Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Cool New Office Chairs Trending In October

Even though we're only a few days into the month of October, several cool new office chairs have started to trend! Solutions like the Living chair from Mayline and Solar chair from Global Total Office have taken the seating world by storm. In today's post we'll highlight these new chairs and others from the best brands in the business.

Mayline Living ChairEven as one of the newest chairs on the market, the Living chair from Mayline has made it's impression felt. Mayline gave us a sneak peak of the Living chair at this years NeoCon event. Needless to say, it drew quite a crowd! The Living chair is an ergonomic task chair that moves with you. The passive seat slider is weight activated while the flexible back provides constant support that adjusts to the user as they sit and move naturally. The chair seat automatically adjusts to it's user and distributes weight without the need for lever activated adjustment of any kind. The Mayline Living series office chair is available in three cool color options for $399.99.

Global Total Office Solar ChairThe Solar seating collection was released just two short weeks ago! To no surprise, it's already trending majorly in October. Let's put it this way, if you're looking to create a cutting edge conference room, there's no cooler option on the market. Global's new Solar chairs are innovative, comfortable, and incredibly stylish. The sleek profile saves space and will help any business maximize the number of chairs that will fit around their conference table. Two frame finish options and 4 mesh back color options are available. While most of the mesh conference room seating isn't built to last for the long haul, the Solar excels. The heavily tooled mesh back is incredibly supportive and equally durable.

Cherryman Curva Chair
The the mid back and high back office chair models from Cherryman's Curva seating collection are trending in October! The Curva chair was designed by Milan architects for high end conference room and executive seating applications. The high back Curva chair features mesh seating surfaces that are complimented by a leather headrest for a unique two tone look that's sure to impress. With an abundance of user friendly features and versatile ergonomic attributes, the Curva is an elite level office chair that's ready to meet your specific business needs. Both black and silver frame options are available.

OFM Essentials Chair
With all the innovative lounge and reception seating OFM has released this year, you might have missed the new chairs from their Essentials collection. That being said, shoppers are rapidly catching on! These new executive conference chairs feature attractive faux leather seating surfaces that help keep prices low. The E1003 model Essentials chair is just $153.99 this month. These new OFM chairs support users up to 250 pounds and boast padded arm rests, polished frames, and built in lumbar supports for comfort. For the money, it doesn't get much better than the E1001, E1002, and E1003 models from OFM.

Segmented cushion office chairs have been building popularity for some time now. The retro inspired look is a great way to enhance conference room, meeting, and private office interiors. That being said, the popularity has driven up prices on segmented cushion chairs. Thankfully, our friends at Flash Furniture have provided shoppers with a viable solution. Their new BT-9895H-6-WH-GG white leather office chair offers the same trending characteristics showcased on many of today's best selling segmented cushion chairs, but costs just $199.99. The BT-9895H-6-WH-GG comes standard with a built in rear coat bar, lumbar support, dual paddle control system, multi functional mechanism, and polished frame accents. A black leather variation is also available in both high and mid back options.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Office Design Trends: Then And Now

It's truly amazing how far the office furniture world has come in the past 5 years. Brands like Mayline, Cherryman Industries, Global Total Office, and OFM have pushed the envelope and raised the bar. In today's post we'll take a look at the latest trends compared those that were hot 5 years ago to see just what a difference 5 years can make.

Furniture Finishes

There was a time when finishes like cherry, maple, and mahogany ruled the office furniture world. These tones were considered cutting edge and innovative. While these classic wood grain tones will always have their place in the industry, a new wave of finish options has started to emerge. With the popularity of laminate furniture lines came endless possibilities, and brands like Global Total Office saw the opportunity to change the game. This year, Global has paved the way with finish options like Absolute Acajou and Which Chocolate that are in a league of their own. Mayline has also made huge strides with finish options like Gray Steel, Textured Driftwood, and Textured Sea Salt. These days, interior design teams, shoppers, and industry professionals alike can truly be creative with their design projects!

Office Chairs

These days, office chairs are incredibly comfortable, supportive, and adjustable. We thought the same things 5 years ago! The ergonomic seating world is constantly evolving. What we feel is great now, may be old new in just a few months. Just 5 years ago mesh back chairs where really becoming popular. Now this popular chair option has become a staple of the modern workplace. We used to be impressed by chair arms that simply went up and down. These days, even the some of the most basic chairs boast multi functional arms that go up, down, forwards, backwards, and side to side.

Chair mechanisms have also become much more advanced. The typical office chair 5 years ago would be equipped with just a couple of paddle levers that would adjust the height and angle at which you sat. In 2015, chairs are ready for much more. Tilt tension knobs, lumbar adjustments, and seat slider mechanisms are becoming the new standard.

There's also been significant style changes in the seating industry. To make a long story short, gray is rapidly becoming the new black! Just last year, white leather chairs were flying off the shelves. This year, the trends have moved on. Now designer fabric chairs with unique patterns are becoming more and more popular. Chair shoppers are looking to let their individual style shine. It's for this reason alone that  classic navy blue and burgundy chairs are being quickly forgotten! If you want to see where the seating industry is headed, just take one look at the new iOO chair from Eurotech Seating. The cutting edge blend of a white frame and black seating surface works together to form one of the most stylish and equally comfortable seating solutions on the market.


Modern technology and craftsmanship have made it far easier to improve performance in the workplace. A few years back, powered conference room tables where just being introduced to the business world. Now it's rare that a furniture supplier sells a table without some sort of power option. In 2015, high tech power modules that include USB, data, phone, HDMI, AC, and audio inputs are readily available.

Fixed leg training tables used to be the way to go. These days, it's all about modularity! Businesses love the ability to fold tables down and nest them along walls to save space when not in use. A mobilized training table can be easily reconfigured without the need for heavy lifting. Modular tables make training environments more functional, easier to clean, and far more appealing. If you're interested, take a look at the new 2gether table collection from Global Total Office. They are the best new training room solutions on the market.

Powered lounge furniture was extremely hard to find until the last 2 years. In the past, furniture manufacturers were able to get by with traditional black leather sofas, lounge chairs, and guest chair models. It was considered pretty snazzy to have a beam seating configuration in your lobby! This year, brands like OFM have pushed the envelope. With collections like Morph and Serenity, you can quickly improve decor as well as the guest waiting experience. Look for powered guest seating to become the industry standard in the next year!


Kick that basic retractable keyboard tray to the curb. It's no longer the ergonomic standard. Sure it will increase your amount of usable desk space, but articulating models are now available to help you compute at healthier angles. Sit to stand keyboard trays are also available to help prevent extended sits in the workplace.

Today's monitor arms are surprisingly similar to those produced just 5 years ago. It's safe to say, if it's not broke, don't fix it! Monitor arms really come in handy in the workplace and will help you reduce eye strain and improve the rate at which you compute.

Height adjustable desks were available 5 years ago. The consumer models would go up and down using hand cranks. Surprisingly, this actually seemed high tech. This year, electronic models have become readily available. They've pushed the old hand crank tables right out of the market. Now you can take your ergonomic workstation up and down with the push of a button. These high tech desks promote continuous movement in the workplace and greatly improve blood flow.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Chair Finder: The Best For Your Back

Need a great office chair to support your back while operating at your desk? Of course you do, and you're in the right place! In today's post we'll highlight awesome task, computer, and executive chairs designed to provide top notch back support. These chairs from brands like Global Total Office, Eurotech Seating, and Mayline are some of the best in the business. Enjoy!

Global Total Office 6673-2 Arti ChairFirst up, the 6673-2 model Arti chair from Global Total Office. The Arti chair offers a high tech design that provides enhanced back support and allows the spine to move and flex freely when working. The chair back articulates like a human spine. Tis allows the chair back to reshape itself and mimic the user's profile. The Arti is ready to automatically respond to body movements and various sitting positions. The chair back rest is linked together by internal steel cabinets and high graded steel springs which play a vital role in ensuring maximum strength and flexibility. The 6673-2 Arti chair frame and horizontal flexible wings are made with tough, highly engineering grade plastics. If you want the ultimate sitting experience, look no further than this modern computer chair from Global Total Office.

Eurotech Seating iOO ChairMesh back office chairs have come a long way in the last two years alone. Brands like Eurotech Seating have raised the industry bar in a major way with new releases like the iOO. These ultra comfortable and support mesh seating solutions define comfort in the workplace. Let's put it this way, if chairs were living, breathing animals, subject to the same ruthless laws of natural selection other creatures are, the iOO would represent a pinnacle of evolution. The iOO high back office chair is a sleek, powerful product crafted out of generations of development and refinement. It's adjustable, yet effortlessly simple. All of the iOO chair controls have been integrated into a single mechanism to make from one of the most user friendly chairs on the market. The iOO adapts, overcomes, and excels in nearly any situation.

Mayline Living Chair
Allow us to introduce you to the all new Living chair from Mayline. Introduced just a few short months ago at this years NeoCon event, the Living chair drew big crowds. This week, Mayline officially made these new tasking chairs available for purchase. The Living chair moves when you move. The passible seat slider is weight activated while the flexible back provides constant support that adjust to  you as you sit and move naturally in the workplace. The chair seat automatically adjusts to it's user and distributes weight without the need for adjustment. To make a long story short, the new Living chair is incredibly comfortable, user friendly, and awesome for your back!

RFM Preferred Seating Carmel ChairWhen it comes to comfort, RFM Preferred Seating knows their stuff! Their "ergonomics first" commitment is more evident that even with their Carmel chair. The unique back narrows towards the upper shell and encourages a shoulders back posture, which is the way the body was naturally designed to sit. Body-cradling theoretic support is created by adding a special thoracic ridge for optimal comfort. With super comfy tractor seats included as standard options, your body will feel the difference Carmel's ergonomic qualities provide. Lots of cool upholstery and arm options are available to help you personalize your Carmel office chair from RFM.

iDesk Ambarella Chair
Last but not least, we present to you the 401B Ambarella task chair from the Cherryman Industries iDesk Seating collection. The Ambarella confirms the fact that you don't have to spend a small fortune to get a great office chair for your back. With it's multi-functional mechanism and built in guide for user comfort, the Ambarella makes finding your desired seating position a breeze. Rest assured, these are the best office chairs on the market under $225.00. The structural metal back frame shapes the black non-stretch mesh sleeve to create a natural lumbar support feature that's sure to be appreciated by any user suffering from back pain. Don't delay office comfort because you think you can't afford it. The Ambarella is ready, willing, and able to kick your office productivity into high gear.

Office Chair Reviews: Global Total Office Tara Seating

Tara High Back ChairWhen it comes to professional seating, Global Total Office does it best! This industry leading manufacturer takes pride in creating some of the most comfortable chairs on the market. In today's post, we'll review Global's Tara seating collection and it's user friendly benefits. Enjoy!


Well rounded, attractive, and comfortable. Global Tara seating offers these three desirable attributes and much more. The thick padded surfaces provide a sit any user will surely appreciate. Tara chairs offer just the right amount of modern appeal without being too over the top. While the design lines and curves won't blow you away, their not supposed to. The Tara collection was designed for everyday comfort and reliability. If you're on the hunt for a cutting edge modern chair, the Tara probably won't be your first choice. That being said, if you want to make it through those long days at the office without skipping a beat, it doesn't get much better than this popular task chair collection from Global Total Office.

Tara Mid Back Chair
To operate a peak performance levels in the workplace, you'll need a chair that's up to the task. In today's world, it's almost as if many of the top seating manufacturers feel they can trick you into thinking a chair is comfortable by making it overly modern. Luckily, that's just not Global's style. Sure this highly respected brand offers some of the most cutting edge chairs on the market, but they are proud to offer something for everyone! The Tara was designed for high intensive tasking environments. In a nut shell, these chairs mean business. Tara chairs are available in ergonomic multi-tilter, tilter, operator, task, posture task, and coordinating guest chair models. The wide range of models, along with three back heights, will enable you to find just the right option to meet your specific needs. Tara task and computer chair models are standard with adjustable T shaped arms, naturally pronounced lumbar supports, and waterfall seat edges designed to take pressure off knees when working.

Tara Guest ChairApplications:

Tara chairs are a great fit for most any office application. The user friendly features make them ideal for all day tasking and computing needs. The well rounded good looks makes them a great fit for home office applications. While we don't really see the Tara being selected for an executive office, they would make a nice choice for professional meeting areas with traditional style.


If you decide to shop for office seating from the Tara collection, you'll likely run into high back, mid back, and guest models. The 3170-3 Tara high back office chair is the most expensive at $489.99 and is the best choice for upper back support. At a slight price reduction, the Tara 3171-4 mid back office chair is available this month for $396.99. To complete your private office and guest waiting environments with a cohesive look, Global has made the 3172 model Tara guest chair available. Additional leather and vinyl upholstery grades are available at an up charge.

Final Rating: 

Global Tara Chair Rating

We give the Global Total Office Tara seating collection 3.5 out of 5 stars. These comfy chairs are well rounded and provide a straight forward approach to office seating. It's great to see a seating collection out their for the shopper looking to avoid the modern design trends of today. That being said, we feel the Tara is a bit pricey when compared to Global's newer models. At this price point we'd like to see polished frame and base features, or a headrest on the high back model. In the long run, any user would be happy to work from a Tara chair. They are more comfortable than most high end executive chair models from competing brands. If you need a chair that's there to support you all day and ready the next, Tara is a great option.

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Ins and Outs of Office Design

Office Space Planning AdviceOffice makeover projects can be fun. They can be rewarding. They can be inspiring. Unfortunately, they can also be a big headache if you're not prepared. Luckily, you have us to help! In today's post we'll share the ins and outs of the design process to help you create the interiors of your dreams without the hassle. Enjoy!

Every good office design and makeover project starts with proper space planning. Don't rush out and purchase new furniture assuming it will fit correctly in your space. Take the time to measure out your interiors correctly. Be sure to take note of entry ways, power outlets, windows, and room obstructions that will affect the way your office furniture fits. Then, recheck your measurements for accuracy. Never rely on old blueprints or estimations. Obtain measurements yourself to be on the safe side. You'll be glad you did!

Once you've got the dimensions of your space, it's time to do a cost analysis to determine a reasonable budget for your project. Setting a budget will help keep you from splurging and over extending throughout the makeover process. Do a little research to get the ball rolling. Visit a local showroom, browse for furniture online, and get a good idea of what you'll be comfortable spending. Don't forget to account for the little things like room accents and ergonomic accessories. They will make a big difference in appeal and functionality.

We know you're eager to get out and shop for new furniture, but you need to get a little inspiration before you do! Start by creating a design folder to house ideas for your space. Take pics at your local furniture showroom and visit social sharing sites like Pinterest. You can also visit surrounding businesses to network while you get inspiration. Consider researching the latest office design trends to ensure your space is up to date. Once inspired, select a theme for your project. This year modern, industrial, retro, and contemporary looks are all very popular.

You've waited long enough, it's time to start shopping! We recommend making your furniture purchases online. As of now, online shoppers are not required to pay out of state sales tax on transactions. If you're purchasing a new executive desk configuration, the tax alone can be hundreds of dollars. Shopping online will help you maximize your budget over the long haul of your project. To ensure you get the best value, shop on comparison engines like Google Shopping. Here you'll be able to sort products by brand and price from a wide range of dealers. Find a quality furniture provider with good reviews. Before checking out online, be sure to call your dealer directly. As about free shipping specials, coupons, bulk discount pricing, and any monthly sales promotions they may be running. You'll be surprised just how much money one phone call can save you.

Once you've purchase your new furniture, you'll want to stay in close contact with your dealer. Be sure to call 2 days after your order to confirm your order has been processed. During your call, ask about an expected ship date and schedule delivery if possible. One the ship date provided by your dealer, call again to obtain tracking information. This information should be provided without asking, but it's always best to be on the safe side.

Most in stock furniture ships within 2 business days of order. Transit times vary based on carries. That being said, you can likely expect your products to arrive about 5 to 7 business days after order. When your furniture ships out, you'll want to start prepping your space. Clear out old furniture, patch walls, paint, and thoroughly clean. Tackling these simple jobs now will help ensure a smooth transition between work environments.

On the day your furniture arrives, create a staging area to rest furniture before it's assembled. Avoid bringing all products into your office space. This will make for a cluttered and overly crowded installation process that's sure to bring headaches. Before your start breaking into boxes, pull out the shipping documentation just in case you need it later.

When you start the assembly and installation process, you'll want to have basic screwdrivers, sockets, pliers, and cordless drills on hand. For safety reasons, keep a first aid kit handy. As desks and office seating can be quite heavy when packaged, be sure to have a couple helpers available to assist in the process. The best way to handle installation is slow and steady. Follow the instructions, take your time, and take breaks to ensure you don't get frustrated. If you feel like installation and assembly is too much to handle, don't sweat it! Call the professionals about 2 weeks before your furniture arrives to obtain pricing. You'll be able to schedule to have products shipped directly to the installer to avoid receiving products at your place of business.

At the end of the installation process, you'll be left with lots of packaging materials and debris. Plan accordingly! Be ready to break down boxes and clean up lots of bubble wrap. Having trash bags on hand is always a good idea. Once you'e removed all the fodder, take pics of your new interior. Share your success online to help others. You'll certainly get lots of compliments and ideas on how to further improve your space.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Accelerate Meeting Productivity with Powered Tables

No office trend has been more prominent in 2015 than powered conference room tables. This industry boom has been greatly influenced by the need for businesses to improve functionality and productivity. In today's post, we'll highlight the benefits generated though the use of powered conference tables and the best models available on the market. Enjoy!

Zira Series Powered Conference Table by Global Total OfficeNobody does powered conference tables better than Global Total Office. As a leader in the field, this industry leading manufacturer takes pride in crafting some of the most user friendly boardroom solutions on the market. This year, Global's Zira collection has been the crown jewel of the powered conference room table world. These easy to spec tables are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes to meet the needs of any space. Zira tables can be outfitted with a number of Oasis series power modules that offer USB, HDMI, phone, data, audio, and AC telecom plate options. Simply select your module and the options you'd like to be included and you're ready to roll. Your IT specialist will need to attach the telecom plates to provide you with plug and play capabilities. Rest assured, a Zira table will accelerate your meeting process while simultaneously making your business more efficient.

TransAction Series Conference Table by MaylineGlobal isn't the only brand on the market with awesome power tables! Mayline is giving them a run for their money with the TransAction collection. While a little bit more difficult to spec, TransAction tables are just as powerful. To keep things as simple as possible, you'll want to work with your dealer of choice to set up a table for your business. TransAction tables can be equipped with multiple daisy-chained modules and routed directly into floor level electrical ports by an electrician. These conference tables from Mayline are available in hybrid boat shaped, oval, and rectangular variations. TransAction offers a high end contemporary look with a bit of an industry vibe highlighted by heavy duty metal legs. These tables mean business!

Mystic Conference Table by LesroYou don't have to spend a fortune to get a great powered conference table these days! In years passed, this once niche market demanded high prices that businesses were forced to pay if they wanted to be on the cutting edge of innovation. Luckily, the popularity of modern conference table models has grown to the point where every reputable brand now offers some sort of adaptable power module. While you should be aware of cheap imitations and knock offs, many of today's most affordable powered tables are some of the best on the market. Take the Mystic series from Lesro Industries. These elliptical, rectangular, and oval tables are super cool, trendy, and ready to meet your boardroom tech needs. Mystic series tables are available in a wide range of frame and finish options. Tables can be equipped with basic power modules that include phone, data, and AC input options at a price point any budgeting business will appreciate.

Verde Powered Conference TableTake your office interiors to the next level with a powered conference table from Cherryman Industries! This trend setting brand offers tables from their Verde collection that will help your boardroom stand out from the crowd. Verde tables feature boat shaped tops and white accented leg panels with integrated troughs for wire routing. Verde power modules include the basic AC, phone, and data input options you'll need to accelerate the meeting process and become more effective. Did we mention that verde tables are also super affordable? The 8' version is priced at just $1062.00 in 2015. While the standard table doesn't include a power module, one can be added for a minimal up charge. Choose from super cool and quick shipping latte and espresso bamboo finishes.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Shop Smart: Best Ergonomic Mesh Chairs Under $250

You don't have to spend a fortune to get a great office chair! Any smart shopper will tell you that there's lots of awesome seating solutions on the market for under $250.00. In today's post we'll make things easy! Here we'll showcase the best ergonomic mesh chairs available on the market from brands like Offices To Go, Eurotech Seating, and more. Enjoy!

Offices To Go Mesh Back Managers ChairFirst up, the Offices To Go 11685 model high back managers chair. Known for their high quality seating and commitment to quality and affordability, Offices To Go is an excellent option for chair shoppers on a budget. The 11685 offers a unique modern design and sleek curves. The breathable mesh back works together with adjustable T shaped arms and a multi functional mechanism equipped with an infinite position tilt lock feature. At just $203.95, you'll be hard pressed to find more bang for the buck. Use the 11685 chair in home and professional applications to get comfortable without straining the wallet!

Eurotech Seating Astra ChairIf you want high performance on a tight budget, go with a chair from Eurotech Seating. We recommend the Astra series MF2000BLK. The Astra's contoured back is designed to not restrict upper body movement. It also looks really cool! These high tech modern taskers are also outfitted with tilt tension, tilt lock, and synchro tilt features. Height and width adjustable arms are also standard to help users find just the right computing position when working at their desks. At the everyday low price of $203.50, the Astra is truly one of the best bargain buys of 2015.

iDesk Ambarella ChairThere's no seating collection hotter than the iDesk from Cherryman Industries. This cutting edge line combines form and function at a price point any shopper will appreciate. The iDesk's Ambarella chair boasts a heavy duty mesh back for durability, as well as a thick padded seat for user comfort. Ambarella chairs come standard with advanced syncro-tilt mechanisms and a 2" seat slider feature that really comes in handy. A built in guide for customizable comfort makes the Ambarella one of the easiest chairs to master. You'll have this chair and it's features down pat in less than 30 minutes. At just $206.50, the Ambarella is a must consider option for any chair shopper. Lots of attractive seat upholstery options are available to compliment the polished 5 star base.

Woodstock Ravi Chair
Rev up your office decor with the Ravi chair from our friends at Woodstock Marketing. As an up and comer in the seating industry, Woodstock Marketing is enjoying an unparalleled rise to super stardom. The rock and roll inspired chairs from Woodstock are real head turners! If you're looking to make a statement in the workplace, you'll love the all new Ravi chair. This mid back mesh task chair is available in a wide range of color combinations for just $229.00. The Ravi comes standard with an adjustable tilt tension feature, separate tilt lock, and high density molded foam seat. Great for tasking, computing, and conference room use, the Ravi is ready to effectively support users up to 250 pounds. Smaller chair operators will love this sleek, space saving seating solution.

Mayline Gist Chair
With all the cool new office furniture collections Mayline has released in 2015, you may have missed their new Gist seating collection. We're here to tell you, these chairs mean business! While we could highlight these chairs with puns about getting the Gist, we'd rather tell you about the amazing features these top notch computing chair models have to offer. Gist chairs like the GS11F assemble in just 4 quick steps to have you up and running in no time. The Gist is ready to support users up to 300 pounds and comes standard with height adjustable arms as well as an awesome swivel tilt mechanism. Rest assured, there's not much you can't do with these $243.99 office chairs. Gist seating is available in a wide range of fabric upholstery options to meet your individual design and decor needs.