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Sep 20 2017
The Complete Guide to Desk Cleaning

| Furniture Maintenance, Office Desks, Office Organization, Problem Solutions

How do I clean my desk? Not all office desks are created equal, and you'll need to take the construction of yours into account before you jump into a potentially harmful cleaning routine. Read on for our recommendations for keeping your desk looking like new year after year.


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Sep 19 2017
5 Tips for Keeping Your Office Furniture Looking Like New

| 30 Second Office Tips

You have your new office furniture, it looks great, it feels awesome and you're ready to get to work! Unfortunately, your furniture won't stay new forever. Regular wear and tear can take its toll on even the finest furniture, causing it to depreciate quickly and forcing you to replace it often. So how can you make the most of your money? Take these five tips for keeping your furniture looking and feeling like new, and you won't need to replace those desks or chairs anytime soon.


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Sep 18 2017
The Complete 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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Sep 13 2017
Brand Spotlight: Kwalu Healthcare Furniture

| Healthcare

A homelike atmosphere leads to quicker patient healing in a healthcare facility and happier, more comfortable residents in a senior living facility. When you think of healthcare furnishings, your mind may jump to the sterile, unattractive chairs, tables and patient beds of the past. Fortunately, Kwalu takes the practical and safe nature of traditional healthcare furnishings and blends it with high-end, beautiful design that patients, residents and care providers alike can enjoy.


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Sep 12 2017
Complete Guide to Active Seating

| Ergonomics, Office Chairs, Problem Solutions, Standing Desks

What is Active Seating? Active seating is a tool that allows you to move around while sitting. While you may have heard that sitting is the new smoking, what you may not know is that extended periods of standing also have their negative health effects. To combat this, we recommend keeping at least one type of active chair or stool at your desk to sit at when you aren’t standing or relaxing at work. Below you'll find some of the most popular types of active seating available.


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Sep 11 2017
How to Use the NBF Free Swatch Sample Program

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Finding a piece of furniture that is the perfect color or the right material to match the rest of your office can be a tricky experience when shopping online. This is simply due to the fact that so many aspects impact the coloration and quality of images online. For example, the same product can look black when viewed on one monitor and dark brown on a different screen. But before you let the color factor prevent you from ordering your furniture online, check out our NBF swatch sample program.


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Sep 6 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Comfortemp

| Collection Spotlights

Whether it's a cool draft in winter or a blasting air conditioning unit in summer, it's easy to catch a chill at the office year-round. How can you work productively when you can’t even stay comfortable at your desk? Sure, you can put a sweater on, but that doesn’t always do the trick. Some offices allow space heaters, but these can cause power outages if you aren’t careful. Sitting in a cordless heated chair, on the contrary, is safe for an office environment and will keep your whole body warm all day long, allowing you to focus on work. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the benefits that our exclusive NBF Signature Series Comfortemp heated chair has to offer.


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Sep 5 2017
The Complete Guide to GSA Office Furniture

The General Services Administration (GSA) schedule program was created to streamline the process of buying goods for federal organizations. Companies that hold a GSA schedule contract are carefully screened by trained members of the GSA to ensure that commercial sales to government facilities are up to the standards set forth by the organization. Furniture listed under National Business Furniture’s GSA schedule includes predetermined pricing, terms and conditions that have been negotiated between NBF and the GSA. Federal buyers (and, in some cases, state and local government buyers) can then use that GSA schedule to purchase furniture and décor from NBF. The buying process for these items is thus simplified because the GSA has already completed the bulk of the procurement process on behalf of government buyers across the country.

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Sep 1 2017
#WhyWeWork—Share Your Passion. Inspire Others.

| Why We Work

We're passionate about why we work—to help people across the United States create the beautiful office they deserve. That's why all of us at National Business Furniture are committed to helping everyone discover the passion and pure joy that comes from a job well done. During the month of September, we're reflecting on what makes us at National Business Furniture passionate about why we work and learning more about why you work, too.


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Aug 30 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Compass Collection

| Collection Spotlights

First impressions are everything, and that’s why it’s so important to incorporate a bold reception area into your office. As the first point of contact most visitors will see upon entering your business, the reception area 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 NBF Signature Series Compass collection comes in.


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Aug 29 2017
Types of Office Chairs

| Office Seating

Looking for an office chair? Thankfully, there are many different types of chairs to meet every sort of workplace need. Take a look at our comprehensive list to discover the best option for you!

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Aug 22 2017
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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Aug 21 2017
3 Things You Can Do to Get Moving at Work

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life, Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard by now that the sedentary office lifestyle is leading to a rise in heart disease and other health issues. Studies have shown that moving throughout the work day is the best way to combat the negative side effects of being chained to your desk. Take these tips to get yourself up and moving while you work!


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Aug 16 2017
Get the Look for Less: Private Office Design on a Budget

| Office Design, Problem Solutions

When it comes to your private office, it's important to create an air of professionalism that employees and co-workers can respect while still incorporating your own personality into the space. Unfortunately, this feat often comes with a lofty price tag. Whether in a corporate corner office or in the comfort of your own home, here are some tips for getting the look you want in your private office for a price you can afford. 


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Aug 15 2017
How to Create a Beautiful Breakroom

| Breakrooms, How To Instructions, Office Design

A breakroom done right can provide an area of respite for employees. While we all want to be productive, no one can perform at their best after hours upon hours of work without a break. Breaks are, in fact, a necessary part of office life – and breakrooms provide a designated place for daily retreat. So how do you ensure that your breakrooms are beautiful and restful? This should get you started.


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Aug 14 2017
How to Arrange Office Furniture: Our Top Tips

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design

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

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Aug 9 2017
Get the Look for Less: Waiting Room Design on a Budget

| How To Instructions, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

Depending on the size of your front lobby and the type of business you're running, outfitting the waiting room can become an expensive task. You'll need a statement reception desk to use as the focal point in the room, occasional tables and décor to make the space feel professional and, of course, the right seating to keep your guests comfortable while they wait. Whether you're furnishing a large lobby or a little waiting area, here's how you can get the look you want in your reception area without busting your budget.


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Aug 8 2017
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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Aug 7 2017
Veneer Or Laminate: Which Should I Choose?

| Office Desks, Problem Solutions

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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Aug 4 2017
20 NBF Style Offices to Inspire Your Business Makeover

| How To Instructions, Industry News, Now Trending, Office Life, Office Tours

We work hard to design furniture that works. that's why we love seeing customer photos of our products in their natural habitats, working hard to give others the beautiful offices they deserve. Now we want to see your NBF style, too!


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Aug 2 2017
Multi-Use Stack Chairs for the Office

| Breakrooms, Now Trending, Office Chairs, Office Seating

There's a lot to love about stackable seating. Typically lightweight yet highly durable, stack chairs are the ideal option for use in training rooms and breakrooms that need functional chairs that will last a long while in a commercial setting. But with so many options available, how do you choose which stack chairs will stand up to everyday use in your workspace? Here are our best recommendations.


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Aug 1 2017
Get the Look for Less: Breakrooms on a Budget

| Breakrooms, Problem Solutions

Outfitting an office on a budget takes a lot of research and careful planning in order to secure the best deal while still getting what your business really needs. If it's a beautiful breakroom you're after, you'll be happy to learn that there are plenty of affordable options to choose from that will still leave your lunchroom looking sharp and professional. Read on to learn a little more about our recommendations for achieving an expensive look for less in your office's breakroom.


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July 31 2017
The Ultimate Guide to Conference Room Seating

| Office Seating

Outfitting your conference room with the right table is one thing, but finding the best chairs for your meeting space is another matter entirely. When it comes to selecting conference chairs for your meeting rooms, consider how many people you want the room to accommodate and what type of look and feel you want it to convey. Then check out our comprehensive guide to conference chairs.


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July 26 2017
Office Desks for Two

| Office Design, Office Desks, Problem Solutions

Looking for an office desk built for two? No matter if you and your spouse want to work in your home office together or you need to save space in your small business any way you can, an office desk for 2 is an ideal option. Below you'll find some of our newest and best-selling T-shaped desks and dual workstations that will help you maximize your space while allowing every employee to work comfortably.


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July 25 2017
How to Divide Office Space on a Budget

| How To Instructions, Now Trending, Office Design, Problem Solutions

There are tons of benefits to be found in the open concept office, from increased collaboration between employees to maximized office space. One major drawback to the layout, however, is the increased level of audible and visual distraction that an open concept creates. This problem is easy to fix, but one of the benefits to designing an open concept office is that it is less expensive than setting up full-size cubicles and wall-off waiting rooms. So how do you divide up an office to create more privacy and less distraction while also staying mindful of your strict budget? Here are our best suggestions.


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July 24 2017
23 Conference Rooms to Inspire Your Next Office Makeover

| Now Trending, Office Design

Whether you're outfitting a new executive conference room or trying to fit in some casual meeting spaces into your existing office, it can be difficult to know where to start. Check out some of our most popular conference setups to inspire your next meeting space makeover.


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July 20 2017
Office Tour: Business Development Pros

| Office Design, Office Tours

When it came time for Business Development Pros to move to a new office space, they took at as the ideal opportunity to upgrade their office to a more beautiful and functional workspace. For help bringing their vision to life, Business Development Pros's Paul and Marc Case reached out to NBF Account Executive Anna Reedy. From open concept workstations and standing height options to an inviting reception area and private meeting spaces, the new office has everything employees need to get to work.


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July 19 2017
How to Set Up Modular Waiting Room Seating

| Office Chairs, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

The benefit to modular guest seating for waiting areas is the ability to configure and reconfigure the chairs in tables in a seemingly endless number of ways. How do you decide which configurations will be best for your reception area? Take a look at the most common configuration types to determine what style will work best for your needs.


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July 18 2017
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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July 17 2017
How to Properly Light Your Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Health and Wellness, Office Design

Poor lighting is often cited as one of the most common interior design mistakes. While poor lighting is sure to be stressful and annoying no matter what room you may be in, it can be especially problematic in a home office or in any business setting; in fact, bad lighting is one of the most popular complaints from office employees around the globe.

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July 12 2017
On Trend: Office Benching Pros and Cons

| Now Trending, Office Desks, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you refer to it as a benching system or open concept office furniture, this type of desking has its benefits and drawbacks. Take a look at some of the top pros and cons to office benching to find out if this solution could be right for your office.


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July 11 2017
How to Create a Collaborative Meeting Space in Your Office

| Conference Rooms, Now Trending

If you work in an office, you probably have at least one conference room in which most of your meetings are held. But what do you do when a great idea pops into your head on the fly and all of the boardrooms are booked? Do you risk sending an email that can be easily ignored? Do you hold a powwow in a co-worker’s tight, compact cubicle? The issue of a lack of conference room space has inspired a fairly new trend in corporate office design—the addition of small, casual meeting areas known as touchdown spaces. Here are five tips to consider if you’d like to add one of these little huddle points to your office.

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July 10 2017
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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July 6 2017
Office Tour: Michelle's Modern Marvel

| Office Design, Office Tours

How can you make a home office with a view of the canal on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway any better? The right furniture doesn't hurt! Finding the right office furniture to suit her eclectic space was the challenge Michelle faced when designing her Floridian home office. Here's how she pulled it all together to create a workspace that feels like home.


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July 5 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Division

| Collection Spotlights

Whether it's a waiting room, a breakroom or a benching workspace, keeping everyone in a large open area is a recipe for distraction. So how do you offer privacy for your employees without having to build new walls in your office building? That's where the NBF Signature Series Division panels come in. Watch our video below and read on to learn how you can transform your entire office with this simple solution.


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July 3 2017
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 employee'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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June 28 2017
NeoCon 2017 Trends

| Industry News, Now Trending, Office Design

Another NeoCon has come and gone, and furniture makers this year had a lot to say via the new designs in their showrooms. From a focus on better human health in the office to a spin on funky, fresh design aesthetics, this year's largest commercial office furniture show was filled with bright and exciting new trends. 


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June 27 2017
How to Keep Guests Connected in Your Waiting Room

| Office Design, Waiting Rooms

Sitting in a reception area for a long period of time while waiting for an appointment usually isn’t any fun for most people. While offering reading materials and refreshments is a great way to keep guests comfortable while they wait, the majority of visitors would probably prefer to pass the time by using their mobile devices for reading articles, surfing social media and playing games. Here are some ways you can facilitate smart phone and tablet usage in your office’s waiting area.


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June 26 2017
The Complete Guide to Office 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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June 22 2017
Office Tour: KD Glass

| Office Design, Office Tours

Industry: Glass & Paint Contracting

Location: Madison, WI

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Urban, Premier Crossback, Officient New York City, Office Star ProLine Pro Grid, Office Star Air Grid and Tennsco Bookcases


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June 21 2017
NBF Signature Series Summer 2017 Collection

| Collection Spotlights, Now Trending, Office Design

Summer is finally here, and that always means new and exciting things for us! This summer, we’re proud to introduce four new NBF Signature Series collections, all designed to solve problems commonly faced in offices of all shapes and sizes.


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June 20 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Astoria

| Collection Spotlights, Now Trending, Office Design

Looking for mid-century modern style at a price your business can afford? Allow us to introduce you to our exclusive NBF Signature Series Astoria collection. 


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June 19 2017
Big and Tall Chairs Are Not One-Size-Fits-All Option

| Office Seating

The way most people talk, you’d think that “big and tall” is a general category for everything outside of the standard, from men’s suits to office furniture. In fact, they are two very different things. When buying a chair for your home or office, it’s important to understand the difference.


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June 14 2017
The Complete Guide to Waiting Room Furniture

| Waiting Rooms

Outfitting a waiting room is easier said than done. Whether it’s a small reception area or a huge lobby, you’ll need to determine your guest population and cater to their needs as well as the needs of your front desk staff. Here’s what you should consider before selecting your new waiting room furniture.


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June 13 2017
Affordable Workstations for the Whole Office

| Collection Spotlights, Office Design

If you have a lot of employees to seat and not a lot of budget to spend, accommodating everyone can be tough. To save on space and on money, take our tips for finding affordable workstation solutions for the whole office.


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June 12 2017
How to Set Up a Reception Room

| How To Instructions, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

A reception room, also referred to as a waiting room, welcomes guests, clients, patients and other visitors to your office or facility. Typically the very first room that visitors encounter, reception areas are the rooms responsible for shaping any individual’s first impression of an office’s space and culture, thereby making them quite important in the grand scheme of things. After all, most research seems to conclude that first impressions last.

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June 8 2017
Office Tour: Displays2Go

| Office Design, Office Tours

Industry: Retail and Trade Show Display

Location: Fall River, MA

Furniture Collections Used: Trendway Choices, Trendway Capture, Trendway Live, Trendway Jet, Trendway Intrinsic, HON Flock, HON Preside, Global Filing and Storage, HPFI Eve


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June 7 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Healthcare Furniture

Our exclusive NBF Signature Series line of furniture is known for its contemporary good looks, quality construction and affordable pricing. But did you know the line isn’t limited to just business furniture? We also have an all-encompassing collection of healthcare furniture within the NBF Signature Series brand that seeks to make hospitals and other medical facilities safer, more functional and more affordable. Take a closer look at some of our best–selling NBF Signature Series healthcare collections.


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June 6 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Riverside Waiting Room Furniture

| Collection Spotlights, Waiting Rooms

Comfort is the key to making a positive impression on visitors in your office's waiting room. That's why our exclusive NBF Signature Series Riverside collection is designed with connectivity and modularity in mind. Learn a little more about this modern reception seating in this collection spotlight. 


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