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Mar 29 2017

Whether you’re working in a lawyer’s office or just love the rich look of classically styled furniture, traditional offices are a sight to behold and easy to achieve in most workspaces. Take our tips for bringing this high-class style into your office.


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Mar 28 2017
How Do I Keep Guests Comfortable in My Waiting Room?

| 30 Second Office Tips

Are you finding that guests aren't as comfortable in your waiting room as they should be? The problem could be your reception seating. To keep every visitor feeling welcomed into your business, take our tips on providing adequate reception seating.


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Mar 27 2017
7 Ways to Personalize Your Workspace

| Office Design

Let’s face it. We spend a lot of time at work. Whether you work in an office or telecommute from home, the majority of your waking hours are spent sitting at a desk. With so much time at work, it’s important to make the space your “home away from home.” A comfortable and personal work environment can lead to increased productivity, better morale and a much happier you! Here are some of our favorite ways to help make your workspace reflect your personality.

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Mar 22 2017
How to Clean Your Workstation

| Furniture Maintenance, How To Instructions, Office Desks

We all get busy at the office, so it can be easy to let our workspaces go and for mess to build up over time. A cluttered and dirty desk can negatively affect productivity and employee happiness, so do yourself a favor and take our tips for cleaning your workspace and keeping it clean for good.


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Mar 21 2017
The Instant Office: Fast and Affordable Workstations

| Problem Solutions

Whether you've just moved to a new location or are making rapid increases to your company's staff, incorporating entire cubicles into an office in a fast and affordable manner is easier said than done. Each employee needs his or her own workstation, but with the high cost of most commercial grade furniture, it can be difficult to provide a complete work surface, storage unit, filing cabinet and privacy partitions without having to wait for an installer or paying a pretty penny to get the work done quickly. The solution? Meet the Officient Reveal Instant Office.


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Mar 20 2017
What's in a Frame? Steel Gauge Differences

| Furniture Materials

What’s in a frame? Would that which we call steel of any gauge hold up the same?

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Mar 16 2017
Office Tour: Developmental Enterprise Corporation

| Office Design, Office Tours

Every office needs an update after a while, and when non-profit Developmental Enterprises Corporation needs new office furniture for any room in their headquarters or satellite offices, they go to NBF Account Executive Kevin Emery for assistance. Take a look at how they transformed this waiting area and office space with Emery’s assistance.


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Mar 15 2017
Introducing the NBF Healthcare Resource Center

| Healthcare, Industry News

What type of upholstery should the chairs in my waiting room have? How do I choose the best furniture for my behavioral healthcare facility? What types of accessories does my hospital need? From answering your furniture questions to providing handy healthcare design checklists, NBF's brand new healthcare resource center is here to help you solve all of your healthcare interiors problems.


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Mar 14 2017
How Do I Get My Employees to Use Our Breakroom?

| Breakrooms, Problem Solutions

If you’re finding that your employee breakroom is underutilized, it could be because it’s seriously lacking an updated, modern look and the comforts of home that employees enjoy. Most employees spend their days staring at a computer screen, so when they take what is often their only break of the entire day, they want to be inspired, and that’s tough to do when you’re surrounded by blank walls and ugly furniture. Here are some things you can do to update your breakroom and boost employee morale.


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Mar 13 2017
How Often Should I Tighten My Chair Screws?

| 30 Second Office Tips, Furniture Maintenance, How To Instructions, Problem Solutions

The simple answer to this question is once every six months. Just like your car requires regular oil changes to keep it working its best, your office chair needs to have its screws tightened on a regular basis to keep it in tip-top condition and safe to use....

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Mar 8 2017
How to Decorate with Modern Office Furniture & Décor

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Modern office design has a signature look that’s simple and clean. With a focus on minimal silhouettes and bold décor, it’s no wonder this is the go-to style choice for most corporate offices and start-up businesses today. Want to deck out your own workspace in this luxurious yet understated style? Here’s how:


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Mar 7 2017
How Do I Modernize My Waiting Room?

| Office Design, Waiting Rooms

As the first point of contact for your customers, your waiting room should reflect your business’s brand and make guests feel immediately welcome. For most offices, that means incorporating a clean, modern look into the space that will leave a positive impression. A show-stopping reception desk with a custom-built look can do just the trick.


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Mar 6 2017
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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Mar 2 2017
Office Tour: Ludwig and Company

| Office Design, Office Tours

Ludwig and Company is a long-time leader in the residential real estate industry, specializing in the areas of market level apartments, active senior housing and affordable housing in northern and central Illinois. When it came time for the company to upgrade its own home, Ludwig came to NBF Account Executive Anna Reedy for assistance. Together, Reedy and Ludwig were able to create an office that employees could consider their home away from home.


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Mar 1 2017
1 Chair 5 Ways: Nex Tablet Arm Nesting Chairs

| Collection Spotlights, Conference Rooms, Office Chairs

Need extra guest seating for your training room or reception area? You can achieve a coordinated look throughout your entire office building by equipping just about every room with the exact same collection of chairs. Introducing the NBF Signature Series Nex Nesting Chair with Tablet Arm. New for 2017, this chair has flexible features and a versatile design that allows it to serve multiple purposes in just about any room in your office.


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Feb 28 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Transcend

| Collection Spotlights, Conference Rooms, Office Design

It’s a typical busy day in the office when you suddenly have a big idea that you need to share with your team right away. You try to reserve a conference room, but they’re all booked for the day. Do you wait until tomorrow? Send it in an email? You look out into your boss’s empty office. He’s out for the day, and you wish you could simply book that room for your meeting since it’s not being utilized right now anyway. Well, now you can.

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Feb 27 2017
How to Protect Wood Veneer Desks & Tables

| 30 Second Office Tips, Furniture Maintenance, Furniture Materials, How To Instructions, Office Desks, Office Tables

If you plan on using your veneer desk or table for years, you’ll want to know how to keep that beautiful finish looking its best even after daily use. Make a habit out of performing these regular maintenance tasks, and you’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.

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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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