Friday, January 20, 2017

Office Design Advice: 6 Fading Trends To Avoid

Office Design Advice 2017
To craft a cutting edge office interior, you'll need to know which trends to follow and which to avoid. That's where we come in! Today on Office Design Advice we're taking a look at 6 fading trends you'll want to steer clear of. We'll also provide you with alternative suggestions designed to make your space more up to date and versatile. Enjoy!

1.) Black Office Chairs

They'll always have their place, but there's certainly better and more popular options out there on the market. A simple black office chair will do very little to enhance corporate appeal. When compared to hot color options like red, white, and gray, black office chairs provide very little pop. Add a bit of flair and personality to your interiors by showing a some design ingenuity. Skip the black, it's been done. Spice things up with trendy fabric and leather upholsteries. We recommend the gray and red leather office chairs from Woodstock Marketing. With a blast of mid century appeal, they'll earn your interiors the compliments they deserve.

2.) Panel Furniture Configurations

It's time to start thinking outside the realm of traditional panel furniture configurations. They make interiors feel bulky, private, and closed off. If you're ready to kick those old school cubicles to the curb, we recommend going with an open concept desk configuration from a brand like Global Total Office. Their cutting edge Zira stations promote collaboration and modern appeal like non other.

3.) Rectangular Conference Tables

The classic rectangular shape is still okay for traditionally inspired conference room remodeling projects. However, those looking to modernize their meeting areas will want to check out elliptical and boat shaped tables in 2017. They're far more fashionable. Sadly, rectangular conference tables are starting to become a bit boring. The sleek elements of a boat shaped table will do wonders for the vibe of your boardroom.

4.) Sit To Stand Keyboard Trays

Sit to stand keyboard trays are being rapidly replaced with desk top risers in 2017. Once the preferred solution for workers looking to avoid extended sits, they're now becoming obsolete. Today's sit to stand desk top risers are far more efficient. Why you ask? Because they're just as affordable and simultaneously raise your monitors as well. With a sit to stand keyboard tray, you'll be able to work standing up of course. That being said, you'll likely still be looking down at your computer screens. This is unhealthy! You need to keep your computer screens at eye levels to avoid neck strain and visual fatigue. We recommend checking out the Volante sit to stand desktop attachment from Systematix. It's cost effective, extremely well made, and installs on almost any work surface in under 30 minutes.

5.) Traditional Cherry Finishes

It's all about gray and white office furniture in 2017. Traditional tones like cherry are seldom available on today's top collections. Sure Cherry finishes are classic, but they lack the wow factor needed to truly impress your valued visitors. An inspired makeover project centered around contemporary gray wood office furniture from a collection like Sterling from The Mayline Group will help you create a cool coastal vibe that impresses even the harshest critics.

6.) Overstuffed Executive Chairs

It's as simple as this, bulky office chairs take up too much space. Those overly cushioned pillow top surfaces aren't exactly ergonomically correct either. This year you'll see top seating manufactures like Eurotech sticking to sleek designs that maximize square footage and operating space without sacrificing comfort. At first glance, you may be thinking a sleek office chair lacks support. We encourage you to give one a try in person. You'll be pleasantly surprised. The world of modern ergonomic chair manufacturing has come a long ways in the last 3 years.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

6 Ways To Kick Corporate Comfort Into Overdrive In 2017

Don't let 2017 be another year that good ergonomic habits are forgotten! Commit to comfort and performance to ensure peak productivity levels. We've got 6 new ways to help you do just that. The ergonomic tips, tricks, and advice highlighted here today will have you at your best in no time. If you want to take corporate comfort to the next level, put these helpful strategies in to effect.

1.) Type Smart


How To Type Healthy

The longer you allow yourself to settle for bad habits, the harder they'll be to break. If you're still looking down to type, the odds are you've been doing it for years. It's time to make a change. Take a typing class with a few of your coworkers. You'll be improving relationships while improving your computing skills. Once you learn how to effectively type without looking down, you'll wonder how you ever got by before. To take the next step, integrate an articulating ergonomic keyboard tray from a brand like Systemix. They offer a wide range of angle and height adjustments that will help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome. They also increase useable desk space!

2.) Raise Your Screens


Properly Raised Computer Monitors

If you're computer screens are below eye level, you're looking down while working and increasing the risk of neck pain that can lead to serious problems over the course of your life in the office. Have no fear, this ones an easy fix! The professionals will always recommend a dual screen monitor mount and in fact, they're correct. It is the best way to promote healthy and comfortable computing. However, there's a cheaper fix. If funds are tight, don't settle for discomfort. Raise those computer screens up with a stack of books. If you're going for a more professional look, consider covering a shoebox in flat black wrapping paper to slide by undetected in your workspace. In the long runs, corporate appeal is important, but it's no substitute for healthy, comfortable operating.

3.) Trust Your Office Chair


How To Use Your Office Chair

Even the most advanced ergonomic office chair is only as good as it's owner. You have to take the time to get to know your chair and it's features to fully take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer. Start with a quick refresher course. Bust out the manual that it came with and give it a read. Next, see if there's a demo video available on the web. Last but certainly not least, familiarize yourself with your chair mechanism and the levers located on it. You need to commit their functions to memory. Don't think you'll be operating comfortably throughout tough days at the office by taking a "set it and forget it" approach to office comfort. You have to be ready, willing, and able to adapt at a moments notice. And that means you need to master your chair and trust its features!

4.) Practice Proper Feet Placement


Proper Sitting Posture

Using the base of your chair as a foot rest will reduce blood flow. When blood flow is reduced, cramping and fatigue are ready to strike. Sadly, this common habit can be hard to break. That being said, it's not impossible. Make a conscious effort to sit in your swivel chair with your feet flat on the ground a facing forward. While it might seem minor, over long periods of time it makes a major difference in terms of corporate comfort and efficiency.

5.) Make A Posture Chart


Office Chair Posture Tips

Having trouble remember all those office posture tips needed to stay comfy? You're not alone! That's why many healthcare professions recommend creating a list of posture tips and posting them within eye sight of your computer screen. Essentially, studies have shown that by seeing the tips regularly, you'll be subconsciously tricking yourself into using them. We think it's definitely worth a try in 2017!

6.) Sit To Stand


Sit To Stand Desk Attachment

You need to stand up from your office workstation at least once ever 30 minutes to stretch out those muscles. When you sit and work for long periods of time, your posture and performance suffers. To stay fresh and comfy, stand up! If getting away from your desk every 30 minutes isn't realistic, have no fear. Today's top ergo product manufacturers have you covered. In 2017, sit to stand desk top attachments are being heavily relied upon by ultra busy workers looking to remain healthy despite their task filled days. Popular desk top risers like the Volante from Systematix promote continuous movement in the workplace while simultaneously reducing strain. We highly recommend giving one a try! It's yet another product you'll wonder how you ever lived without.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Office Design News: The Best of January 2017

The office design world is steadily evolving. New trends and products are being introduced everyday to help businesses become more efficient, effective, and downright stylish! This year, industry leading manufacturers kicked things off with a bang. Brands like Global rocked the office world with hot new chairs that truly set the bar for 2017.

New Global Chairs Steal The Show!

Global Novello Office Chair LineWith an all new contemporary office seating collection on the market, it would only be fitting to start today's post with news from Global. Just this month, Global introduced the Novello line from renowned designer Alessandro Piretti. This highly customizable office chair line is nothing short of impressive. Novello chairs can be customized in designer upholstery options that pair perfectly with unique frame and base options. With a key emphasis on ergonomic operating and style characteristics that have the competition scrambling to keep up, Novello is poised for success in 2017 and beyond.

Global Luray ChairWe've also got to tell you a little bit about Global's new Luray line. These ribbed back conference chairs available in fabric and leather upholstery options are absolutely stunning. If you're looking to follow the mid century modern makeover trends dominating the market, give Luray a look. Available in 3 back heights and multiple frame finish combinations, Luray chairs are a designer's dream. They also work great in executive settings.

OFM's All New Perch Stool Is A Winner!

The OFM team is also hard at work crating new and innovative ways to boost style and performance in 2017. Their cutting edge Perch stool is unlike anything you've ever seen. And that's a good thing! Perch saves space, makes for a cool modern vibe, and helps it's users operate healthy in both sitting and standing positions. Perch stools from OFM are going to be available in a variety of quick shipping color options. If you're up against a tight project deadline, you can't go wrong with OFM's newest office addition.

It's All About Open Concept Design In 2017!

In terms of design trends, it's all about open concept in the new year. Businesses are kicking down cubicle walls to promote collaboration and improve team interaction. If you want to give your work floor a major face lift, check out the modular open concept office furniture from the Mayline e5 collection. It's a favorite of industry professionals and design enthusiasts. With e5 components you'll be able to create elite group desk layouts, as well as modernized private office interiors.

Gray Office FurnitureGray Is The New Black!

Gray wood office furniture has become the go to option for modern makeover projects. Traditional options like cherry, maple, and mahogany will always have their place. That being said, shoppers have spoken. Gray desk collections like Sterling from Mayline are rocking 2017. They help to create modern, coastal inspired interiors. If you're ready to think outside the realm of traditional finish options to add a little pop and a lot of flair, check out gray finishes like Textured Driftwood from Mayline.

Mid Century Modern DeskMid Century is Hot!

Extra, extra. Read all about it! Mid century modern office furniture and chairs are hot in 2017. This is one trend that's been steadily gaining momentum for months. Ribbed back conference chairs with sleek mid century characteristics are a must consider for your meeting area makeover projects. Kick those bulky, executive style chairs to the curb. In addition, cool mid century modern desk options like the EEI-293 model from the Modway Tinker collection will absolutely rock your home remodel. The best part about mid century modern office furniture is that it doesn't cost a fortune. Most of the chairs that follow this design theme are available for around $300.00. Mid century desks can be found for well under a thousand bucks. Following traditional wood veneer makeover ideas will run you much, much more.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Check Out The All New OFM Stratus Chair!

OFM Stratus Chair Review
OFM never fails to impress. This industry leading furniture and seating manufacturer is always hard at work coming up with new ways to improve operational functionality in the workplace. Take one look in the all new OFM 257 model Stratus chair you'll see what we mean. This cutting edge big and tall chair offers the ergonomic features and benefits needed to take your work day to a whole new level.

OFM Stratus Model 257 Big and Tall Mesh Back Office ChairThe Stratus chair offers a distinctive look that's sure to wow office onlookers even at first glance. The contemporary vibe is highlighted by a polished 5 star base and breathable mesh back. These new big and tall chairs from OFM are available in a choice of black and gray seat color variations to help personalize your interiors.

Heavy Duty Big and Tall Mesh Back Office ChairFinding an awesome big and tall chair that doesn't lack in terms of support and style is easier said than done. Luckily, OFM has your back. Literally! The 257 Status collection 24 hour big and tall office chair is ready, willing, and able to accommodate users up to 350 pounds.

Ergonomic Big And Tall ChairThe built in lumbar support is of particular note as it provides exceptional lower back support. The 4-D arrest allow for 4 directions of adjustment to help users compute at healthy angles. An extra thick padded seat and flexible rather back are also standard attributes of this awesome new swivel chair.

Stratus Mesh Back Office Chair by OFMAt the everyday low price of just $299.99, the 257 model OFM Stratus collection big and tall mesh back office chair is an absolute bargain buy. You'll be hard pressed to find a better chair at even twice the price. The combination of style and quality displayed by the Status chair is sure to have it atop best seller lists in no time.

24 Hour Big and Tall ChairYou can really do it all with the Stratus. The affordable price point makes it an awesome option for home office environments. The heavy duty cylinder, back, base, and are ideal for big and tall users, but still stylish enough for the everyday worker. Status chairs are also excellent for intensive tasking environments. These chairs will take anything you can throw at them and then some.

OFM Stratus Chair Rating
If you're on the hunt for an exceptional big and tall ergonomic seating solution that will exceed your expectations, the Stratus is a just consider. We're pleased to give the new 257 model OFM chair a 4 out of 5 star rating. We'd like to see a few more color options and possibly and add-on headrest for taller operators, but other than that, this is one incredibly well rounded new chair. Job well done OFM. Job well done!

Friday, January 13, 2017

7 Tips For Healthy Office Operating In 2017

How To Be Healthy At Work In 2017Operating efficiently and effectively in the office will have you at peak performance levels in no time.  To do so, you have to remain healthy. That being said, we're here to help you do just that! With the tips, advice, and product suggestions highlighted here today you'll be on your way to an awesome 2017. Enjoy!

1.) Get Plenty of Rest

It all starts with a good nights rest. If you arrive at the office physically exhausted and drained from the prior nights activities, you'll be on your way to a groggy work day that's far from productive. Make a resolution to get a full 8 hours in 2017. Committing to a healthy sleep schedule is an absolute must. Don't stay up all night eating unhealthy snacks and watching movies. Save that stuff for the weekend!

2.) Eat Healthy

When you get up from your full nights rest, start the day off with a healthy breakfast. Replace the pancakes and syrup with a hearty bowl of oatmeal and a piece of fresh fruit. Coffee is okay, but don't over do it. When lunch time arrives, steer clear of the dreaded cheeseburger. Instead, grab a salad and eat it outside in the fresh air. You'll return to your workstation feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the the day's remaining tasks.

3.) Make A Posture Chart

Proper posture is a must. Sitting incorrectly for extended periods of time will reduce blood flow. When the blood stops properly flowing, fatigue and strain begin to set in. They're productivity killers. Sit healthy and commit to good posture as much as possible. We know it's hard to remember a long list of posture tips during busy work days. That's why we recommend creating a tip chart. Here's a few to add to yours...

  • Keep Feet Flat On The Ground And Facing Forward
  • Don't Use The Base of The Office Chair As A Foot Rest
  • Keep Your Computer Screen At Eye Level
  • Don't Look Down To Type
  • Keep Back In Contact With Chair At All Times
  • Don't Hunch Forward Over The Keyboard Tray To Type

4.) Use Your Ergonomic Tools

All too often we see workers purchase popular ergonomic office accessories only to leave them unused and acting as giant paper weights. Don't allow yourself to fall into this category. Instead, take the time to master your ergonomic tools and their benefits. If you have a dual screen monitor arm, make sure you keep up raised to eye level. If you've invested in a fancy ergonomic swivel chair, read the manual and commit it's functions to memory so that you're ready, willing, and able to adjust at a moments notice. The proper understanding and use of your ergonomics tools will have you operating healthy and efficiently during even the most difficult days.

5.) Take Short Breaks

No matter the situation, you need to force yourself to take a short 5 to 10 minute break once an hour. Did you know that sitting for long periods of time can actually shorten your life span? Make it a habit to stand up, stretch out those muscles, walk around, and allow your eyes to readjust once per hour. It's smart. It's healthy. And you'll be all the better for it.

6.) Stay Hydrated

Are you drinking enough water throughout the work day? To be healthy and at your best in the office, you've gotta stay hydrated. This tip is simple, but it's overlooked far too often. When you don't drink enough water, fatigue rears its ugly head to derail your work day. So... Drink up!

7.) Get To Know Your Office Chair

Office comfort starts with the chair. It's your main source of support. It's absolutely essential that you get to know your office chair. Are you comfortable with all your chair's features now? You should go through them once per month to ensure they're working properly. Those who take a "set it and forget it" approach to office chair comfort seldom find themselves comfortable and healthy throughout the day. Bust out your chair manual, watch a demo video on YouTube, and master the perfect sit in 2017.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

5 DIY Office Remodeling Tips For 2017

DIY Office Remodeling Tips for 2017The new year is in full swing. That being said, we've got a new batch of tips for you DIY office remodeling enthusiasts. If you're tackling a makeover project in 2017, we've got you covered. From proper space planning to researching the latest trends, the 5 design strategies highlighted in 2017 will have you on the path to success.

1.) Plan Effectively

First things first, you've gotta plan your project. Start by measuring the perimeter of your interior. Make note of all entry ways, power outlets, windows, and room obstructions that will affect the way your new office furniture fits. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than purchasing stylish new furniture only to find that it doesn't work in your space upon arrival. Once you've double checked  your measurements, you'll want to set a budget and timeline for your project. Make out a list of tasks to keep your DIY remodel on track from start to finish.

2.) Get Inspired

It's always a good idea to get a little inspiration before purchasing new furniture. If you have a showroom in your area, give it a visit. You'll be rewarded with tips from the pros as well as plenty of literature and product knowledge that can be applied to your makeover. If there's not a showroom in your area, don't worry. Take your inspiration quest to the world wide web. Visit social sites like Pinterest and Instagram. They're invaluable when looking for DIY business and home office remodeling inspiration. You can even use your favorite search engine to search terms like "cool office interiors 2017" and "popular office furniture". Once properly inspired you'll be able to select a theme for your project that showcases your design ingenuity and personality.

3.) Get Finish Samples

Wether you're purchasing a single desk for the executive office or multiple cubicles, it's always a good idea to get finish samples. Assuming a particular finish will look good in your space is a recipe for remodeling remorse. In most cases, finish samples are free. Request as many as you like from your dealer of choice. Your samples will take about 2 weeks to arrive from the factory. Plan ahead and use the time spent waiting to remove your old furniture and prep your interior. If you're planning to paint your office space, now is the time. You'll want to compare the new finishes to your freshly painted interior to ensure a proper match.

4.) Shop For Value

There's lot's of great ways to maximize your budget when shopping for new furniture. To avoid over spending, use a comparison shopping engine to start your search. You'll be able to compare pricing on executive desks, tables, and ergonomic seating solutions from a variety of brands all in one place. We recommend Google Shopping. Once you've narrowed your search down to a few furniture dealers, take the time to call them direct. While testing their customer service skills you'll be able to simultaneously inquire about closeouts, clearance specials, bulk discount pricing opportunities, and shipping costs. In most instances, you'll be able to find free shipping at the very least. In the long run, something is always better than nothing. When checking out online, be on the lookout for promo code entry fields. If you see one, stop. Visit popular sites like Tjoos.com and RetailMeNot.com to see if coupons are available. Those who breeze past this essential step don't save. Be smart, slow down, and look for coupons!

5.) Research The Trends

DIY remodelers typically don't spend a lot of time researching the trends. Most are looking for ways to set new ones! While there's nothing wrong with this strategy, it's still helpful to know what's hot. This year, coastal inspired makeovers with gray and white finishes are incredibly popular. If you like the beachy vibe, check out the Medina collection from Mayline. In addition, red leather office chairs, open concept desks, and retro writing desks are also going to be very popular 2017. By taking the time to research today's hottest office makeover trends you'll be able to pick and choose which to apply to your personal DIY project.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What's New? Stride Office Chairs from Modway!

Modway Office Chairs
Even as the year winds to a close, Modway is hard at work! While competing brands are taking time off, Modway continues to look for ways to combine comfort and style like none other. Take one look at their all new Stride seating collection and you'll quickly see what we mean. Today we'll take a look at the features and benefits that are sure to make Stride chairs a fixture on best seller lists in the coming weeks. Prepare to be impressed!

Stride High Back Office Chair by ModwayStride chairs are sure to stand out in just about any setting. If you're looking for a cool office chair to be a focal point of your interior, you can't go wrong with these hot new seating solutions from Modway. Both the high and mid back Stride chairs from Modway boast slim profiles that steer far away from the old school executive chairs of a time gone by.

Stride Office Chair In GrayThe Modway EEI-2120 model Stride chair is definitely our favorite from the collection. While the mid back model is certainly cool, the high back is definitely worth a few extra bucks. At just $252.99, this chair provides an exceptional combination of value and appeal. Finding chairs that look great without sacrificing quality and comfort is easier said than done, it's nice to know Modway has us all covered.

Stride Mid Back Chair in BrownOffice seating trends all seem to focus on style and versatility. The Stride will help you achieve both. The naturally contoured back provides excellent lumbar support while the chrome frame will make your space pop. The adjustable mechanism will help you achieve posture perfect operating positions while the wide 5 star base is great for stability and mobility.

Stride Chair - Rear ViewIf you're shopping for a fancy ergonomic office chair with a ton of bells and whistles, the Stride probably isn't for you. That being said, if you're looking to create a cool executive office or conference room setting without breaking the bank, it's a must consider chair in 2016 and beyond.

White Leather Mid Century Modern Office ChairThe Stride is available in 4 color options that typically ship within 2 days of order regardless of quantity. Traditional tones like black and brown will always be popular, but we especially love the gray and white variations. They are refreshing, on trend, and sure to earn any space an abundance of positive compliments.

Stride Chair RatingWe give the new Stride chair from Modway a 3.5 out of 5 star rating. Stride chairs are easy to use, awesome to look at, comfortable, and very versatile. What more could you ask for? While not overly complicated and advanced in terms of ergonomic qualities, that's not what Modway was going for with the Stride. These chairs are meant to keep interiors up to date without sacrificing the comfort and quality needed to help you make it through those tough work days. Look for these new Modway chairs to become a preferred choice of interior designers in the coming months!