How to Arrange Office Furniture: Our Top Tips

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

  1. Keep the entryway clear

  2. Create visual balance

  3. Don’t take up all of your wall space

  4. Be conscious of traffic flow

That sounds easy enough, but what does it all mean? Not only will arranging your office furniture in the right way make the space look better, but creating a more open and airy space can actually help you feel better while you work. It may even help reduce stress. Learn more about how to follow these tips below. 

1. Keep the Entryway Clear

Your entryway should have as few pieces of furniture near it as possible. Crowding the entryway can visually shrink the space and interrupt traffic flow. Place visually heavy objects such as your desk and bookshelves away from the door to create the illusion of having more space. This places large items away from your eyes when you first walk into the room, giving you a better view of the entire space. 

2. Create Visual Balance

Distribute visual weight throughout the room to make the space feel balanced. In other words, don’t put all of your furniture in one corner of the room and leave the other end of the room with a blank wall and no furniture at all. You can also create visual balance with your décor. If you’ve got your desk and bookcases at one end of the room, try hanging large statement art on the opposite wall to achieve balance.

3. Don't Take Up All of Your Wall Space

This step may be tricky if you’re working with a smaller space, but, if possible, try to avoid pushing all of your furniture up against the walls. To make better use of the space and give the room more fluidity, place your desk in the middle of the room. If you must place your desk against a wall, put your guest chairs out in the open instead. The right amount of open wall space will make the room seem larger than an overly cluttered space.

 4. Be Conscious of Traffic Flow

Don’t arrange furniture so that people struggle to get around it. Not only is it irritating, but working in a cramped room can cause you to feel more stress. Not to mention, it can be a fire hazard in an emergency. When creating an office floor plan, our designers always create a minimum of a 3-foot wide walkway. Rather than placing furniture pieces across the whole floor and decreasing walkway space, try doing the opposite. Placing bookcases and filing cabinets close to your desk will keep walkways open, creating a space that’s easy to move in.


5 Reasons Your Furniture Should Be NBF Signature Series

You won’t need to redesign your office often, so it’s important to make it matter when you get the opportunity. According to a study, 76% of office workers between the ages of 18 and 34 and 55% between the ages of 35 and 54 say design and aesthetics influence their impression of a company. 

Between creating a beautiful office, 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 5 reasons you should outfit your office with furniture from the NBF Signature Series collection.

1. NBF Signature Series Collections Are Designed With You in Mind

At NBF, we're constantly on top of the latest and greatest in office design trends. That's why we take the time to carefully curate our NBF Signature Series collections to fit the functional needs and aesthetic wants of customers from a wide range of backgrounds. From the warm wood tones of traditional private offices to industrial-style open-concept workstations, we truly have it all within this well-rounded group of furniture.

2. You'll Get the Most for Your Money

We strive to make NBF Signature Series office furniture both beautiful and affordable. From reception desks that define your first impression to the office chairs that keep you comfortable all day long, we keep cost-effectiveness at the forefront of our designs. After all, everyone deserves a beautiful office, and that includes small businesses and home office workers that simply don't have the budgets of major corporations.

3. This Office Furniture Ships Today

Most items in our NBF Signature Series collection will ship to you the same day you order, so long as you place your order before 3:00pm CST. Be sure to check for the 'Ships Today' icon on the product page if you need your furniture fast. Check out our complete selection of NBF Signature Series furniture that ships today.

4. Superior Customer Service Is Included

Sure, beautiful furniture is great, and affordable furniture is even better. But outfitting an office of any size is no easy feat, and we work hard to provide support every step of the way. From our live virtual showroom to our swatch sample program and in-house design services, we're here to help. Best of all? Our NBF Signature Series furniture is designed just for us, meaning we know the ins and outs of every single piece.

5. NBF Signature Series Furniture Comes With a Lifetime Guarantee

We've been offering the National Business Furniture lifetime guarantee since 1975 and are proud to uphold it today. If there are any problems with the quality or workmanship of your NBF Signature Series furniture, we'll adjust, repair, or replace it to your satisfaction. We also offer easy exchanges and returns to ensure you're completely satisfied with your beautiful new office. 

From the front lobby to the back workroom, we've decked out our NBF Signature Series line with all the furniture you need to outfit an entire office. Whether your goal is to attract new millennial talent, make the most of a small workspace, or create office space for introverts, you can do it all with our classic yet modern line of exclusive office furniture. Shop our full selection of NBF Signature Series office furniture here.

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How to Clean Your Workstation

We all get busy at the office, so it can be easy to let messes build up in our workspaces 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.

Throw Away What You Don't Need

For the packrats, this can be a tough concept to accept and implement. But if you have paperwork and old stacks of used Post-its laying around, do yourself a favor and throw them out. Those stacks upon stacks of stuff add more mess to your space, and that's the last thing you need when trying to work.

Get Rid of Clutter

Speaking of clutter, get rid of it! You should eliminate the trash at your desk and clear any unnecessary office supplies and materials you aren't using regularly. Keeping a clear desk surface will help you keep a clear mind.

Designate a Space for Personal Items

Although you should keep your desk as clear as possible, it's also important to keep personal items such as family photos nearby as a source of inspiration. We recommend limiting personal items to 1 or 2 designated areas at your workstation, depending on how large your desk is. At NBF, every employee is equipped with an inward-facing bookshelf perfect for displaying personal items while maintaining a clean look.

Disinfect and Sanitize

Now comes the actual cleaning part. There are all kinds of disinfecting agents that effectively help stop and prevent the spread of germs. Try using disinfecting wipes across your workstation once a week if you can. It doesn’t take long, and it can make a huge difference in stopping the spread of germs that can get you sick. Don’t forget to clean out your desk drawers and keyboard too!

Save Meals for the Breakroom

Although it may be tempting to snack away at your desk, crumbs and drinks can be easily spilled over important files and equipment. Keep mess to a minimum by only eating in your company's breakroom. While coffee and water are a must-have for many to keep at their workspace, just be careful to keep drinks away from electronics and paperwork.

Stop Mess Before It Starts

The best way to keep a clean and organized workspace is to not let it get messy in the first place. Think that's easier said than done? The best way to accomplish this is by making cleaning and organizing part of your everyday routine. Organize the important paperwork and throw away the things you don't need every single day. You don't need to wipe down and sanitize your desk on a daily basis, but try doing so once a week or even once every other week until you can make the action a habit.