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Aug 29 2018
What is ANSI/BIFMA? - An Overview

| Industry News, Office Design

What does ANSI/BIFMA stand for, and what does it mean? We’re breaking it all down here to give you a better understanding of what ANSI/BIFMA is and how it can affect you and your office furniture.

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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 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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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 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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Apr 21 2017
'Guess the New NBF Color Scheme' Terms & Conditions

| Industry News

We're changing our look! To celebrate, we've decided to give away a $25 Starbucks gift card and a National Business Furniture mug to one lucky winner! Submit your entry by commenting on our contest announcement on Facebook here with your guess as to which of the six color combinations above will be the new NBF colors. This contest will run beginning Friday, April 21st, 2017 until the end of the day Thursday, April 27th, 2017. One winner will be chosen at random from the pool of correct guessers on Friday, April 28th, 2017. Best of luck!

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Apr 5 2017
NBF's Partnership with CF Stinson

| Healthcare, Industry News, Office Design

When outfitting a healthcare facility with new furniture, the safety of the space needs to be at the forefront of the designer's mind. Seating needs to be easy and safe to clean above all, and often times this focus on patient health forces other considerations such as aesthetics out of the picture. But should you sacrifice good looks in your healthcare facility? Studies show that the aesthetics of a space have a lot to do with the wellbeing of patients and guests in your medical facility and can drastically affect his or her mental state of being during their stay. That's why NBF has partnered with textile maker CF Stinson to offer healthcare customers safe furniture options with an attractive look. Here are some of the benefits of choosing healthcare furniture in a CF Stinson upholstery.


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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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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 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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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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Sep 26 2016
ANSI/BIFMA Testing for Office Chairs

| Industry News, Office Seating

Not all office chairs are created equally. Perhaps, through personal experience, you are well acquainted with this fact, but maybe not. Either way, we hope that after we detail just what it takes to be an ANSI/BIFMA-approved desk chair, you will be thoroughly convinced that the opening statement of this article is, indeed, a true one. In a previous article, titled An Overview of ANSI/BIFMA, we explained just what ANSI/BIFMA is, what they do, and how their organizations not only strive for safety and efficiency at the workplace, but also how their approval can help when making an office furniture purchase. ANSI/BIFMA truly serves customers by encouraging manufacturers to produce better quality furniture.

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Aug 18 2016
Seating for Employees Who Stand All Day

| Ergonomics, Industry News, Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard that sitting is the new smoking; that employees who sit at their desks all day long are more prone to heart disease and other serious health concerns. But what about employees in professions like retail and banking who face the opposite problem? Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the court would define labor law in a way that now makes it very difficult for companies to deny workers a chair. Although California is the first to put this law into effect, it likely won’t be the last, and when it will take effect in other US states is simply a question of time.


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July 14 2016
What Millennials Want: Office Design for the Here and Now

| Industry News, Office Life

While there may be a lot of chatter out there about the millennial generation, one thing is for sure; soon, they will make up the majority of the workforce in the United States. This generation is different than those before it, connected to the world and on-the-go in ways that were once never even thinkable. Millennials demand different things from their work than the generations before it – especially when it comes to where and how they work. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to creating millennial-friendly offices and workspaces.


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June 30 2016
Top 7 Office Design Trends for 2016

| Industry News, Now Trending, Office Design

Every year, NBF furniture experts visit Neocon, the largest tradeshow for commercial office furniture in the country, to scope out new trends in office design for the coming year. You may have seen our recent article about one trend we spotted this year—active working. But what about the others? Active working certainly wasn’t the only new thing we discovered at this year’s show, and there are several other emerging concepts that we’re pretty excited about. These are some of our favorites.


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June 21 2016
Now Trending: Active Working

| Ergonomics, Health and Wellness, Industry News, Now Trending

This month, the NBF team headed to Neocon, North America’s most important design exposition, for yet another year of commercial office furniture inspiration and trend watching. Among the many new trends that were spotted was the overarching idea of incorporating more movement in the office environment.


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June 20 2016
NBF 1K Facebook Giveaway

| Industry News

NBF has reached a milestone-- 1,000 followers on Facebook! To celebrate, we've decided to give away a $25 Starbucks gift card and a National Business Furniture mug to one lucky winner! Submit your entry by "liking" our contest announcement on Facebook here. This contest will run beginning Monday, June 20th, 2016 until Thursday, June 23rd, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random on Friday, June 24th, 2016. Best of luck!

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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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Apr 11 2016
NBF Delivery Options

| Industry News

At National Business Furniture, we use different shipping methods based on the type of furniture being delivered and on the type of business the furniture is being delivered to....

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Oct 15 2015
10 Things You Never Knew about Kathy Ireland

| Industry News

If you’re from generation X, you probably know Kathy Ireland as a famous supermodel. If you’re from generation Y, you might know Kathy Ireland as a popular designer and manufacturer of fashion and home products....

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Sep 22 2015
Brand Spotlight - Lesro Industries

| Brand Spotlights, Furniture Materials, Health and Wellness, Industry News

Lesro Industries prides itself on having a straightforward approach to business. Their guiding principal? It’s quite simple — with Lesro Industries, the customer is the boss.

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Aug 27 2015
Our Top School Desks

| Industry News

It’s almost back-to-school time! Do you have desks and chairs ready for your students and staff? If you’re having a little trouble narrowing the playing field, take a look at our top picks for school desks.

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July 30 2015
2014 NBF Supplier of the Year: National Office Furniture

Supplier of the Year is an annual award that we at NBF extend to one of our manufacturers in order to recognize the success that their hard work yields. The results are in and the NBF Supplier of the year for 2014 is none other than (drumroll, please)...

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July 17 2015
Measurements That Matter

| Industry News

Desk depth: When purchasing an L-desk or a U-desk, it is important to understand the difference between the overall depth and the individual depth of each piece. The product dimensions will list the overall depth, meaning the measurement from the front edge of the main desk to the back edge of the return in the case of an L-desk or to the back of the credenza for a U-desk....

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June 25 2015
Saving Space with Nesting Furniture

| Industry News

Whether you have a small training room that could use all the extra space it can get, or you hold conferences in a huge convention hall in which furniture is constantly coming and going, saving space and time is essential. ...

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June 18 2015
2015 NeoCon Trends

| Industry News

Another year, another NeoCon and another chance to get the scoop on the biggest trends in office design! Here are some of the most popular design features that we noticed picking up steam at this year’s convention....

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May 28 2015
How We Select Furniture that Works

| Industry News

Finding the right office furniture can be tricky to say the least. How do you take your work culture, personal style and budgetary needs and translate it all into furniture that will help you be your best self at work? ...

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Apr 16 2015
A Brief History of NBF: 2005-2015

| Industry News

It’s time for the final and most current segment of our mini-series: A Brief History of NBF. This month, we’re covering the years 2005 to the present.

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Mar 19 2015
A Brief History of NBF: 1995 - 2005

| Industry News

It’s time for the third installment of our 40th anniversary mini-series—A Brief History of NBF! This month, we’ll touch on a few of the milestones that National Business Furniture accomplished between the years of 1995 through 2005.

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Feb 26 2015
A Brief History of NBF: 1985-1995

| Industry News

Welcome to segment two...

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Jan 20 2015
NBF: Then and Now

| Industry News

2015 marks National Business Furniture’s 40th anniversary! We’re excited to reach this milestone, and we’re taking a look back through our catalog archives to see just how far NBF has come. We hope you enjoy these!

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Jan 15 2015
A Brief History of NBF: 1975-1985

| Industry News

It’s 2015—a milestone year for National Business Furniture. This year marks our 40th anniversary as a company, and we’ve come a long way in the last four decades. Today, we remain true to our roots as a mid-grade office furniture provider with a clear focus on superior customer satisfaction. Take a look at where it all began in segment one of our mini-series: A Brief History of NBF.


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July 22 2014
The Ever-Changing Workplace

| Industry News, Office Design

The workplace is changing. Most of these changes are aimed at improving employee life and, in turn, their productivity. Here’s a look at the changes taking shape and how they are sure to affect more and more workers as more companies take note.

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June 13 2014
The Best of NeoCon 2014

| Industry News, Office Design

NeoCon, one of the largest furniture tradeshows in the country, was held this week over the course of three days, June 9-11, 2014, at Chicago’s very own Merchandise Mart. NeoCon is the premier place for high-end and mid-grade furniture manufacturers to show off their stuff and introduce new collections for the year. This year, NBF was able to get a first-hand look at the latest and greatest trends in the office furniture industry. Take a look at a few of the most popular trends we saw:...

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June 5 2014
NeoCon: What, Where and When

| Industry News, Office Design

The What: NeoCon, The National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, debuted in 1969 and today is considered the largest trade show of its kind in North America. NeoCon is the premier event in the furniture and interior design industries, and it provides access to the latest and most innovative products, as well as unbeatable networking and educational opportunities. More than 700 exhibitors from around the world showcase their products each year and represent a wide range of industries, including office, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, instructional and home interiors. More than 40,000 trade professionals including interior designers, architects, facility managers, space planners, manufacturers and more attended NeoCon,in 2013, and The Merchandise Mart is preparing for a similar turn out in 2014.

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June 2 2014
NBF Presented with I.Q. Award

| Industry News

When it comes to providing the best products and services to customers and staying ahead of the competition, innovation is key. That’s why BizTimes, a small publication focused on local business news in Milwaukee and other counties in southeastern Wisconsin, has created an award to recognize companies in the area that make great strides to stand out from the crowd. This year, National Business Furniture is honored to have been recognized as a recipient of this sought-after award.

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May 13 2014
Online Shopping Trends for Office Furniture

| Industry News

The world of online shopping is constantly evolving. Social media continues to be more and more incorporated into the process and the customer experience. You can, for instance, now shop various brands and complete a purchase, all without ever leaving Facebook, as you can see in the picture above. Many customers also use social networks to share their approval or their complaints with retailers and other service providers.

So what can we take from this? All of this interaction shows that customers are looking for and expecting a more interactive experience and are looking to connect with brands.

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Apr 29 2014
Enhancing Online Office Furniture Shopping with Product Videos

Online shopping is a more convenient way to make your purchases without needing to leave the comfort of your office or home. When it comes to big ticket items like office furniture, however, many are hesitant to click that ‘Add to Cart’ button. No one wants to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on ...

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Apr 22 2014
Eco-Friendly Terms and What They Mean

| Eco-Friendly, Industry News

Eco-Friendly Terms and What They Mean

At NBF, taking part in sustainable business practices and offering eco-friendly products are two priorities. In an effort to not only do our part to help the environment, but to also provide our customers with the products they demand, we offer thousands of eco-friendly products. However, the meanings of the terms used can often be a bit unclear when it comes to eco-friendly furnishings. In honor of Earth Day, here is a guide to some of the different eco-friendly furniture options available.

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Oct 24 2013
National Business Furniture is the First Furniture Dealer to Earn NSF P391 Certification

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Aug 29 2013
NBF Opens New Distribution Center in Cleveland

| Industry News

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Aug 14 2013
ANSI/BIFMA Testing for Desks

| Industry News, Office Desks

As we have covered in our overview of ANSI/BIFMA...

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Apr 26 2013
The Evolution of HON Office Furniture, from the Mad Men-era to Today

| Industry News, Office Design

I suppose that once you’ve been in any profession long enough, you end up viewing life through a lens shaped by the industry you’re in. A structural engineer can’t drive over a bridge without analyzing, critiquing or admiring the supporting span below. My dad, who was a GM tool-and-die worker for over 20 years, never really enjoyed the cars he owned because he knew every flaw that lay beneath the hood. Knowledge can be a burden.

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Feb 15 2013
Model Furniture: NBF teams up with Kathy Ireland

| Industry News, Office Design

These are exciting times for us here at NBF. Kathy Ireland, the former Sports Illustrated swimsuit-model-extraordinaire, now graces the cover of a very different publication – the National Business Furniture catalog. So what exactly is a former supermodel doing on the cover of an office furniture catalog? Well, it turns out that Kathy Ireland has quietly transitioned into one of the most powerful brands in retail today, and office furniture is a big part of the marketing empire known as kathy ireland Worldwide.

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June 18 2012
Four New Ideas from NeoCon 2012

| Industry News, Office Design

It was another exciting year at NeoCon in Chicago. In case you’re not familiar with NeoCon, it’s the big event every year where office furniture manufacturers come to display their latest and greatest innovations in furniture design. It’s a great place to see new styles in office furniture and to catch up with industry friends.

Here are the items we found to be the most interesting:

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May 15 2011
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May 15 2011
NBF Volunteer Events

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2013

Urban Ecology Center

NBF Volunteers

In 2013, Team NBF held its first volunteer event at the Urban Ecology Center in Washington Park. Here we removed invasive plants and planted new trees. It was hard work, but fun work, and we had a great time working as a team to get it all done. Learn more about the Urban Ecology Center.


2014

Urban Ecology Center

NBF Volunteers

For our second event at the Urban Ecology Center, we planted bushes, painted the center's community room and placed protective cages around trees. We also donated 16 tables for general use. Learn more about the Urban Ecology Center.

Walk for Wishes

NBF Volunteers

NBF has been participating in the annual Walk for Wishes for several years now. By participating in this event, we're able to help Make a Wish Wisconsin grant the wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition, enriching the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Learn more about Make a Wish Wisconsin.


2015

The Giving Tree

NBF Volunteers

In 2015 we partnered with the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee to participate in its annual Holiday Giving Tree. NBF employees purchased gifts for Milwaukee children to share in the holiday spirit. Learn more about the Holiday Giving Tree.


Milwaukee River Cleanup

NBF Volunteers

Every year Team NBF gets together to help clean up the Milwaukee River near our Milwaukee office. Trash bags are filled and the landscape is cleared to make way for better, cleaner water. Learn more about the Milwaukee Riverkeeper


Urban Ecology Center

NBF Volunteers

In 2015 we made our way back to the Urban Ecology Center, this time to organize and clean the center's basement and do more work in land stewardship, including removing sod, putting down mulch and setting up protective screens around the area trees. We also donated office furniture to further support the organization. Learn more about the Urban Ecology Center


Walk for Wishes

NBF Volunteers

In 2015, we participating in the Wisconsin Make a Wish Walk for Wishes for the second time. Learn more about Make a Wish Wisconsin.


2016

Wisconsin Humane Society Toy Build

NBF Volunteers

In 2016 we held our first ever toy build for the Wisconsin Humane Society right here in the NBF office. Employees made fleece tug toys which were then donated to the organization to make for some happy adoptable dogs. Learn more about the Wisconsin Humane Society.


Milwaukee River Cleanup

NBF Volunteers

At NBF, we believe in leaving the earth cleaner than we found it, which is why we participated in the Milwaukee River Cleanup again in 2016 and 2017. Going green and keeping Mother Nature clean starts in our own backyard. Learn more about the Milwaukee Riverkeeper


Walk for Wishes

NBF Volunteers

We had another fun outing participating in the 2016 Walk for Wishes. Not only does this event support a fantastic cause, but it's a lot of fun too, and we're looking forward to doing the walk again in 2017. Learn more about Make a Wish Wisconsin


The Giving Tree

NBF Volunteers

In 2016 we partnered with the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee again to give gifts to Milwaukee residents during the Holiday Giving Tree event. Learn more about the Holiday Giving Tree.


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