Thursday, December 18, 2014

How To Spec Your Powered Conference Table

Powered Conference Room Furniture
If you're looking to create a cutting edge conference room for your business, you'll need to incorporate a powered table into your space! These days meeting areas are all about efficiency and productivity and powering up your space is just plain smart. Unfortunately, most of today's powered conference room tables are tough to spec. In today's post we'll simplify the process to make selecting your new powered conference table a breeze.

1.) Select A Table

The first step in process is to select a table. You'll want to start by measuring out your conference room to see what size table will be appropriate. Be sure to take note of power outlets, windows, entry ways, and any room obstructions of importance. Next determine how many guests you hope to accommodate during your meetings. On average, you'll want to allocate 3' of table space per guest. If you take one important point away from today's article, let it be this: Measure your space effectively! You don't want to spend thousands on customized powered conference tables only to find that they don't fit properly in their respective areas. Like they always say, measure twice, cut once.

Once your space is properly measured, you'll want to know what powered conference tables are the best for your business. Brands like Mayline and Global Total Office are paving the way this year and should be at the top of your list. Mayline's TransAction series conference tables and Global's Zira tables are the easiest to spec, look great, and provide a ton of customizable options that will help you make your space one of a kind.

2.) Selecting Cut Outs

Once you've measured your space and selected your new conference table, you'll want to select the cutout locations for your power modules. For boardroom tables smaller than 8' in length, a single cutout in the center of your tables surface should be just fine. Those in need of larger solutions will have the option of a variety of cutout locations. Take into consideration your closest power outlets and how many modules you'll need. Often businesses opt to have cutouts in the table center, left, and right ends for a total of 3 ports.

3.) Select Infeed Options

If your table is going to be outfitted with a single cutout, a basic module with three prong outlet cord can be selected to power your space. You can choose to have the module wired to a floor power outlet or a wall outlet depending on the length of power cord you select. If your table is utilizing multiple modules, you'll need to select from a few standard indeed options. This will allow you to daisy chain your modules together, resulting in the need to only plug in one cord to obtain power.

4.) Select Modules

Basic power modules must be selected to outfit your table cutouts. These base units are the main power source of your table. Base modules like the Oasis from Global Total Office can be configured with any number of 3 prong outlets you feel will be necessary. Multiple finish options and sizes are available for your to choose from. Select an option that will be best for your meeting area needs and proceed accordingly.

5.) Select Telecom Plates

Your base power module will only come standard with 3 prong outlet inputs. If this is all you need, you're good to go. However, this is seldom the case. Based on the modules you choose for your powered conference table you'll have a certain number of telecom plates to fill. Options like phone, data, USB, HDMI, and many others are available to choose from to help you take your meeting area to the next level.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The 6 Best Ways To Keep Your Office Organized In 2014

A well organized office space will help you function effectively and efficiently. That being said, you'll need the right products to get the job done right! In today's post we'll highlight and showcase the 6 best ways to keep your space well organized in 2014. Enjoy!

File Cabinets

File Cabinets

It's hard to beat the trusty file cabinet for office organizing needs. Business have come to rely on both vertical and lateral file cabinets to keep documents perfectly sorted and secure for decades. In 2014, manufacturers like Global Total Office and Mayline were the premier choice for high quality wood and metal file cabinets for professional business use. No matter what type of business, healthcare, or educational facility you operate in, file cabinets will always be the top choice for document organization.


Office Pedestals

Pedestals provide space saving storage underneath desks and credenzas. Mobile pedestals have become a must have solution for modern professionals as they can be moved anywhere around the office with ease. The two main types of pedestal are File File and Box Box File. As you can probably guess, file file pedestals feature two file drawers for vertical organizing. Box Box File cabinets features a single file drawer, small stationary drawer, and larger storage drawer. Most of today's best selling desk configurations feature integrated pedestals you'll surely love!

Wall Cabinets

Wall Cabinet

Looking to enhance your corporate decor while simultaneously improving your organizing potential? A wall cabinet is the way to go! A great choice for waiting room, executive office, and boardroom storage needs, wall cabinets provide plenty of organizing space. Brands like Cherryman Industries and OFM offer beautiful wall cabinet solutions from popular full service furniture collections to match any space.


Overhead Storage Hutch

Another space saving and office enhancing storage solution, overhead storage hutches are typically located above the main work surface or credenza. Most commonly used in home office and executive work environments, overhead hutches are sure to help you maximize your organizing potential without taking up valuable floor space.



Have a lot to store? Shelving is the most efficient choice for your needs. High density mobile shelving systems provide collapsable storage for fire arms, sports equipment, and file folders. Heavy duty warehouse shelving can be used to store just about anything that will fit on a shelf. This year brands like Mayline, Steelcase, and Direct Line offer the best and most durable shelving solutions on the market.


Office Wall Safe

When it comes to keeping important documents like passports, birth certificates, and emergency credit cards well organized, a safe is definitely the best option. Brands like SentrySafe provide high quality waterproof and fireproof safes that protect against the elements and theft. A small safe from Sentry will cost you around $100 and provides some valuable peace of mind. Larger floor safes and wall safes are also excellent options that can be used to store valuable in your office space if needed.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Plug & Play Office Furniture Solutions You'll Love

2014 was a big year for technology in the workplace. The Industries top brands brought to market a variety of cool new plug and play solutions for the boardroom, executive office, and work floor. In today's post we'll take an in-depth look at these cutting edge products and their benefits. Enjoy!

1.) e5 Powered Workstations

High Tech Office Furniture

Mayline's e5 collection was a big winner in 2015. This line of high tech desks and open desking workstations took office technology to the next level. The ability to easily specify and configure power ready workstations helped Mayline raise the bar yet again. The e5 open desking configurations have quickly become a top choice of businesses looking to leave the traditional cubicles of the past behind. These modular stations can be outfitted with work surface level power outlets, HDMI, USB, and data inputs to make your work day an absolute breeze.

2.) Zira Tables

Zira Conference Room

Global Total Office enhanced their already successful Zira furniture line with the addition of powered boardroom tables in 2014. These cutting edge solutions are available in a variety of surface shapes, finish options, and sizes. Surprisingly, Zira series tables are far more affordable than most of the competing powered conference table models on the market, making them the premier choice for businesses on a budget. With the addition of Global's Oasis module system, Zira can be quickly outfitted with versatile telecom plates to meet you every multi media meeting area need.

3.) Mystic Tables

Lesro Mystic Tables

Another hot line for those looking to power up the conference room is the Mystic collection from Lesro Industries. While most of today's powered furniture solutions can become quite complicated, Lesro has simplified the process with the offering of 1 simple module that can be factory installed in the center of your conference table. Lesro's Mystic line features rectangular and super cool elliptical conference room table models with metal legs like the S189664 that can be outfitted affordably and easily to meet your boardroom tech needs.

4.) Foli Tables

Electronic Office Tables

Global's new Foli table collection is simple to use and full of awesome benefits for you and your coworkers. Height adjustable tables like Foli encourage continuous body movement, revitalize blood flow, boost energy levels, and reduce body stressors that cause fatigue. Foli tables are ready, willing, and able to suit a variety of body types and common office activities. Simply plug your Foli ergonomic furniture into the nearest outlet and start operating more efficiently. It doesn't get much easier than that!

5.) Sync Tables

Powered Training Room Furniture

Mayline Sync tables are the most popular powered options on the market for training room and classroom applications. These versatile tables are available in a wide range of sizes and finish options to meet your decor needs. Sync tables can be daisy-chained to run power from one end of your space to the next. The ability to work comfortably, charge your phone, run a laptop all day, and conduct presentations more effectively makes the Mayline Sync series plug and play training room tables amongst the absolute best products you can invest in for your business.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Enjoy Emerald Elegance from Cherryman Industries!

The Cherryman Industries Emerald furniture collection is luxurious and incredibly sophisticated. This line of wood veneer office furniture is perfect for home and executive office applications as it's luxurious finish options are sure to impress even the harshest office critics. In today's post we'll review the array of available products from the best selling Emerald collection. Enjoy!


Executive Desk

Cherryman Emerald series desks are available in stand alone, bow front, U shaped, corner, and table style variations. No matter the size or shape of your office, there's an Emerald series desk to meet your needs. Available in both mahogany and cognac finish options, Cherryman Emerald desks showcase the quality craftsmanship needed to take your office space to the next level.

Reception Stations

Reception Desk

The reception and welcoming area is where first impressions are made. That being said, the reception stations available from the Cherryman Emerald collection will impress your office visitors while helping your business earn the compliments it deserves. Available in both rectangular and L shaped variations, Emerald reception desk models like the EM-412N provide plenty of work surface space and the storage components needed to help keep any receptionist well organized.

Conference Tables

Oval Conference Table

Boost your boardroom appeal with an oval conference table from the Cherryman Industries Emerald collection. These top of the line boardroom tables feature wood veneer tops and half cylinder style bases that are sure to wow meeting area visitors. While Emerald series conference tables are not available with power options like many of the cutting edge lines of today, for those in search of traditional luxury... there is no better solution on the market! Models like the EM-424N are always popular options for law office, school, and professional business applications.


Wood Side Chair

It's often quite hard to find wood side chairs that are an exact match to your wood furniture finish. However, with the Cherryman Emerald collection matching your seating is a breeze. Wood side chairs like the CHAIR-24 are available in the same mahogany and cognac finish options as the desks, tables, and reception stations. Emerald seating provides the cohesive look you'll need to keep you space looking professional.


Wood Bookcase

From integrated desk pedestals to elegant wood bookcases, the Emerald collection has it all. This full service line of office furniture boasts the storage components needed to keep any executive office operating efficiently and effectively. Emerald offers stunning wood multi-store cabinets with organizing drawers, file drawers, and more. The overhead hutch units are available with wood and glass doors and provide space saving storage for executive desk configurations.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The 5 Key Elements of Any Great Office Desk

To have a great office desk, you've got to have the 5 essential factors highlighted in today's blog post. Desk shoppers will want to take note of these important points in order to make the best decision for their respective spaces. From style to to storage, we've got you covered!


Modern Office Furniture

A great office desk needs to showcase your style and personality. Those looking to keep their spaces up to date with the latest trends will want to consider gray, mocha, and even metal desking options. This year, the hottest desks were those with cutting edge design characteristics like two tone finishes, sleek curves, and modern drawer pulls. While styles are always changing, you can safely bet that this years most popular trends are paving the way for the upcoming year. Be sure to meet with your furniture specialist of choice to discuss what desk styles and options will best suit your needs while showcasing your individual flair!


Mayline Brighton Furniture

While you can certainly get a great office desk with an unlimited budget, those who get a good deal always seem to enjoy their furniture more than those who over pay! As new furniture is a major business investment, it's safe to say that every shopper wants to feel they've gotten a great value. Shopping furniture lines like Amber, Brighton, Aberdeen, and Verde will no doubt leave your space looking top notch without breaking the bank.


Sorrento Furniture

A well made office desk will hold up great for years and years. When shopping for your new desk be sure to read reviews on the products you're most interested in. The quality and craftsmanship of your desk speaks volumes about your space, and you can never go wrong with reputable brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, and Global Total Office.


Multi User Desk Configuration

Any great desk is ready to handle your daily business needs without letting you down. Functional executive desks with modular benefits will help you adapt your space and grow with the needs of your business. Selecting functional furniture is just plain smart and great way to maximize your investment. It's true that not all furniture collections are created equal, so be sure to consult with the professionals about which lines will offer the most functionality and benefits for your space.

Office Storage

All great office desks offer the storage components needed to keep you well organized and operating effectively. Integrated desk pedestals, overhead hutch units, and file cabinets are all common characteristics of the industries best desk configurations. A stunning office desk with no storage only serves to impress guests and will not help you operate at your peak performance levels.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Look Back At The 5 Coolest Conference Room Design Trends of 2014

2014 was an awesome year for conference room makeover projects. This year we saw a variety of super cool design trends that helped businesses take their meeting areas to the next level. In today's post we'll review 5 of those trends that are sure to be big in 2015 and beyond!

Powered Tables

Powered Conference Table

This year was all about powered conference room tables. Businesses were looking to add a high tech multi media capabilities in the boardroom with plug and play tables from brands like Global Total Office, Lesro, and Mayline. The ability to incorporate HDMI, USB, and phone inputs in table surfaces gives businesses the ability to improve meeting functionality and efficiency. This is one trend that's here to stay!

Glass Tops

Glass Boardroom Table

The high end modern appeal and luxurious look of glass in the conference room was no doubt one of this years hottest trends. Glass conference room tables offer a neutral look that makes adding matching accent furniture a breeze. While most of the glass conference tables for sale on the market were quite pricey, brands like OFM found success with their affordable solutions like the GT3977. These glass conference room tables shipped quick, installed easily, and helped businesses create head turning boardrooms.

Elliptical Tables

Elliptical Conference Table

It seemed interior design teams, businesses, and industry professionals alike grew tired of traditional conference table shapes like rectangular, oval, and round. That being said, this year we found that elliptical conference tables were the hottest shape on the market. The sleek curved sided design offers space saving appeal that helped businesses maximize boardroom square footage. Brands like Lesro and Global Total Office were the big winners in the elliptical table market. With collections like Mystic and Alba these hot brands provided affordable elliptical conference table models that businesses could enjoy without straining the corporate budget.

Metal Legs

Conference Table with Metal Legs

The industrial look was huge this year! More than ever businesses were looking for a commercial grade look that was best showcased by conference tables with metal legs. Surprisingly enough, metal legged conference tables were often more affordable than those with laminate and wood bases. This no doubt helped this hot trend gain momentum that is still in full swing. Look for more and more brands to bring metal legged conference table models to the market in 2015. The durability, functionality, and appeal is hard to top!

Modular Sets

Modular Conference Table Set

Turning the conference room into a versatile, multi-purpose work area was incredibly appealing to businesses in 2014. Why use your boardroom for meetings alone when the space can be simultaneously used for a corporate training area? When you think about it, it just makes sense! This years trending modular conference table configurations from brands like Global Total Office took off in popularity. Lines like Bungee and Junction saw big sales boosts as businesses simply couldn't turn down the incredible benefits. Modular table sets are reasonably priced, come in a variety of cool finish options, and work together to form some really neat configurations designed to meet a variety of applications at a moments notice.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Office Makeover Fails: 2014 Edition

Here at, we love to fill our blogs with photos of stunning offices and loads of advice on keeping it that way. But for every pretty post, we know there's an ugly office out there in desperate need of a facelift. For those of you who know the horror of paper avalanches, graveyards of decaying furniture, and the post-it note apocalypse, this article can help! Today, we're highlighting common office disasters, along with great tips on preventing them. Hunker down, and enjoy!

Not In Kansas Anymore...

Paper tornadoes are some of the most common natural disasters to plague an unsuspecting office. In places like medical facilities, where keeping old files on clients is mandatory for at least a few years, papers can stack up fast. Without organization, many people are left with a whirlwind that's enough to make them question whether they're in the office or in Oz. For this, we recommend file cabinets for organization and storage. Available in lateral or vertical cabinet options, file shelves provide a neat, designated space for old records too important to lose in a computer crash.

Bonus tip: Investing in a scanner to go paperless is also effective - just don't forget to "trash bin" the unnecessary stuff every few months to keep the hard drive clear.

Cyber Cyclone

Sometimes the messiest offices can actually look squeaky clean. Desks are clear, furniture's current, everything seems in its place - just don't sit down at that computer, or you may never get up again! Not only can built-up files, unwanted cookies, and never-ending programs slow your system to a crawl, but it can also slow response time to a virus should your computer get infected by a hacker or an unsafe webpage. Regular maintenance is mandatory for a clean, fast-running office. Taking time to delete old files, perform disk cleanups, run security scans, uninstall unwanted programs, and update software can save time and money. Don't forget to shut down your computer when not in use.

Bonus Tip: An external hard drive provides more space for backups of your files. If a disaster, such as a hacker or virus crashes your computer, the drive will have backups of everything. Adding space saving ergo products like CPU holders will keep the drives out of the way, so you don't have to sacrifice visual appeal for practicality!

Walls of Shame

Cluttered walls are pretty easy to come by, especially if you look down. In an office, wires and cables are necessary for most computers, hard drives, and lighting. Without organization, however, the floor of your office can start to resemble the snake pit from Indiana Jones. To save yourself from this predicament, be sure to unplug any wires or cables you don't use regularly and store them away. Wrapping up excess cording with a rubber band helps keep things neat. Many desks, like the desks from Global Total Office or Mayline offer modesty panels, grommets, and other useful features specifically for taming tangles of unruly cables.

Bonus Tip: Not sure which cable to unplug? Bread ties can help you keep track! Write the name of your device on the bread tie and hook them to the right cables so you always know what's what.

Zombie Furniture

"Vintage" is a style choice, not "decrepit." If you like the look of old, classic office furniture from the 40s and 50s, that's great! We love it too... but not enough suffer potential injury. If your desk or cool retro office chairs are falling apart, it's probably time to upgrade - or at least perform a makeover. There are plenty cool retro office chairs out there for sale if you know your furniture can't be fixed. If it can though, there are also tons of great DIY restoration blogs for old furniture!

Bonus Tip: The oldest furniture benefits most from a little TLC. Breaking out the tool box to tighten screws, oil hinges, and pick the gunk out of wheel casters every month or so goes a long way to making furniture last!

The Crumb-Pocalypse

According to a study by British Microbiologist James Francis, a dirty keyboard can have levels of germs five times higher than a public toilet seat - gross! Most people don't realize that the little crumbs from snacking at a desk build up quickly in unseen places like keyboard keys, door handles, and drawer bottoms. These unattended crumbs decay, attracting pests like mice and bugs who leave even more unwanted germs on your office equipment by night. For this, we recommend regular cleaning to thwart the crumb-pocalypse. Hand sanitizer, sanitation wipes, and compressed air dusters can help kill germs, and flush unwanted dirt and debris from those hard-to-reach places!

Bonus Tip: Using retractable keyboard trays can help keep keyboards out of the way when not in use. Rolling them under the desk saves them from the falling dust, debris, and snack crumbs that attract pests.


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