Monday, May 22, 2017

Introducing The iDesk Crazy Horse Chair!

iDesk Crazy Horse Chair Review
The team at iDesk is at it again. Their all new Crazy Horse wood guest chair has only been on the market for a couple of weeks now, and it's rapidly becoming a favorite of interior design teams across the country. This designer chair with contemporary flair is nothing short of luxurious. Today we'll take a look at the Crazy Horse and the attributes that make it one of the most elite guest seating solutions on the market today.

Contemporary Side ChairIn terms of style, the Crazy Horse has wow factor to spare. Even at first glance you'll be drawn to the natural contours and solid wood frame. With a blend of mid century characteristics, the Crazy Horse wood side chair is ready, willing, and able to impress even the harshest critics.

Mid Century Modern Office SeatingThis top of the line visitor's chair is also comfortable! We had the opportunity to give it a sit and found the thick polyurethane foam seat very accommodating. The generous dimensions and 250 pound weight capacity make it an excellent option for just about any user.

Modern Guest Reception SeatingThe standard CRZ505 model Crazy Horse chair with a Natural Ash frame and Barbadine Coal gray seat is currently available for $636.00. By industry standards, this is would pricey for an average guest chair. That being said, the Crazy Horse is fair from average. The attention to detail and materials used are second to none.

Office Chairs for Modern InteriorsThese new iDesk guest chairs shine in just about any setting imaginable. It's easy to picture the Crazy Horse along side contemporary side tables in waiting room, lobby, and upscale bistro environments. Additionally, we feel these designer chairs perfectly compliment many of today's top executive desk collections.

In just a few short weeks, the iDesk Crazy horse wood guest reception chair will be available in a wide range of attractive new frame finish and seat upholstery combinations. We couldn't be more excited to check them out. If you're tackling an office makeover project in 2017, these chairs are a must consider. Their style, quality, and comfort are second to none.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Office Ergonomics: Don't Be Your Own Worst Enemy!

Unhealthy Work Habits To Avoid
Office comfort starts with you. Forming good operating habits will ensure you're at your best and ready for the demands of the modern work day. That being said, you don't want to be your own worst enemy. Bad habits can be really tough to break! Have no fear, we're here to help. Today we'll teach you how to effectively avoid bad posture and unhealthy operating strategies that lead to fatigue and limited productivity. Enjoy!

First things first, you need to analyze your workspace. Is it ready, willing, and able to meet your personal needs? All too often workers avoid taking the necessary steps to achieve high level comfort. When it comes to ergonomics, you can't procrastinate. If you're uncomfortable, don't be afraid to talk about it to incite change. Simply dealing with the inefficiencies in your workspace is frowned upon and can lead to major health risks.

User Friendly Ergonomic Desk Chair
You don't need to invest in every ergonomic gadget on the market. In truth, a few simple components will totally revamp your work day. It all starts with a comfortable office chair that's easy to use and ready to properly support you. If you're still working with a fixed arm office chair with no lumbar support, it's time to upgrade. These days you can promote good posture on a budget with chairs like the Eon from Cherryman Industries. It's just $245.00 and will make you feel like your sitting on a cloud. A good chair is like your best friend at work. It always has you back!

Dual Screen Monitor MountOnce you've invested in a good office chair, we recommend incorporating a dual screen monitor arm. It will improve the rate at which you compute while simultaneously increasing usable desk space. If you're still using the factory base that came with your computer, you're missing out on key ergonomic values that have become the industry standard. Don't be your own worst enemy by avoiding this upgrade. With an adjustable monitor mount you'll be able to get your screens up to eye level where they belong to reduce visual strain and neck pain.

Articulating Keyboard TrayDon't be your own worst enemy by working with your keyboard tray sitting atop your desktop. This encourages unhealthy computing angles that can lead to office epidemics like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome that kick productivity levels to the curb. With an articulating keyboard tray you'll be able to quickly recapture usable surface space. More importantly, you'll be able to type correctly, quickly, and healthy.

Sit To Stand Desktop AttachmentLast but certainly not least, you'll want to consider investing in an attachable sit to stand desktop riser to avoid extended sitting sessions. As we sit for hours on end, our muscles become tired and stiffen up. Over the long haul, this poor operating strategy can actually shorten your life span. Sit to stand risers like the 5100 model from OFM are rapidly becoming staples in both home and business work environments. They promote continuous movement, improve blood flow, and reduce fatigue.

In the long run, even the best ergonomic office components are only as good as their owner. If you've invested in new additions, take the time to learn them properly to maximize comfort and productivity. If you don't, they're nothing more than expensive paper weights.

Let's take the office chair for example. Don't be your own worst enemy by failing to memorize its independent functions. Taking a "set it and forget it" approach to your chair positioning will yield limited results. You have to be familiar enough with your chair to adapt and overcome at a moments notice to remain comfortable. This comes from practice.

Those who operate healthy have invested the time required to change bad habits. They avoid being their own worst enemy at all costs. We'll end today's post with a few helpful posture tips that will have you on the path to success.

Posture Tips To Remember:

  • Keep your back in contact with chair at all times to maximize support. Leaning away from your chair and hunching over the keyboard to type will leave your back vulnerable to unnecessary strain.
  • Keep your feet placed flat on the ground and facing forward at all times. Using the base of your chair as a footrest will restrict blood flow. When this happens, fatigue and cramping are soon to follow.
  • Raise your computer screens to eye level to reduce visual strain and neck pain. If you're looking down at your screens when typing, solve the problem today with a stack of books or even a shoebox until you're ready to invest in an ergonomic monitor arm.
  • Take a 5 to 10 minute break once every hour to stretch and hydrate. Sitting for long periods of time will cause even the best posture habits to break down.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

You Purchased New Office Furniture. Now What?

What To Do After You Purchase New Office FurnitureThe real work begins once you've purchased new office furniture for your home or business. You've got to start scheduling and prepping your space effectively to ensure you don't suffer from makeover mishaps. Have not fear, we're here to help. Today we'll walk you through a simple 7 step process to ensure your project stays on track and without any surprises. Enjoy!

1.) Start Scheduling

About 2 days after your furniture has been purchased, take the time to contact your dealer direct to inquire about estimated ship times and tracking information. This will give you the timeline needed to get your interior ready for the integration of new furniture. Typically in stock office furniture will leave the factory within 3 business days and tracking will be available shortly after. If you've opted for custom office furniture the timeline will be a bit longer, usually about 3 to 4 weeks. Prepare accordingly!

2.) Clear Our Your Space

This is the first major step of the remodel. You can't very well remodel your interior without first removing the old furniture. Before starting the breakdown, take some pictures of your space. If you're planning to sell your old office desk and computer chair the pics will come in handy. You'll also be able to do a cool before and after to showcase your interior transformation to friends and family.

3.) Clean and Paint

Once your old furniture has been completely removed, it's time to give your space a thorough cleaning. Start by going through your old office file cabinet drawers and purging out any documents you no longer need to store. Next you'll want to patch any old thumb tack holes and hit your walls with a magic eraser.

With the furniture removed for your space, it's the perfect time to paint. Rest assured, painting around newly installed furniture is very risky! With an empty room you'll be able to lay down a drop cloth effectively to protect your floors from any spills. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way towards the overall feel of your project. Don't skip this step.

4.) Enlist Some Help

Furniture assembly is right around the corner. You're definitely going to want to have some help. As new office desk configurations and chairs can be very heavy, you'll likely want to enlist the help of 2 to 3 individuals to help with the lifting. Give your desired helpers at least a few days of advance notice so you don't surprise them at the last minute. With helpers signed on, you're almost home free!

5.) Create A Staging Area

When your new furniture is delivered, you don't want to walk it directly into your new space. This makes for a cramped assembly process and a lot of frustration. Alternatively, you'll want to create a staging area in your garage or office hallway. This will allow you to bring in boxed items one at a time for assembly, thus providing you with ample room to work efficiently and safely.

6.) Tackle Assembly

Furniture assembly is going to seem a little overwhelming at first. But rest assured, it's nothing to be afraid of. When you're helpers arrive, formulate a plan of attack. Have one person read the instruction aloud as two others work on completing each step. The average home office executive desk will take approximately 1 hour to assemble. Chairs are much quicker.

During the assembly process, you'll want to have basic tools on hand. A cordless drill, wrenches, pliers, sockets, and measuring tape will definitely come in handy. It's also a good idea to have a first aid kit, just incase there's an accident.

Remember, safety comes first. Office furniture assembly is not a race. Those who try to rush through the process typically wind up frustrated as they've skipped steps and have to back track. Slow and steady wins the race!

*If assembly seems like too much to handle. Obtain a quote from the pros as soon as you've purchased your furniture. If you can get the installation service to provide you a quote prior to purchasing new furniture, that's even better. 

7.) Remove Debris

At the end of the assembly process, your office will look like a cardboard bomb went off. There will be an abundance of bubble wrap and fodder flooding your newly revamped interior. Be prepared to break down a bunch of boxes. Have trash bags on hand to ensure you're able to clean as you go. This will limit the work at the end of the project when everybody is tired.

Once the debris has been removed, give your furniture a good wipe down and vacuum your floors. Voila! You're all done. Make sure to take a few pics to show off your skills.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How To Fight Back Pain And Look Good Doing It

How to Fight Back Pain At Work
Back pain is no joke. It's also a productivity killer in the workplace. Lucky for you, there's ultra comfortable and equally stylish chairs available on the market in 2017 that will help you fight back and look good doing it. Today on the blog we'll showcase elite seating solutions from brands like SitWell, Global Total Office, and Eurotech equipped with high tech ergonomic attributes and the trend setting appeal needed to kick corporate appeal into overdrive. Enjoy!

SitWell Rave Task ChairThe Rave mesh back task chair from SitWell is perfect for everyday computing. This adjustable swivel chair packs a major ergonomic punch with adjustable arms and a multi functional mechanism. Available in a variety of black, white, and gray color combinations, the Rave will keep your interior up to date and looking great.

Global Spritz Weight Sensing Office ChairGlobal's all new Spritz seating collection is an absolute winner in the workplace. This new line offers self adjusting ergonomic chairs that improve posture and support without the need for constant adjusting. Popular models like the 6760-8 come standard with upholstered headrests and breathable mesh backs that look great while providing top notch support.

Eurotech Fuzion ChairIt doesn't get much cooler than the FUZ9LX-HI model Fuzion luxury chair from Eurotech. From every angle this designer swivel chair for the executive office gives off a distinctively modern vibe. Even at first glance this chair will have you begging to give it a sit. Once seated you'll be rewarded with an exceptional operating experience. The adjustable arms, multi functional mechanism, headrest, and seat slider work in harmony to fight back pain.

Mayline Commute ChairWhen back pain strikes, you need to be ready, willing, and able to adjust at a moments notice to fight back. That's where the Mayline C1CU model Commute chair comes in. This fully upholstered computer chair comes standard with a synchro tilt mechanism, 2.25" travel seat slider, tilt tension control, and tilt lock. When paired with polished accents and adjustable T shaped arms, the Commute chair is the total package.

Modway Pillow ChairWe get it. You want your office interiors to stand out from the competition. That being said, comfort comes first. Thankfully, Modway has a chair that's fully capable of boosting appeal and skyrocketing comfort. Take one sit in their EEI-274 Pillow chair and you'll see what we mean. The barrel shaped cushions prove supple support and a modern vibe that's hard to top. Enjoy this swanky modern office chair from Modway in 3 quick shipping color options for just $252.99.

iDesk Oroblanco ChairLast but certainly not least, allow us to present to you one of the most well rounded office chairs available on the market today. The iDesk 402B model Oroblanco chair is value priced, extremely comfortable, and equally stylish. This versatile mesh back task chair with adjustable arms and a waterfall seat edge is perfect for just about any office application imaginable. If you find today's top office chairs a bit confusing to operate, the Oroblanco is a must consider. It comes with a built in guide for personal adjusting that can be accessed underneath the chair seat at anytime. It really comes in handy! The 402B is available in a variety of attractive seat upholstery options to add a personalized spin to your interior. Last year, the Oroblanco was our top rated office chair. It's in the running again this year too. You simply can go wrong with this seating solution. It's ready to rock your work day and fight back pain into submission.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

7 A-List Office Chairs That Maximize Comfort

Weight Sensing Office ChairIt's sad but true, not all office chairs are created equal. These days shoppers have to be weary of cheap knock offs and imitations that aren't built to last and provide the comfort needed to keep you at peak performance levels. Have no fear! We're here to help. Today on the blog we'll be showcasing 7 A-List office chairs you can rely on. These professional seating solutions from brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and Eurotech Seating are ready to tackle anything you can throw at them.

We can't say enough good things about the team at Global Total Office. This custom seating manufacturer specializes in the provision of made to order chairs built specifically for their users. Take one sit in a Global chair like the Spritz 6760-8 and you'll never settle for less. This weight sensing mesh back task chair automatically responds to the user to provide next level support you can rely on.

Auto Responding Office ChairGlobal isn't the only one crafting elite new office chairs that are ready for the demands of the modern work day. The Mayline Living chair comes standard with a high tech passive seat slider mechanism and weigh sensing seat that helps users achieve superior comfort without the constant need to activate control levers. The LV34BG model auto responding ergonomic office chair minimizes the learning curve and maximizes support.

Top Of The Line Office ChairThe A-List office chairs from Eurotech Seating area second to none. Many of today's mesh chairs give out after a few years of use. That being said, Eurotech's top of the line Ergohuman chairs are built to last and look good doing it. These modern mesh back executive style tasking chairs are perfect for everyday use and intensive computing. Popular Ergohuman mesh chairs like the ME7ERG are a favorite of industry professionals. If you're looking to go even more high end and luxurious, check out the LE9ERG in leather!

RFM Ray ChairRFM Preferred Seating chairs have firmly cemented themselves on the A-List. Take one sit in the 4295 model Ray series high back office chair with lumbar support and you'll see what we mean. The Ray comes equipped with kidney cushioning areas that support every region in your back to improve posture while simultaneously reducing fatigue.

OFM Oro Big and Tall ChairFinding a high quality big and tall office chair that's worthy of the A-List is easier said that done. Thankfully, OFM has us covered. Their ORO200 model black leather big and tall executive chair supports users up to 400 pounds and boasts an integrated tablet arm to give you the edge while computing in the workplace. This chair means business!

SitWell Ovation ChairWe love the office chairs from SitWell available in 2017. From the waiting room to the boardroom, this elite manufacturer offers A-List seating that won't let you down. We recently had the opportunity to check out their Ovation chair in person and let's just say it lives up to its name. This chair is worthy of applause with a 4 position synchro lock mechanism, breathable mesh back, awesome casters, and luxurious chrome accents.

Cherryman Eon ChairLast but certainly not least, we wanted to highlight a chair that proves you can sit like an A-Lister without spending a fortune. At just $245.00, the Eon is that chair. This new mesh back tasker from the team at Cherryman Industries comes fully loaded with the modern ergonomic attributes needed to ensure good posture throughout the toughest work days. The Eon is an absolute bargain buy. Finding a chair this well made and comfort at even 3 times the price is practically impossible. The advanced synchro tilt mechanism with seat slider, 3-way adjustable arms, and natural lumbar area work together to make the Eon chair one of the hottest options on the market in 2017.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shop Smart: The Best Reception Desk Buys of 2017

Shop Smart For A Guest Reception DeskOutfitting a professional reception area with new furniture can be pretty expensive. Lucky for you, we're ready, wiling, and able to help maximize the makeover budget. Today on the blog we're showcasing the best reception desk buys from brands like Offices To Go, OFM, and Cherryman that will get your project started on the right foot. Enjoy!

Discount Reception DeskWhen it comes to affordable office furniture that doesn't lack in terms of quality, Offices To Go is the brand to trust. Their Superior Laminate collection offers exceptional desks, tables, and reception stations that will have your valued visitors thinking you invested a fortune on furniture. The SL-O model dark mahogany reception desk from Offices To Go is an absolute bargain at just $619.99. It boasts a spacious L shaped design and even includes a full sized desk pedestal for personal organizing.

White Guest Reception DeskThe OFM Marque reception desk collection has been a favorite of interior design teams and shoppers for years. These curved front stations look great from every angle and boast attractive silver accents that really make them pop. Just a few short months ago, OFM released a new white finish option that has the welcome desks from the Marque collection enjoying a renewed sense of self. Stations like the 55310 available for $1132.99 will have your reception area up to date with the latest trends without breaking the bank.

2 Person Guest Reception DeskFinding an affordable 2 person reception desk is easier said than done. But rest assured, Cherryman has you covered. Their Amber series AM-403N model U shaped reception desk is the best option on the market in 2017. If you're looking to save a buck, this is the station for you. It's spacious, available in 5 quick shipping finish options, and provides plenty of storage for $1656.00.

Gray Reception DeskNobody offers a larger selection of professional reception desks than Mayline. Rest assured, they have a welcoming station for any style preference and price point. In 2017, there gray steel finished Aberdeen guest reception desks have been a go to option for budgeting shoppers. Units like the AT36 offer ample surface space and translucent transaction screens that create a modern vibe that will no doubt leave a lasting impression on your clients. At just $1425.99, the AT36 is a perfect option for smart shoppers.

Zira Reception Desk
Last but certainly not least, smart shoppers will love the modular guest reception furniture from the Global Zira collection. This best selling line makes it easy to craft elite open concept interiors that are ready to expand as your business needs increase. You can kick off your project in style and under budget with a Zira reception desk like the Z2460RDB priced at $934.99. This fashionable reception desk shell is available in more than 20 made to order finish options that will earn your space the compliments it deserves. When the time comes to add-on to your station, you'll be rewarded with a plethora of unique storage modules, surface returns, and much more.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Modern Office Essentials: Perch Stools, Desktop Risers, and More For Your Interiors!

Perch Sit To Stand Stool by OFMHere at the blog, we love showcasing innovative new products designed to kick productivity and comfort into high gear. Today on Modern Office Essentials we're doing just that. From cool new perch stools to self adjusting task chairs, we'll showcase the best new products 2017 has to offer. Prepare to be impressed!

With all of the new sit to stand desktop attachments on the market, it was only a matter of time before perch stools started make their way onto the scene. Perch sit to stand stools like the 2800 model from OFM offer users the ability to pivot, tilt, and rotate their way to comfort. At just $156.99, it's a must consider for any person who's purchased a stand up workstation.

Sit To Stand Desktop AttachmentYou've seen the commercials. You've read the reviews. Sit to stand desktop attachments are here to stay. As operating from your office chair for long periods of time can actually shorten your life span, an ergonomic sit to stand desktop riser will help you fight back against the extended sit epidemic. Popular sit to stand solutions like the Volante from Systematix provide exceptional workplace versatility. With so many options available on the market, you have to be weary of cheap knock offs and imitations. You can invest in the Volante knowing it's ready for the demands of the modern work day and built to last.

Conference Table with A Powered TopAre you still running extension cords across your conference room and wheeling in squeaky AV carts to host presentations? Ouch! There's definitely a better way to conduct your corporate strategizing sessions. We highly recommend investing in a modern conference room table with a powered top to help streamline your meetings. That being said, it doesn't get better than the power ready tables from the Zira collection. They're available in extensive size, shape, and finish combinations to enhance appeal. The power options are easy to spec and sure to transform your interior into a work ready performance zone that leaves the competition in the dust.

Mayline e5 Open Concept BenchingCubicle systems are great for privacy, but they do little to encourage team interaction. If you're tackling an office makeover in 2017, consider modern cubicle alternatives like open concept benching systems that promote collaboration. When you're employees are closed off from one another, ideas can be restricted. It's time to break down those walls and think outside the box (or cube in this case). With open concept benching from a brand like Mayline, you'll be on your way to a next level interior in no time. Take one look at their e5 collection and you'll quickly see what we mean.

Self Adjusting Office ChairLast but not least, no article on modern office essentials would be complete without telling you about today's self adjusting office chairs that minimize the ergonomic learning curve. If you're tired of pulling levers and twisting tension knobs to achieve the correct sit, welcome to the club. Today's top seating manufacturers have heard our cries for help. With innovative new auto responding smart chairs like the Spritz and Arti from Global, you can get posture perfect without the guess work. These weight sensing chairs automatically react to the user to provide next level support. Top of the line smart chairs like the Verte from RFM Preferred Seating articulate like the human spine and take an exact impression of the vertebrae to keep operators working healthy. Have no doubt, auto responders are rapidly becoming the industry standard. Right now, the average smart chair will run you around $500.00. As popularity increases, the price point will certainly come down.