Friday, November 29, 2013

Top Office Chair Brands of 2013

There's no doubt about it! With everyone scrambling for the holidays, 2013 is finally wrapping up (no pun intended). The great new office chairs that came out this year have definitely had huge success, but none more so than chairs from the top office chair brands of this year! The office chair manufacturers, Offices To Go, RFM, Global, OFM, and Eurotech have proven their worth to thousands by providing high quality office seating solutions to leave you breathless. Each brand features chairs just as unique as each company, but they all have one mission in common - happy customers! Here are just a few reasons why people have loved these amazing office chair brands of 2013!

Offices To Go

Offices To Go Mesh Executive Chair

The mission of Offices To Go is to provide incredible quality at an incredible price. The chairs from this brand certainly have it all, which is undoubtedly why Offices To Go has been such a hit this year. All of their chairs feature high tech comfort clad in amazing style priced at points anyone can afford. They offer an abundance of variety, with leather or mesh back chairs for any office purpose you could imaging. The chairs from this brand that have done particularly well this year include the 11690B Mesh Executive Chair, the 11686-QL10 Mesh Back Manager's Chair, and the 2787 Luxhide Executive Chair. Each of these chairs, and the rest of their chair brethren from Offices To Go, never sacrifice comfort for an amazing price. All these reasons and more are exactly what makes Offices To Go such a top notch brand!

RFM Preferred Seating

RFM Verte Ergonomic Office Chair

The brand featuring the office chair heralded as one of the most comfortable office chairs of all time certainly would have been expected to do well this year, and they did not disappoint! It's hard to top many of the chairs offered by RFM, but they certainly outdid themselves with the chairs from their Verte series. The 22011 Verte Ergonomic Office Chair by RFM and its two sibling chairs from RFM Preferred Seating features a back that molds itself to the shape of the user's spine, making it one of the most comfortable chairs in existence. They are not alone though! RFM's mission is to keep designing chairs that are always at the forefront of innovation. Many of their chairs, particularly the Verte, Echelon, and Internet, feature ergonomic design to improve all aspects of the office experience, from comfort to productivity. With a mission like that, its no wonder they've done so well this year!

Global Total Office

Global Arti Series Office Chair

Global is known for providing all sorts of quality office products, from desks to file cabinets for storage. However, it's their chairs which have become the stars this year. Global's mission is to offer plenty of variety so that their clients can have access to anything they could possibly need. They offer stylish leather chairs for lounge room use, as well as chairs for conference, training, tasking, and executive purposes. Many of their chairs are feature extremely versatile designs so that they can adapt to a host of different environments, which is part of why they are so popular. The other part of their chairs' popularity comes from head-turning style. Chairs like the 6670-2 Arti Office Chair by Global feature an articulating back which mimics the human spine for superior comfort as well as incredible style. In addition, Global also provides comfortable molded training and guest chair options available in a riot of color choices for easy convenience.

OFM Office Furniture

OFM Avenger Exectutive Chair

With furniture lines featuring desks, tables, storage, workstations, and chairs, any furniture you could ever desire for your office can be found with OFM. This brand makes sure their customers enjoy immense comfort wrapped in luxurious style. Just like their other furniture types, OFM office chairs are extremely versatile. Not only do they offer executive office chairs, but they also feature amazing chairs for lounge rooms, training areas, waiting rooms, and reception areas. In addition, OFM also offers popular beam seating solutions that improve the space efficiency of any office guest area. The popular office chairs by OFM which have done well this year include the 811-LX Avenger Executive Chair by OFM and its companion chairs, ORO200 OFM Conference Chair with Tablet.

Eurotech Seating

Eurotech Wau Series Office Chair

Eurotech Seating always offers a huge variety of fabulous chairs for office use, but the chair that has brought them recognition this year is definitely the Chakra. Each Chakra Office Chair from Eurotech Seating use features an airy, zoomorphic design to support the chakra centers of the body and improve energy flow. The chairs are available in five stylish colors to match existing office decor. In addition to the Chakra, Eurotech features top office chairs for both home and business use! Other chairs that have done well this year include any of the chairs from Eurotech's Wau series, Hawk series, and the Purple Symbian Office Chair by Eurotech. This brand's desire to please its customers by providing incredible comfort in addition to variety and affordability is one of the reasons it has earned a top ranking among the best office chair brands of 2013!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday Office Furniture Deals List 2013 Black Friday Deals List

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rapidly approaching. As always, we are offering an extensive selection of office furniture and seating at our lowest pricing of the year. From modern desks to home computer chairs, you don't want to miss these hot deals. In addition, we've added several new coupons that will be available on a wide selection of our already low priced products with free shipping for added value. Enjoy and happy holidays!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Product Showcase: Mayline Conference Tables

As one of the industries most reputable office furniture manufacturers, Mayline is truly a brand to trust for your boardroom makeover needs. With 10 top selling casegoods collections available, interior design teams and business owners alike are rewarded with ample solutions to meet their individual needs and budget. Today's article showcases the absolute best conference tables for sale from this industry leading brand.

Corsica Boardroom Table
The Corsica Furniture Series from Mayline is a well rounded line of wood veneer products that includes desks, reception stations, and of course conference room tables. Available in 2 stylish finish combinations this popular line is sure to make a lasting impression on your valued business clientele. The boat shaped surface design is highlighted by a built in cable management panel and removable steel cover. The 2" thick surface features a black beveled edge that adds to the luxury look. Looking for durability? Corsica boardroom table solutions will support up to 500 lbs. when evenly distributed.

Mayline Aberdeen TableAs Mayline's flagship laminate furniture line, the Aberdeen collection boasts a wide variety of conference room table solutions to meet the needs of any sized meeting area. Consumers will enjoy a choice of 4 stocked finish options along with the ability to easily power tables via simple factory installed modules for phone and data. This boat shaped table is available in lengths up to 18' while a round table is available for private meetings and smaller spaces. The 1 5'8" thick work surface, structural modesty panels, and concealed cable chimney within the Aberdeen's table legs add to the versatility and durability this highly functional line has to offer.

Mayline NC12 Napoli Conference TableThe Mayline Napoli collection offers the perfect blend of wood and metal accents to form one of the most popular and well rounded furniture lines on the market. It's no secret that the Napoli conference furniture series by Mayline boasts a contemporary look that interior design teams and consumers highly praise. Products like the NC12 Napoli Conference Table feature silver metal modesty panels and surface access ports. As one of the only wood veneer table collections that allow for manufacturer installed power ports, the Napoli series is incredibly versatile and ready to take on the needs of your multi media meeting space. Choose from 3 in stock wood finish options to meet your individual taste and decor needs.

Brighton Conference TableThose in search of a budget friendly solution to fill their boardroom needs will love the Brighton collection by Mayline for it's innovative style and in stock status. With several sizes available, Brighton offers models well under $300 in your choice of 3 finish options. Models like the Brighton BTCT6 Conference Table can be outfitted with versatile power ports to form high tech spaces that look far more advanced than the furniture cost would indicate. Looking to outfit additional areas of your business? No problem! This popular collection includes awesome desk configurations and matching storage products to help you do just that. This line is an absolute value that should not be overlooked by those limited by a strict budget and project deadline.

Mayline Sorrento Series Conference TableThe Sorrento furniture line by Mayline is all about luxury! Available in 2 stunning finish combinations this line of luxury tables for boardroom use will surely earn your business ample compliments. Often used by law firms and fortune 500 companies, Sorrento tables are highly respected and incredibly classy. The bourbon cherry and birds eye maple table features an intricate rectangular surface with complimentary base while the espresso finished table is manufacturer as a boat shaped variation. No matter your veneer preference, Sorrento will not disappoint. Rest assured this line of Mayline tables for conference room applications is their most high end collection and is not for the average budget.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Stylish Office Tables for Home and Business Use

Quality tables are necessities in all sorts of environments, from the home to the office and beyond. While, in the olden days, tables were usually small rectangles made of wood or cheap plastic, today these useful pieces of furniture are available in a host of incredible shapes, colors, and designs. If you're in need of stylish tables for your home, office, events, or interior design project, here's a few that will blow your mind!

Conference Tables

Global Alba Elliptical Conference Table

Conference tables are a must have in most office environments. The size, shape, and overall design of a conference room usually says a lot about a business. Because these tables are usually the focal point of the whole room, its important that they look sharp, and tables from the Alba collection by Global certainly do! These tables feature unique, contemporary design that's sure to impress. They're almost always available in a host of color options to easily match existing decor for your convenience. With a little modern inspiration, they also make incredible additions to homes where they can serve as dinner tables. These tables are simply to die for, but try not to pass out when you see the incredibly low prices they go for!

Bistro and Break Room Tables

Mayline Round Bar Height Bistro Table

Because of the ingenuity of interior designers, bistro tables have earned themselves a reputation for being insanely versatile. These trendy little tables typically feature a stylish, compact design that works wonderfully in cafes and bistros. However, its those very same features that make these tables wonderful additions to apartments and office break rooms! Tall tables, like the ones by Mayline, usually provide a certain elegant, lofty atmosphere to their environments that is best complimented by tall chairs and bar stools for seating, so they're excellent for apartment living. Additionally, short bistro tables give tend to give a nice, homey feel to their rooms that is wonderfully accented by shorter chairs or even lounge seating, making them useful in break rooms.

Coffee Tables

Global Wind Modern Coffee Table

Nothing brings a sense of stylish elegance to a room quite like a coffee table. America's coffee-drinking society definitely puts these babies in high demand. The coolest thing about them is that they never have to double as anything else (though they can), and yet they still manage to find a niche in almost every environment. Companies like Global and Mayline have churned out some cool coffee tables for office use over the years that also look perfect in home environments. If you're in search of a nifty new table to compliment an office lounge, reception area, waiting room, or even a home living room, a coffee table is always a great solution.

End Tables

Calico Designs Futura Glass End Table

Ever been sitting in the waiting room of an office that was thoughtful enough to offer you a beverage, and then had no place to put it? Unfortunately, this is a critical mistake made by many businesses nowadays. While most people think of side tables or end tables in the home, they are also critically important in many office environments. Not only do end tables with affordable style provide a place for guests to set magazines and refreshments, they also create great stands for business owners to leave informational pamphlets or advertisements about their business. End tables are never given enough credit for their usefulness and style, and there are tons of really amazing ones from top brands like Global,

Training and Event Tables

Mayline Encounter Crescent Table

Whenever the folding tables are pulled out of the closets, most office workers start to anticipate some sort of bright spot in the day. This is because folding tables nearly always mean its party time! Whether its a birthday, a holiday, or just a random office event, the mere sight of these simple tables can invoke feelings of fun in crowds of people, especially if they're topped with a colorful cloth. But typical event tables aren't the only way to celebrate things at the office. Even if your workplace doesn't appear to have event supplies, office tables for training room use often make great substitutes! Heck, with all the convenient training chairs with contemporary style around, you may even decide to hold all events in the training room instead!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Racing Recliners Just In Time For The Holidays!

Looking for an awesome gift idea for that special someone? Check out the new race car inspired recliner and ottoman sets for sale at! These awesome seating solutions are perfect for racing fans and make the perfect addition to any man cave. With 6 variations to choose from, you'll be at no shortage of awesome color combinations to meet your loved ones specific style.

Holiday Gift Ideas

Priced starting at only $180.99 you'll be hard pressed to find a better bargain. These comfortable recliner and ottoman sets feature Flash Furniture's durable vinyl upholstery that's super easy to clean. The recline knob allows for a smooth movement customizable to your angle of preference. Several models even feature vinyl wrapped bases for enhanced modern style. The metal accents further enhance the race inspired theme while the innovative stitching patterns complete the look.

Race Inspired Recliner

Love these super cool seating solutions? You better hurry! These awesome recliners will be gone before you know it. Looking to purchase multiple recliners for projects like a home theater makeover? No problem! Call us direct at 800-867-1411 for bulk pricing and additional savings. Thanks so much for stopping by and happy holidays.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tricked Out Office Cubicles That Will Amaze You

When people hear the words "tricked out" odds are they're probably not going to picture office cubicles. However, after a quick glance at these babies, you'll definitely want to broaden your definition! The cubicles of today are nothing at all like the boring plastic-walled spaces that made their inhabitants cringe ten years ago. The modern age has brought with it amazing innovations and modern designs that have turned the office furniture world into a paradise of comfort and efficiency. Creative companies everywhere have allowed their interior designers free reign, and been rewarded with some amazingly cool cubicles rife with imaginative design! Here's a just few ideas to inspire you!

Google Cubes

Google Cubicles

Can we really expect anything less of the company that's heralded as one of the greatest places to work for? Looking at these kickin' cubicles, we guess that Google definitely delivers! These fancy workstations are loaded to the gills with fabulous style. The whole Google office looks like a kid's paradise, and with each cubicle bearing a different theme, it definitely qualifies as one. The Google company has made it their mission to provide their employees with plenty of inspiration for innovation, which is probably why they gave the task of designing their workspaces to famous design firm Camenzind. The company definitely took creativity to new heights as each cubicle features a different theme, from Arctic igloo, to snowy Swiss mountains, to underwater cubicles, complete with fish in the floor! Google's goal was to provide an open environment that would inspire their employees to think outside the box. Who would have known that to think outside the box, all they'd have to do was enter one?

Studio 53

Studio 53 Cubicle

If you want a warm, cozy place to get your office work done, try convincing your boss to get a few of these comfy cubes! The Studio 53 cubicle was designed by a company called Steelcase for a furniture trade show back in 2006. The idea was to create a meeting place where co-workers could go to find comfort while they worked. Because of today's growing trend of open-plan work environments, the cubicles were such a huge hit that several companies at Chicago's NeoCon (where the trade show was held) offered to buy the cubicles up front just as they were! They're now providing cool comfort for companies all over the place, and users just can't get enough!

Pixar's Cubicles

Pixar Cubicles

Leave it to Pixar to come up with such a unique concept for their company's cubicles. If you thought a rat-chef and a house flying to South America on hundreds of balloons were innovative ideas for movies, just wait until you get a look at the cubes those movies were made from! Pixar's whole idea behind their cubicles was that employees should have a homey environment that makes them feel comfortable. That's why each cubicle features a hut-like design that's both open at the same time it's private. Each one of the little Gnome huts has its own address so employees feel like they each have their own place where they belong. Coming from a company that's known for it's heart, innovation, and creativity, we can hardly expect anything less!

OFM Rize Workstations

OFM Rize Workstations

While all of the cubicles listed above certainly feature amazing designs, for companies that can't afford them, they're still just wishful thinking. That's why office furniture manufacturer, OFM, has designed this affordable office solution that features both amazing design and adaptability. OFM's stylish cubicles for office use are perfect for most office environments. They provide modular design that allows cubicles to be added or removed to easily adjust to a changing work demographic. They're also extremely easy to power. Each cube features semi-seethrough windows that compliment an open work environment while, at the same time, offering a sense of privacy. Adding stylish office products by OFM is a great way to gain accessibility and design without having to pay a designer price!

Modular Workstations

Modular Multi User Workstations

Want a cubicle that doesn't resemble a cubicle at all? With today's increasingly open work environments, its no wonder that the cubicle walls are coming down. Still, that doesn't mean your company has to sacrifice the efficiency of the traditional cubicle design. Choosing open workstations with modular design, such as any of the modular desks by Cherryman Industries, is a great alternative to the typical cubicle. Not only do these high tech desks look modern, but they also feature a "modular" design that keeps the whole everything users need within arm's reach, just like a cubicle! In addition to being great space savers, they're also incredibly easy to power. As if that weren't enough, there are also tons of great modular workstations with multi user designs so that numerous individuals can work comfortably within the same station! All it takes to complete the stylish look are a few mesh task chairs for office use, and your new workspace is ready to go!

Monday, November 18, 2013

7 Ways to Create a Cool Cafeteria

Most of us have grown up eating breakfast and lunch in cafeterias, and most of us would probably agree that its not the most glamorous experience out there. From elementary to high school, college and even work, most cafeterias get the reputation of being associated with cliques, sloppy food, dirty tables, and hairnets. Given the choice, most people typically opt for lunch at the desk or in the break room rather than in the cafeteria just to avoid all the negative associations. But why should things have to stay that way? There are plenty of great ways to improve a lunch experience by improving a cafeteria. In both work and school environments, a little effort can go a long way, bringing people together and helping everyone stay healthy! Here's a few tips that address how:

Good Food

Healthy Cafeteria Food

First and foremost, cafeterias are for eating. While local governments and parent organizations all over the country have been cracking down on schools that don't offer enough healthy options for their kids, most of the cafeterias in America still don't serve the right foods. Whether a person is a child in school or an employee working in an office, healthy, energizing food is essential to staying full and focused if you want to get the job done. When designing or petitioning a cafeteria for your workplace, try to include healthy foods in your list of things that should either be incorporated or changed. If it helps, try giving suggestions. Few people know that frozen vegetables are often more healthy than canned or even fresh vegetables at a grocery store. Foods that are high in protein, such as eggs, yogurt, and nuts promote brain function and focus. Don't forget to add a condiments area for the brown baggers. Cafeterias that provide smart food options can help anyone who eats there as and improve the school or business as a whole!


Cafeteria with Variety

Variety is key when it comes to proper nutrition. Without varied foods, our bodies would never get all the nutrients we need to survive. When designing your cafeteria, make sure there are policies in place that emphasize the importance of food variations. Design menus that incorporate healthy foods from all the food groups, and be sure to offer options for vegetarians and vegans that may not feel comfortable eating the foods in a cafeteria environment. Also, be sure to provide nutritional information for all the foods that are served. It may sound like a lot of work, but this promotes a sense of trust between the patron and the cafeteria that is essential to any work or school environment.

Natural Lighting

Naturally Lit Cafeteria

Choosing efficient natural over artificial lighting works wonders on the psychological mind. Studies have shown that when people are exposed abundant natural lighting, they feel better, more energized, and even healthier. Since cafeterias are the places where most people go to eat lunch and reenergize, adding natural lighting can be a great asset. It can improve both the psychological and physical health of students and employees as well as better their moods. Providing patrons with a place to unwind and take a brief break is extremely important for the health of a workplace. Why not shed some light on the matter?

Modern Style

Modern Cafeteria

When designing or reworking a cafeteria, its important to keep modern design in mind. Choosing stylish tables for cafeteria use and cool chairs for training room use to sit on, and making sure they have plenty of cutting edge appeal can really enhance the look of your school or workplace. Instead of shying away, both employees, students, and guests alike will flock to the cafeteria to partake of the yummy food. Modern style also has a psychological effect on those who are around it. In a both school and work environments, stylish cafeterias provide a change of venue that is often much needed after several hours of work and study. Don't miss out on all these great benefits if you don't have to!

Social Layout

Social Lunchroom

It doesn't matter if a cafeteria is in a school or an office building. If it doesn't have a social aspect, it just isn't really a cafeteria. Keeping a social layout in a lunch room is very important. It allows both students and employees the opportunity to discuss work, current events, upcoming exams, and that new Youtube video everybody keeps talking about. Because cafeterias are typically only in places where lots of people congregate, they are perhaps one of the greatest opportunities to promote workplace communication and teamwork.

Improve Communication

Improve Communication

Cheerleaders, jocks, nerds, band geeks, and drama club? Even years after high school ends it certainly can seem like the cliques that existed then are still in full force when people enter cafeterias. Cafeterias are breeding grounds for social hierarchy, but they are also wonderful places to promote communication and teamwork. With the addition of presentation boards for information, cafeterias become excellent places to notify everyone about what's going on at the establishment. Additionally, when designing your cafeteria, take a queue from King Arthur and feature folding tables for cafeteria use that have round tops to promote equality!

Keep it Clean

Clean up

Cleanliness is extremely important in both school and office environments. Not only can cleanliness improve the look of a place, but it also helps to keep everyone in it healthy and happy. Unfortunately, cafeterias are terrible breeding grounds for bacteria. With all the dropped and uneaten food festering in the corners, they can easily start to smell and fester too if they aren't properly cared for. That's why cleaning is so important. If you can't afford a janitorial service, put a schedule on the wall that assigns anyone who uses the cafeteria a different cleaning job such as washing tables, sweeping, or mopping the floor when everyone is done. This strategy had proven effective in both schools and business environments. In fact, most schools in Japan have adopted this strategy since kids often eat in their classrooms. It enforces a sense of responsibility and community among everyone involved.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fun Ways to Decorate the Office for November

It's come to that time of year again! The treetops and grounds are covered in all the warm beautiful colors that signal the end of the summer and the coming of the holidays. November is the time for cozy sweaters, neighborhood bonfires, and best of all, yummy foods! With everyone so excited for winter, why not celebrate the greatness of the season at the office? Fall festival parties and decorations are a great way to bring everyone together before the holidays and unite the office in an atmosphere of warmth to combat the cold. Here are some great decorating tips to prepare your office for the November season!

Decorating Colors

Fall Colors

The best way to get into the fall spirit at the office is to set the mood, and the best way to do that is through colors. To know what colors to decorate you office in, just take a stroll outside and look around. The colors of fall are best recognized in the colors of the changing leaves. Usually varying shades of orange, yellow, and red, the hues of changing leaves make the perfect compliments for setting the fall mood. These colors are the perfect antidote to the oncoming winter breeze as they're warm and inviting in a way that brings everyone together. However, don't make the mistake of decorating everything in these colors. Any chef or interior designer worth their salt knows that too much of a good thing can be a bit overwhelming. When decorating your office, be sure to balance the warm colors with a few neutral browns so things don't get too vibrant. For a splash of color, you may even decide to throw a bit of purple into the mix to compliment the warmth of the oranges. Just be sure things don't start to look too much like Halloween!

Scented Candles

Fall Scented Candles

Another subtle way of setting the fall mood is through the olfactory senses! Few people dislike the warm, spicy scents commonly associated with autumn, making them wonderful choices for the workplace. If you want to go with the classic, cinnamon is a universal favorite for fall that can also boost brain function to help you focus at the office. The sweet scent of apples may help prevent headaches and migraines. Pumpkin scents can actually bring people together, while the scent of autumn leaves reenergizes the workplace. Even nutmeg is wonderful for stress relief (but it can make you drowsy so be careful). With all the amazing psychological effects induced by these fabulous smells, its no wonder that fall is a favorite season for many. November scents are practically tailor made to benefit business environments!

Laminated Leaf Magnets

Fall Leaves

Here's a fun, inexpensive craft that brings the fall to life either in homes or at the office. All it takes are a few flat-pressed fall leaved and a trip to the library or printing store. Simply have the kids or the co-workers collect some of the prettiest fall leaves they can find (you could even make a friendly competition out of it and give small prizes)! Then, carefully press them between books for a few days if they need it, and take them to get laminated. Once done, cut them out and attach some small magnets to the backs of them (available at most craft stores, and voila! You now have some stylish fall decorations that make wonderful magnets to add to all the metal vertical file cabinets for office use lying around the workplace. They also look great on desks and refrigerators with a bit of tape!

Pumpkins and Turkeys

Pumpkin Turkey

Even with all the beautiful colors and spectacular scents floating around, nothing quite says fall like pumpkins and turkeys. November in America is the season we associate with Thanksgiving. Everyone is looking forward to the big meal at the end of the month, so why not get our tummies rumbling early by decorating the office with the things we love to eat? Cornocopias filled with yummy fall favorites like corn, oranges, apples, and grapes are always welcome sights around this time of year, and whether they're plastic or not, they make great centerpieces for storage cabinets, dining tables, and bookcases for home and business use. To take the fall theme even further, you may even decide to have everyone decorate the office task chairs with modern design in paper turkeys!

Fall Festival Party

Fall Festival

Now that you've got all the office cubicles for business use decorated for the fall season, what better way to celebrate it than with a fall festival party? After all, November is the season for Thanksgiving and bringing people together. Pot lucks and fall festivals go together hand and hand. The best time to have this party is actually the first back at work after Thanksgiving since most people have leftovers. After the hard day back, ask everyone to bring in a yummy treat to share at the party. The time will leave you all with warm memories and a tons of things to talk about. It's a great way to wind down the hard day of work and bring a sense of community to the office!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Top 5 Office Makeover Mistakes

New Office Furniture Makeover Project

Looking to start an office makeover project? If so, you're probably anxious to get started with all the awesome new furniture solutions available on the market this year. That being said, there are a 5 important mistakes you need to be prepared to avoid. Today's article highlights important tips and advice guaranteed to make your office makeover project go smoothly.

1.) Not Measuring

Measure Your Space

The number one mistake made by those purchasing new furniture is the failure to measure. All to often consumers and business purchasing agents rush furniture purchases to meet a deadline and forget to take note of their space dimensions. To avoid this mistake, the first step in your office makeover project should be to accurately measure your space and notate all important room factors. Windows, entry ways, power outlets, and load bearing members should all be taken into account from the get go. Rest assured, there's nothing worse than purchasing beautiful custom furniture, waiting 3 to 5 weeks for manufacturing , and then having it arrive in the wrong size due to a very avoidable mistake. Take the time to measure up front. It's an absolute must!

2.) Didn't Ask for Input

Ask for Advice

If you're shopping for office furniture for the home or business, it's important to get input from those regularly using the area being revamped. Purchasing furniture and seating that only meets your specific taste can cause design backlash that's easily avoided. During the shopping process, get input from 3 or 4 individuals. Ask for insight and design ideas that they'd like to see incorporated into your space. This important step shows you care about the opinions of your family and colleagues. In most cases furniture is purchased every 5 years. If coworkers are left out of the buying and design process you could be stuck with a lengthy period of time listening to the aesthetic complaints about expensive furniture you just purchased. While some input is good, too much can make a shopping a nightmare. Make sure not to over involve and only request opinions from those you trust. The saying "too many roosters in the hen house" definitely proves true when re designing a professional office space!

3.) Mixing and Matching

Mixed and Matched Furniture

We all love to play interior designer but very few of us are actually good at it. If you're shopping for your personal space mixing and matching items may not be too big a deal. However, those looking to makeover an office waiting room, reception, or lobby area can find themselves in a design nightmare when mixing products and finishes from a various brands. If you have the budget, meeting with an interior designer can prove quite helpful. If not, take your time when shopping. Call your preferred furniture supplier direct and ask for furniture and chair suggestions. The best office furniture lines from brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, and Global Total Office include full service solutions for every room of your business. These manufacturers understand the design needs of your business and the importance of cohesive products that maintain a common theme throughout your workplace. Avoiding the mix and match approach can also save you valuable time and money. Often, bulk discounts will be available from your dealer as a bonus for choosing products from one manufacturer. This also cuts down on shipping times as you'll be receiving products from one place as opposed to 4 or 5 when products are mixed and matched.

4.) Didn't Request Finish Samples

Finish Samples Chart

When shopping for office chairs and new furniture online, finish samples are a must when taking on a large makeover project. Depending on the resolution of your computer screen, digital color swatches may look a different online than they do in person. As color and wood finish samples are typically free, requesting them from your furniture provider is a must. Why leave room for error? Requesting samples up front ensures you like the finished project. As custom furniture is non returnable, doing your homework upfront will no doubt save you time and budget. Needless to say, those shopping for new furniture for lounge, reception area and waiting room will want to inquire about free finish samples and suggestions before making a final purchasing decision. Veneer samples are also a huge help, especially for those looking to purchase new furniture like wood desks for executive office applications.

5.) Not Prepped for Installation Day

Office Furniture Installation

Furniture installation day is incredibly important! All the best office furniture installation and remodeling tips will have ample info about perming. Your prep for this event will determine how smoothly your makeover transition runs. All too often home and business furniture install teams arrive on scene with new products, and the area is in no way ready to be outfitted. To avoid this common frustration, make sure to schedule a delivery window for your new furniture. About 1 week before your furniture arrives you'll want to start prepping. Clean your space thoroughly and remove any furniture not essential to conducting business. Removing all files, trash cans, plants, and other common office accessories will save you time and money on install day. Being prepped will also help to build a good rapport with your install team or delivery company. Proper prepping also helps to avoid accidents likes damaged furniture or personal injury often caused from rushing to meet a deadline.  Making a plan in advance will help your project to run smoothly. In most cases, your installer will be happy to make a quick trip over to view your space. Those taking on minor installs themselves will need to be more individually prepped. Designate a staging area for new furniture and a plan to get rid of the old. Using a layout sketch will also ensure you maximize your space potential and avoid moving new furniture around repeatedly. Overall, prepping for installation day is one of the most important tips to remember. Make sure you stay ahead of the curve by making an effective plan for your project.