To empower all minority employees in the workplace, members of National Business Furniture took the initiative to create a new Employee Resource Group (ERG), BOLD365. Diversity, equality, and inclusion, or DEI, is a necessity in companies large and small and has a direct impact on every employee at every level of the company.
Greener is greater! Making sure that your home office is a sustainable haven is an emerging necessity in today's interior design. From top to bottom, it's easy to integrate eco-friendly aspects into your workspace. Remember that it's okay to just follow a guideline or two. Every little bit matters, even if you aren't completely diving in to a fully-sustainable space.
Held this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, EDspaces brought manufacturers, designers, and educational professionals from around the world for a week of collaboration surrounding the future of furniture in learning environments. Last year in 2020, virtual learning was the hot topic but now that we are navigating our new normal, trends such as multi-layered flexible learning spaces, gemstone inspired colorways, and biophilic design stole the show.
At the end of October, a handful of your friends here at NBF ventured to Cleveland Ohio for this year’s annual Healthcare Design conference. Cleveland’s hospitality and ‘warm welcome’ made up for the overcast and windy weather during our visit
You may have recently read our guide to table heights and wondered to yourself, “But what chair size do I use with these tables?” Put simply, counter height stools go with counter height tables and bar height stools go with bar height tables. But, of course, decision making is never that easy, is it? Often times, chairs and stools aren’t listed as being counter or bar height, and you’re left to guess for yourself. If you’re on the hunt for new chairs or stools for your breakroom, basement, kitchen or café, let this be your guide.
Located in Chicago, Illinois, NeoCon is the defining event of the commercial design industry ever since 1969. Vendors from across the world bring their most innovative, brilliant products to the table to paint the perfect picture of what the next year of design will look like. Alongside overarching trends that span many years, there's always several stand-out trends that echo across brands. COVID-19 has changed the industry forever and this year's return to NeoCon showcased many of these new priorities.
Many employees spend 8+ hours at their workstation, eliminating time that could be spent at the gym, running throughout the neighborhood, or committing to other physical wellness tasks. While none of them are particularly rigorous, these simple workday exercises options are great for getting blood flowing in the body, all without a gap in workday productivity.
When furnishing a healthcare facility, knowing where to start your search for the right furniture can be a daunting task to say the least. Not only does furniture need to be commercial quality, but it also needs to go far above and beyond that of what you would buy for a typical business. So where do you start? With how it looks? How durable it is? These are what our healthcare furniture experts consider to be the four most crucial factors to consider, in order, beginning with the most important.
The happier you are with your workspace, the happier you will be during your workday. An exciting, energizing workspace is easier to attain at home where you have fewer rules on office décor and can be ambitious with your aesthetic. Here's a few simple, affordable, and fast upgrades you can make to immediately adore your home office.
It goes without saying that your shade of paint can make or break a space. The all-around wrong color, clashing accents, mismatched lighting, and a myriad of reasons can create a disaster that's all-surrounding during the workday. As you choose your color palette for either your home office or corporate workspace, take careful note of the factors that go into a great color scheme that becomes the foundation for a great workspace.
It's 3:30 in the morning and your security company is calling. At best, it's a false alarm. At worst, the business you carefully built has gone up in flames. It's estimated that only 30% of small businesses have a disaster recovery plan in place, leaving roughly 70% of companies unprotected. A devastating event can be a setback that takes years to overcome and any head-start on rebuilding is invaluable in the critical months that follow.
First thing’s first. What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency in his or her working environment. Today, many furniture manufacturers and designers understand that they simply cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating office furniture, especially when it comes to chairs. Because of that, many office chairs include ergonomic adjustments that enable them to be positioned to support a wide range of body types. So what ergonomic adjustments should you look for in your next ergonomic office chair? Read on to find out.
"What's in a chair? That which we call an office chair by any other name would feel as comfortable." Even though Shakespeare may not have frequented the modern office, he'd certainly have a lot to say about the properties of office chairs. Used in every workstation and conference room, finding the right chair requires a few calculated and careful considerations about the chair's construction. Every choice has its own set of benefits that can be combined to find your perfect fit.
We've all heard the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bed is too big, one bed is too small, and one bed is just right. Though there's a little less in common with bowls of porridge, there's no doubt about it-- the same can be said about office chairs. While you're on the hunt for the perfect fit, consider your stature and how a properly-sized chair can make every workday all the more comfortable. Whether you're papa bear, mama bear, baby bear, or the ever-picky Goldilocks herself, there's a seat for every size.
The waiting space in any healthcare facility serves many purposes – it establishes a first impression, it offers a place to rest and recharge and it offers patients the chance to connect with caregivers and others. Waiting spaces are valuable real estate and are often busy, so planners and facility managers need to determine how to get the best utilization from the space they have. There is often a temptation to cram in rows of ganged seating, with the mindset that more seats equals more use. In fact, this approach often leads to the opposite result! Why?
As inventive shapes and intriguing sizes have become more prevalent in the student desking market, the need for traditional student desks still remains. Take inspiration from the new and now classroom designs and enhance your everyday desks to improve productivity and increase student engagement in every learning environment.
With the NBF Signature Series, National Business Furniture strives to bring you furniture pieces not only of the best quality, but also of the best value. The Linear Collection from NBF Signature Series is no exception as it too delivers affordable prices, superior durability and exclusive design. Here are just some of the many benefits of the Linear Collection.
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.