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May 22 2018

If you've been shopping for commercial office furniture, especially in the state of California, chances are high that you've seen fire protection ratings in the descriptions of the products. But what do they mean? The difference between CAL 117 and CAL 133 fire ratings is huge, so read carefully before determining which is the right choice for your business.


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May 21 2018
How to Clean Your Cubicle

| Office Desks

The cubicle—it's your home away from home. But do you clean it like you do your home? If you don't, you're not alone. After all, who can be expected to make the time to clean their workspace when office hours are spent working? Fortunately, there are simple steps you can take to keep your cubicle clean all year long without needing to set aside much time to do it.


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May 15 2018
How to Incorporate Collaborative Touchdown Areas in Your School

An effective education environment combines a healthy dose of the physical space with the social aspect of the learning process. It's not enough to stick students at a desk for hours on end. Rather, creating classrooms and common areas that have flow and flexibility will provide opportunities for students and teachers to work in new ways. Try out these easy methods for incorporating a collaborative touchdown area or two in your school.


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May 14 2018
Office Eating: Productivity Through Nutrition

| Office Life

What we put in our bodies has a huge effect on how we function in our day-to-day lives, work life included. While some eat well to stay fit or at their target weight, it's not the only benefit a healthy diet can produce. Eating well at work provides more energy, enabling employees to be more productive during the hours spent in meetings or at their desks. So what types of food should you be eating at work to keep your brain sharp and your energy up? Here's what we recommend.


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May 8 2018
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. Patients and parents will be happy you did!


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May 7 2018
The Complete Guide to Standing Desks

| Office Desks, Standing Desks

So you’ve heard that sitting all day, every day is detrimental to your health, and you’d like to do something about that. Great! Deciding to get a standing desk for your office is easy, but choosing the right standing desk for your space and for your work style is another matter entirely. To help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to standing desks which includes everything you should consider before taking the plunge.

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May 1 2018
5 Perks Employees Appreciate

| Office Life

Looking for effective ways to boost employee morale and work satisfaction within your business? From starting new company initiatives to offering simple enrichment options, these are a few of the things we've implemented at the NBF office to help keep our employees healthy and happy.


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Apr 30 2018
Sizmek Office Redesign

| Office Tours

Industry: Creative Digital Media

Location: Austin, TX

NBF Account Executive: Rusty Jenkins

Furniture Collections Used: Trendway Trig, Choices & Live; National Office Furniture Cinch, Epic, Grin & Whimsy


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Apr 24 2018
5 Ways to Find Passion for Your Work

| Office Life

Are you working your dream job? The truth is this: it doesn't matter. Whether you landed the career you've always wanted or are stuck somewhere that may not be particularly inspiring, you can find passion in what you do for a living just the same. Here's how:


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Apr 23 2018
Why We Work at Nature's Classroom Montessori

| Why We Work

“The reason that it feels so good to come into work every single day is because you have the perfect environment to be the best version of yourself that you can be. You go to work and you are so happy to be there.” – Adriana Haslam, Lower Elementary Directress, Nature's Classroom Montessori.


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Apr 17 2018
New Feature: Filter by Cleaner

| Healthcare

Purchasing new furniture for a healthcare facility comes with many more considerations than furnishing a standard business office. Not only does medical furniture need to look great and feel comfortable, but it must also be able to stand up to the rigorous cleaning regimens that healthcare institutes are required to abide by daily. That's why NBF is proud to offer a new website function that's designed to make the buying process easier for healthcare furniture buyers at the start of their search. Introducing: shop by cleaner.


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Apr 16 2018
How to Buy Cubicles & Panel Systems

| Office Design

Cubicles are hard to buy. A desk is a desk and a chair is a chair, but panel systems come in a huge range of sizes, styles and configurations. How are you supposed to know how many panels you need to make a 6x6 cube? Why should you have to consider every possible accessory and wire management option available? That's exactly what NBF account executives and design services are for, so don't sweat it—we've got you covered.


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Apr 10 2018
What is a Student Makerspace?

| Education

In short, a student makerspace is a classroom in which students with shared interests, particularly in technology, can gather to collaborate on school projects while sharing equipment and ideas. If you're in search of tips and tricks for creating a makerspace in your school, look no further. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you build it out.


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Apr 9 2018
Reliable Water Services

| Office Tours

Industry: Water Equipment Services

Location: Milwaukee, WI

NBF Sales Executive: Anna Reedy

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Lancaster, Emery Park Highland, Lesro Contemporary, NBF Signature Series Solutions, Chairs from Eurotech Seating


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Apr 3 2018
Brand Spotlight: Wendover Art Group

| Brand Spotlights, Office Decor & Accessories

At NBF, we know that the artwork and décor in your office is almost as important as the furniture you sit at every day. After all, the art you love is a direct reflection of your personality and life experiences. That’s why we’re proud to introduce our newest supplier of custom artwork, Wendover Art Group.


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Apr 2 2018
Make Way for Millennials: Office Design and its Effect on the Newest Generation of Employees

Ready or not, millennial office employees are here to stay. Gone are the days of satisfying workers with compensation alone. The youngest generation of coworkers set their sights much higher, expecting not only decent pay, but benefits that will improve their overall quality of life both inside and outside of work. Among these—a beautiful office to call home. Here are a few design trends to consider adding to your office to keep millennials interested in your business and working at their full potential.


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Mar 27 2018
Cranberry Psychological Center, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Healthcare

Location: McMurray, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: Lesro Newport


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Mar 26 2018
5 Things to Consider When Outfitting Your Office with Cubicles

Looking for office cubicles? Whether you're in need of only a few workstations or you need to furnish an entire building, calculating what type of panel systems will fit into the area can be tricky to say the least. Fortunately, National Business Furniture offers complimentary space planning services to make your work easy. Before calling your NBF account executive, gather the following information.


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Mar 20 2018
New vs. Used Cubicles: Which Should I Choose?

| Office Design

Adding cubicles to your office can be quite the chore. One of the common questions business owners ask themselves when it comes time to purchase new workstations is whether to buy new cubicles or go with used panel systems that may be a bit cheaper. Here's why we recommend buying new cubicles for your office.


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Mar 19 2018
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer Program

| Office Life

Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, giving back to the local community is essential for building a positive reputation and a name for yourself at the local level. If your 2018 business goals include starting an employee volunteer program at the office, these five simple steps will help get you there.


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Mar 13 2018
Office Tour: Schroeder Industries

| Office Tours

Industry: Private Business

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

NBF Account Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: DMI Pimlico & Symphony Seating


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Mar 12 2018
Office Design and Its Effect on the Face of Your Business

Having trouble attracting new talent to your business? Looking for ways to improve how candidates, employees and guests perceive your company? Whether you're starting up a new business or want to improve an already established company, the physical appearance of your office may have a greater effect on the face of your business than you once thought.


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Mar 6 2018
Brand Spotlight: InPro

| Brand Spotlights

When it comes to the design of your healthcare facility, every detail matters. For easy-to-install, easy-to-clean and long-lasting privacy curtains, wall guards, safety rails and signage for your healthcare environment, InPro is the expert you can trust.


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Mar 5 2018
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Touchdown

| Collection Spotlights

While formal conference rooms are still a crucial part of modern office design, one of the fastest growing trends in business furniture is the addition of quick and casual "touchdown" meeting spaces in otherwise open concept areas of the office. To accommodate this growing need for comfortable and casual meeting seating, we've added a brand new collection to our best-selling NBF Signature Series line and given it just the right name—Touchdown.


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Feb 27 2018
Office Tour: Argus Community, Inc.

| Office Tours

Industry: Government

Location: Bronx, NY

NBF Sales Executive: Joel Bernstein


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Feb 26 2018
The Complete Guide to Cubicles, Room Dividers & Partitions

| Office Design, Office Desks, Office Organization

Turning a large open space into an office that fosters productivity can be a tall order to fill. How do you know how many cubicles can fit into the space? Are cubicles what you really want, or should you incorporate an open concept design into the office instead? For all your workspace design needs, NBF offers complimentary space planning services to help you determine what type of panel and desking system to add to your office. To get started, consider the different types of panels and dividers available to you.


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Feb 20 2018
Office Tour: City Credit Union

| Office Tours

Industry: Financial

Location: Dallas, TX

NBF Sales Executive: Rusty Jenkins

Furniture Collections Used: National Office Furniture collections, including Epic veneer casegoods, Lavoro task and conference seating, Tag bar stools, Fringe and Grin lounge seating, Acquaint and Davari guest seating, and Farrah benches


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Feb 19 2018
10 Office Design Trends to Use in 2018

| Now Trending

Whether you're moving into a new office building or it's just time for a furniture upgrade, staying on top of the latest and greatest interior design trends will allow you to create the most productive workspace possible for you and your employees. Fortunately, we've done the research for you, and these are the ten trends we see making the most impact in office design for 2018.


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Feb 12 2018
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 an open concept workspace, 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. Unfortunately, adding cubicles and sound-adsorbing wall tiles to the office can come with a heavy price tag. So how do you divide up an office to create more privacy and less distraction while also staying mindful of your business's budget? Here are some tips to help define your own space.


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Feb 6 2018
New GSA-Approved Office Furniture for 2018

Looking for GSA-approved office furniture for your government office? From the cubicle to the breakroom, outfitting a workspace with furniture that works can be a tall order to fill, even more so when you have strict government rules to follow. Fortunately, NBF holds a GSA contract on hundreds of its best-selling products for every corner of the office. Take a look at some of our newest GSA collection for 2018 below.


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Feb 5 2018
Share the Love & Leave a Review

| Industry News

Good or bad, product reviews are an essential part of the product selection process for National Business Furniture's product experts and of the shopping experience for NBF customers. That's why we encourage all of our customers to leave their honest experiences and opinions in a review after they've had a chance to try out their new furniture.


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Jan 29 2018
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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Jan 23 2018
How to Replace an Office Chair Cylinder

| Furniture Maintenance, How To Instructions, Office Seating

Does your chair sink down throughout the work day? Is it difficult for you to adjust your chair up and down? If you're having these issues, you may need to replace the gas cylinder on your office chair in order to get it to function properly again. Read on to learn how to replace your office chair cylinder....

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Jan 22 2018
Wood Veneer vs. Laminate

| Furniture Materials

What's the difference between veneer and laminate? In short, veneer is a thin layer of real hardwood applied to a less expensive material such as plywood. Laminate is a printed surface made to look like real wood, but usually made of plastic and bonded to a composite base. Debating which option to go with for your new office furniture? Here are some distinguishing features of each to make it easier for you to choose which is best for you and your working needs.


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Jan 16 2018
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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Jan 15 2018
6 Tips for Staying Warm at Work

| 30 Second Office Tips, How To Instructions, Office Life

Always cold at work? When it comes to building temperature, it doesn't seem to matter what time of year it is-- it's always freezing at the office! If you’re finding yourself constantly cold, then chances are high that you’re focused on warming up and not on your work. That’s not good for you, and it’s not good for your company either, but what can you do when you have no control over the thermostat? Here are some ways that you can take matters into your own hands and get a little cozier at your desk.

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Jan 9 2018
New Year, New Healthcare Furniture

| Healthcare

With a new year comes new trends and new technology, and that's true for the healthcare industry, too. From the waiting room to the patient rooms and everything in between, we offer a huge selection of healthcare furniture for the whole building. Here are just a new of our newest healthcare collections for 2018.


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Jan 8 2018
New Year, New Chair

| Now Trending

Whether your old office chair is sinking and falling apart or you just want to make a change, a new office chair can make a huge difference in your workstation. We're constantly adding to our selection of chairs in order to keep up with the latest office design trends and provide something that fits the needs of every person and every office. These are just a few of our newest chairs.


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Jan 3 2018
New Year, New Office

| Now Trending

Every new year brings new emerging trends in interior design. While you may have already started planning a redesign for your home, have you thought about your office? Keeping your workspace on trend will not only make it appealing to guests and visitors, but it can actually make your employees happier and more productive, too. Take a look at some of our newest collections that bring a modern twist to every area of the office.


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Jan 2 2018
NBF Corporate Accounts: A Seamless Tool for Outfitting Your Office

Whether you're in the middle of a major remodel or your business spans across multiple locations, selecting furniture that fits your brand and your budget can cause a lot of frustration. That's why we've developed our new NBF Corporate Accounts to streamline communication and help businesses stay organized when it comes to the buying of new office furniture and décor. We're proud to provide the following services to customers utilizing this exciting new feature.


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Dec 21 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Ascent

| Collection Spotlights

If you've been wanting to add a standing desk to your office without having to toss out your old workstation, there's a solution. The NBF Signature Series Ascent multi-position desktop riser turns nearly any workspace into an instant standing desk, meaning you can finally stay active at work without leaving your desk.


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Dec 18 2017
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 ergonomic office chair? Read on to find out.

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Dec 13 2017
How to Unwind at Work in 30 Minutes or Less

| Office Life

Are you maximizing your lunch break at work and enjoying it to the fullest? Many of us don’t realize just how important this midday break is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and therefore aren’t utilizing it in the right way. To recharge yourself for what’s left of the afternoon, take these tips for unwinding during your lunch break.


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Dec 12 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Boardwalk

| Collection Spotlights

What's gray and white and has storage all over? Our brand new NBF Signature Series Boardwalk collection, of course! When it comes to office furniture design, we value style and support above all else, which is why we're excited to introduce this modern collection that truly has it all.


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Dec 11 2017
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 7 2017
Brand Spotlight: Biofit

| Healthcare

Dedicated to design and committed to quality, Biofit designs and manufactures heavy-duty healthcare furniture that won't succumb to wear and tear the way most chairs and stools do. With a wide selection of chair and stool types and upholstery that's built to last, it's no surprise Biofit is a trusted name in the healthcare furniture market.


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Dec 5 2017
5 Reasons Your Furniture Should Be NBF Signature Series

| Now Trending, Office Design

It's not often you'll need to redesign your office, so when you do get the opportunity, it's important to make it matter. According to a recent study, 76% of office workers between the ages of 18 and 34 and 55% between the ages of 35 and 54 say that design and aesthetics influence their impression of a company. Between creating an office that's beautiful, staying within your budget and getting everything done on time, redesigning office interiors can be a lot to take on. That's why we've created an exclusive line of office furniture that can do it all. Here are five reasons you should outfit your office with furniture from the NBF Signature Series collection.


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Dec 4 2017
New Updates on Your Favorite Office Furniture

| Office Design

We're constantly adding new and exciting collections to our growing selection of office furniture. Some collections are so popular, however, that they've been around for years, and for 2017 we felt it was about time they got a makeover. Here are four of our best-selling office furniture collections that received an update this season.


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Dec 1 2017
Why We Work at Concept Seating

| Why We Work

"To know that you're helping somebody and making a difference in their life is pretty important." - Joel Vento, VP Sales & Marketing, Concept Seating


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