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Feb 22 2017
The Esquire Desk in Driftwood: A New Color for an Old Favorite

| Collection Spotlights, Furniture Materials, Industry News, Now Trending, Office Desks

Okay, so the NBF Signature Series Esquire reception collection isn’t that old per se, but it does come in a brand new color for 2017. With the success Esquire has found in its traditional mahogany color, we thought it was about time we bring a softer, more modern look to this already sleek and sophisticated desk. Introducing: The Esquire Reception Desk in Driftwood.


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Feb 21 2017
How Do I Incorporate More Standing Into My Work Day?

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

By now it’s fairly common knowledge that sitting at your desk for 40 hours a week isn’t doing your body any favors. So how can you make is easier to alternate between sitting and standing throughout your work day? The right standing desk could be just what you need.


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Feb 20 2017
How to Clean Wood Veneer

| Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials, How To Instructions

If you have any type of wood veneer furniture, whether it be a desk or a bookcase, it’s important to know how to best clean and maintain the furniture item. As wood veneer consists of natural wood, the cleaning process is a detailed one in order to ensure that the wood is not damaged in any way. Be sure to always consult the manufacturer of the product to ensure that you are using the proper cleaning method for your furniture. Below are some general cleaning guidelines when it comes to wood veneer casegoods, but please note that your product could have other guidelines, depending upon the manufacturer.

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Feb 16 2017
Office Tour: The American College

| Office Tours

The American College, an online university with a physical presence in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, prides itself in its commitment to practical academics and real-world results. As such, when it came time for this educational facility to revamp one of its training rooms with new furniture, they wanted something that would be practical, just like the lessons they teach. Here's how NBF Account Executive Kevin Emery helped The American College achieve just what they needed:


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Feb 15 2017
Healthier Hospitals Initiative: What is it and How Does NBF Support It?

The goal of the Healthier Hospitals Healthy Interiors initiative is to ensure that 30% of the annual volume of furniture and furniture purchases eliminate the use of formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), antimicrobials, and all flame retardants. In its effort to help provide a healthy and safe environment for all healthcare providers, patients and guests, NBF supports HH Healthy Interiors in a few different ways.


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Feb 14 2017
How Can I Add More Privacy in My Open Office?

| Office Design, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you’re an introvert by nature or you just need some peace and quiet to work on tedious projects from time to time, finding privacy in an open concept office is easier said than done. So how do you create a sense of privacy without building new walls in your office building?


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Feb 13 2017
All About Desk Returns

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design, Office Desks

If you’re shopping for an L- or U-shaped desk online, then you’ll want to know exactly what type of return you’ll need for your office before you make a purchase. A “desk return” refers to the portion of one of these desks that attaches to the main computer desk and extends outward to one side. On a U-desk, the return is often referred to as a bridge, which attaches the main desk to the credenza. ...

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Feb 8 2017
The Complete Guide to Office Storage

| Office Organization, Office Storage & Filing

Need a hand organizing your office? A little storage can go a long way, and there are storage options for just about every type of clutter you can imagine. Read our comprehensive guide to office storage to determine what type you might need for your workspace.


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Feb 7 2017
How Can I Warm Up at Work?

| Office Chairs, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Cold at work? There’s a reason for that. New studies show that most offices are devised to accommodate men, who often prefer colder temperatures at work. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to this office conundrum—heated office chairs.


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Feb 6 2017
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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Feb 2 2017
Office Tour: Grunau

| Office Tours

A mechanical systems and fire protection union contractor, Grunau is headquartered in the Greater Milwaukee area, not far from the place National Business Furniture calls home. Just as Grunau seeks to understand their customers' vision in every project that they do, so NBF sought to understand Grunau's vision in our recent project with the company lead by NBF Account Executive Anna Reedy. Read on to find out what Grunau wanted out of this redesigned workspace and how Reedy helped them achieve it.


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Feb 1 2017
Office Super Bowl Party Ideas

| Office Life

Super Bowl LI is Sunday, February 5, but football fans across the country are ready to party right now, and we don’t blame them! If your office is about to burst with excitement for Sunday’s game, why not throw a pre-celebration party at work? Even co-workers who aren’t so into the big game can appreciate some snacks and fun. Here’s how you can throw a work appropriate Super Bowl party at your office.


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Jan 31 2017
Problem: We Need More Seating for Our Training Room

| Conference Rooms, Problem Solutions

Large or small, training rooms need to have extra seating options nearby for the occasions when conferences need to house more people than usual. The problem? Storing additional chairs can be daunting since they can take up a lot of physical space in a room. Due to space constraints, many offices choose to simply not offer extra chairs for their training spaces, which can lead to standing-room-only situations in large conferences.


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Jan 30 2017
Timeless Office Styles

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design

The word “timeless” is certainly a lofty adjective; yet there are things that we always seem to return to, whether it’s in the world of fashion or the world of office furniture. Here are three office styles that we consider to be truly timeless....

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Jan 25 2017
Now Trending: Scandinavian Style

| Now Trending, Office Chairs

If you love the clean look of a modern office but want a style that’s a little more inviting, Scandinavian furniture and décor may be just what you need. This design trend is gaining momentum both in home offices and corporate spaces as it blends modern and rustic styles in a way that is artistic and sharp.


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Jan 24 2017
Problem: My Chair is Making Me Uncomfortable at Work

| Office Chairs, Problem Solutions

If you’re feeling discomfort in your back, neck or legs while you work, you probably have your office chair to blame. Good chair ergonomics are hugely important when it comes to your level of comfort at work, and the problem with that is that every person has different needs when it comes to keeping his or her body in the correct position as they sit. Although there is no one-size-fits-all solution to office chairs, ergonomic chairs that feature a lot of different adjustments come pretty close.


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Jan 23 2017
Office Chair Measurements that Matter

| Measurements that Matter

With the vast and varied selection of office chairs available, narrowing down your options can be tough. You’ve probably considered cost, ergonomics and aesthetics during your shopping process, but have you thought about getting a chair with the right measurements? Just like a desk or bookcase, chairs come in many sizes, and you’ll want to find one that will fit with your workspace, your work style and your body type. Here’s what to consider before making a purchase.

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Jan 19 2017
Office Tour: Women Veterans of the Coastal Bend

| Office Tours

In October of 2016 we held our second annual Veterans Day Office Giveaway contest wherein we asked US veterans from across the country to send us a photo of their current office along with the story of why they could use an office makeover. After receiving 70 submissions we asked you to vote, and after almost 1000 votes we named Karen LeeAnn Fox, founder of Women Veterans of the Coastal Bend, as our 2016 grand prize winner. Want to see what Karen LeeAnn did with her winnings? Read on to find out.


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Jan 18 2017
New Office Furniture Collections for 2017

| Collection Spotlights, Industry News, Now Trending

It’s a brand new year and that means new additions to our exclusive NBF Signature Series collection. From industrial inspired designs with a modern edge to contemporary storage and dining options, there’s a lot to be excited about. Read on to learn more about five of our newest collections.


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Jan 17 2017
What to Do When Your Office Chair Just Doesn’t Fit

| Office Chairs, Problem Solutions

If you find yourself with your feet dangling off the ground or with not enough seat space to stay comfortable, it may be time for a different size office chair. Employees in most office settings are equipped with a standard size office chair which, to be fair, will accommodate the majority of people. But for those who do not fit within the realm of being 5’ 5” to 6’ 0” tall and weighing less than 250 pounds, it may be time for a new chair.


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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

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design

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

| 30 Second Office Tips, 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!


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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 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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