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May 26
The Ultimate Guide to Whiteboards & Bulletin Boards

| Office Boards, Office Design

Office boards come in a vast and varied selection, which means there’s a lot to choose from, and narrowing it down can be tough. First, consider what type of room you’ll be using the board in and how often you’ll be using it. Next, read our comprehensive guide to find the best board for you and your office.

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May 25
Exclusive Media Tables for Teleconferencing

| Conference Rooms, Industry News, Office Design, Office Tables

How often do you find yourself seated at a rectangular table in a conference room, straining to see around the heads and chairs of your coworkers in order to view the same presentation or video conference as everyone else? There is a reason that the White House cabinet room doesn't include a table with 90 degree angles – the best way to give everybody a clear view is to provide a table that is designed in a shape fitted for its specific purpose. In this case, you don't need a rectangular table, you need a table with two sides that angle towards your focal point, allowing each and every attendee to clearly see the presenter or screen.

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May 24
LinkedIn Etiquette 101: What You Need to Know

| Office Life

So you have a LinkedIn profile—now what? Creating a name for yourself on LinkedIn is only the first and smallest step toward taking advantage of all of the networking opportunities this social platform has to offer. In order to really make a positive impression and build good relationships on LinkedIn, be sure to take these etiquette tips into consideration any time you post activity.

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May 23
Email Etiquette: Best Practices for the Workplace

| Office Life

As email use rises in the workplace, so does the opportunity for these emails to result in clashes between workers with different communication styles. This, in turn, can lead to unnecessary tension between colleagues and between managers and employees. So how do we fix the tension and other issues that email miscommunication can create? Here are some email best practices that can help to keep everyone on the same page.


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May 19
Brand Spotlight: AmFab Company

| Brand Spotlights

All healthcare facilities need overbed tables available for patient use, but do you trust where your facility’s overbed tables are coming from? AmFab has been designing and manufacturing overbed tables for over 30 years, and the company’s dedication to perfecting this niche product goes above and beyond what most expect.

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May 18
The Ultimate Guide to Overbed Tables

| Healthcare

Looking for new overbed tables for your healthcare facility? There’s more to these little bed trays than you may think! From the shape of the base to the weight capacity, options vary based on the application for which the table will be used. Here’s what you need to know.

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May 17
How to Stay Focused When Working from Home

| Office Life

Working from home is an exciting prospect, and it opens employees up to a sense of freedom that typically isn’t available in a traditional office setting. But if you just started telecommuting after working in an office for a while, it can be quite the adjustment. To learn more about what it’s like to make this adjustment, we interviewed Jen Cable, who recently made the switch from working in a bustling call center to doing her work from the quiet comfort of her own home. These are Jen’s top tips for staying focused and productive while telecommuting.

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May 16
What is ANSI/BIFMA? - An Overview

| Industry News, Office Design

What does ANSI/BIFMA stand for, and what does it mean? We’re breaking it all down here to give you a better understanding of what ANSI/BIFMA is and how it can affect you and your office furniture.

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May 12
7 Inexpensive Office Decor Ideas

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Looking to update your office, but don’t have a ton of money to burn? If you can’t afford brand new furniture or construction, there are plenty of low-cost and easy-to-implement ways to make your workspace look like new. Adding the right décor is not only a cost-effective solution, but it’s also much more temporary, meaning you’ll be able to switch up the look of your office with the changing seasons if you so choose. Here are seven pieces of décor that you can add to your office to instantly enhance the look of the space.

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May 11
Now Trending: Outdoor Breakrooms

| Now Trending

The breakroom has the potential to be the best space in your office, depending on what you do with it. Keep it plain and sad looking, and your employees aren’t likely to want to sit in it for very long. But provide a space that’s innovative and inspiring, and your employees will thank you for the reprieve from the hours of sitting at their desks. One up-and-coming trend in office design is creating break areas outside, which is especially welcome this time of year when the weather is finally getting nice again after a long winter. So think outside the cube, and take these tips for creating a great outdoor break area!...

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May 10
Mixing Different Work Environments

| Office Design, Office Life

Today, there are more places to work than ever before. Gone are the days of working in a single, stuffy space. Now more and more companies are allowing their employees to get the job done where they want, and allowing employees to choose for themselves is proving to have positive results. Below is a snapshot of three common types of working environments and what they have to offer for employers and employees alike.


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May 9
How to Use Feng Shui to Create a Comfortable and Productive Office

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Is your office a place of productivity, focus and success? Or does it feel uncomfortable, cluttered and a source of stress? Organizing your office with some simple principles from the ancient practice of Feng Shui might help set you on the path to success.


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May 5
What is Transitional Design?

| Office Design

What is transitional design? In short, it’s a blend of traditional and modern interior design aesthetics; however, this style can be tricky to pinpoint. When it comes to design styles, modern and traditional are fairly well-known and easy to define, but the lines are blurred when it comes to transitional pieces. If you’re looking for a happy medium between the two, transitional may just be the way to go. So how do we define this signature style? Here are a few key distinguishable differences that set transitional apart from traditional and modern.

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May 4
The Ultimate Guide to Chair Cleaning

| Furniture Maintenance

You use the chairs in your office every day, and they’re bound to get dirty whether you want them to or not. To ensure that your chairs stay looking their best year after year, take these tips for the regular cleaning and maintenance of all upholstery types.

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May 3
3 Benefits of Coworking Spaces

| Office Life

If you’re not already familiar with it, a coworking space is a shared office environment that can be rented on an as-needed basis and is typically used by people in different organizations at the same time. You might ask, “What’s the point of that?” The truth is, this work style has been gaining speed over the last few years, and for good reason. The benefits of taking advantage of a coworking space are plentiful. Here are just a few of them.

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May 2
The Benefits of Memory Foam

| Furniture Materials, Office Seating

Trying to decide between an office chair with a fabricated foam seat and one with a memory foam seat? Although fabricated foam is the most common type of seat support found in desk chairs today, investing in a chair with a memory foam seat could do you a world of good, especially if you are prone to chronic back pain. Take a look at just a few of the benefits that memory foam and Tempur-Pedic® chairs have to offer.


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Apr 28
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Ascend

| Collection Spotlights

The refreshing single and two tone color options of our exclusive NBF Signature Series Ascend line provide an easy way to match or update the look of your office or reception area. In addition to the popular desks and files, we have also recently added a new player – Ascend conference tables, available in standard and standing heights, with optional data ports.

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Apr 27
The Ultimate Guide to Exam Tables

| Healthcare

Need new exam tables for your healthcare facility? From keeping patients and caregivers safe to meeting health codes to sticking to your budget, there’s a lot to consider before choosing the right tables for your hospital or private practice. That’s why we’re breaking down the different types of exam tables along with their benefits so that you can have a comprehensive look at what to expect before you start shopping.

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Apr 26
How to Make Your Cube Feel Like Home

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

An office cube may not always feel like coziest space....

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Apr 25
The Ultimate Guide to Leather Upholstery

| Furniture Materials

What’s the difference between leather and bonded leather? What’s eco-leather? What’s faux leather? All valid questions. With all these different names for various types of true and man-made upholsteries, it can be tough to determine what’s what. That’s why we’re breaking it all down in this guide to leather.


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Apr 22
How Companies Can Celebrate Earth Day

| Health and Wellness, Office Life

Earth Day was first introduced by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson to encourage and strengthen environmental activism. Today, Earth Day is recognized nationwide as a day to take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the power of nature and maybe even do some activism of our own. Many will argue that Earth Day should be every day; that we should always be aware of our carbon footprint and make efforts to continuously conserve what our planet provides. ...

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Apr 21
The Ultimate Guide to Waiting Room Seating

| Office Seating, Waiting Rooms

Whether you’re outfitting a small or large waiting room, your choices in reception seating are vast and varied. So where do you begin? This guide to waiting room seating explains your choices in reception seating and will help you decide which options will work the best in your office.

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Apr 20
The Ultimate Guide to Bariatric Seating

| Healthcare, Waiting Rooms

What is a bariatric chair? In short, bariatric chairs are oversized seating designed to support more than 300 pounds of evenly distributed weight. But there’s a lot more to it than that. Every office needs to be equipped with some big and tall seating, but this type of furniture is especially important for medical facilities that need to put guest safety at the forefront of every choice that’s made. Here’s what you should consider when it comes to the bariatric chairs you put in your healthcare facility....

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Apr 19
6 Tips for Making the Most of a Small Workspace

| Office Life

Whether you’re working in a tight cubicle or a small home office, conserving what little space you have can be tough. Take these six tips to maximize even the smallest workstation. ...

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Apr 18
How to Use NBF's Ships Today Program

| How To Instructions

Maybe you’re a startup company ready to launch in just a few weeks. Maybe your old furniture is falling apart and needs to be replaced before that big board meeting next month. Whatever the case might be, sometimes you just need office furniture fast – we get it. That’s exactly why we offer hundreds of furniture that Ships Today. That’s right, chairs, desks, storage, décor—you name it. Our Ships Today program is the ideal option for the company that needs it done and needs it done now....

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Apr 15
Brand Spotlight: Intensa

| Brand Spotlights

When it comes to furnishing a medical facility, it’s important to select furniture that will make patients and guests feel at ease during their stay. Intensa, a renowned manufacturer of medical and laboratory furnishings, looks at healthcare products differently from many other manufacturers—not as equipment, but as furniture. Making your medical facility feel more inviting and homelike helps patients and their loved ones feel calmer, helping to speed up the healing process.

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Apr 14
Employee Pick: The Synergy Arm Chair

| Employee Picks, Waiting Rooms

In this edition of Employee Picks, Alex Clarkson, Web Merchandising Specialist for NBF, shares why her pick is the Synergy arm chair from our exclusive NBF Signature Series.

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Apr 12
How to Clean Leather Chairs

| Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials

Leather office chairs allow employees to work in total comfort and sophistication. Although this type of seating is a true luxury, it isn’t the easiest to maintain. If you want your leather to stay looking and feeling as good as new for years to come, regular cleaning is a must. Here are three ways to clean your leather upholstery, plus some helpful tips.

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Apr 11
NBF Delivery Options

| Industry News

At National Business Furniture, we use different shipping methods based on the type of furniture being delivered and on the type of business the furniture is being delivered to....

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Apr 7
Now Trending: Tempur-Pedic® Office Chairs

| Now Trending

One of the most iconic names in comfort, Tempur-Pedic® is often associated with luxurious mattresses, pillows and personalized sleeping experiences. Now, they're extending their reach a little further into the business market to offer customers the chance to enjoy similar relaxation in their workplace.

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Apr 6
[Office Tour] Athens Family Dental’s Warm, Welcoming Waiting Area

| Office Tours, Waiting Rooms

Athens Family Dental in Athens, Georgia recently had a need for a reception redo. For help, office team member Brenda Zareie turned to NBF National Account Manager Shaun Fretz.

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Apr 5
8 Questions Interviewers Should Be Asking

| Office Life

When it comes to advice for interviewing, the articles are endless. But what happens when you’re on the other side of the table, not as the interviewee, but as the interviewer? Here are ten questions that all interviewers should ask.

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Apr 4
Office Moving Tips and Tricks

| How To Instructions, Office Life

Exciting things are happening at the NBF corporate headquarters, as we’re all preparing to leave the building we’ve worked in for the last several years in order to move to a new location nearby. As our company grows, so grows our need for more employees and more office space, and we’re all excited to be transitioning to a building that can accommodate that growth. Since we’re in the process of moving to our new building, what better time to share some of our tried and true tips for moving to a new office? Here’s what we recommend.


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Mar 31
The Ultimate Guide to Filing Cabinets

| Office Design, Office Storage & Filing

Spring is generally the season that everyone associates with cleaning and organization, but the right furniture can help you stay organized all year round. Use our guide to filing cabinets before you decide what to buy to ensure that you get the best possible solution for your space.

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Mar 30
5 Tips for Holding More Successful Meetings

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

If you’re finding that conferences in your company haven’t been as productive as you might like, the problem could lie in a number of commonly made meeting mistakes. Be sure to take these tips into consideration before, during and after your meetings to ensure that all participants get out of each meeting what you put into them.


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Mar 29
Employee Pick: The Metro Bentwood Chair

| Employee Picks

In this edition of Employee Picks, Ashley Hess, Virtual Showroom Agent for NBF, shares why she loves the Metro Bentwood Executive Chair from our exclusive NBF Signature Series.

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Mar 24
How to Encourage Employee Engagement

| How To Instructions

You do not need to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to know that a disengaged worker can cause some serious issues. When employees are engaged in their work and feel a sense of purpose, they take pride in their work; something that is a win-win for everyone. Here are a few ways you can boost and encourage workers to be engaged and proactive in their roles at your company, regardless of what those roles may be.

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Mar 23
Choosing the Right Behavioral Health Furniture

| Healthcare

If you’re outfitting a behavioral health facility with new furniture, you’ve got a lot of factors to take into consideration, and they’re all important. The challenge of furnishing this type of healthcare facility is that you’ll need to somehow accommodate individuals with vastly different needs from one another due to the great range in mental illnesses that behavioral health facilities treat. Here’s what you absolutely must consider before selecting your new furniture.


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Mar 22
Brand Spotlight: NBF Signature Series

| Brand Spotlights

Vast and varied, our exclusive NBF Signature Series brand encompasses over 1100 of the products we offer online, and is featured heavily in our catalog. We designed this brand to offer customers a unique selection of curated desk lines, seating and storage that they cannot find anywhere else. With hand-picked finish options, elegant hardware and choice upholsteries, we are extremely selective about the products that carry our name.

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Mar 17
How to Clean Laminate Furniture

| Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials, How To Instructions

One of the greatest benefits to having laminate office furniture instead of solid wood or veneer is that laminate is a breeze to maintain and clean. Laminate doesn’t scratch or stain easily, but you should still take care to clean your laminate furniture in the right way to ensure that it will last for as long as possible. Here’s how:

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Mar 16
[Office Tour] Michael’s Calm, Contemporary Workspace

| Office Tours

Southern Arizona Endodontics in Tucson, Arizona is the home to Michael’s own little slice of workspace heaven, which features calming, contemporary colors and sleek minimalism in a 110 square foot package. A balance of professionalism and personalization makes this administrative office feel a little more like home.

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Mar 15
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Tower Collection

| Collection Spotlights, Waiting Rooms

It's early in the morning, and your receptionist arrives to the office. What sort of reception desk will they sit down at? A cold, stark, avant-garde mélange of glass and metal with no storage or privacy? Or perhaps something a bit more welcoming. One with an ample work surface and plenty of storage; perhaps with a place for them to hang their jacket? That’s exactly what your receptionist can expect with the L-desk from our exclusive NBF Signature Series Tower collection.

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Mar 10
How to Brand Your Waiting Room

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

Your reception area is the first point of contact that the vast majority of people have with your physical office location. Whether it’s employees, investors or customers, everyone should know exactly where they are when they step foot into your business, and your office design should give off a positive impression. Here are a few techniques that you can use to achieve brand recognition and shine your company in the right light via the design in your reception area.

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Mar 9
Now Trending: Modern Office Furniture

| Now Trending

Sleek and sophisticated furniture is here to stay, and we’re not just talking about in your home. Due to its attractive look, modern furnishings are only gaining in popularity in offices all over the world. Modern office design creates an air of professionalism through minimalism, focusing on thin profiles and mixed materials. It’s a fashion statement that can be seen in every corner of an office, no matter how large or small the business may be. Here are some of the ways we’ve seen modern office furniture implemented in recent years.

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Mar 8
10 Pieces of Advice from Female Executives

| Office Life

Today is International Women’s Day – and what better way to celebrate than to reflect on some of the best bits of advice from some of the most successful female executives out there. Here are ten quotes to motivate and inspire.


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Mar 3
Now Trending: Glass Top Desks & Tables

| Now Trending, Office Tables

There’s no denying that modern style furniture gives an office a sleek, sophisticated edge. One trend we’ve been seeing a lot recently is implementing this edgy look by incorporating desks and tables that have glass tops and metal bases. The glass top is clear, creating the illusion of the space looking larger, and metallic bases give off a sleek shine that has the same effect. Here are some of the ways we’ve seen this trend in office furniture lately.

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Mar 2
Healthcare Furniture 101: 4 Major Considerations

| Healthcare

When furnishing a healthcare facility, knowing where to start your search for the right furniture can be a daunting task to say the least. Not only does furniture need to be commercial quality, but it also needs to go far above and beyond that of what you would buy for a typical business. So where do you start? With how it looks? How durable it is? These are what our healthcare furniture experts consider to be the four most crucial factors to consider, in order, beginning with the most important.


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Mar 1
Our Top 10 Eco-Friendly Furniture Collections

| Collection Spotlights, Eco-Friendly

Whether it’s watching what you eat, trying to drive less often or recycling more carefully, there are loads of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and make less of a negative impact on the earth. But did you know that you can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle by incorporating the right furniture in your business? At NBF, we offer hundreds of green furniture options that go far beyond basic certification requirements for green furniture. Here are just a few of the collections we offer that are made of recycled products.


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Feb 25
1 Desk 3 Ways: The At Work L-Shaped Desk

| Office Design

Furniture changes based on the person (or people) using it, and there are countless ways to use and style the same desk. Here are three ways our customers have styled the versatile NBF Signature Series At Work L-Shaped Desk!

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