office on a dime!

1.) Coupons

All too often shoppers breeze through the online checkout process in excitement. When this happens, they often go right pass the all important coupon entry box. Be sure to go through the checkout process slow and look for this important way to save. Those little boxes are there for a reason! Sites like and offer free coupon codes from most of today's best office furniture dealers.

2.) Newsletters

Most office furniture dealers send out a monthly or quarterly newsletter with upcoming specials, deals, closeouts, and coupons that you don't want to miss. The newsletter sign up link is typically located on a sites home page. Be sure to take the time to sign up. It's definitely worth it!

3.) Closeouts

Each year the top office furniture brands come out with new collections and products. When this happens, they have to get rid of the old stock to make room for the new. What this means is big time savings for you. Be sure to contact your dealer of choice in regards to current closeouts to help you save.

4.) Clearance

If a dealer becomes overstocked with a particular product, they will often offer clearance pricing to move the inventory. Clearance specials are often shared in monthly emails and should definitely be taken advantage of.

5.) MAP Pricing

Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP pricing) is when an office furniture manufacturer requires dealers to list products online at a certain price point to prevent the devaluing of their brand and products. Commonly, dealers will have notes listed on everything from computer chairs to desks that read "call for additional savings" or something of a similar nature. When you see this, don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call. All too often shoppers assume this won't apply to them and miss out on a bundle of savings.

6.) Free Shipping

Paying for standard shipping is just plain silly. There are simply too many online dealers that provide everything from office desks to conference room tables with free shipping to help you save. While additional services like inside delivery come at a cost, tailgate and loading dock delivery charges can always be avoided. In fact, most of the top manufacturers don't even charge their dealers shipping! It's a way that some companies add extra margin into their products. Avoid this at all costs!

7.) Bulk Discounts

Bulk discount pricing is a big time budget helper! If you're purchasing 2 or more office chairs, desks, tables, or accessories for your business, take the time to call your dealer directly. Ask about quantity orders and bulk saving opportunists. Brands like Flash Furniture, Mayline, Global Total Office, and Cherryman Industries all offer price breaks to dealers that they should be happy to pass along to you to earn your business.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Office Desk FAQ: Selecting the Perfect Workstation

 Best Office Desks

Are you in the market for a new office desk, but uncertain of what model will work best for you? You're in luck! In today's article, we'll be highlighting 7 of the most commonly asked questions by desk shoppers to help you select the best workstation for your specific business needs. Enjoy!

Q: What size desk should I purchase?

When shopping for office desks for the home or business, it's important to start by taking accurate dimensions of your space. Before you know know what desk size is right for you, you have to know what sizes will fit! In most cases, office desks come standard in 60" and 72" wide variations. Based on your areas dimensions, select a worksurface size that will fit comfortably without making your office look cluttered. Again, always remember to measure first before shopping or purchasing a new desk to determine what size station will fit correctly! Be sure to leave room for useful accents like file cabinets and bookcases to help keep your space organized.

Q: What types of desks are most common?

Office desks come in a variety of popular variations that work to serve specific purposes effectively. In 2014 L shaped desks, U shaped desks, and writing style desks are the most popular for both computing and executive applications. L shaped desks work well in corner work spaces and typically feature a straight or bowed front section with return to provide additional worksurface space. U shaped desks offer the same basic features of L shaped stations but include a rear wall credenza to form the full U shaped design. Writing style desks offer a luxury look that works well in traditional environments. These popular desks look almost like tables and are most commonly used in home office spaces.

Q: What desk styles are trending in 2014?

It's safe to say that traditional wood office furniture will always have it's place. However, the modern look is in! This year, the top desk manufacturers are competing to offer the latest and greatest collections with modern accents and features to provide cutting edge aesthetic benefits. In addition, height adjustable ergonomic desks are also quite popular this year and provide a ton of versatility. These stations are typically a bit more pricey, but definitely worth the investment if you're looking to take your office space over the top.

Q: Who are the best office desk manufacturers?

You can never go wrong with brands like Mayline, Global Total Office, and Cherryman Industries. These reputable manufacturers take pride in offering the industries best executive desks and home office desks on the market today. Brands like Mayline and Cherryman Industries offer quick shipping solutions from a variety of trend setting collections to help you makeover your various work areas in a timely fashion. Global Total Office offers high quality, made to order desks available in a wide range of finish options. They are a top choice of interior design teams and industry professionals alike. If you have the time to wait, you really can't go wrong with Global desks!

Q: What are the best selling desk collections?

Each year, new and exciting collections are brought to market from the industries best. In 2014, collections like the e5 series from Mayline, Verde series from Cherryman Industries, and Zira series from Global Total Office are all incredibly popular for those in search of modern appeal. Collections like the Sorrento series from Mayline and Emerald series from Cherryman Industries are perfect for more traditional projects and will no doubt provide plenty of wow factor.

Q: What finishes are most popular?

Finishes like cherry, mahogany, and maple will always be popular options for desk shoppers. However, this year has seen a booming trend with darker tones like espresso, mocha, and black cherry. In addition to darker wood tones, gray and white have also become preferred choices in 2014.

Q: What should I look for in a new desk?

Shopping for a new desk should be all about meeting your specific needs. While one desk may be a perfect fit for a coworker, it may be all wrong for you. When selecting a desk, consider important factors like worksurface space, storage, and ergonomic features to keep you working comfortably. In addition, consider important trends like finish blending (the use of glass, metal, and wood together) to keep your space aesthetically pleasing for years to come. Most importantly, find a desk within your budget to prevent over extending your resources. Try to find a desk with modular benefits that will allow you to grow your workstation with the needs of your business!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Office Organizing Solutions Explained

Not all office organizing solutions are created equal! In today's post we'll highlight a variety of file cabinet styles, storage products, and their individual benefits to help you maximize your workplace potential. From the common vertical file cabinet to heavy duty mobile filing systems, we've got your every office organizing solution explained here!

Vertical File Cabinets

Vertical File Cabinets

Vertical filing cabinets will always have their place in business. This traditional office organizing solution can be seen in just about every office building throughout the country. Vertical file cabinets consist of 2 to 5 drawer units, commonly made of metal. Drawer pull out towards you to reveal top tab file folders organized from front to back. While this style of office filing is becoming less and less common with today's modern organizing advances, brands like Global Total Office still offer high quality vertical file cabinets in a variety of sizes to meet your business needs.

Lateral File Cabinets

Lateral File Cabinets

Those who transition from the use of vertical file cabinets often move into the lateral filing spectrum. This more effective way of organizing has become the preferred choice of most businesses. Lateral cabinets feature flip top doors that retract into the cabinet to reveal files organized via end tab folders, or pull out drawers to reveal files organized horizontally much like the vertical file cabinets listed above. Both metal and wood lateral file cabinets are available from most of today's top office furniture brands. Units can be found easily with up to drawers.


Desk Pedestals

Mobile and stationary office file pedestals are the most commonly used form of organizing device in business today. These desk side units come in a choice of file-file, box-box-file and smaller box-file styles to help keep stationary and important documents close at hand. Most of the top office furniture collections feature matching pedestals that lock for added security and a cohesive visual look. A desk side pedestal is truly a must for any professional furniture configuration!

Plan and Flat File Cabinets

Flat File Cabinet

Plan and flat file cabinets are used to keep art, blue prints, and maps stored safely. Often, architects and artists alike will utilize this type of cabinet to store their important works effectively. Both metal and wood cabinet styles are available from brands like Mayline. Plan file cabinets can be comfortably situated at floor level or on elevating stands for ease of access. When you don't wont your important documents wrinkled or crinkled, a plan file cabinet is just the solution!

Roll Files

Roll File

Roll files are another common organizing solution used by architects and artists alike. This type of system usually features a metal cart that organizes documents in rolled form. If your blue prints and maps are accessed regularly a roll file cart will provide quick and easy access. The lack of a lock is one of the main downfalls of a foll file system, however if your documents don't need to be secured they can definitely make your workplace more efficient.

Rotary File Cabinets

Rotary File Cabinets

A great way to maximize floor space for businesses with an abundance of files! Rotary file cabinets feature a secure locking system to keep important records safe and open to reveal files organized in horizontal rows. Rotary file cabinets are a bit deeper than the average lateral file system as they contain a double sided unit that rotates within it's frame. These heavy duty cabinets are typically used in law office, real estate, and health care environments.


Mobile File Cart

Office organizing carts come in a variety of shapes and sizes to serve specific business purposes. Locking file carts provide secure and effective transport or medical records throughout healthcare facilities while laptop carts prevent multiple trips to the IT room to transport one computer at a time to an office training area. In addition to filing and laptop carts, utility carts are also common around the workplace. A good utility cart is worth it's weight in gold! These little workhorses can be used to transport anything of adequate weight you don't feel like carrying by hand. You can never have enough of these at your disposal!

Mobile Filing System

Mobile Filing System

Last but not least, hospitals and healthcare facilities with huge numbers of files are best served with a high density mobile filing system. Mounted on rail and track setups, these large units roll and compact to lock when needed. The ability to mechanically assist large filing units into place with a handle makes these systems incredibly user friendly. As the world moves rapidly into a digital age where file folders are becoming extinct, mobile storage systems are being integrated to secure police evidence, fire arms, and even team sport equipment!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Office Design: Blend Finishes for A Cutting Edge Look

Any interior designer will tell you that textures play a big part in the visual effect of the room. Not only does surface variety draw the eye, but it also helps balance the finishes in a room to keep things from looking stagnant. In 2014, one surefire way to grab the attention of visitors is to play up the looks with high end surface finishes. This year, nothing says professionalism like wood, metal, and glass - and these office furniture collections know just how to give that cutting edge look. Enjoy!


As the newest addition to the Mayline brand, it's no surprise that the Medina office furniture collection is bursting with modern style. Offered in three stunning laminate finish choices, these professional desks and tables offer all the contemporary appeal one could ask for. Glass and chrome accents add just the right dash of flair to turn the heads of everyone within eyeshot. With a whole collection of bookshelves, cabinets, and desk pedestals available as well, outfitting the workplace in style and utility has never been easier!


Since most guests tend to spend a lot of time in the reception area, it's only logical to spend some extra time making sure they're comfortable enough to enjoy the view. Offering reception furniture for sale in all sorts of shapes and sizes, Lesro is another brand known for great variety. If sleek and shiny is what you're searching for, look no further! Lesro Mystic series guest furniture certainly plays up the contemporary them. With plenty of versatile finish options, users can enjoy desks and chairs that easily compliment any existing decor. Skinny tabletops and strong thin supports almost give the appearance that this furniture is floating in mid air, always reeling in the glances of visitors. Add in shimmering silver accents, and you've got a furniture line that's truly worth it's mystic namesake!


For the ultimate in user choice, look no further than the e5 collection by Mayline for your workspace. Offering stellar furniture for home and business use, Mayline's e5 collection offers plenty of style, surface, fabric, and finish options to deck out the office in your own personal style. Although metal and glass accents are part of the deal on almost all of their modular desk sets, the real appeal of this line comes in the unique laminate finishes. Tones like Biltmore Cherry and Cocoa are hardly found anywhere else, always providing a warmth to put any guest at ease. But these desks are not all about looks. Power and data capabilities help users stay in touch with the modern age without ever losing track of that modern style!


The Global Total Office fans out there will definitely recognize the originality of this modular furniture collection. Since it's founding, Global has made affordable quality office furniture it's mission. Even though what's in fashion changes daily, they have always stayed on top of the game. For those that like to choose their own theme, the Zira series has a timeless look that never fails to turn heads. Users can choose from a huge collection of modular desk sets, each with a swath of attractive finishings. Metal, glass, and optional handle styles for drawers and doors add a personal touch that any shopper will appreciate. The wide variety of textures, tones, and fabrics always keeps the eye interested, so the workplace never gets old!


For Cherryman Industries, the Verde series is definitely a jewel in their crown of collections. As one of their most popular lines, it's no surprise that Verde products boast incredible style, utility, and affordability. In this line, the dark wood laminate of desks contrasts perfectly with their brightly polished chrome and glass accents, providing a superior modern look that's very popular in 2014! Users may choose one of two beautiful finishes to match their individual needs. Plenty of desks, storage features, and accent furniture bring an excellent sense of uniformity to the whole office without sacrificing appeal or budget!