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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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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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May 16 2017
How to Hold More Active Meetings

| Conference Rooms, Ergonomics

As business owners and employees are becoming more aware of the negative effects sitting all day is having on our bodies, new ways of staying active on the job are needed. We all know by know that standing desks are a great solution for keeping moving at our desks, but what about those of us who are stuck in meetings all day, every day? Here are some creative solutions for giving everyone in your conference rooms the option to move freely throughout the day.


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May 1 2017
How to Set Up a Conference Room

| 30 Second Office Tips, Conference Rooms, Office Design

No matter if you're updating an outdated meeting space or outfitting a brand new office, finding conference room furniture that works can be easier said than done. There are a lot of factors to consider, and that's why we've compiled this comprehensive guide to help you set up your new conference room with ease.

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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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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 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 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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Nov 7 2016
The Complete Guide to Conference Tables

| Conference Rooms

Every office needs a conference table—a hub for bright, new ideas and a space to facilitate a meeting of the minds. Some of the best ideas are formed around a conference table, but purchasing this type of furniture is no small task. There are a lot of factors to consider before choosing the right meeting table for your office, and we’re breaking down everything you need to know right here, right now. ...

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Aug 26 2016
Office Tour: National Business Furniture Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms, Office Tours

One of the primary issues that NBF employees faced at their former headquarters location in Milwaukee, WI was that there were never quite enough conference rooms to house the company’s ever-growing number of workers. In Milwaukee, NBF had four formal conference rooms—one main conference room that was large enough to seat up to 14 people around a 14-foot-long table, and three smaller rooms with enough space to seat six people each. With more than 100 employees working for NBF and that number growing more every year, this just wasn’t enough. And what’s the solution when you need to meet with your team members but there’s nowhere to go? Most employees resorted to meeting at one another’s desks where privacy was at a minimum, or worse—not meeting at all.


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July 26 2016
The Pros and Cons of Standing Meetings

| Conference Rooms, Ergonomics, Office Tables

It’s a matter of life – we sit, and we do quite a lot of it. This is especially true at work. Unfortunately, our sedentary habits come with a cost – negative health effects. In order to spurn any health pitfalls, research has shown us how much we can benefit by merely standing for short periods of time. In fact, the research has shown that balance and moderation of both sitting and standing is the way to go to have both healthy and effective working habits.


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July 21 2016
5 Tips for Teleconferencing

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Ah, the joys of teleconferencing! It certainly can be convenient for when you’re traveling for business or pulled away from the office for personal reasons, but there are some things to consider before you dial in.

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July 18 2016
Game of Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms, Office Design, Office Life

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the conference room is no longer just a place to hold meetings and take conference calls – it’s a battleground.


Why? One reason the article cites; a lack of space....

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July 11 2016
How to Style a Conference Table

| Conference Rooms, How To Instructions, Office Design, Office Tables

Does your conference table look a bit bland and empty? If so, we’ve got a few tips to help you elevate your boardroom style, whether you’re hosting stockholders or just having a team brainstorming session:

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July 7 2016
The Ultimate Playbook for Meetings & Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms

In the game of conference rooms, only the resourceful are victorious. Boardrooms get double-booked, on-the-fly ideas get forgotten, what could be a ground-breaking conversation becomes an unread email. In a growing business, employees are often faced with the hurdle of what to do when they need to meet with co-workers but can’t get a space to meet in. The solution? Equip your office with a number of meeting spaces in a wide variety to allow employees to collaborate when they want, where they want and how they want. Our conference playbook will give you a glimpse into the types of spaces that you should be offering.

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June 9 2016
Versatility You Can Count On: 1 Table 3 Ways

| Breakrooms, Conference Rooms, Industry News, Office Design

If you’re working on a tight budget or in a small office, having furniture that’s versatile is key. Fortunately, more and more office furniture is being designed with multiple purposes in mind. Tables may seem like a basic piece of office furniture, but it’s that very simplicity that makes them so adaptable. Take a look at all the ways you can use one simple table with these tips featuring our exclusive NBF Signature Series Transcend table desk.


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May 25 2016
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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Mar 30 2016
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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Nov 3 2015
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Specialty Conference Tables

| Collection Spotlights, Conference Rooms, Office Tables

At NBF, we want to ensure that all of our customers find the right furniture that works for them. It’s the main reason why we offer our very own line of office furniture called the NBF Signature Series. In fact, we have a Signature Series line of furniture for every room in the workplace, whether you’re searching for café furniture or for an office suite fitting of a top executive....

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Oct 29 2015
Matching Conference Tables & Chairs

| Conference Rooms, Office Design, Office Tables

One of the most frequently asked questions that NBF customers have is how to find chairs that will match the conference tables they want to buy. Unfortunately, most conference tables don’t have matching conference chairs within their collection; however, there are workarounds that allow you to get a coordinating set....

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Mar 17 2015
Meeting Culture: What It Is and How to Improve It

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

According to a survey released by Clarizen and Harris Poll, the average American office employee spends more than nine hours each week prepping for or attending meetings. It’s a huge fraction of time for workers; unfortunately, it might not be productively spent. While everyone can agree that sometimes meetings aren’t their favorite past-time, they do serve a purpose. They provide an environment in which employees can gather, share ideas and collaborate on projects, campaigns and strategy. All that said, many experts argue that it isn’t meetings themselves, but instead the meeting culture.

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