Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lobby Design Ideas: Cool Accent Tables For Your Space

Brands like Modway, Mayline, and Global have made it their mission to craft fashionable lobby furniture solutions you'll love in 2018. If you're looking for ways to make your space pop and distinguish it from the competition, these top manufacturers have you covered. Today on the blog we'll highlight cool accent tables from these brands that should be considered for your project. Enjoy!

Modway Camp TableNobody offers a larger selection of accent tables for the lobby than Modway. With more than 50 options available, you'll be at no shortage of ways to compliment your design theme. One of our personal favs is the EEI-2649 Camp collection table. Talk about unique! This versatile table can be used in traditional, retro, and even mid century lobbies to wow visitors.

Modway Etch TableAnother cool Modway accent table to consider is the Etch. It's affordable at $193.75 and distinctively modern. The circular design with accenting ports and a glass top work together to create one of the coolest end tables on the market. The Etch can be paired with just about any fabric or leather upholstery option you can think of thanks to it's polished chrome design.

Black Granite Top Coffee TableMoving right along, allow us to introduce the M103C Midnight series bourbon cherry coffee table from Mayline. Even at first glance you'll be drawn in for a closer look at the black granite top. This luxurious accent table is perfect for upscale lobbies looking to capitalize on the timeless appeal of traditional leather seating and veneer furniture.

Wind Linear TableGlobal is one of the most respected lobby furniture and seating manufacturers on the planet. With so many cool collections, it's no wonder their accent tables are regularly utilized by design teams. Popular Global accent tables like those from the Wind Linear series even boast integrated storage compartments that come in handy when organizing guest reading material.

OFM Hex TableThe team at OFM also offers an excellent selection of accent tables that will do wonders for your lobby. Our personal favorite is the 66T model Hex table. It's modular, incredibly fashionable, and surprisingly affordable. This cutting edge table is ready, willing, and able to serve as a statement piece in your lobby.

Powered Guest Reception OttomanIf you're in need of lobby remodeling ideas in 2018, look no further than the powered furniture from the OFM Axis collection. With powered lobby components you'll be able to quickly and easily improve the guest experience by allowing them to use and charge devices while they wait without fear of draining precious battery life. Take a look at the 4004C model from the Axis  series and you'll see what we mean. This powered guest reception ottoman is an absolute winner at $555.99.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

5 Keys For Improved Collaboration in 2018

These days collaborative remodeling terms are thrown around the workplace more than the word "ergonomics". The ability to create fashionable office interiors that encourage creativity and healthy employee interaction is too much for businesses to pass up. In 2018, it's important to emphasize the need for improved collaboration in the workplace. That's where we come in. Today on the blog we'll provide you with 5 keys for success.

1.) Ditch The Cubicles

Overcrowded Work Floor

First things first, you've got to ditch the cubicles. If you want to create collaborative office interiors in 2018, high wall cubicles will be a hinderance. Sure replacing your existing cubicles will be pricey, but the benefits gained will serve your business well for years to come. Traditional panel furniture systems are great for privacy and noise reduction. Unfortunately they close employees off from one another and that makes it hard to effectively collaborate.

2.) Invest In Collaborative Benching

Collaborative Benching

Looking for cubicle alternatives? Collaborative benching systems are the way to go. Believe it or not, this popular form of modern office furniture is actually pretty affordable. Brands like Global, Mayline, and Cherryman Industries are all offering awesome group benching solutions that will encourage employee interaction and creativity. With collaborative benching you'll be able to create unique layouts and configurations that maximize your square footage without making your work floor and employees feel overwhelmed without too much furniture and not enough workspace.

3.) Focus On An Open Concept

Open Concept Office Interior

If the goal of your work floor remodeling project is to see how many people you can fit into a single space, today's post probably isn't for you. Here the mindset is all about "how many people can we properly accommodate comfortably" to encourage healthy collaboration without making them feel overcrowded and cramped. For these reasons, working towards an open concept layout is preferred.

Cubicles are the perfect example. The high walls make it hard to create an open concept feel. For this reason, work floors outfitted with cubicles typically feel clustered. Alternatively, open concept furniture like group workstations and benching will help create clean site lines. While this may encourage long range conversations across the work floor, it's still better than forcing employees to walk through rows of crowded cubicles to collaborate with coworkers when good ideas are flowing.

4.) Power Up Your Interiors

Powered Office Furniture

Pave the way for improved collaboration with powered furniture. Top furniture and seating brands have made it their mission to streamline office activities and improve collaboration in 2018 with awesome products. These days universal power modules, charging stations, and powered furniture is becoming the standard.

When remodeling group spaces like the waiting room, break room, training room, and conference room, don't be your own worst enemy by investing in non-powered furniture. Strive to keep your interiors collaboration-ready and up to date with the latest trends. Rest assured, powered components are the way to go. They're really not that much more expensive. The benefits gained however, are incredibly valuable.

5.) Accessorize

Collaborative Conference Room

Last but certainly not least, the right combination of office accessories will no doubt help you lay the groundwork for effective collaborating in 2018. In the long run, the little details always tend to make the biggest difference when it comes to corporate remodeling.

We touched on universal power modules briefly above, but it's definitely worth mentioning again. Units like the FlexCharge9 from ESI make it easy to power up conference rooms and group work environments in order to streamline collaborative meetings and presentations.

In addition, you'll also want to check out collaborative products like mobile dry erase boards that can be taken from space to space throughout the day. When the good ideas are flowing, marker boards make it easy to collaborate in large groups that make everyone feel includes. Popular options like the B5672FBP from Global will greatly improve operational versatility without restricting creativity.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ergonomics 101: Transitional Products Are The Future

Transitional office products are changing the way we work. They make it easy to reduce strain and fatigue while improving posture and blood flow. Transitional keyboard trays, monitor arms, and desktop convertors are becoming workplace standards that encourage continuous movement and healthy operating habits that can't be overlooked. Today in our 'Ergonomics 101' series we'll showcase popular products for sit to stand transitioning that you can't go wrong with in 2018.

Sit To Stand Keyboard Tray
First up is the noble keyboard tray. We all know that keyboard trays increase usable desk surface space and help fight back against office epidemics like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by encouraging healthy computing angles. What you might not know is that transitional keyboard trays with sit to stand capabilities are now available to further improve your workstation. With a sit to stand keyboard tray you'll be able to quickly adapt at a moments notice to tackle fatigue and refresh your posture habits.

Transitional Sit To Stand Monitor ArmYou'll want to pair any transitional keyboard tray with a like-minded monitor system. If you don't, you'll be standing up to type, but looking down at your screens when doing so and susceptible to unnecessary neck strain. For these reasons, sit to stand monitor arms are becoming more and more popular. Popular options like the Allure from Symmetry Office are undoubtedly the future as they work with almost any workstation, improve computing posture, reduce visual strain, and of course... simplify sit to stand transitioning.

Transitional Desk Surface ConvertorIf you want to turn your existing office desk into a sit to stand workstation, go with a transitional surface convertor. Brands like ESI, Symmetry Office, and OFM are all crafting top notch convertors with integrated keyboard platforms that make it easy to transition between sit-down and stand-up work positions in 2018. Surface convertors are easy to install, affordable, and incredibly beneficial. Most can be used with just about any desk you have, but check the measurements before investing to be on the safe side.

Transitional StoolWith the demand for transitional computer hardware at an all time high, innovative brands are thinking outside the box to introduce new products trends. Take a look at the 2800 model Vivo stool from OFM and you'll quickly see what we mean. This perching stool is perfect for any worker utilizing sit to stand products and boasts an integrated rear handle that allows it to be taken where it's needed, when it's needed.

Electronic Office DeskIf you're really wanting to step up your ergonomic game in 2018, electronic desks are the way to go. While adding attachments is certainly more affordable for those that already have furniture, shoppers looking to remodel their interiors are making the switch to electric configurations with push button sit to stand capabilities. A desk like the STL37H2 from the Mayline Sterling collection will allow workers to compute at virtually any height they desire up. Electronic workstations like this one are still a ways away from becoming affordable and practical for the average worker. That said, they do prove that transitional products are the future.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New In 2018: OFM Computer Stations

OFM Office Furniture 2018
OFM is gearing up for a big year. This industry leading office furniture brand takes pride in crafting affordable computer stations for the home and business. Today in our 'New In 2018' series we'll be showcasing a few of our favs. These modern desks for desktop and laptop computers are stylish, well made, and budget friendly. Enjoy!

OFM deskFirst up, the ESS-1020 Essentials L shaped desk. This fashionable computer workstation with laminate surfaces and a metal frame provides exceptional surface space and a modern look that's sure to impress. The ESS-1020 is available in a choice of 2 finish options for just $135.99.

OFM Mesa Laptop DeskLimited on space? Check out the ergonomically correct and equally versatile 66100 model Mesa workstation. This small desk that doubles as a mobile podium is an absolute winner. The 66100 is available in a choice of white and cherry finish options for $195.99. The best part about this workstation is that it's height adjustable, which makes it easy to transition between sit down and stand up operating positions with the pull of a single lever.

OFM Essentials DeskThe ESS-1003 home computer desk from the OFM Essentials Series is the perfect option for budgeting office furniture shoppers in 2018. This personal workstation boasts a shelf for accessories, wire management cutouts, and supports up to 200 pounds. At just $95.99, this desk is really hard to beat.

OFM Sit To Stand WorkstationIt's no secret that sit to stand office products are the latest craze. The encourage good posture and constant movement in the workplace. Much like sit to stand products, powered workstations like the ACCTAB are becoming an industry standard. This small workstation with USB inputs can be used in lobby, waiting room, reception, and even small home office environments to improve operational productivity.

Floating Top DeskWe're wrapping up this edition of 'New In 2018' with the ESS-1000 model desk from OFM. This floating top desk available in cool finish options like Driftwood provides true value at $99.99. While OFM will no doubt have more desks hitting the market in the coming months, this will remain one of our staff favorites. The metal frame, support bars, and 43.25" wide top work together to create a contemporary desk we won't soon forget.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

7 Ideas That Will Help You Improve Your Waiting Room In 2018

A well designed waiting room will help you provide your valued guests with an exceptional visiting experience that distinguishes your business from the competition. Reviving your waiting room is easier than you think. Today on the blog we'll provide you with 7 great ideas that can be used to make your space more comfortable, advanced, and stylish in 2018.

1.) Tablet Chairs

Tablet Arm Lounge Chair

Tablet arm guest chairs are the latest craze. They're cool looking, comfortable, and make it easy for visitors to work while they wait. Tablet chairs from brands like Global and OFM provide unrivaled value. If you're going with a classic combination of lounge chairs and sofas for your waiting room, consider tablet arm options in 2018 as they'll give your interior an added boost of versatility and an edge over the competition.

2.) Powered Accent Tables

Powered Coffee Table with USB Inputs

Power up your waiting room with advanced accent tables in 2018. Once considered a high dollar trend, powered waiting room tables are now becoming an industry staple. A coffee table with USB inputs will make it easy for visitors to charge their devices while waiting. Additionally, powered accent tables encourage guest interaction and collaboration. We recommend the powered waiting room tables from the Woodstock Jefferson Series as they're available with a wide range of matching components to complete your entire project.

3.) Go Modular

Modular Waiting Room Seating

Let us start by saying that there's absolutely nothing wrong with sofas and lounge chairs. That said, if you're looking for alternatives, modular seating is the way to go. This style of waiting room furniture (particularly for larger projects) will allow you to think outside the box with your configuration while simultaneously helping you maximize your available square footage. A layout of connectable waiting room chairs and tables will also help to showcase your design ingenuity and commitment to a modern interior that's up to date with the latest trends.

4.) A Fresh Coat of Paint

Color Samples

Simple, effective, and affordable. Laying on a fresh coat of paint will do wonders for your space. Swing by your local hardware store to pick up a few samples. Get a group of coworkers together and throw a painting party one Saturday. Order a few pizzas, move your furniture out of the way, and put down some drop cloths. You should be able to knock out this project in a day. This year grays, light blues, and greens are all trending.

5.) Cool Lighting Fixtures

Waiting Room Lighting Fixture

If those overhead fluorescents are dragging down your corporate vibe, invest in a few cool lighting fixtures. A couple of table lamps will help, but there's really no substitute for a cool hanging fixture that can be used as a focal point of your space. You'll probably want to have this project tackled by the pros so visit a lighting store and do a little research. This idea can definitely be a bit pricey, but in the long run, upgraded lighting will do wonders for your space.

6.) Stylish Welcome Desk

Waiting Room Welcome Desk

How is your waiting room welcome desk looking these days? If you hesitated to answer, it's probably not great. In 2018, brands like Offices To Go, OFM, and Cherryman are all offering designer desks for the waiting room that can be purchased for less than $1000.00. As the welcome desk is typically the first thing a visitor sees when they walk in, it's important to make a professional statement and a great first impression with a stylish desk your business can be proud of.

7.) Unique Wall Art

Waiting Room Wall Art Ideas

Last but certainly not least, you can revamp your waiting room in 2018 will unique wall art. Sure you can get new pieces at your neighborhood home store, but why not think outside the box? We recommend visiting thrift stores, swap meets, and even flea markets to find one-of-a-kind wall art. This year, industrial furniture and seating will be in high demand. You can jump on board with this movement without breaking the budget by purchasing vintage pieces that are also unique.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Practical Ergonomic Products Are Always The Best

You don't have to spend a small fortune on luxurious ergonomic products. In truth, practical products are always the best and they've become surprisingly affordable. Today on 'The Office Anything Blog' we'll highlight user friendly desktop attachments, sit to stand stools, monitor mounts and more that will encourage healthy operating habits without being too over the top.

Volante Desktop AttachmentThese days height adjustable desktop attachments are becoming as common as office chairs. Why you ask? Because they work! With a desktop attachment you'll be able to quickly and efficiently transition between sit-down and stand-up operating positions to reduce fatigue, improve blood flow, and stay working healthy. We recommend practical desktop risers like the Volante from Systematix. It's just $299.99 and includes free nationwide shipping direct from the manufacturer.

Sit To Stand StoolGet the support you need on the go with the Vivo perch stool from OFM. This handy little ergonomic tool is great for just about any application you can think of. The Vivo was designed to be practical and efficient. It's built with an integrated rear handle that makes for easy transport and available in an array of cool colors for $156.99.

Single Screen Monitor ArmMoving right along, allow us to introduce the EZKE1 single screen monitor arm from Mayline. At just $207.99, the EZKE1 provides an exceptional combination of value and health benefits. First and foremost this unit will clamp to just about any desk surface to create more space. The ability to easily adjust your screen height and depth will also help to reduce visual strain throughout your task filled work days.

Practical Ergonomic ProductsA good ergonomic keyboard tray is a must. They've really become a standard in the workplace as they reduce wrist pain and provide operators with the ability to quickly personalize their computing. Practical keyboard trays like the AA260 from ESI Ergonomic Solutions are defiantly the way to go as they won't break the bank and they're built for the demands of the modern workplace.

Vion Ergonomic ChairAs office comfort starts with the chair, you'll need a good one to ensure you're able to sit posture perfect. We recommend going with practical office chair that is user friendly and not overly expensive. In all honesty, expensive ergo chairs can be a bit confusing to operate. Alternatively, sating solutions like the Vion from Global are the way to go. Global Vion chairs are made to order and completely customizable. You can pick your chair controls, back height, arms, and upholstery to develop a sit that's just for you. Vion chairs aren't overly modern in style, but they are in technology. They're affordable by industry standards and a breeze to operate. With new weight sensing Vion chairs on the market you'll be able to reduce the need for constant adjusting and spend more time computing healthy.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

6 Office Remodeling Buzz Words You'll Hear In 2018

Are you gearing up for an office remodeling project in 2018? If so, you're in the right place. Today on The Office Anything Blog we'll provide you with 8 buzzwords you'll want to familiarize yourself with before tackling your makeover. Understanding key terms like "collaborative" and "responsive" will help you maximize square footage, comfort, and performance. Enjoy!

1.) Collaborative

Open Concept Office Interior

In 2018, the term "collaborative" will reign supreme in the office design world. As traditional cubicle systems are being kicked to the curb for open concept benching layouts, the word "collaborative" is coming up quite often. Many businesses feel that collaborative furniture encourages creativity and reduces down time. We fully agree! Look for this buzz word to continue dominating remodeling projects for the foreseeable future.

2.) Mid Century

Mid Century Desk

Mid century this, mid century that. Everybody is loving the mid century look! From desks to office chairs, this buzz word is sure to be popping up left and right in 2018. The use of mid century office furniture and seating will help you create swanky interiors that are up to date with the latest trends. If you love the look, we recommend checking out products from brands like Modway. They're super cool and surprisingly affordable by industry standards.

3.) Ergonomic

Ergonomically Correct Office Interior

You know it. You love it. The term "ergonomic" isn't going anywhere. This is a term that you have to be weary of. Why you ask? Because these days "ergonomic" is thrown around more than the common cold. Just about any office product can be labeled as ergonomic and you should be on the look out for cheap imitations that aren't built to last when remodeling your office interiors. If a product is described as ergonomic, that doesn't mean that it's going to transform your work day into a productivity minded space that's built for comfort. Do your your research and homework to select products that are truly ready to help you become a better worker in 2018.

4.) Practical

Practical Office Furniture

This is a relatively new office remodeling term that's sure to be gaining some traction in the new year. As shoppers look to avoid the overly modern remodeling trends that are rapidly starting to fade, "practical" remodeling projects are becoming a thing. A practical office furniture configuration doesn't have to be boring. It does however have to be well rounded, realistic, and somewhat affordable. If you like the idea of a practical space, check out Offices To Go furniture and seating for your project.

5.) Modular

Modular Lobby Seating

Traditional wood veneer furniture will always have a place in upscale executive interiors. That being said, modular furniture that promotes future growth and versatility is dominating the work floor, waiting room, and training room. With modular components you'll be able to quickly connect, adapt, and meet the needs of any task you're up against. In the waiting room, modular guest seating makes it easy to think outside the realm of traditional sofa and lounge chair configurations. On the work floor, modular desks promote collaboration and employee interaction.

6.) Responsive

Responsive Office Chair

When it comes to office chairs, no buzz word is hotter than "responsive". Today's responsive office chairs are in high demand as the reduce the need for constant adjusting by the user while simultaneously providing a more comfortable sitting experience. Top rated responsive office chairs instantly react to the weight of the user. Many responsive office chairs like the Verte from RFM, Living chair from Mayline, and Arti chair from Global come with articulating backs that are truly cutting edge.


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