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Jan 16 2017
The Standing Conference Room

| Conference Rooms, Standing Desks

Adding a standing desk to your workspace can do wonders for your long-term health, but it doesn’t have to stop there! You can also extend the benefits throughout your entire office space by adding standing meeting tables to conference rooms, boardrooms, training rooms and other collaborative areas. Worried that you’ll force people to stand, even when they would prefer to sit? These adjustable tables and standing height tables simply offer much more flexibility and versatility than the standard height options....

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Jan 11 2017
8 Office Desk Must Haves for an Efficient Workspace

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Life

No matter how organized you think you are, it’s tough to be productive at work without the right tools. Here are 10 office desk must haves for an efficient workspace.


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Jan 10 2017
The Complete Guide to Training Room Furniture

| Conference Rooms

How do I set up a training room that’s functional and beautiful? Although different offices will have various needs for their training rooms, there are certain elements that every training space should have. Here’s where you should start.


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Jan 9 2017
How to Design a Modern Waiting Room

| How To Instructions, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

Designing a waiting room in a modern style can be a daunting task no matter how small or large your space may be. After all, your reception area is often the first image that guests will have of your organization, so making a positive impression in this room is absolutely vital. Here’s what you should add to your space if you’re looking to achieve a truly modern look in your lobby.


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Jan 5 2017
[Office Tour] Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics

| Healthcare, Office Tours

Advocare Society Hill Pediatrics, a pediatric medical practice, recently opened their doors in in Philadelphia, PA and wanted to bring a welcoming look to its 400-square-foot waiting area. For help creating a space that would be welcoming for young patients and their parents, the business turned to NBF Account Executive Kevin Emery.


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Jan 4 2017
5 New Year’s Resolutions to Set for Yourself at Work This Year

A new year means new business goals, so shouldn’t you be setting personal achievement goals for work too? The goals you set for yourself will completely depend upon your job and what you hope to accomplish for your career and day-to-day work life. Here are five office resolutions you can set for yourself in 2017.


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Jan 3 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Urban Collection

| Collection Spotlights

Looking for an office furniture collection that’s as well-built as it is good looking? We’re proud to introduce the newest member of our NBF Signature Series—the Urban collection. With the strength of metal and the warmth of weathered wood, the Urban collection is a true statement piece that’s meant to last.


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Dec 28 2016
How to Design a Doctor’s Office Waiting Room

| Healthcare, Waiting Rooms

When designing a waiting room for your doctor’s office, your first concern is probably the cleanability and safety of the reception area, and that’s a good thing. Patient and caregiver health should always come first when designing any space in a medical facility, but that isn’t to say that the aesthetics of the space should be ignored. A well-designed doctor’s office waiting room should make patients and their families feel comfortable and more at ease, given the nervous and frightened feelings many get simply from being in a healthcare facility. Here’s how to design your healthcare waiting room to be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for patients and their families.


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Dec 27 2016
How to Make Guests Feel Welcome in Your Waiting Room

| Office Design, Waiting Rooms

We’ve said before and we’ll say it again—first impressions are everything. Because the first impression of your business most guests and clients get is that of your waiting room, it’s important to design the space in a way that will make everyone feel welcomed. Here are just a few tips you can take to make the people in your lobby feel at home.


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Dec 22 2016
Collection Spotlight: Officient Compass Collection

| Collection Spotlights

First impressions are everything, and that’s why it’s so important to incorporate a bold reception desk into your waiting room. As the first thing most visitors will see upon entering your business, the reception desk can make or break your first impression. But there’s just one problem—the budget. How do you get a striking modern look in your lobby without going over your office furniture budget? That’s where the Officient Compass collection comes in.


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Dec 21 2016
[Office Tour] Parkway Clinical Laboratories

| Office Tours

Located in Bensalem, PA, Parkway Clinical Laboratories recently expanded its operations into an adjoining office space that required new office furniture to match the company’s clean, modern culture. For assistance, Vice President of Financial Operations Laura Dagney turned to NBF Account Executive Kevin Emery.


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Dec 20 2016
Office Gift Giving Etiquette during the Holidays

| Office Life

First thing’s first: determine whether or not it’s appropriate to give gifts in your office at all. The answer to this question will vary from business to business, so if you’re new ask around and determine whether or not gift giving is the norm. Fellow co-workers will usually be able to fill you in on what types of gifts they usually give and to whom. If you’re having difficulty nailing down that information, a good rule of thumb is to give your boss and any employees working under you a simple holiday card. If your office is the gift-giving kind, follow these rules for proper etiquette.


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Dec 19 2016
How to Set Up a Productive Training Room

| How To Instructions

Whether your training room is small or large, the proper layout of furniture can make all the difference when it comes to the productivity of everyone using the space. There are several common training room layouts, and the one that you choose for your business should largely depend on how many people you need to accommodate and what style of learning will be taking place. ...

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Dec 15 2016
The Complete Guide to Reception Desks

| Waiting Rooms

Your reception desk is the centerpiece of your office’s waiting room. As such, it’s important to find one that will make your guests feel welcomed and make your receptionists feel comfortable all day. Unsure of what to look for in your new waiting room desk? Read on to discover what you should consider and how to make the best choices for your business.


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Dec 14 2016
How to Design a Waiting Room That Will Make a Lasting Impression

No matter what type of business you work in, the design of the space can drastically affect the impression visitors, clients and employees get of your business. They say first impressions are everything, and the first place the people who enter your building will typically see is the waiting room. Do your business a favor and make that first impression matter by following these simple tips.


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Dec 13 2016
5 Types of Holiday Celebrations You Can Have at the Office This Year

Looking to inspire some holiday spirit in your office? The holidays are the perfect time for co-workers to come together and get to know each other in a way they may not be able to the rest of the year. These types of events can work wonders for employee morale and the work life balance in your business. There are tons of things you can do in your office to get employees into the holiday spirit, and these are a few of our favorites.


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Dec 12 2016
How to Divide a Room without Building Walls

| Office Design

Looking for a stylish and cost-effective way to divide your large workspace? The time of the closed-off executive office is coming to an end and open office floor plans are increasing in number. Unfortunately, not everyone thrives in an open plan work environment, as they can be quite distracting. So how do you divvy up floor space without building permanent walls? Here are a few simple and cost-effective solutions.

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Dec 8 2016
How to Set Up a Pediatric Healthcare Facility

| Healthcare

Setting up a pediatric facility is similar to setting up healthcare facility for adults, but there are several major differences that need to be considered in the process. Keep these tips in mind while you’re shopping for furniture and accessories for your pediatric exam rooms and waiting areas.


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Dec 7 2016
Productivity Killers at the Office

| Office Life

If you work in an office, you probably have the type of job that requires a lot of focus and independent work. The problem? Productivity killers are everywhere, and overcoming them is usually easier said than done. Take a look at these top productivity killers and what you can do to fight them.


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Dec 6 2016
8 Things You Need to Design a Waiting Room That Wows

| Office Design, Waiting Rooms

It’s easy to create a waiting room that will wow your guests and clients without going over budget. Make a stylish first impression with these simple additions.


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Dec 5 2016
How to Create a Welcoming Reception Area

| How To Instructions, Waiting Rooms

First impressions matter – this is especially true for business reception areas and waiting rooms. As the first point of contact for many of your potential clients or customers, your waiting room is sure to say a lot about your company....

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Dec 1 2016
December 2016 Free Downloadable Calendar

| Free Monthly Download

Hello, December! It's the last month of the year, and that means it's time to spread some winter cheer. So before January gets too near, download your December wallpaper right here!


December Desktop Wallpaper

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Nov 30 2016
2016 Free Holiday Printables

| Free Monthly Download

Spread some holiday cheer at the office this year! Scroll down to download one, two or all three of our free holiday printables! Print them out and then display them for all to see. Whether in a frame or tacked up on your cubicle wall, they're sure to put a smile on at least one co-worker's face!


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Nov 29 2016
[Office Tour] FDH Velocitel

| Office Tours

When it came time for FDH Velocitel to move to a new warehouse office in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, NBF Account Executive Kevin Emery was happy to help the team design their new workspace. With a blank canvas to work with and a strict budget to stick to, Emery successfully achieved a sleek look on a dime in this small space.


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Nov 28 2016
Ready-to-Assemble Furniture vs. Fully Assembled Furniture

| Furniture Materials, Industry News

When it comes to office furniture, there are two ways that most will be shipped; ready-to-assemble, also referred to in shorthand as RTA, and fully assembled. Each ships just as the name implies, meaning ready-to-assemble products will require little to extensive customer assembly while fully assembled products will be ready to use right out of the box. When choosing between RTA and fully assembled furniture, it’s important to realize that not every person can accommodate the needs of each type. Take a look at the financial, time and space requirements that typically come with RTA and fully assembled furniture before you make your purchase.

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Nov 23 2016
5 Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You’re Thankful

| Office Life

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so what better time to show a little appreciation for the co-workers who make your job easier, more fun and just plain better? If you’ve been meaning to show your gratitude to the people you work with but haven’t been sure how, here are some quick and easy ways to do it this holiday season.


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Nov 22 2016
8 Things to Be Grateful for at Work

| Office Life

You may wake up every Monday morning dreading having to get up and go to the office, but how often do you take the time to think about the positive aspects of your job? There’s no better time to take a step back and reflect on the things you’re thankful for than the holiday season. Here are some things you can probably be grateful for at work this Thanksgiving.


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Nov 21 2016
Free Thanksgiving Printable

| Free Monthly Download

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s the season of giving, so we thought it would be a good idea to give a little something to our blog readers! Click the image below to print out your free NBF Gather design to print out and keep at your desk this week! Whether you post it up on your cubicle wall or frame it alongside some fall décor, you’ll love the pop of autumn color this print brings to your workspace. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


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Nov 17 2016
Mid Century Modern Decorating for a Mad Men Inspired Office

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

So, you want a mid century modern office reminiscent of Don Draper’s private workspace. Well, we don’t blame you! The popularity of this style has grown in leaps and bounds in recent years due to the rise in popularity of the hit TV show Mad Men and the fact that what once was old always becomes new again at some point or another. If you’re really interested in getting this look for your office, read on to find out how to do it.


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Nov 16 2016
3 Problems the Right Reception Desk Can Solve

| Office Desks, Waiting Rooms

Your business’s waiting room is almost always its first impression on visitors. Shouldn’t it make a good one? Everyone deserves a beautiful office, whether your business is struggling to stick to a tight budget or to find enough storage space for everyone. Whatever your problem in the waiting room may be, you can bet there’s a reception desk that will help solve it.


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Nov 15 2016
6 Tips for Keeping Your Office Organized

| Office Organization

No matter what type of office you work in, staying organized is crucial to productivity and to your own personal satisfaction at work. Whether you’re the president of a major corporation or a freelance editor working from your bedroom, take these tips for keeping your corner office, cubicle or home office organized.


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Nov 14 2016
Cool, Natural and Warm Tone LED Lighting

| Office Design

Thinking of adding new LED lighting to your office, but confused by the options that are available to you? When LED lights were first introduced in the early 1960s, they had a striking red hue, but nowadays they are available in three different tones that generate a much wider breadth of light which reaches across infrared, ultraviolet and visible wavelengths:...

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Nov 10 2016
The Complete Guide to Office Décor

| Office Decor & Accessories

The right office décor can make or break the look of any room, be that at home or in the office. To learn what type of décor you should be incorporating into your space, read our comprehensive guide to office décor.


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Nov 9 2016
How to Prepare for a Medical Emergency in the Office

| Office Life

A medical emergency can happen anywhere, and that includes the office. Of course, nobody expects to walk into work Monday morning only to witness a co-worker having a heart attack or choking on their breakfast, but the reality is that occurrences like these are not as uncommon as you may think. Make sure that your office is equipped with the right tools and that your employees are properly trained on what to do in the event of a medical emergency by following these guidelines.


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Nov 8 2016
Exam Room Checklist

| Healthcare

Setting up exam rooms in a new healthcare facility can be a daunting task to say the least. Download our free exam room checklist to make planning easier, and read our tips below to learn more about what type of furniture and accessories are right for your facility.


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Nov 7 2016
The Complete Guide to Conference Tables

| Conference Rooms

Every office needs a conference table—a hub for bright, new ideas and a space to facilitate a meeting of the minds. Some of the best ideas are formed around a conference table, but purchasing this type of furniture is no small task. There are a lot of factors to consider before choosing the right meeting table for your office, and we’re breaking down everything you need to know right here, right now. ...

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Nov 3 2016
The Complete Guide to Boho Style

| Brand Spotlights

If you’re a down-to-earth type of person and want your workspace to reflect your individual style, the bohemian or boho look may be just what you need. Commonly used in home design, this interior trend works well for the office as well and can be toned up or down depending on how professional you need the space to look. Take these tips for achieving stellar boho style in your place of work.


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Nov 2 2016
7 Tips for Meeting Room Etiquette

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Conference rooms are shared spaces that are meant to be used as collaboration hubs between co-workers and as private spaces for employees and employers. As with any shared space, there are certain unwritten rules that employees need to abide by if the space is to be properly maintained and utilized by all.


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Nov 1 2016
November 2016 Free Downloadable Calendar

| Free Monthly Download

November is a month for giving, and what better way to do that than to give a free downloadable November calendar? Download this lovely wallpaper to your desktop, tablet or mobile device and then share it with a friend to spread a little seasonal cheer.


November Desktop Wallpaper

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Oct 27 2016
How to Clean Area Rugs

| Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials, Office Decor & Accessories

Caring for area rugs can be just as time-consuming as caring for wall-to-wall carpeting, and different types of rugs require different cleaning methods. If your area rugs look like they could use a good cleaning, take our tips for caring for each different fiber and weave type.


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Oct 26 2016
20 Private Offices to Inspire Your Next Makeover

| Now Trending, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Whether you're outfitting a new office or redesigning your old one, a little inspiration goes a long way. Here are 20 beautiful private offices in every style to help inspire your makeover.


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Oct 25 2016
20 Work Appropriate Halloween Costumes to Rock at Work This Year

Halloween is on a Monday this year, which means it’s time to brainstorm some work appropriate costumes! Here are 20 easy-to-make ideas to get you and your co-workers into the Halloween spirit.


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Oct 24 2016
Veneer Or Laminate: Which Should I Choose?

| Office Desks

Years ago, in a much different environment than I work in now, a coworker said, "We spend more time with each other at work than we do with our families— I'm glad I like you guys." How true, I thought. I still think so today, in my corporate office environment. Unless you work with your spouse or teach in the school that your children attend, it is likely that you spend more waking hours in close contact with coworkers than with your family. Same goes for your office furniture. Even if you sit in the same spot on the couch at home to put your socks on in the morning and watch a show or two before the news at night, you still can't top the number of hours you sit in your office chair, or use your desk or filing cabinet.


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Oct 20 2016
The Complete Guide to Office Desks

| Office Desks

Despite ever-evolving technology in the workplace, desks are still very much a part of almost every office worker’s day-to-day work life. It’s where your computer lives, it’s where you file away your documents and, when it comes down to it, your desk is your home away from home. Whether you’re designing a home office or you need to replace the old desk in your corporate corner office, there’s a lot to choose from, and it can be tough to make a decision. This comprehensive guide to office desks is designed to give you a solid understanding of where to start your search.


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Oct 19 2016
How to Decorate with Rustic Décor and Furniture

| Office Design

Rustic office design has the unique ability to turn a cold, stodgy office into a warm, welcoming workspace by use of the simplest of elements. With neutral colors, a worn-in look and a little help from Mother Nature, you can take your office from corporate to comfortable in no time.


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Oct 18 2016
5 Rules for Cubicle Etiquette

| Office Life

It’s the golden rule of life—treat others as you want to be treated. Well, the same goes for your behavior in the office. Whether you work in a cubicle or in an open workspace, follow these basic etiquette rules to treat your coworkers with the respect that’s expected in a business setting.


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Oct 17 2016
Whiteboards: Choosing the Right Dry Erase Board

| Furniture Materials, Office Boards

In recent years, the trend away from chalk boards and toward dry erase boards has been gaining momentum. Whiteboards can be used to supplement meetings and lesson plans in the same way as chalkboards, but they don’t come with the same mess and health hazards associated with chalk dust. So what type of whiteboard should you purchase? The answer is different based on the purpose the board will be serving and what your company’s needs are. Take the following factors into consideration when selecting your new dry erase board.

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Oct 13 2016
How to Prevent Office Fires

| Office Life

An office fire is the last thing on everyone's mind when they go to work; yet the potential danger of an office fire is an ever-present threat. In 2013, Richard Campbell from the National Fire Protection Association analyzed collected data from 2007-2011 to assess just how frequent structural fires were in office properties, as well as the financial impact and the trends that often lead up these incidents.


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Oct 12 2016
Fire Safety Tips for the Office

| Office Life

Did you know that the United States has the highest frequency of fire losses of any modern technological society? Or that it’s estimated that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year? A fire of any scale can cause irreparable damage, yet many offices don’t take their fire safety plans nearly as seriously as they should. In recognition of this year’s fire prevention week, take these measures to ensure you and your employees are prepared for a worst case scenario in the workplace.


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