Accessories to Spruce up Your Office

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Looking for an inexpensive way to spruce up your workspace? In need of smaller items to purchase before your budget runs out at the end of the fiscal year? You don’t need to spend a ton of money to give your office a makeover! Take a look at these pieces of office décor and accessories that will help give your work area an exciting new look without breaking the bank:

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Artificial plants: A little greenery can help breathe life into an office that may otherwise be stiff and stale. Although real plants and flowers are ideal, they can be a headache to keep up with, and allowing your plants to thrive over the weekends when you’re not in the office can be tricky. Fortunately, artificial plants are much easier to maintain and get still bring a fresh new look to your space. That’s why we offer a wide range of faux plants and flowers to help you keep your workspace green. Whether you want a tall faux mango tree to liven up your lobby or a lovely little faux hydrangea for your own personal workspace, you can bring a more natural look to your office with these beautiful but inexpensive pieces of décor.

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Wall art and décor: From motivational prints to elegant landscapes, we have a variety of different types of wall art and décor that you can use to liven up a blank wall in your conference room or executive office. No matter if your workspace boasts a cool, contemporary look or is abundant in warm earth tones, you’ll find an art print or unique piece of wall décor that can be the detail that makes all the difference.

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Chair mats: Although not quite as striking or as immediately noticeable as plants and wall art, the right chair mat can make a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your workspace. Not only will a quality chair mat make rolling your chair around the desk area easier, but we offer a number of stylish chair mats that can really add a finished look to your overall space. Bamboo chair mats from Anji Mountain are some of our personal favorites, and they really bring a sleek, contemporary sort of charm to the modern office.

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Lighting: Lighten up! Although we recommend working near a source of natural light, we also know that that’s not always possible, whether you’re stuck in a cubicle or if it’s just one of those gloomy, rainy days. Adding a desk lamp or floor lamp to your office can significantly enhance the ambiance of the space, making it easier for you to stay focused and productive throughout each work day. Working for too long in poor lighting can cause serious eye strain which will not only make you sleepy by 2:00 p.m., but could also pose health concerns such as headaches and fatigue. A light placed just over your workspace or on a nearby table can help illuminate your work area so that you can see everything you’re doing clearly.

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Desktop accessories: There’s no need to stick to the mundane workspace that your company supplies you with! Give it a little personality and warmth by adding your own small accessories to the space. From desktop organizers that help you keep your paperwork together and out of the way to miniature globes and beautiful desk pads, you’ll find something to help you work more effectively in our selection of work surface accessories.

Benefits of Offering Employee Scholarships

Employee Scholarships

It’s becoming clearer and clearer in today’s workforce that employee engagement is the key to creating better company leaders and more productive workers. Many companies are offering enticing benefits in an attempt to keep employees engaged, to show appreciation for all of the hard work that their workers do and to mold employees into the strong leaders that will define the company’s future. By offering incentive for your workforce to go back to school, both employees and employers alike will benefit from the results almost immediately, and especially in the years to follow.

Increase employee morale. The first and most important benefit to implementing a work-sponsored scholarship program within your company is the boost in employee morale. The great thing about this benefit is that you will start to notice it right away. Simply by knowing that this option is available to them through the company, your workforce will feel more appreciated. By funding the higher education of your staff, you’re showing them that you care about their personal enrichment, advancement and budget. Although offering competitive salaries and impressive 401k plans are an excellent ways to get employees to want to work for your company, providing a scholarship incentive goes above and beyond. It shows that your company not only wants your workers to work for you now, but that you also want them to be able to gain the skills they will need to grow within your company and stay with you for the long term.

Support non-traditional students. Employee scholarship programs are becoming increasingly important due to the rise in non-traditional students enrolling in college programs. Non-traditional students are becoming more and more common each and every year as more people who are already working full-time seek to go to school part-time to obtain either their first degree or an advanced degree. By offering scholarships to your employees, you will be helping individuals attain an education that they may not otherwise be able to receive.

Improve your workforce. People who are ambitious enough to want to broaden their horizons with a college degree are the types of motivated, dedicated employees who you’ll want on your team. Tuition assistance is a great way of improving the skillset of your workforce, which you can then use to improve and grow the operation of your business. You’re also ensuring that you’ve got employees with the latest skills and sharpest minds. The lines between college students and the professional workforce are becoming more and more blurred, making it almost essential to support further educational development. Creating a scholarship program is one of the easiest ways to accomplish this.

Collection Spotlight: The Sauder Via

Sauder Via Office CollectionHave you been searching for the perfect office collection to outfit your entire office? If you are looking for an attractive, contemporary design that offers a rich and dramatic contrast, the Sauder Via Collection may just be the ideal office collection for you.

At first glance, it is easy to notice the drastic and unique two-toned look of the Sauder Via Collection. The classic cherry top combined with a soft black base makes for an eye-catching juxtaposition. The contrast makes for a more distinct and unique look.

Upon a closer look, though, you’ll notice even more to love about the Sauder Via collection, including its sleek and glossy Eversheen surface. The Eversheen is as much cosmetic as is it practical – the gloss, applied only to the desk surface, gives the desk a polished, sophisticated look while protecting it from scratches, heat damages and dents, thus making it extremely durable and long-lasting, even in the demanding setting of the modern day workplace. The gloss creates a beautiful clarity that is simply stunning.

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The complete collection also offers plenty of storage space and simple functionality. The desks are complete with wire management and grommet holes in order to both accommodate the modern technology demands of your office and keep the rather unsightly appearance of cords simply tucked away, contributing further to the sophisticated look. All of the pieces feature simple assembly with outstanding durability.

The Sauder Via Collection offers you an easy way to create a bold, yet professional ambiance in your office. It is one of our most popular collections – feel free to read the reviews below to see what our customers are saying.

Review of the Sauder Via

Sauder Via Desk Review

Statesman Standing Desks

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Part of our exclusive NBF signature Series line of furniture, the Statesman Standing Height Desks have a lot to offer, and you won’t be able to find them anywhere but here. Standing desks are beneficial to your health, and these particular standing desks offer handsome good looks as well as a sturdy construction that you’re sure to appreciate. Take a more detailed look at what makes the Statesman Standing Desks such popular products here at National Business Furniture:

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Ergonomic Support: There are a number of studies that point to the conclusion that sitting for prolonged periods of time can be extremely hazardous to one’s health. From surface ailments such as back and neck pain to more serious internal issues including a vastly increased risk of heart disease, the risks are great when it comes to sitting in your office chair. In order to keep your body moving adequately throughout the day without disrupting your work, it is recommended that you stand up for about 2 hours out of every 8 hour work day. Alternating between sitting and standing each day will promote proper blood flow and keep you more alert and focused on your work.

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Elegant Appearance: While all standing height desks are beneficial to employee health, the Statesman standing desks offer a look of traditional elegance that you don’t come across every day. Hardwood solids and wood veneers give off a rich, regal look, and they provide a solid foundation that you can trust to last year after year.  The Chestnut Cherry finish is warm and inviting, and the desk is fully finished on all sides so that it will look great whether pushed up against a wall or in the middle of the room.

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Convenient Functionality: This handy desk offers a number of modern amenities that will help you work to your full potential. The center pencil drawer allows you to store important office supplies nearby, and it even has a flip-down front that enables you to use it as a keyboard or laptop tray for more comfortable typing. For connectivity purposes, the desktop is equipped with a built-in data port that includes two outlets and two USB ports. This way, you won’t need to sacrifice modern convenience for traditional style.

Whether you’re in it for the health benefits, the style, the convenience or all of the above, once you’ve worked with the Statesman Standing Height Desks, you’ll wonder how you ever worked without them! We offer standing height desks from this collection in both 60”W and 48”W versions to suit your space, and we also have a standing height desk and executive L-desk set for those who want a complete matching office. For more information on the benefits of standing and adjustable height workstations, be sure to check out our more detailed white paper on the subject here.

Furniture Considerations for Academic Libraries

Designing an Academic Library

 

You don’t have to be an avid reader to appreciate the calm, quiet and studious nature of a well-designed library. Due to how they are used, academic libraries have very particular requirements that all their furnishings must meet. There are a few important factors to consider whenever you are purchasing furniture items for an academic library.

  1. How durable and/or reusable the furniture item is. A library in an academic setting is bound to be open and in use quite a lot more than your average library. It’s best to search for options that promise long-lasting use and impressive durability. Look for items that are solidly built. Another option is to find a retailer like NBF that offers a lifetime guarantee on most of their products.
  2. How flexible, adaptable and portable the furniture item is. Today, it’s important for any setting to contemplate patron characteristics. Students and other academics will have vastly different preferences when it comes to how they like to work or how they can best study and learn. Furniture that supports different body types and different preferred postures/is able to change to suit the user’s preference is always the best option in academic libraries. This way, your library supports and caters to many different work and learning styles. An example of such would be not only including standing tables and workstations, but also lounge style seating.
  3. How the furniture item contributes to a balanced environment. As with most environments, balance in a design is vital for an academic library. This is especially true when it comes to natural and artificial lighting. Natural light, as we detailed in our previous blog post, is the most preferable source of light, as it can boost productivity, but artificial light will be needed to ensure that the area is properly lit, thereby avoiding eye strain during evening hours and on rainy days.
  4. How does the furniture support technology concerns. One of the most frequent complaints in an academic library, especially one that accommodates college students with laptops, is the shortage of power outlets. Today, many desks come with wire management systems and grommet holes to make charging a laptop a much simpler process. Another concern with technology is simply ensuring that you have the proper desks and equipment to support and store various forms of technology available in your academic library. Some lounge seating options also feature built-in power outlets to help address this problem.

To learn more about design an ideal academic library, be sure to check out the Academic Library Building Design Resource.

How to Use NBF’s Ships Today Program

Maybe your old office chair just fell apart. Or maybe you’re hosting an event and you only just now realized that you are going to need at least two more tables, accompanied by some chairs, in order to ensure that everyone has a place to sit while dining. Whatever the case might be, sometimes you just need office furniture quickly – we get it. That’s why we offer hundreds of Ships Today products on NBF and continue to make it a priority to expand our offerings.

What is Ships Today?

Ships Today is a program that applies to many of our furniture items. The Ships Today products ship the same day that you order them, so long as the order is placed before 3:00 PM, CST. Therefore, they are simply delivered more quickly – meaning that you can get them and use them within 2-5 business days.

How Do You Use Ships Today?

If you know you are in need of office furniture as soon as possible, it might be a good to just go straight to our Ships Today selection. That way you can shop to find a product that matches your needs while being able to rest easily knowing that any product you happen to find will, in fact, be shipping the same day that you place your order.

You can also easily find out if any product is a Ships Today item; all furnishings that ship today will have this icon:

Ships Today Furniture Items from NBF

As you can see, it can be found both on the category pages and the product pages (inside the red boxes), so as to quickly give you the information that you are looking for.

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Ships Today Benefits

There is no additional price or extra fees for Ships Today items and buying a Ships Today product instead of a non-Ships Today product can greatly help to reduce delivery time so that you get your furniture more quickly.

 

How To Select the Right Wood Color

Different Wood Colors

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.

Cherry and Mahogany: Cherry and mahogany wood veneer and laminate are ideal choices for offices that want traditional elegance in their décor. Cherry has the look of wood with a red tint, giving it a vibrant appearance that works well when paired with neutral colors such as black, white and gray. Cherry is available in a variety of shades from light to dark, while mahogany is typically of a darker shade. Both finishes are often complemented by traditional furniture details including crown molding, picture frame paneling and more.

Oak and Walnut: If you prefer a lighter, homier appearance in your office, then oak or walnut may just be the perfect options. These two colors also come in varying shades and can create a more rustic look via the visible wood grains that they exhibit. This gives your office an almost cabin-like appearance. You may also find that, because your oak or walnut office has more of an at-home tone, employees, coworkers and guests may feel more welcomed into the room due to its warm, familiar feel.

Espresso and Mocha: If your office boasts more of a modern or contemporary sense of style, then you may benefit from the addition of espresso or mocha colored furnishings. The deep brown coloration of espresso and mocha desks, filing cabinets and bookcases is often paired with shining metal hardware, lending striking contrast to the dark finish. In order to get the most out of this richly colored furniture, be sure to combine it with lighter elements in your office such as light colored walls and colorful wall art so that you don’t end up with an office set up that is too dark.

Of course, this is only a small sampling of the vast array of colors that we have to offer. No matter if you’re looking to create an office that exudes traditional charm or you want to achieve a sleek, modern look, be sure to consider the color of your new furniture before making your final selection.