Friday, June 30, 2017

Office Design: 7 Things To Look Forward To In The 2nd Half Of 2017

In the office remodeling world, it's safe to say that styles, trends, and design themes can all start to look the same after awhile. Thankfully, there are industry leading brands out there who never fail to push the limits of innovation. We're here to tell you, there's a lot to look forward to in the second half of 2017!

1.) Cool Finishes

Gray Office Furniture

If you're tired of traditional mahogany, maple, and cherry furniture finishes, you're not alone. Today's top manufacturers have started to feel the same way. Sure these classic finishes will always have a place in the furniture world, but in the second half of 2017 we'll be seeing innovative new gray and white woodgrain tones taking over the market. Finishes like White Chocolate from Global and Textured Driftwood from Mayline are must considers for your remodel.

2.) Mid Century Side Chairs

We're seeing an influx in the number of mid century modern side chairs and guest seating solutions hitting the market. In the coming months, there will definitely be more! This trendy look is sure to help you generate a lot of wow factor. Mid century accent chairs from Modway are perfect for waiting room, lobby, and reception area makeover projects.

3.) White Desktop Risers

White Sit To Stand Desktop Attachment from Systematix

Black desktop risers are cool, but we will see a variety of more modernized variations in white very soon. Black desktop risers are used to blend in while promoting ergonomic functionality. That being said, white desktop risers are meant to provide the same operational benefits while simultaneously giving your interior a cutting edge look. We love new white desktop risers like the Volante from Systematix. It's versatile, cost effective, and super stylish!

4.) Perch Stools

Vivo Stool by OFM

You'll no doubt want to pair your desktop riser with a versatile seating solution. That being said, a perch stool like the 2800 model Vivo from OFM is the way to go. This swiveling, tilting, and rotating sit to stand office stool is an absolute bargain at just $156.99. Take one look at this innovative product and you'll know for sure, it's going to be imitated by a variety of top brands. We fully expect Perch stools like the Vivo to be dominating the industry by the end of 2017.

5.) Auto Responding Chairs

Office Chair That Automatically Adjusts

Even with a sit to stand desktop riser and perch still, you'll still want to spend some time working from the seated position. That being said, if you're ready to minimize the ergonomic learning curve, go with an auto responding office chair that does the adjusting for you. Popular new weight sensing task chairs from Global are the way of the future. In addition, brands like Eurotech and Mayline also offer chairs that automatically respond to user movements and more are on the way.

6.) Collaborative Furniture

Open Concept Benching for Collaboration

In the second half of 2017 we'll see a lot of new collaborative furnishings from brands like Mayline, Global, and Cherryman. New connectable table and benching systems will soon be available that spark creativity amongst employees. While traditional cubicles are great for privacy, open concept collaborative systems are the preferred choice for businesses looking to encourage employee interaction.

7.) Powered Everything

Powered Boardroom Table

Last but certainly not least, everything from chairs to tables are getting powered up! The demand for streamlined efficiency is at an all time high. That means, industry leading brands are hard at work crafting high tech lounge furniture designed to improve the guest waiting experience. In addition, powered conference tables and training tables will also be hitting the market that encourage collaboration and simplify presentations. Powered furniture is sure to be an industry staple by the end of the year. New innovations like electronic desks with sit to stand capabilities, as well as interconnected benching systems with surface level inputs are all going to change the way we work.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Office Ergonomics: Slow & Steady Wins The Race

Office Ergonomics and Tips for Success
When it comes to ergonomics, it's best to integrate one product at a time. Adding too many components at once will often leave workers confused and underwhelmed in terms of results. By taking a slow and steady approach, you'll be on the fast track to office comfort in no time.

First things first, you need to form good habits. That starts by identifying the bad ones. If you currently use the base of your ergonomic desk chair as a foot rest, you're restricting blood flow that can lead to cramping, fatigue, and pain. Alternatively, you'll want to work with your feet placed flat on the ground and facing forward. This provides the base for good posture.

Office Chair Feet PlacementQuick Tip: If you have a hard time remembering to keep your feet in the correct position, consider adding a footrest underneath your desk. It will serve as a great reminder of where your feet need to be while simultaneously providing a variety of other key ergo benefits.

Continue revising your sitting habits one at a time to ensure they stick. The next thing you'll want to do is focus on sitting upright and in-contact with your chair back. Most of us are in the habit of leaning away from the chair to type. This leaves our backs vulnerable and susceptible to unnecessary strain. To solve the problem, set your chair to an upright angle and lean into it while working.

Don't Slouch In your Office ChairAre you looking down at your computer screens to type? If so, your neck could be paying the price. Do your best to raise your computer screens to eye level to ensure you're staying upright. If the factory base that came with your computer doesn't adjust, a stack of books or even a shoebox will help you tackle this common problem.

Quick Tip: The professional solution for adjusting computer screens is a monitor arm. They'll increase usable desk space, reduce visual strain, and provide you with the ability to keep screens at eye level where they belong. You can't go wrong with a dual screen articulating mount as two screens are better than one. They'll immediately allow you to cut down on the time switching between open tabs.

Once you've got your personal posture needs covered, it's time to start accessorizing your space with one product at a time. In truth, not every ergo accessory is a must have. They are designed to solve specific problems for specific users. That being said, a sit to stand desktop riser is a great addition for just about any work environment. Brands like OFM and Systematix offer some of the best options on the market.
Height Adjustable Desk Attachment

Popular height adjustable desktop attachments will help you avoid extended sitting sessions that can be damaging to your health. As you sit for long periods of time, even the best posture habits will begin to fade. Don't be fooled into thinking a fancy ergonomic task chair is the only answer. A desktop attachment with sit to stand capabilities will have you ready to adapt and overcome many of the risks associated with the modern work day.

Stand Up WorkingQuick Tip: Another ergonomic accessory that's generally accepted by industry professionals as a good fit for just about anyone is an articulating keyboard tray. They'll help you compute at healthy angles that reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome while simultaneously providing you with extra desk space.

Slow and Steady Approach To ErgonomicsIn the long run, slow and steady wins the race in the world of office ergonomics. You don't have to overwhelm yourself with too many tips and products at once. Learn one tip at a time and commit it to memory. Purchase one product at a time and master its features. Doing so will have you on the road to success and operational comfort.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Collection Showcase: OFM Net Series

OFM Net Series ProductsOFM is ready to help you take your indoor and outdoor gathering areas to the next level. The furniture and seating from their Net collection is second to none. This fashionable collection offers the heavy duty components needed to keep your space up to date and looking great for years. Today on the blog we'll showcase this trendy line and it's benefits. Enjoy!

OFM Net Series 2 Person Beam Chair with Glass Side TableFirst and foremost, you'll absolutely love the innovative beam seating from the OFM Net collection. With a variety of 3, 4, and 5 seat models available, Net series beam chairs are available for interiors of any size. You can even mix things up with Net beam chairs like the NB-3G that feature frosted glass tables.

OFM Net Series TableIf you're ready to think outside the realm of traditional furniture and seating, go modern with the heavy duty tables from the OFM Net collection. They're classy and sophisticated without being too over the top. Popular Net series tables like the NGT-1 boast easy to clean 1/2" thick frosted glass surfaces and ultra durable steel bases that are powder coated. The natural modern vibe achieved with Net tables means you can use them with a variety of furniture finishes. Needless to say, these fashionable accent tables are an industry favorite!

OFM N202 Side ChairMoving right along, the OFM Net seating collection offers stand alone guest chairs that make perfect interior accents. With rust and waterproof surfaces, you'll have no problem using these chairs in an outdoor lounge, as well as in your lobby! If you like the idea of creating a cohesive vibe throughout your office environments, add a couple Net side chairs like the N202. They're super cool and cost effective.

OFM Contemporary ChairWe also love the N201 circular base accent chair from the Net collection. It's a bit more modern than the N202, but still very affordable at just $192.99. This designer side chair is available in a choice of 7 cool color options that are in stock and available for immediate shipment. That's a huge plus for any business up against a tight remodeling deadline.

OFM Net Series Red Mesh Color SwatchThere's something to be said for cool colors in the workplace. Think outside the box with your remodels and skip traditional tones like black and brown. The Net collection will help you make your interiors pop with trendy bright options like orange, blue, and red!

N102 Net Series Swivel ChairLast but certainly not least, we just wouldn't be doing today's featured collection justice without showcasing at least one more product. Allow us to introduce the swanky N102 chair. This unique accent chair is nothing short of impressive. We've come to expect nothing less from OFM. The N102 boasts a height adjustable design that swivels. Rest assured, you won't find many reception area seating solutions that offer this capability to guests. At $235.99, this OFM chair provides an absolutely unrivaled combination of value and appeal. Much like the complimenting components from the Net series, this elite chair can be used both indoors and out to make your interiors stand out from the competition.

OFM Net Series ReviewWe give the Net collection a well deserved 5 star rating. The chairs and tables from this line are up to date with today's hottest trends, available in cool color options, they won't break the bank, and they're built to last. What more could you ask for? Give this hot line a look for your corporate remodeling projects. You'll be glad you did!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Furniture Life: The Best of June 2017

It's been a fun and exciting month in the office furniture world. We're seeing new trends get rolling, and old ones get rejuvenated. Brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and OFM all released cool new products this month that you definitely want to check out. Today on the blog we'll show you all the best new stuff June had to offer. Enjoy!

Global Corby Office FurnitureFirst things first, Global released an all new office furniture collection that's unlike anything available on the market today. The Corby wood veneer line offers a blast of mid century and retro characteristics that are sure to rock any corporate remodeling project. This new and innovative line may look a bit vintage, but it's definitely cutting edge. Corby desks and collaboration tables are available with awesome power options to help streamline office activities. Just when we thought wood veneer furniture was on the way out the door, Global rejuvenated this fading trend in a major way. Corby is an absolute winner in the workplace!

Weight Sensing Office ChairIn addition to the Corby line, Global rocked the month of May with an all new seating collection called Spritz. This full service chair line includes ergonomic task chairs with weight sensing mechanisms and high quality mesh back training room chairs with flip up seats. The Spritz line is distinctively modern and extremely versatile. These awesome new chair promote high level comfort and efficient operating.

Mayline SOHO DeskThis month Mayline's new SOHO collection took off! The home office workstations and storage components from this new line provide professional grade quality at pricing any budgeting consumer will appreciate. We particularly love the SOHO 1002 model personal office desk with an integrated bookcase. It's unique, spacious, and a great buy at just $199.99.

Popular Writing DeskIn terms of trends, we're seeing more and more writing desks hitting the market. As laptops continue to be the preferred choice of workers, table style office desks are becoming more practical. Once thought of as eyesores because they did little to hide the wires associated with traditional desktop computers, writing desks are now a go-to option for shoppers who primarily work from laptops. As an added bonus, they're typically less expensive than traditional desks as they feature less components!

Clamp On Sit To Stand Desk AttachmentWe're also seeing a ton of new clamp on desktop risers hit the market. Rest assured, this is one trend that's rapidly becoming an industry standard. Adjustable height desk attachments promote constant movement in the workplace while simultaneously improving blood flow, reducing physical strain, and fighting fatigue. If you're looking for a cool desktop attachment with sit to stand capabilities we recommend the new 5200M model from OFM. It features a keyboard platform and and mounts the front of just about any operating surface.

3 Person Beam ChairLast but certainly not least, beam seating is making a big time comeback. This year we've seen a ton of connectable modular seating lines for lobby and reception area applications. This temporarily caused the demand for bench style guest seating to suffer, but no longer! Beam seating is making its way back to the top thanks to brands like OFM and Global. Beam chairs are practical, modular, comfortable, and affordable. They make it easy to think outside the box with guest welcoming area remodeling projects. Beam and bench seating offers a modern vibe that's sure to earn your space a ton of positive compliments. Look for lines like OFM's Net series and Global's new Vion collection to dominate the second half of 2017.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Office Chair Showcase: Best Sellers From Eurotech Seating

Eurotech Office ChairsWhen it comes to professional office seating, Eurotech knows their stuff. This respected manufacturer has made it their mission to craft stylish chairs that ensure good posture and healthy operating. Today on 'Office Chair Showcase' we'll take a look at the top 5 best selling options from this industry leader. Prepare to be impressed.

Eurotech Hawk ChairLet's kick things off with a value buy! The Eurotech Hawk chair provides an exceptional blend of style and comfort. This breathable mesh back task chair boasts a thick padded and contoured seat that ensures support. The waterfall seat edge relieves knee pressure when working and avoids restricting blood flow. At just $202.50, this popular chair packs a major ergonomic punch that any budgeting shopper is sure to appreciate.

Premium Office Chair from EurotechNow it's time for a little luxury. The iOO series premium ergonomic office chair from Eurotech is an absolute winner in the workplace. This high performance office chair is the preferred choice of modern executives looking to maximize comfort. The iOO offers a long list of adjustable features that include a set of multi functional arms, a ratchet back, waterfall seat edge and so much more. This best seller is available in a choice of white and black frame options, but you'll definitely want to go with the white. It has a cutting edge vibe that's sure to make your interior pop.

Eurotech Frasso ChairLooking to keep your boardroom up to date with the latest trends? A ribbed back chair like the Frasso from Eurotech will get the job done right. This elite leather office chair for the boardroom provides an upscale contemporary look that's sure to earn your meeting area the compliments it deserves. The Frasso's naturally contoured back ensures good lumbar support while the mechanism controls are easy to access and very user friendly.

Luxury Office ChairWe simply can't say enough good things about the Fuzion luxury office chair collection from Eurotech Seating. All you'll need is one sit test to agree, this chair means business. The Fuzion is distinctively modern, exceptionally comfortable, and very easy to operate on a daily basis. Needless to say, achieving top notch comfort and style simultaneously is easier said than done. All things considered, you'll be hard pressed to find a more well rounded chair than this one.

Eurotech Ergohuman ChairIt wouldn't be right to end today's 'Office Chair Showcase' post without telling you about the Ergohuman. This chair put Eurotech on the map and it's still ahead of its time. The Ergohuman is available in a choice of high and mid back variations. Shoppers will also enjoy of a choice of leather and mesh options to meet their specific needs. Our personal favorite Ergohuman chair is the ME7ERG. It boasts a high mesh back, integrated headrest, and too many independently adjustable features to list. The Ergohuman is pretty much the perfect office chair. Sit in it once and you'll never settle for anything less. The most affordable Ergohuman chair is available for $610.50 and and the most high end option will run you right at $640.00. Not a big price swing and the only noticeable difference is really between the mesh and leather, as well as the headrest. To make a long story short, if you want the absolute best for your back, you can't go wrong with this stylish and incredibly well designed chair from the team at Eurotech Seating.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

June Office Furniture News 2017

Here at the blog we love to keep our readers up to date with the latest events, trends, and products hitting the market. That being said, June is one of the biggest months of the year in the furniture world. Each year in June, brands like Global, OFM, and Modway unveil collections that are ready to reshape the workplace. There simply couldn't be a better time to give your interior a makeover!

NeoCon Never Fails To Impress

NeoCon 2017
NeoCon 2017 is in the books. This mega-convention held at The Mart in Chicago is where industry leaders go to showcase their new innovations. From June 12th through the 14th brands like Global, Herman Miller, HON, and Mayline provide a glimpse of the future.  In addition to new product launches, NeoCon offers a variety of presenters and guest speakers that provide awesome design tips, space planning advice, and so much more.

Global Is Launching A New Reception Furniture Line

This year at NeoCon Global had the scene abuzz with their new Vitrola collection. This line of mid century modern guest reception seating is nothing short of impressive. With designer side chairs, fashionable 3 seat sofas, and matching ottomans, Vitrola is ready to turn your welcoming area into a work of art. This fashionable new furniture line is a transitional reflection on the 19th century French Empire style. With swooping arms and high legs, it's perfect for times! If you're loving the look, you're in luck. Vitrola will be available for purchase in just a few short weeks.

OFM Is Rocking The Home and Classroom

OFM NeoCon 2017OFM also had another successful year at NeoCon. This respected manufacturer is always working hard to launch new trends that the competition can only hope to imitate. OFM showed us new office chairs and computer desks for the home from their cost effective Essentials collection, as well as new chairs with storage rack bases that are perfect for the classroom.

In addition to their product announcements at NeoCon, OFM launched an all new responsive website that you should definitely check out. It's cutting edge and very easy to use for both dealers and furniture shoppers alike.

New Trends Are In Motion

Thanks to this years NeoCon event, we got a good idea of where the industry is headed. First and foremost, mid century inspired office products are going to be hot for the foreseeable future. From desks to chairs, the mid century look is being used in just about every way imaginable.

We're also seeing an abundance of bright colors being used on chairs. Last year tones like gray and white were the hottest options. In the second half of 2017, be prepared to see a lot of bright blue, green, and red to make office interiors pop. Colorful office chairs are perfect for private office environments, boardrooms, and more.

We've Got New Products To Tell You About

Modway Contemporary Leather Armchair
This month you'll notice a ton of cool new products from brands like Modway. From fashionable side tables to designer accent chairs, this reputable brand has made it their mission to craft cost effective furniture that's ready, willing, and able to earn your home and business gathering areas the compliments they deserve.

Systematix Volante RiserBrands like Systematix are ready to help you reach peak performance levels and reduce common office related health risks with products like the Volante Sit To Stand Riser. Yes, this product has been around for a couple of months. That being said, the Volante is not available in a cool white color options that will no doubt make you interior pop.

Get It While You Can

Mayline Closeout Office Furniture PricingLast but certainly not least, shoppers on a budget will definitely want to take advantage of the closeout deals available on furniture from the Mayline Stella collection. This line has be discontinued for awhile, but as quantities run low, Mayline is ready to let it go. Sterling series reception stations, U shaped desks, and tables are still available to help you maximize your makeover without breaking the bank.

In addition to Stella, Mayline is slowly phasing out the furniture from their Brighton collection. This line of discount office furniture was once an industry favorite and we are sad to see it go. Brighton desks, tables, and reception stations won't be around for long so take advantage while you can. We fully expect clearance pricing to be announced on the remainder of the Brighton line in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Never Too Late To Improve Your Workspace!

When it comes to office comfort and productivity, you can't procrastinate. The business world is always evolving, and new products are hitting the market everyday that are designed to take your personal performance to the next level. If you've been on the fence about committing to an ergonomically correct work life, we encourage you to check out the advanced products showcased today on the blog.

Volante Desktop Riser for Sit To Stand OperatingThis year, the sit to stand revolution is in full swing. Brands like OFM and Systematix are paving the way with clamp on desktop risers designed to keep you active in the workplace. As sitting for long periods of time will cause even the best posture habits to suffer, it's important to spend a little time working while standing up. Desktop risers like the Volante will keep your muscles from stiffening up. They promote good blood flow and will help you stay productive as taking a short break once an hour isn't always practical!

Sit To Stand Office StoolThe options available to improve your space are plentiful. It's okay to take your time when selecting add-ons to improve your work day. That being said, we've got a can't miss solution that you'll definitely benefit from. The all new OFM 2800 model Vivo perch stool is an absolute winner. This versatile new product swivels, tilts, and rotates to help you conquer the work day. The Perch stool is the perfect option for any worker who's invested in a sit to stand desktop riser like the one mentioned above. At just $156.99, it's also a total bargain buy!

Weight Sensing Office ChairIt's never too late to improve your sit. Office chairs are evolving at a staggering pace. In 2017, brands like Global Total Office are hard at work crafting elite office chairs that automatically adjust to the weight of the user to ensure effortless operating. An auto responding chair like the Spritz will take the guess work out of achieving good posture. With a weight sensing mechanism, Spritz chairs like the 6750-8 are rapidly becoming the industry standard. Make the switch and you'll wonder how you ever lived without one of these high performance seating solutions.

ESI Monitor ArmAre you still flipping back and forth between tabs using a single computer screen? Yikes! There's definitely a better way to tackle your daily tasks. You can quickly improve the rate at which you compute while simultaneously reducing visual strain and increasing usable desk space with a dual screen system. We recommend the EDGE2 from ESI. It's affordable, extremely well made, and easy to install. This ergonomically correct monitor arm is also great for the home!

Drifter Power Module by Symmetry OfficeStop venturing underneath your desk to route wires and charge devices amidst a sea of crumbs and fallen stationary. Improve your workspace with surface level power! Units like the Drifter module from Symmetry Office are a must consider for any workspace. With a combination of USB and AC inputs, the Drifter is ready to rock your work day.

Retractable Keyboard TrayLast but certainly not least, there's something to be said for computing at health angles. If your still working with your keyboard tray sitting atop your desk, it's not too late to make a change. Get healthy with an articulating keyboard tray that mounts underneath the desk surface. You'll be instantly rewarded with additional operating space and the adjustment capabilities needed to help you find office epidemics like carpal tunnel syndrome. Nearly every reputable office product manufacturer on the planet offers some form of keyboard tray. We love the options from reputable brands like Global Total Office, ESI, Systematix, and Symmetry Office. They're well made, easy to attach, and cost effective.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Great Ways To Accessorize Your Lobby

Is your lobby in a need of a little love? We've got you covered. Today on the blog we'll teach you 6 great ways to accessorize your space. From modern lighting fixtures to tablet arm chairs, the tips, design advice, and product suggestions provided here will have your welcoming area earning the compliments it deserves in no time.

1.) Modern Lighting Fixtures

Unique Lobby with Cool Lighting Fixtures

Cool lighting fixtures will do wonders for your lobby. The best part is, you can find them just about anywhere. Traditional lighting stores can be a bit pricey, but the selection is sure to be great. Alternatively, shoppers looking to maximize the lobby makeover budget will definitely want to check out flea markets, swap meets, and antique stores for second hand fixtures. The modern-industrial look is definitely hot this year and you'll find plenty of unique lighting options available from second hand stores in your city.

2.) Window Treatments

Lobby Window Treatments

All too often, businesses allow boring white blinds to drag down corporate appeal. If you want to make an instant impression on guests, give them something cool to look at the moment they walk in the door. Unique window treatments will make an instant impact. While you'll probably want to enlist the help of the pros for this task, the end result will be ample wow factor and a more well rounded interior that blows away the competition.

*Window treatments can definitely be pricey. If the remodeling budget is tight, at least open up your existing blinds to let in some natural light. It will do wonders for your interior!

3.) Succulents & Potted Plants

Cool Plants for the Lobby

It's time to kick those old school faux plants to the curb. They look fake and provide little in terms of appeal. Alternatively, cool potted plants and succulents will make your lobby feel alive.

Accessorizing your lobby with succulents and potted plants is a breeze. They're super popular so every plant nursery and hardware store with a garden section will have a variety of cool options to choose from. The best part is, they're easy to care for and maintain as they require minimal light and watering.

4.) Area Rugs

Cool Area Rug for The Lobby

You can also accessorize your welcoming area with a couple of cool area rugs. They'll help make your lobby side chair upholsteries pop. That being said, you'll probably want to avoid crazy patterns that over power your furniture. Check out your local home stores when you have a chance. Area rugs go on sale often!

5.) Fashionable Side Tables

Unique Lobby Side Table

There's something to be said for cool accent tables. Businesses often invest in cool furniture and seating and then fail to properly enhance their new components with side tables that pull the vibe together.

We recommend accessorizing your lobby with fashionable side tables from a brand like Modway. They have a huge selection of modern and traditionally inspired tables that won't break the bank.

6.) Tablet Chairs

Lobby guest chairs with tablet arms

Last but not least, you can accessorize your interior while simultaneously improving the guest experience with tablet arm seating. Reputable brands like Mayline, OFM, and Global Total Office are paving the way with unique options for your space. A guest chair with a tablet arm will allow visitors to work while they wait without resting their laptop in their laps. Tablet chairs are perfect for hotel lobbies, doctors offices, and just about any type of welcoming area you can think of!