Virtual Visit FAQ #2: How Comfortable is this Chair?

Finding the right office chair online can be difficult. After all, you’ll want to test the chair out for yourself, feel the upholstery and sit on the seat cushion to make sure it will be comfortable enough to work in. What if we told you that shopping online doesn’t have to be that hard? Check out these tips for finding a comfortable office chair from our Virtual Showroom furniture experts.

Tip #1: Chair Sizes. The first step in finding a comfortable office chair is to make sure it is the proper size for your body type. One size does not fit all, as office chairs come in petite, standard and big and tall varieties. Our Guide to Chair Sizes can help you distinguish between the different types and determine which size is the best for you.

Tip #2: Upholstery. Next, consider what type of upholstery best suits your needs. There are many options to choose from including fabric, vinyl, anti-microbial vinyl, mesh and leather. Top grain leather has a rich appeal while vinyl is an easy to clean alternative. Fabrics are soft to the touch and, when paired with a mesh back, you will get the ideal combination of comfort and breathability.

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Tip #3: Seat Cushions. Everyone is different when it comes to the seat cushion that will work for them. Some people prefer a softer sit while others want a firm and supportive seat. Molded foam and pillow top overlays give users that soft, plush feel when they sit down. Sinuous springs layered with foam respond to your every moment, allowing you to move freely in your office chair. Memory foam seats adjust to your body temperature and contour to your body so you are constantly feeling supported.

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Tip #4: Adjustments. Ergonomic adjustments give users the freedom to customize certain elements of their office chair. Simple adjustments may include chair height, tilt lock or tilt tension control. Office chair ergonomics can get much more sophisticated where specific chair parts can be altered independently. Some examples include adjustable seat angle and depth, adjustable back height and even swiveling arm pads.

Our Virtual Visit furniture experts are ready to demonstrate our featured office chairs and their adjustments live on camera! They will give you their exclusive personal opinions and speak to you about the benefits of each office chair. Give Virtual Visit a try today!

VV Team

Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

Standing and moving throughout the work day are recommended to ward off negative health effects. Adding a standing desk to your office can make it that much easier to do both, all while still staying on task. There’s also a lot of research that suggests, in addition to health benefits, individuals also become more focused and more creative when they incorporate a standing height desk into their workspace. If you do choose to take the step of adding either a brand new standing desk or a height adjustable desk, you’ll be in good company. Here are a few famous and creative individuals who also worked at a standing desk.

Benjamin Franklin

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It’s true! The founding father often used a standing desk. We can only assume that he spent the time at his standing desk either writing, reading or editing!

Winston Churchill

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As one of the most quoted individuals in history, Winston Churchill often used a standing desk during his time as Prime Minister.

In addition to Franklin and Churchill, even more brilliant,creative and influential people used standing desks as they worked. The list includes Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Jefferson, Donald Rumsfeld, Leonardo Da Vinci, Virginia Woolf and Charles Dickens.

How to Choose a Filing Cabinet

different types of filing cabinets

If you find yourself constantly surrounded by a sea of paperwork at your desk, then a filing cabinet may be just the tool to get you back on track. Deciding to get a filing cabinet is one thing, but picking one out is another thing entirely. With the number of options available, it can be tough to know which is the right choice for you and your office. Take these common filing cabinet types into consideration before you begin your shopping journey so that you can narrow the playing field right away.

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Left: Front-to-back lateral filing; Right: Side-to-side lateral filing

 

Lateral Files: Lateral filing cabinets are designed for use in high volume work environments since they can hold a large amount of paperwork at once. These units include two or more drawers, and many are equipped with an anti-tip mechanism that will prevent them from falling over when a drawer is opened at full extension. Because lateral filing cabinets are wider than they are deep, filing is typically done from side-to-side, and most have the ability to accommodate both letter- and legal-size hanging folders. As lateral files are so large, be sure to measure the space you intend to put your new cabinet in first before you buy.

vertical file cabinet

Vertical Files: Vertical filing cabinets are more commonly used in home offices and in workspaces with little floor space to spare. These units can have just as many drawers as a lateral file, but each drawer is much narrower. File folders are typically sorted in a front-to-back formation, and the drawers are typically deeper than those found on lateral cabinets, so be aware that you will need to have enough clearance space to fully extend them.

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Mobile Files: Mobile filing cabinets are a convenient option since they can be rolled around wherever needed. These units typically come equipped with either two or three drawers and are most commonly vertical, but can be lateral as well. Most mobile files are designed to fit neatly under standard height desks to provide convenient storage without eating up a lot of room. The majority of mobile files can accommodate both letter and legal size paperwork, but, due to their compact size, some only hold letter files. Be sure to check the description of the cabinet you’re considering to make sure it can hold legal files, should you need it for that purpose.

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Open Shelf Files: Open-shelf files are wide and shallow, resembling bookcases more than filing cabinets. These units feature open fronts that are suitable for filing end-tab folders side-by-side. Designed for use in narrow aisles and areas with a limited amount of space, these types of arrangements are great for highly accessed files such as those used in medical facilities.

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Flat Files: Flat files are made up of a series of flat, shallow drawers designed to keep large, flat items, such as blueprints, neatly organized and protected. Most flat files can be stacked on top of one another to maximize office space.

fireproof files

Fireproof Files: If you work with sensitive documents, then keeping them in a fireproof file will be well worth your investment. Not only do fireproof files prevent damage caused by an open flame, but they’re also water and theft resistant, ensuring ultimate safety for your most important documents. Fireproof files can be found in both vertical and lateral varieties, so you can find the one that will best suit your office space and the amount of paperwork you have. Fireproof files are commonly used in large corporations in which assets need to be protected, but they can be useful for anyone, including home office employees who want to keep their social security card, birth certificate and other important documentation safely stored away.

More Things to Consider:

Locking capabilities: Not all filing cabinets lock. Be sure to read carefully to determine whether or not your file of choice is lockable, if you need it to be.

Counterweights: Counterweights help prevent filing cabinets from tipping, which could be an important feature if you tend to pack your files as full as they can get.

Follower blocks: Follower blocks are metal drawer dividers that were often used in filing cabinets before hanging files became commonplace. Some units still use these, so be sure to determine whether or not you want this type of filing technique.

Hanging bars: Hanging bars are what keep your file folders hanging. If you want to file your documents in a front-to-back fashion in your lateral filing cabinet, be sure to purchase additional handing bars for this purpose.

 

Budget, Commercial, Heirloom: Traditional Executive Desk

Are you in need of a traditional executive desk to bring stately appeal and luxurious work space to your office? While the selection is sure to be vast, it can also prove to be overwhelming. Maybe you’re on a strict budget or maybe your main priority is quality. Either way, it can only further complicate the issue. We’re all about making things easier and simpler at NBF; here are three classic, executive desks that can help you meet your price range and quality needs!

Budget

Sauder Executive Desk

Easy on both the eyes and your budget, this Traditional Executive Desk with Inlay Top is ideal for those looking to spend little, but still get a well-built product. The elegant inlay top both protects the desktop surface and provides an eye-catching look. Durable laminate construction ensures that the desk will hold up well to the daily wear and tear. This is an ideal addition to a home office or even a small business looking for a classic desk option.

The Pros: Beautiful, functional, affordable.

The Cons: Does not ship assembled, not designed for heavy use.

Commercial

DMI Traditional Desk - Commercial quality

If you’re in need of a traditional executive desk with undeniable commercial quality, take a look at the Traditional Curved End Executive Desk. Enjoy timeless style and durable construction as this desk features hardwood veneer finish, scratch-resistant surfaces and rounded corners. This executive piece offers a refined look with many traditional elements, including picture frame detailing and rich, warm coloring.

The Pros: Beautiful, functional, ships fully assembled, will last for years.

The Cons: More expensive.

Heirloom

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Meant to be passed down from generation to generation, heirloom pieces feature exemplary craftsmanship and design. This Traditional Executive Desk with Leather Inlay Top is the perfect example of just that, with elegant embellishments and superior attention to detail.  The desk is sure to last throughout the years as it’s constructed out of sturdy poplar solids with cherry, walnut and maple veneers and features a genuine leather inlay top. This piece offers more than just long-lasting use and handsome features; it’s highly functional with a smooth writing surface and ample storage space. With picture frame detailing, curved lines and exquisite design and build, this desk is truly a one-of-a-kind piece that is sure to be treasured for decades to come.

The Pros: Beautiful, functional, ships fully assembled, will last for years, intricate and unique details, leather desk top won’t dent or chip.

The Cons: Most expensive.

A Brief History of NBF: 2005 – 2015

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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The Joining of TAKKT AG. In 2005, founders George and Julie Mosher retired, and, in 2006, NBF was acquired by K+K America, LLC, the U.S. holding company for TAKKT AG. TAKKT AG, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany, is the leading business-to-business direct marketing company for the office, business and warehouse equipment industries in both Europe and North America. TAKKT AG companies provide a vast offering of business products and are represented in 25 countries across the globe.

The Branding Redesign. Following its new ownership, NBF was given a makeover, complete with a new website, catalog design, logo and even a new tagline, which was voted on by employees. To this day, NBF staff in every department strive to live up to the motto they chose: “Furniture that Works. People who Care.” After all, it’s the ‘people who care’ part that really makes NBF a unique competitor in the office furniture industry.

The Exclusive Products. In 2009, NBF launched its now hugely popular private label brand known as NBF Signature Series. This brand consists of exclusive collections of office furniture designed by NBF to satisfy the needs of a huge variety of customers. The idea that drives the NBF Signature Series collections is to offer great looking and long lasting furniture at an affordable price point. More NBF Signature Series are added to the catalog and website every year in order to keep up with growing demand and ever-changing style trends.

The Future. The future is bright for NBF as it continues to focus on the principles on which it was founded in 1975. From its high standards for product quality to its dedication to superior customer service, there’s no doubt that there will be more to discuss in the next segment of A Brief History of NBF 10 years from now. As May’s 40th anniversary celebration quickly approaches, it’s the perfect time to reflect on how far NBF has come and how far it’s yet to go.

 

 

Top Rated Furniture Solutions

Ever since NBF’s very beginnings in 1975, we’ve sought to listen to customers’ feedback; it’s something that we still value and rely on today. In fact, we’re driven by solving workplace problems and providing practical solutions to customers everywhere. That said, we thought we’d take some time to highlight some of our customers’ favorite furniture solutions.

Double Pedestal Executive Desk with Glass Doors

Executive Desk

Problem: In need of the perfect desk for a productive home office.

Solution: A sturdy, elegant desk that offers ample storage and workspace.

Customer Review: “[…] setting up a comfortable home office has been challenging to say the least. I searched for weeks trying to find the right office desk. A desk with plenty of work space yet not [too] big as to take up valuable space. And a desk with some elegance and class. I have found the perfect desk. Solid, sturdy and well built, yet sleek and classy. And functional. I love it.” – Jim Bell

Avanti Executive Chair with Flip Arms

The Avanti Chair

Problem: Uncomfortable while seated at work.

Solution: Ergonomic seating that offers customizable support.

Customer Review: “I have back and neck issues – needed a chair that was supportive and comfortable! It is beautiful – comfortable and was easy to assemble. Highly recommend this chair – great value!” – Patti

Problem: In need of a chair that is both stylish and supportive.

Solution: Ergonomic chairs with beautiful design elements.

Customer Review: “I’m a graphic designer so I needed a chair that was ergonomical and one that fit nicely with my décor. I’m glad I did my research and found this chair. I feel like I’m sitting in a luxury sports car.” – Happy Designer

Linear Mesh Office Chair with Memory Foam

Linear Mesh Task Chair

Problem: Hip and back pain and aches throughout the work day.

Solution: Well designed, ergonomic seating.

Customer Review: “Purchased this chair to assist in hip and back pain – it certainly helps a bunch!” –LindaBu

Problem: In need of durable chairs to withstand constant use.

Solution: Well-designed, durable chairs with great value.

Customer Review: “We utilize these chairs 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year by numerous individuals. These hold up the best that we have found in over the 30 years that I have been with the company.” – Security

Mobile Nesting Training Table

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Problem: In need of furniture quickly.

Solution: Fast shipping with our Ships Today products.

Customer Review: “We needed tables and we needed them asap. The company was great about getting them shipped right away. The desks [were] easy to assemble and worked exactly as pictured.” – servicespec

Problem: In need of flexibility in meeting rooms.

Solution: Mobile furniture that can move and adjust with your needs, like this Mobile Nesting Training Table.

Customer Review: “I purchased 4 60″ and 4 72″ training tables for our multipurpose conference room and they look great. I can move and configure the room now in many different ways. Material is sturdy and great looking.” – Voice Systems

Do you find yourself with a workplace furniture problem? Chances are, we’ve got the ideal solution! Shop online, visit our virtual visit showroom or reach out to our friendly furniture experts at 800-558-1010.

How to Organize Tax Returns

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Tax day is Wednesday, April 15th, 2015, so hopefully you’ve already mailed the necessary forms to the IRS or filled them out online. If not, you still have time, but hurry! Now is the perfect time to get your taxes filed and organized with documents from previous years so that everything goes smoothly should you need to access them in the future. Having a systematic plan for organizing your taxes will ensure that you’ll be able to find the exact documents you need in the event you are audited, or move out of the country.  Here are some helpful tips on how you can keep these important files neatly stowed away:

Save everything. The rule of thumb is to save seven years’ worth of taxes in the event you are ever audited by the IRS; however, many accountants and financial advisors recommend that you save all of your taxes for every year of your life. Although you may not be audited for taxes filed a decade ago, this documentation might be needed if you ever decide to move out of the country, and it could also be used to settle your real estate in the event of your death. In any event, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Organize by year. While saving all that paperwork could prevent major headaches in the future, it could also cause them if not properly organized. The key to tax filing success is to make all of your paperwork as easily accessible as possible. Begin by sorting all of the paperwork for each year in a separate folder and labeling the folder with the appropriate year. This way, you will be able to tab through your folders and find the exact year you need with minimal effort. To save space in your file drawer, you may want to group some years together in one folder. This is okay to do for taxes that are more than seven years old, since you are unlikely to need to locate any specific documentation from that long ago. More recent years, however, should be designated their own folders.

Keep it safe. For additional protection, we recommend keeping your taxes, along with other important paperwork such as your birth certificate and social security card, in a fireproof filing cabinet. This will ensure that these documents are protected in the event of an unexpected disaster, as fireproof files can save documents from fire damage, water damage and theft.

Back it up. Although the best practice is to keep original hard copies of your taxes, saving electronic versions is always a good idea too. You can scan your tax documents and email them as PDF files to yourself to ensure that you will still have access to them in the event that you lose your physical copies.

Keeping your taxes well organized, protected and backed up in digital format will make the paperwork easy to find in a pinch, if the need should ever arise. Whether you own a large company, a small business or you work on a freelance basis, the organizational habits you create now will make for a much better work environment in the future.