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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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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 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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Nov 21 2017
How to Survive a Noisy Office

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

No matter if you work in a cubicle farm or an open office workspace, noise distraction is one of the biggest hindrances of productivity that today’s office employees face. Between loud co-workers, noisy printers, an office radio and the occasional cell phone that someone forgot to turn off, there is no limit to the distractions that plague most offices. So what can you do about it? Here are some tips for employees and employers that will help everyone stay better focused and more productive in their day to day work lives.

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Oct 31 2017
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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Oct 24 2017
How to Set Up a Lunchroom

| Breakrooms, How To Instructions

Most offices have lunchrooms, but they aren’t normally at the top of the priority list when designing a new office space. However, a well-designed breakroom can make a big difference in the day-to-day work lives of your employees. Functional, good looking lunchrooms can increase the frequency at which employees utilize the space, decreasing instances that they'll want to go out for lunch and helping them to make healthier, less expensive eating choices.

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Oct 23 2017
How to Create Office Spaces for Introverts

| How To Instructions, Office Design

The current trend away from closed offices and cubicle walls and toward open office layouts has been gaining considerable momentum in recent years. The idea is that by knocking down the physical barriers, like walls put up between co-workers, employees will have more opportunity to start casual conversation with one another, thus fostering greater collaboration and innovation. But what about the introverts? People who identify themselves as introverts are at their most productive when they are in quiet spaces with as few distractions as possible....

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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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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 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 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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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 5 2017
How to Use Feng Shui to Create a Comfortable and Productive Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, 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 22 2017
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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May 8 2017
The Complete Guide to Area Rugs

| How To Instructions, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Shopping for a new area rug for your office can be a daunting task. With so many options to choose from, how do you decide? When it comes to the workplace, there’s a lot more to take into consideration than basic aesthetics. Depending on what room it’s being used in, you may also need a rug that’s durable, easy to clean and of a specific size. To help you make the right choice, we’ve compiled this comprehensive guide to area rugs.

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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 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 6 2017
How to Create a Welcoming Reception Area

| How To Instructions, Waiting Rooms

First impressions matter. That’s why creating a waiting room that accurately reflects your business and invites guests to enjoy the space is crucial to the overall design of the office. As the first point of contact for many of your potential clients or customers, your reception area is sure to say a lot about your company. Here are few ways to ensure that your waiting room is not only professional and reflective of your company’s identity, but also welcoming.


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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 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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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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Dec 19 2016
How to Set Up a Productive Training Room

| How To Instructions

Whether your training room is small or large, the proper layout of furniture can make all the difference when it comes to the productivity of everyone using the space. There are several common training room layouts, and the one that you choose for your business should largely depend on how many people you need to accommodate and what style of learning will be taking place. ...

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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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June 22 2016
Divide and Conquer: How to Break Up a Large Open Office

| How To Instructions, Office Design

If you’ve recently moved into a new office building, you’re likely to have a lot of large, open spaces that you’ll now need to somehow divvy up into areas that will create a good flow and accommodate specific uses. So how do you do it without building new walls? The right furniture can help.

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Apr 18 2016
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 4 2016
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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Jan 21 2016
How to Unclutter Your Office

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

It’s the start of 2016, and now is a great time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the year ahead. If keeping your workspace uncluttered is on your to-do list, then take a look at this list that will make your work a little easier.

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Jan 6 2016
Tips to Keep You Organized for the 2016 Tax Season

| How To Instructions, Office Life

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Dec 22 2015
How to Make the Most of Your Vacation this Winter

| How To Instructions, Office Life

The winter months are a great time to get away to somewhere warmer and leave work at work. The problem is that many of us have a hard time doing just that. There are emails to be read, phone calls to be answered and beginning-of-the-year work to be done. With that in mind, here are a few tips for making the most of your vacation this winter.

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Dec 15 2015
How to Stay Productive at the End of the Year

| How To Instructions, Office Life

The end of the year is full of excitement and holiday cheer, but it can also be a stressful time for traditional office employees. Budgets for next year need to be set in stone, goals for this year need to be met and boatloads of extra work at the office coincide with an already busy holiday schedule outside of work. With all this added stress, staying focused at your job can be tricky, but not impossible. Here are some tips to help you stay on track so that you meet all of your goals before the year’s end.

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Dec 10 2015
Decorating with Simply White

| How To Instructions, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Benjamin Moore recently announced what the 2016 color of the year will be, and we’re excited about the versatility of this choice for the upcoming year! The 2016 color of the year is Simply White, and there is so much you can do with this color in an office setting. Contrary to popular belief, white does not have to be boring or stale. Here are some of the ways you can incorporate Simply White into your office for maximum effect.

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Dec 3 2015
How to Design a Patient Room

| Healthcare, How To Instructions

Setting up a patient room in your healthcare facility goes far above and beyond the design considerations of the everyday office or living space. Not only do your patient rooms need to look clean and professional, but they also need to be comfortable for your patients and conducive to the work that your healthcare providers perform on a daily basis. When it comes to furniture for the space, here are the basics you’ll need.

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Dec 1 2015
Decorating the Office for the Holidays

| How To Instructions, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Life

Getting ready for this year’s holiday party in the office, but unsure of where to start when it comes to festive décor? No need to fret—just keep these quick tips in mind!...

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Sep 17 2015
How to Make Telecommuting Work for Your Business

| How To Instructions

Implementing telecommuting in your company can be a great way to boost employee morale and save your business some money; however, many organizations are hesitant to integrate this new way of working into their business model. ...

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Sep 3 2015
How to Properly Position Your Computer Monitor

| Ergonomics, How To Instructions

When it comes to implementing good ergonomics in the workplace, most people instantly think of an ergonomic chair, an adjustable height desk or even a footrest. But what about the position of your computer monitor? ...

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Aug 25 2015
How to Incorporate Your Branding into Your Office Design

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Do you want your office space to feel representative of your company’s identity and mission? We understand the feeling. A great way to do just that is to incorporate your brand into your office design. But before you paint all of the walls your brand colors and order logo-heavy furniture items, it’s vital to know that a little bit of branding in your office can go quite a long way. Here are our top tips when it comes to incorporating your brand tastefully.

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July 28 2015
How to Use Accessories to Organize a Desk

| How To Instructions, Office Decor & Accessories, Office Desks

Office accessories – they may be small and seemingly insignificant, but they can make a huge impact not only on how your space looks, but also on how well you work. Most of us long for an organized desk; here are some ideas on how to use office accessories to help you achieve just that.

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June 18 2015
RTA Furniture Assembly Tips

| Furniture Maintenance, How To Instructions, Office Life

Buying ready-to-assemble business furniture is a great way to save some money, provided you don’t mind putting in a little elbow grease to assemble the furniture yourself. If you like the cost-effective price tag of RTA but aren’t exactly eager for the assembly process, take these tips into consideration before you start putting your new furniture together.


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June 2 2015
How to Use Shop the Look

| How To Instructions

We’re happy to introduce our brand new “Shop the Look” functionality to NBF.com! In effort to help customers better create the office they’ve been dreaming of, we’ve made it possible to shop by “look”, ensuring that you get the right pieces to build the perfect room for you.

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May 8 2015
How to Hide and Organize Computer Cords

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Love your computer, but hate your computer cord clutter? Cables and wires can ruin the look of your workspace, especially if you’re using a lot of electronics in one area. If you’re the type of person who prefers a crisp, clean look in the office, then check out the different forms of wire management that are available to you....

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Apr 23 2015
How to Choose a Filing Cabinet

| How To Instructions, Office Storage & Filing

If you find yourself constantly surrounded by a sea of paperwork at your desk, then a filing cabinet may be just the tool to get you back on track. Deciding to get a filing cabinet is one thing, but picking one out is another thing entirely. With the number of options available, it can be tough to know which is the right choice for you and your office. Take these common filing cabinet types into consideration before you begin your shopping journey so that you can narrow the playing field right away.

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Apr 9 2015
How to Organize Tax Returns

| How To Instructions, Office Life

Tax day is Wednesday, April 15th, 2015...

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Feb 17 2015
Common Workplace Distractions and How to Avoid Them

| How To Instructions, Office Life

It can be incredibly easy to get distracted in the modern day workplace. This happens to be especially true in those offices with an open floor plan that boasts bench seating and wide, unchallenged lines of vision. Regardless of all and any distractions around you, you still have work to do and goals to accomplish. Here are some common workplace distractions along with some tips on how to avoid and overcome them and instead keep your focus.

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Feb 5 2015
How to Incorporate Artwork into Your Office

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Incorporating artwork into your office can enhance the overall environment and the image that your company portrays to customers and employees. You’ve probably seen a ton of articles that discuss the pros and cons of open office floor plans versus private offices—casual versus formal. It all comes down to the wellbeing of the employee. Think about it—a happy employee will be a better employee who will produce better results in his or her work. Adding the right art to your workspace is a cost-effective way to promote mental health within the office.

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Jan 8 2015
How to Dress for an Interview

| How To Instructions, Office Life

You landed an interview for your dream job—congratulations! Now all you need to do is walk into that interview with your best foot forward and knock their socks off. Start your interview preparation by dressing to impress.

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Sep 23 2014
How to Stay Focused and on Task

| How To Instructions, Office Life

It doesn’t matter what you do for a living – staying on task with focus can be difficult, especially when you are juggling tasks and attempting to finish multiple to-do lists. In effort to help you stay productive and engaged at work, we’ve put together a list of strategies for better focus in the workplace that you can try out for yourself.

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Aug 26 2014
How to Select the Right Color Wood

| How To Instructions, Office Design

When you’re furnishing an office and you want to have a very specific look, color is everything. The color of the wood finish on your furniture can mean the difference between a light, airy office that channels a home-like atmosphere and a rich, traditional office that embodies professionalism and corporate class. The below colors are our most popular wood finishes, but please be warned that what one manufacturer calls cherry or oak may not be the exact same shade as what another manufacturer calls cherry or oak. When matching office furniture from different collections, be sure to first order wood samples from NBF’s complimentary swatch program to compare and contrast what the colors will look like together.

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Aug 14 2014
How to Use NBF Design Services

| How To Instructions, Office Design

When it comes to the workplace, it can be easy to overlook design. However, it impacts more than most realize. Design – whether good or bad – is a huge factor in not only how productive workers are, but also in how the outside world, including customers, views the company as a whole. Whether you are looking to redesign your workplace interior or not, it’s always good to consider how the design is impacting you and how it could be made better to create more positive reactions.

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July 31 2014
How to Incorporate Greenery into Your Office Space

| How To Instructions, Office Design

We’re always on the lookout for simple ways to make offices more comfortable and more efficient. It turns out that adding some type of greenery, whether artificial or real, has been shown to impact not only how you feel about your office space, but also how well you work. There are many ways to incorporate greenery throughout the entire office in order to take advantage of the positive effects of plants.

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