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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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Oct 11 2016
What NOT to Get Your Boss for Boss’s Day

| Office Life

Boss’s Day is Monday, October 17, 2016, and those planning on showing some managerial appreciation are all wondering the same thing—what should I buy? First, let’s talk about what NOT to get your boss for Boss’s Day.


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Oct 10 2016
How to Arrange Office Furniture: Our Top Tips

| Office Design

Arranging furniture is easier than it may seem. Simply keep this checklist in mind before you begin:

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Oct 6 2016
Brand Spotlight: Champion Chair

| Brand Spotlights

Champion Chair has been a major player in the healthcare furniture industry for 25 years, but it’s a relatively new addition to our NBF family of furniture, so we thought it was about time we shine the spotlight on this popular brand. While other brands have a widespread business model that involves the manufacturing of other types of healthcare furniture or even furniture that’s not healthcare-based at all, Champion Chair focuses its efforts specifically on making recliners and sleepers for the medical sphere. It’s this dedication to its niche audience that’s allowed Champion to make some of the top products in its field, and it’s also the reason we’re happy to work with them at NBF.


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Oct 5 2016
Fall 2016 Office Decor Forecast

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Happy autumn! Although your mind may go right to home décor when you think of fall decorating, don’t forget to bring some of the warmth and sweet smells of autumn into the workplace too. These are some of the interior decor trends that are already seeping in from the home to the office this holiday season.


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Oct 4 2016
How to Improve Your Office on a Budget

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Improving your office can be a daunting task when you have a small budget to work with. Fortunately, there are tons of things you can do to make your office look great, whether you’re decorating an entire building or a small cubicle.

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Oct 3 2016
What is the Difference Between Counter and Bar Height Stools

| Breakrooms, Office Seating

In short, the difference between standard, counter height and bar height stools is:


Standard Chair Height is 16”– 23”H at the seat

Counter Height is 24”– 27”H at the seat

Bar Height is 28”– 33”H at the seat

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Sep 30 2016
October 2016 Free Downloadable Wallpaper

| Free Monthly Download

BOO! October is on its way, and that means it's time to get spooky! Download one of our free October wallpapers below to bring a bit of fall fun to your desktop, tablet or mobile phone.


October Desktop Wallpaper

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Sep 29 2016
Now Trending: Mid-Century Modern Office Furniture

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Pushed into the spotlight in recent years by hit shows such as Mad Men, mid-century modern style exudes the uncomplicated aesthetic of postwar United States. Take one look at the clean lines and sharp angles of this furniture and you’ll be transported right back to the 1950’s and 60’s—a time for innovation in design and a look toward a brighter, more modern future. Take a look at how you can get the mid-century modern look in your workspace by following a few basic guidelines.

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Sep 28 2016
The Complete Guide to Office Chairs

| Office Chairs

Looking for a new office chair for your desk? With so many options to choose from, it can be tough to know what to go with. Take our comprehensive guide to office chairs into consideration to help you narrow down your options and decide what the best chair for your needs will be.


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Sep 27 2016
How to Create a Productive Third Space in Your Office

| Office Design

What is the third space?

First thing’s first—what is the third space? The third space is a term commonly used to refer to the space between home (the first space) and the workplace (the second space). With the rise of telecommuting and office employees working from laptops, the line between work and home has become more and more blurred, and with that blurring has come a need for a more casual, comfortable place to collaborate and get work done. Common examples of third spaces include cafes, parks and other public places that foster socialization and a sense of community. In a workplace, the third space is a place somewhere between our workstations and formal conference rooms where employees can meet freely to share ideas on the fly.


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Sep 26 2016
ANSI/BIFMA Testing for Office Chairs

| Industry News, Office Seating

Not all office chairs are created equally. Perhaps, through personal experience, you are well acquainted with this fact, but maybe not. Either way, we hope that after we detail just what it takes to be an ANSI/BIFMA-approved desk chair, you will be thoroughly convinced that the opening statement of this article is, indeed, a true one. In a previous article, titled An Overview of ANSI/BIFMA, we explained just what ANSI/BIFMA is, what they do, and how their organizations not only strive for safety and efficiency at the workplace, but also how their approval can help when making an office furniture purchase. ANSI/BIFMA truly serves customers by encouraging manufacturers to produce better quality furniture.

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Sep 22 2016
3 Benefits of a Heated Office Chair

| Collection Spotlights, Office Chairs

Heated chairs are something you don’t see every day, but why not? After all, heated office chairs have all of the ergonomic benefits of traditional desk seating, but with a heating element to boot. With the rise in complaints over back pain and unbearably low office temperatures, it seems strange that more office workers aren’t being outfitted with a heated desk chair. Think a heated seat might be a good fit for you? Read on to find out what benefits you can expect when you work with a heated chair.


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Sep 21 2016
Office Chair Casters 101

| Furniture Materials, Office Seating

Did you know that the wheels on your office chair are designed to be used with a specific type of flooring? There are two main types of office chair casters—soft floor and hard floor—and you should verify which type you’ll need before you buy your new office chair.


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Sep 20 2016
How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

| Office Life

We’ve all been there—the afternoon slump. It usually happens between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM when lunch is over and the end of the day can’t seem to come soon enough. Many of us have just learned to cope with the afternoon slump over the years, but did you know there are easy ways to fight back? It’s true, and these are some of our favorites.


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Sep 19 2016
Chair Ergonomics 101

| Ergonomics

First thing’s first. What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency in his or her working environment. Today, many furniture manufacturers and designers understand that they simply cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating office furniture, especially when it comes to chairs. Because of that, many office chairs include ergonomic adjustments that enable them to be positioned to support a wide range of body types. So what ergonomic adjustments should you look for in your next office chair? Read on to find out.

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Sep 15 2016
Where to Splurge and Save on Office Furniture

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Whether you’re running a small business or a multi-million dollar corporation, every office wants to save money wherever possible. Although saving money may be necessary, plan wisely when budgeting for your new office furniture—some pieces are worth the splurge. Read on to determine what pieces of furniture are worth the extra dollars spent and what items can save you some cash up front.


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Sep 14 2016
Office Chair Casters 101

| Eco-Friendly

Did you know that the wheels on your office chair are designed to be used with a specific type of flooring? There are two main types of office chair casters—soft floor and hard floor—and you should verify which type you’ll need before you buy your new office chair.


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Sep 14 2016
Standing Height Solutions for Government Employees

| GSA, Office Desks

The end of the fiscal year is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to use up those government budget dollars before you lose them for good. When it comes to office furniture for government employees, there’s one trend that seems to be growing more and more every year—the need for standing furniture solutions. Alternating between sitting and standing has been proven time and time again to increase blood flow, leading to healthier, happier and more productive employees. It’s no wonder government offices are hopping on board the standing height bandwagon, as the benefits of this type of furniture have proven themselves to be quite noteworthy. If your government office has already made the decision to equip the space with standing height solutions, then this list of our best-selling GSA approved standing desks is for you.


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