Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sit Less to Achieve More!

It's no secret that office chairs are earning a bad rap - not because of poor design, but because of overuse. Like all good things, overuse of office chairs can lead to an unhealthy lifestyle, and with all the rising health knowledge, most experts agree that sitting really is "the new smoking." But thankfully, there is a way to avoid the health risks without sacrificing your work ethic. And the solution may be a lot simpler than you think! In today's article, we explore all the benefits (and potential drawbacks) of standing in the workplace - enjoy!

Why Stand?


The phrase "sitting is the new smoking" was coined for a reason. According to WebMD, researchers have discovered links between sedentary lifestyles and poorer mental health, heart disease, and obesity. Cancer, disability, diabetes, high blood pressure, and even premature death are just a few of the other health concerns linked with chronic sitting. On the other hand, the human body was designed almost perfectly for standing up. Even the very act of standing encourages the spine to keep and maintain its ideal S-shape, toning the abdominal muscles, and strengthening the legs to combat many of the most common office related ailments. In fact, most standing office workers report improved focus, better physical health, and reduced pain. Talk about standing up for your health!

The Standing Solution


Perhaps the most obvious problem associated with sitting is what to do about work! Anyone perched in front of a two-and-a-half foot tall desk all day would wonder how to type without breaking their back. Thankfully, office furniture manufacturers have developed a solution. Sit-to-stand office desks have become one of the hottest trends of the working world. Not only can employees stand and sit with them, but the ability to transition between both positions allows new standers to acclimate to a vertical lifestyle at a pace that's comfortable for individuals. While permanently elevated desks require users to stand all the time, desks with height adjustment also allow much needed sitting breaks for anyone working more than a few hours at a time.

Learning to Stand


For most, the act of standing isn't so hard. The act of standing for hours on end on the other hand definitely is. The best way to learn to stand though, is to accessorize! Simple tools like cushioned foot mats, back braces, and compression socks to encourage vertical blood flow through the legs all help to reduce the pain of transition. Standing office workers who've truly mastered the art often take the time to work out their core. Because the abdominal muscles are the spine's main support structure, in addition to the back, toning one's abs goes a long way towards improving posture. In the end, a toned stomach is always a benefit, not just for standers, but for sitters - and beachgoers too!

The Scares


So you may have heard some of the newer "scares" associated with a standing work style. Employees complaining of sore feet, tremendous leg pain, and even low back pain are not unheard of in the standing office world; that's why knowing about balance is so important. Just as too much sitting is poor for one's health, so is too much standing. For anyone standing in one place for more than 3 hours at a time, seated breaks are highly advised. A quick 20-30 minute sitting session can help take some of the stress off one's legs. Adding adjustable keyboard trays to office workstations can help users transition between the standing sessions and break periods without sacrificing productive time.

What if Sitting Isn't An Option?


Unfortunately, too many offices still have restrictions on standing desks and standing employees. However, there are still many ways to retain your health despite working a sedentary desk job. The chief way: To not stay sedentary! Employees who take every opportunity to walk around the office, take the stairs, jog on lunch breaks, and eat healthy, on and off the clock, can greatly improve their chances against "sitting disease." Purchasing chairs with ergonomic design can help encourage the body to keep good posture, which incidentally is one of the most important aspects of discouraging sitting disease. In addition, the internet is filled with plenty of seated stretches and exercises designed especially for office workers without the standing option. Check them out, and see if you can't stay healthy!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bargain Shopping: Modern Office Furniture at Modest Pricing

Designing a new office space? Love modern furniture and a good deal? You're in the right place! In today's post we'll be highlighting best selling modern office furniture collections for sale in 2015. These budget friendly lines offer high end appeal that's simply too good to pass up. As the modern furniture craze is in full swing, these bargains are a must consider for any professional makeover project.

Cherryman Industries Amber CollectionFirst up, the Cherryman Industries Amber collection. Wether you're outfitting a private office space, a new conference room, or reception area, this affordable line from Cherryman is ready to help. The Amber collection offers conference room tables starting for as low as $315.00 with free shipping. The attractive reception desks from the Amber line start at just $399.00. Rest assured, Amber furniture gives you a lot for the money! Choose from 5 quick shipping laminate finish options and a wide range of storage components to round out your interiors.

Mayline Brighton SeriesWith more than 10 best selling office furniture collections on the Market, Mayline is a favorite of interior design teams and industry professionals alike. With lines like Brighton, outfitting the key areas of your business just got easy. Mayline offers pre configured Brighton series desk configurations, conference room layouts, and reception furniture packages in two finish options. These quick shipping furniture solutions are great for businesses up against a tight makeover deadline. Brighton products are very well made, very attractive, and sure to earn your interiors the compliments they deserve.

Mayline Medina FurnitureMayline's new Medina furniture collection has taken the office furniture world by storm. Inspired by the classic Napoli line, Medina offers the same great style influences at a more consumer friendly price point. Medina desks, conference tables, and reception stations combine modern and traditional characteristics to form a well rounded collection that's atop the popularity charts in 2015. Shoppers will love the mahogany and mocha finish options, but the trendy gray steel is a must see! If you're looking to set your space apart from the competition, without breaking the budget, go with Medina for your project!

Offices To Go FurnitureThe Offices To Go brand is highly regarded for their cool ergonomic office chairs. That being said, this top manufacturer deserves some credit for their awesome office furniture solutions! With the Superior Laminate Collection, Offices To Go has managed to create a full service line of workstations, tables, and professional organizing solutions that everyone can afford. This trusted line offers the quality craftsmanship and attention to detail we've come to expect from Offices To Go, at an impressive price point that's far lower than the industry standard.

Global Total Office ZiraMulti user workstations and open desking layouts can get quite expensive. With all the advanced power upgrades and aesthetic enhancements available, it's easy to rack up a hefty makeover bill. While all of the industry players are looking for new ways to compete effectively in this major furniture market, Global Total Office has set the bar. With lines like Zira, creating custom layouts just got easy. Zira offers an extensive lineup of components designed to improve functionality, performance, and appeal. Just this year, Zira was further bolstered with innovative conference room tables and reception desks that are ready to take your surrounding office interiors to the next level. While Zira is by no means cheap, if you're looking for a truly top quality office furniture line that won't let you down, this is the only way to go. Zira is far more affordable than most of the competitive lines on the market, and makes the makeover project a breeze. Choose from dozens of unique finish options, handle pulls, and edge details at no additional charge! Zira's trend setting modular features, attention to detail, and interchangeable components will have your interiors looking top notch in a short 3 to 4 week manufacturing time.

Friday, May 22, 2015

What's New? Modern Computer Desks From Flash Furniture!

If you're looking to create a modern home office space or dorm room, you'll love the all new modern computer desks from Flash Furniture! These personal workstations offer high end appeal at a budget friendly price point that's sure to be appreciated by any shopper. In today's post we'll showcase 5 of Flash Furniture's newest desks. Enjoy!

Small Glass Computer DeskFirst up, this NAN-WK-021-MAH-GG model glass computer desk with three drawer pedestal and powder coated frame. Priced at just $207.99, you really can't beat these small computer desks from Flash! The attention to detail can be easily see in the silver handle pulls, while the locking pedestal is ready to keep your important documents safe and well organized.

Mahogany Home Office Desk
Next up, the NAN-WK-008-GG. This mahogany computer desk offers the perfect blend of modern and traditional style characteristics. The integrated desk pedestal features 3 drawers and an open storage slot. The legs feature unique circular cutouts designed to enhance appeal. A retractable keyboard tray is also included to increase usable work surface space. In a package priced at just $169.99, this desk offers a lot to like for a minimal investment.

Black Glass Computer Desk
How about a modern computer desk outfitted with a retractable keyboard platform and a CPU holder for just $159.99? We thought you'd like this one! NAN-WK-059-GG computer desk features a blend of black glass and metal tones to create a super cool modern desk that's sure to impress. With all the awesome features typically expected in desks three times the price, the NAN-WK-059-GG is truly an excellent buy.

Retro Computer Desk
The NAN-WK-025-GG has become an instant consumer favorite. These wood laminate and glass computer desks have been selling like hot cakes in 2015. As the retro industrial furniture movement gains momentum, trending desks like this NAN-WK-025-GG are poised for success. With heavy duty powder coated steel legs and cherry accents, this desk is perfect for the home office or modern dorm room. For just $139.99, the NAN-WK-025-GG desk can be yours. Did we mention it also includes a mobile CPU cart? What a bargain!

Teakwood Computer Desk
Last but certainly not least, the NAN-WK-109-GG was a must include for today's post. As one of Flash's coolest new desks, this personal station boasts a swanky looks that's far less pricey than it's $135.99 price tag would indicate! If you've gotta little extra square footage, this L shaped corner desk is perfect for you. With it's teakwood finished laminate top and black metal frame, the NAN-WK-025-GG offers quality construction and a unique look that's sure to help you showcase your individual work style. The retractable keyboard tray provides a handy ergonomic tool that can be mounted on the 31.5" or the 43.25" desk sections. A 33.25" corner extension is also included to create a total operating width of 87". If you're not familiar with office furniture, that's a lot of space for less than a hundred and fifty bucks!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Rate The Space: Sorrento Executive Office by Mayline

Mayline Sorrento Office FurnitureThe Mayline Sorrento furniture collection is a popular option for both home and professional business applications. This wood veneer furniture collection offers the perfect blend of high end appeal and quality craftsmanship. In today's post we'll be reviewing an executive office inerior outfitted with Sorrento furniture. Enjoy!

Style: 4/5 Stars

We give this Sorrento executive office interior 4 out of 5 stars. This space features wood veneer desking that falls in line with traditional design trends. Is you're going for a luxurious look, this layout will certainly do the trick. While modern furniture has certainly been the craze in 2015, this Sorrento configuration shows that classic work spaces will always have their place.

Applications: 4/5 Stars

It's easy to picture this desk configuration in both home and professional work environments. With it's high end finishes and attention to detail, this Sorrento furniture set is the perfect option for executives and upper management types. The upscale nature of this configuration limits the application possibilities a bit. However, this furniture set is clearly designed to impress and works best in larger office spaces.

Quality: 5/5 Stars

You'll be hard pressed to find a better all around furniture collection. Mayline Sorrento executive desks feature solid wood surfaces that can be spec'd in elegant two tone finish options. It's hard to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of the Sorrento collection without seeing it up close. That being said, the front desk captures all the elegant features this line has to offer. Bird's eye inlay patterns, a bow front design, and classic edges make for the foundation of a truly high end space that's deserving of daily compliments.

Storage: 5/5 Stars

This desk package includes a 72" double pedestal desk along with a matching rear wall credenza with  file file style pedestals. The overhead hutch unit offers plenty of additional storage space to keep important documents secure. To take this configuration over the top, a side wall storage cabinet was added that offers a ton of extra surface space to display achievements, and locking doors to hold stationary and personal belongings.

Price: 3/5

Mayline Sorrento furniture doesn't come cheap! This interior will cost you just under six thousand dollars without the chair. While more affordable Sorrento desk layouts are available, this elegant setup is not doable for the average consumer. That being said, those who can swing it with the budget will be rewarded with truly elegant furniture that's ready to step up the credibility of any interior.

Final Grade: 21/25 Stars

This configuration earns a final grade of 21 out of 25 stars. The layout offers plenty of storage space, high end construction, and an elegant look that' sure to impress even the harshest critics. The Sorrento configuration is a bit expensive for the average consumer, but for CEO's and successful business owners going for a traditional look, Sorrento is a must consider.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Furniture 101: Understanding Desk Shapes

In the office furniture world, you'll hear terminology that you'll wan't to understand when shopping! When it comes to desks, terms like bow front, straight front, L shaped, and many more are thrown out that might catch you off guard. In today's post we'll highlight the various desk terms you'll need to know before starting your makeover and design project. Enjoy!

1.) Bow Front

Bow Front Desk

Bow front office desks feature a curved front design to provide upscale appeal. Commonly, bow front desks are used in executive work environments. Brands like Global Total Office, Mayline, and Cherryman Industries all offer popular office desk collections that include bow front models.

2.) Straight Front

Straight Front Desk

Straight front desks offer a rectangular shape. While a bow front desk features a curved front, a classic straight front desk with offer no curve. Straight front desks work great along walls and in corner applications.

3.) L Shaped

L Shaped Desk

L shaped desks feature a two piece design. The main desk will be a bow front or straight front work surface is most cases. This main desk section is complimented by a left hand or right hand return piece to provide additional work surface space. L shaped desks are popular for executive office, home, and corner office applications.

4.) Executive

Executive Desk

Used in upscale office applications, executive office desks provide high end appeal. In most cases executive office desks will feature a main workstation with a rear credenza and accenting storage furniture. Executive desks are typically sold in typicals (preconfigured sets) designed by the manufacturer.

5.) Corner

corner desk

You've probably already figured this one out! Corner office desks are used to maximize space in smaller office environments. Corner desks can feature a V shaped or L shaped design. If you're limited on square footage, consider a corner desk for your work space.

6.) Computer

Computer Desk

Computer desks are typically smaller, personal style desks that can be purchased for around $250 on average. Glass computer desks, wood computer desks, and metal computer desks are all quite popular. In most cases you won't see computer desks used in professional business applications because they lack the storage space needed to be effective in intensive use work environments. That being said, computer desks are ideal for dorm room, student, and home office needs.

7.) Writing

Writing Desk

Writing desks look like 4 legged tables. This style of desk is seeing a reemergence of popularity in 2015. As more and more individuals are turning to laptops for their daily computing, writing style desks offer a less bulky look that can be easily integrated into both home and professional work environments. Writing desks are also commonly referred to as table desks. Brands like Cherryman Industries and Mayline offer the top models on the market.

8.) U Shaped

U Shaped Desk

Used commonly in home and executive office environments, U shaped desks typically feature a straight front or bow front design that's complimented by a credenza and connecting bridge. Many of the top U shaped desks will include an overhead storage hutch unit for enhanced appeal and additional storage space.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Living the Ergo Life: 10 Tips for Success At Work

Office aches, distractions, inefficiency - these days it seems like the whole world is trying to throw a wrench in your working game. But hey, if you're going to be spending half your week at the office, you might as well make yourself comfortable! In today's article, were sharing our top ten tips for keeping yourself healthy, physically, mentally, and efficiently. Enjoy!

Head


Knowing the major causes of office head-trauma can help you avoid this pain at work. If headaches are common for you, remember to stay hydrated (headaches are most commonly caused by dehydration). If that's not it, check your eyes. People who stare at computers all day tend to develop computer-related eye strain, which can tire the eyes and lead to headaches. To combat this, periodically focus your eyes on something far away for 15 seconds, then go back to work. And finally, for those with neck pain, make sure your computer screen's position is properly adjusted in front of your face, so that you're not looking off to the side and throwing of your body's muscular structure. Head rests and computer monitor arms are ideal neck-savers at the office.

Shoulders


Upper back pain can also be caused by a misplaced computer screen. When people are constantly turning to view something that isn't directly in front of them, their body adjusts itself to their viewing habits, throwing off muscular structure and leading to terrible pain. Monitor arms are a good solution. However, if you know your computer is properly positioned, consider your sitting habits. Slouching is terrible for the back and shoulders, yet far too many office professionals do it. Add office chairs with lumbar support, or even a few luxury and massage chairs to encourage better seating habits. Tie your shoulders to your chair back if you have to - it's better than slouching!

Knees and Toes


Most office professionals tend to think that if they're sitting all day, knee pain couldn't possibly be an issue. Wrong! Knee and foot pain are actually two of the most common office pains around. Chairs that are too high (often trying to compensate for a tall desk) often leaves the user's feet dangling in midair, putting you and gravity on opposing sides. Your knees try to keep your legs attached to your body but gravity pulls the weight of your legs down, causing tremendous pressure to build up, and blocking blood flow. Properly adjusted workstations and chairs can fix the issue, and so can ergonomic seating with waterfall seats to gently support the knees. You've done the job right if your knees, buttocks, and elbows are bent at right angles, and your feet are flat on the floor.

Get Up, Stand Up


One popular trend for combatting office pain is by simply standing up! Ergonomic experts tend to agree that the human body was much better designed for standing than sitting, so office desks that accommodate both lifestyles make ideal work tools. Adding ergonomic sit to stand desks is one of the most healthful decisions an office can make for employees, as standing helps to prevent slouching and much of the office-related pains associated with sitting. However, too much standing can be harmful too. Without periodic seated breaks, legs can tire and blood flow becomes inhibited. If you use a standing desk, take breaks, and invest in good shoes and cushioned floor pads.

Take Breaks


If you're a standing desk user, you know the importance of seated breaks. Not only do these breaks help rest your legs, but they also improve blood flow. But even for those who don't use standing desks, breaks are still important. Taking the opportunity to get up and take a short walk around the office, or a quick stroll on your lunch break can provide vital respites to reenergize you for the rest of the day. Stretch breaks and deskercises are something you can do right in your cubicle to help improve focus and reduce discomfort. Making an effort to stay active, even at a sedentary desk job, does wonders for the mind and body!

Eat Right


The right diet can make all the difference in anyone's workday. Some foods even have the power to grant better brain power, more focus, or more energy at the office. For brainpower, tomatoes, walnuts, whole grains, fish, and blueberries are powerful food choices. For energy, avocados, bananas, a nice spinach salad, almonds, watermelon, and citrus are highly effective energizers, loaded with vitamins and electrolytes. However, one simple fix if you're feeling a little wilted is water. Like a plant, your body needs water to stay fresh, perky, and awake. Squeeze a little citrus in there for a double whammy. Your body will thank you for it!

Get Comfortable


A comfortable environment is another thing that's often taken for granted in the workplace. If you're feeling a little tired and lifeless, perhaps its because the cubicles and workstations around you feel the exact same way. Take a friday afternoon to decorate your cubicle (appropriately) with the things you like. Pictures from home, art from the kids, famous paintings, and printouts of scenic vistas are great ways to enliven your office and make it comfortable for you. These inspiring windows to the outside world can help keep you going. A pair of headphones for some light music and a blanket if your office is drafty are other ways to stay physically comfortable in an otherwise boring workroom.

Stay Clean


You know what they say about cleanliness! And believe us - it's something that cannot be looked over in an office. According to a UK study in 2008, computer keyboards are often five times dirtier than an average toilet seat! All those greasy fingers and falling food from lunch breaks gathers between the keys if you don't employ retractable keyboard trays to reduce the mess. Take the opportunity at the end of every work day to clean and wipe down your cubicle. The items that need the most attention are usually keyboards, pens, drawer handles, and the computer. Yes, the computer needs cleaning too. Once a month, make sure to delete old files, clear caches, and run anti-virus scans to improve productivity. Finally, do some periodic maintenance on your office hardware, tightening screws on the desk and chair, and oiling hinges. All this extra effort will ensure the continuous health and functionality of you and your workplace!

* Bonus Tip: Turning off your computer at night not only saves power, but it also gives your computer the opportunity to rest and reboot. Like a human brain, computers need their rest in order to function fast and at full capacity the next day!

Arms, Wrists, and Hands


One body part that's often neglected by office users are the arms, which is especially strange since most office workers use them for everything. Being neglectful of one's arms and the way they are used though can have drastic consequences. Arthritis, poor blood flow, weakness, musculo-skeletal disorders, and even carpal tunnel syndrome can all develop from unhealthful arm use. Ideally, the elbow should be kept at right angles, with hands and wrists parallel to the forearms. Working and typing this way will help to improve blood flow. This way, the arms don't endure unnecessary stress.

* Bonus Tip: Repetition is another killer that takes a big toll on the muscles. Periodically take the opportunity to stretch, not just your arms and hands, but the whole body. This varies up your movement and helps keep muscles limber and wide awake!

And I'm Feeling Good!


Working in an office can be tough stuff for the mind as well as the body. When at work, fortify your upbeat attitude all day long. Listen to good music on the way to work. Eat an energizing breakfast, with filling snacks throughout the day to keep your metabolism going. Take short, frequent stretch breaks to stay active. And keep yourself going with funny quotes and videos to view during break times. Happiness is not something that just happens - it takes effort. After all, if you're at work for eight hours per day, you might as well enjoy it!

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Look At The New iDesk Tikal Seating Collection by Cherryman

Cherryman Industries Tikal Seating
Just two short weeks ago, Cherryman Industries introduced the all new iDesk Tikal seating collection. This line of reception area guest chairs and bar stools offers unmatched versatility and modern appeal. In today's post we'll showcase the new Tikal line and it's workplace benefits. Enjoy!

Style:

Tikal seating offers distinctive design characteristics that are sure to make an impression on your office visitors. The curvaceous seat is available in polypropylene and fully upholstered variations to compliment polished metal bases. If you're looking to create a unique waiting area that sets your business interior apart from the competition, Tikal guest chairs are definitely worth a look!

Variations:

The Tikal guest chair is available in a choice of 3 base styles. The sled base Tikal chair offers the ability to be ganged together for group seating applications, making it the ideal option for waiting areas. The spider base Tikal guest chair offers a unique look that makes it a great choice for school and classroom applications. The four leg Tikal chair offers stacking capabilities that are sure to save your business valuable floor space. Last but not least, the Tikal series bar stool is perfect for break room, cafeteria, bistro, and cafe applications.

Colors:

Fully upholstered Tikal chairs are available in cranberry red, dark pewter, and moss color options. If you're looking to keep things simple, the dark pewter offers a neutral look that's easy to match accent furnishings to. The cranberry red and moss color options are a bit more trendy and great for showcasing a bit of individual style! The polypropylene Tikal chairs are available in 5 color options that include traffic red, lime green, traffic white, London gray, and traffic black.

Applications:

Fully upholstered Tikal seating is great for lounge, lobby, reception, and waiting room use. Polypropylene Tikal chairs are easy to clean. This makes them a premier option for healthcare environments, libraries, and educational facilities where spills and germs are common. Tikal bar stools look great in restaurants as well as cafeterias. The unique modern appeal of this new collection from Cherryman is sure to earn any area the compliments it deserves!

Price:

Tikal chairs are available in packs of four for added value. Sled base and 4 leg Tikal chairs are available for $470.00 for the polypropylene version and $686.00 for fully upholstered version. The Spider base Tikal chair is a bit more pricey at $496.00 for the polypropylene and $712.00 for the upholstered. Tiakl bar stools are sold in packs of two. The polypropylene stools are $425.00 and the fully upholstered stools are $473.00.

Final Thoughts:

We feel the Tikal seating collection is poised for success. With cool color combinations and options these chairs are completely customizable. Wether you're looking to create simple and effective waiting areas or out of this world seating configurations, Tikal is ready to answer the call. We give this collection 4 out of 5 stars.

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