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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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Nov 29 2017
The Complete Guide to Lamps and Lighting

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Bringing lamps into an office has benefits that you may not expect. Not only can they help illuminate a workspace at an employee’s desk, but they can change the entire face of a room. Lamps come in a huge variety, from those that serve a basic purpose to brighten up a space to those that are true statement pieces, acting as crucial elements of décor that can really set the mood in an office.

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Nov 20 2017
Office Design for Startups

| Office Design

Starting up your startup may prove to be one of the most difficult ventures you’ll encounter. There are so many things to consider when getting ready to open for business, and selecting the right office furniture is not usually high on what is probably a very long to-do list. ...

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Nov 15 2017
How to Create a Breakroom Getaway

| Breakrooms, Office Design

In a business that values its employees, a breakroom is so much more than just a place to eat lunch. We’re only human, and working for eight or more hours without taking a break in between is a disaster waiting to happen. Breaks are needed to break up the day and revitalize us so that when we return to our desks we can work effectively and with renewed vigor. So how can you take steps to ensure that your employees have an enjoyable lunchbreak? The right furniture can help.


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Oct 25 2017
The Complete Guide to Healthcare Seating Textiles

| Furniture Materials, Healthcare, Office Design

Whether you’re furnishing a new healthcare facility or replacing old furniture in a hospital or private practice, knowing your textiles is crucial to the well-being of staff and patients alike. To help make your chair purchasing experience as easy as possible, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of commonly used seating textiles. This list is ranked from worst to best in terms of appropriateness for a healthcare setting.


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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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Oct 10 2017
The Complete Office Furniture Style Guide

| 30 Second Office Tips, Now Trending, Office Design

Ready for the office of your dreams? If you've already been scouring board after board on Pinterest trying to come up with inspiration for your own office design, you may find yourself leaning toward one design trend or another. To learn more about the most common types of office styles, check out our complete guide and create the beautiful office you deserve. 


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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 16 2017
Get the Look for Less: Private Office Design on a Budget

| Office Design, Problem Solutions

When it comes to your private office, it's important to create an air of professionalism that employees and co-workers can respect while still incorporating your own personality into the space. Unfortunately, this feat often comes with a lofty price tag. Whether in a corporate corner office or in the comfort of your own home, here are some tips for getting the look you want in your private office for a price you can afford. 


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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 14 2017
How to Arrange Office Furniture: Our Top Tips

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Design

Arranging furniture is easier than it may seem. Simply keep this checklist in mind before you begin:

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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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July 26 2017
Office Desks for Two

| Office Design, Office Desks, Problem Solutions

Looking for an office desk built for two? No matter if you and your spouse want to work in your home office together or you need to save space in your small business any way you can, an office desk for 2 is an ideal option. Below you'll find some of our newest and best-selling T-shaped desks and dual workstations that will help you maximize your space while allowing every employee to work comfortably.


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July 25 2017
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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July 24 2017
23 Conference Rooms to Inspire Your Next Office Makeover

| Now Trending, Office Design

Whether you're outfitting a new executive conference room or trying to fit in some casual meeting spaces into your existing office, it can be difficult to know where to start. Check out some of our most popular conference setups to inspire your next meeting space makeover.


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July 20 2017
Office Tour: Business Development Pros

| Office Design, Office Tours

When it came time for Business Development Pros to move to a new office space, they took at as the ideal opportunity to upgrade their office to a more beautiful and functional workspace. For help bringing their vision to life, Business Development Pros's Paul and Marc Case reached out to NBF Account Executive Anna Reedy. From open concept workstations and standing height options to an inviting reception area and private meeting spaces, the new office has everything employees need to get to work.


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July 19 2017
How to Set Up Modular Waiting Room Seating

| Office Chairs, Office Design, Waiting Rooms

The benefit to modular guest seating for waiting areas is the ability to configure and reconfigure the chairs in tables in a seemingly endless number of ways. How do you decide which configurations will be best for your reception area? Take a look at the most common configuration types to determine what style will work best for your needs.


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July 17 2017
How to Properly Light Your Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Health and Wellness, Office Design

Poor lighting is often cited as one of the most common interior design mistakes. While poor lighting is sure to be stressful and annoying no matter what room you may be in, it can be especially problematic in a home office or in any business setting; in fact, bad lighting is one of the most popular complaints from office employees around the globe.

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July 10 2017
How to Divide a Room without Building Walls

| Office Design

Looking for a stylish and cost-effective way to divide your large workspace? The time of the closed-off executive office is coming to an end and open office floor plans are increasing in number. Unfortunately, not everyone thrives in an open plan work environment, as they can be quite distracting. So how do you divvy up floor space without building permanent walls? Here are a few simple and cost-effective solutions.

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July 6 2017
Office Tour: Michelle's Modern Marvel

| Office Design, Office Tours

How can you make a home office with a view of the canal on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway any better? The right furniture doesn't hurt! Finding the right office furniture to suit her eclectic space was the challenge Michelle faced when designing her Floridian home office. Here's how she pulled it all together to create a workspace that feels like home.


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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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June 27 2017
How to Keep Guests Connected in Your Waiting Room

| Office Design, Waiting Rooms

Sitting in a reception area for a long period of time while waiting for an appointment usually isn’t any fun for most people. While offering reading materials and refreshments is a great way to keep guests comfortable while they wait, the majority of visitors would probably prefer to pass the time by using their mobile devices for reading articles, surfing social media and playing games. Here are some ways you can facilitate smart phone and tablet usage in your office’s waiting area.


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June 22 2017
Office Tour: KD Glass

| Office Design, Office Tours

Industry: Glass & Paint Contracting

Location: Madison, WI

Furniture Collections Used: NBF Signature Series Urban, Premier Crossback, Officient New York City, Office Star ProLine Pro Grid, Office Star Air Grid and Tennsco Bookcases


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June 21 2017
NBF Signature Series Summer 2017 Collection

| Collection Spotlights, Now Trending, Office Design

Summer is finally here, and that always means new and exciting things for us! This summer, we’re proud to introduce four new NBF Signature Series collections, all designed to solve problems commonly faced in offices of all shapes and sizes.


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June 20 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Astoria

| Collection Spotlights, Now Trending, Office Design

Looking for mid-century modern style at a price your business can afford? Allow us to introduce you to our exclusive NBF Signature Series Astoria collection. 


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June 13 2017
Affordable Workstations for the Whole Office

| Collection Spotlights, Office Design

If you have a lot of employees to seat and not a lot of budget to spend, accommodating everyone can be tough. To save on space and on money, take our tips for finding affordable workstation solutions for the whole office.


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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 8 2017
Office Tour: Displays2Go

| Office Design, Office Tours

Industry: Retail and Trade Show Display

Location: Fall River, MA

Furniture Collections Used: Trendway Choices, Trendway Capture, Trendway Live, Trendway Jet, Trendway Intrinsic, HON Flock, HON Preside, Global Filing and Storage, HPFI Eve


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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 25 2017
Office Tour: Pacific Retina Care

| Office Design, Office Tours

Industry: Eye Care

Location: Waipahu, HI

Furniture Collections Used: Lesro Newport


Pacific Retina Care is a medical and surgical eye care practice that specializes in diseases of the eye. When it came time for the clinic to outfit its office with new guest seating, Dr. Mark E. Tafoya and staff had a couple of items to mark off their checklist of wants and needs.


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May 17 2017
Collection Spotlight: Martin Motus

| Office Design

Everyone deserves a beautiful office, whether in a corporate space or the comfort of your own home. If your idea of a beautiful office is the industrial chic trend that’s sweeping offices across the country, but you need technology integration and standing height capabilities, then meet your new office inspiration—the Motus collection by Martin Furniture.


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May 10 2017
The Complete Guide to Outdoor Furniture for Offices

| Eco-Friendly, Office Design, Office Seating

Spring is here, and that means it’s time to reevaluate the outdoor areas of your office. Whether you’re starting from scratch or need to update your old furniture, offering a well-furnished outdoor break and meeting area will provide employees with a space to enjoy the great outdoors when weather permits, which can be a great mood booster at work.


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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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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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Apr 27 2017
Office Tour: Baylor Scott & White Health

| Healthcare, Office Design, Office Tours

It’s a ton of work opening up any business, but a 100,000-square-foot medical center is a greater feat than most. While professionals at the offices of Baylor Scott & White Health wanted to incorporate a well-coordinated look throughout its new building in Dallas, Texas, it also wanted to give each of the dozen medical practices within the space its own unique flair. Fortunately for them, NBF regional sales manager Rusty Jenkins and healthcare sales manager Joanna Terry were there every step of the way, from selecting chair upholsteries to creating detailed space plans.


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Apr 25 2017
How to Set Up an Open Office Fast

| Office Design, Office Desks, Problem Solutions

Whether your business is moving to a new building or you’re starting from scratch with a new startup company, furnishing a new office space is no simple feat. It’s easy to underestimate the amount of work and time it takes to select, ship and assemble new cubicle systems and open concept workstations. Fortunately, there are fast and easy solutions that make the process much easier. Here are some of the benefits of ordering furniture from the Open Plan Systems Lightning collection.


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Apr 24 2017
The Complete Guide to Filing Cabinets

| Office Design, Office Storage & Filing

Is your office paperwork getting a little overwhelming? Use our guide to filing cabinets before you decide what to buy to ensure that you get the best possible solution for your space.

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Apr 19 2017
The Complete Guide to Partitions, Cubicles & Room Dividers

| 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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Apr 18 2017
Whiteboards That Won't Stain or Ghost

| Furniture Materials, Office Design, Problem Solutions

Tired of dry erase boards that show the stains of every message its held before? Whether in a classroom or a conference room, whiteboards help relay notes and bring ideas to life. When writing on the board becomes impossible to read due to ghosting, dents and other damage, messages are lost and communication falls through. The solution? Glass markerboards.


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Apr 13 2017
Office Tour: Data Systems Analysts, Inc.

| Office Design, Office Tours

Founded in 1963, Data Systems Analysts, Inc. (DSA) has been providing defense and federal government customers with business-driven information technology and consulting solutions and services for more than 50 years. As an employee-owned company with a reputation for professionalism to uphold, DSA wanted to ensure that the renovation of their large conference room was done in a manner that reflects their brand. That’s where NBF account executive Kevin Emery comes in.


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Apr 11 2017
How to Soundproof an Office

| Office Design, Problem Solutions

You may be asking yourself, "How do I soundproof my office?" We recommend using either modular fabric partitions or wall-mounted acoustic tiles to dampen the sound in your workspace. Read on to learn more about the ways acoustic wall tiles can bring about peace and quiet in your office.


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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 30 2017
Office Tour: Lake Forest Country Day School

| Office Design, Office Tours

Lake Forest Country Day School in Lake Forest, IL recently had a need for new furniture in its traditionally styled reception area. For help reflecting its mission of inspired teaching, academic rigor, attention to individual needs and a commitment to responsible citizenship, school professionals turned to NBF Account Executive Anna Reedy for help.


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Mar 29 2017
How to Decorate with Traditional Décor & Office Furniture

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 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 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 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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