Chairs Around the Office – Rachel Bindl’s Safco Zenergy Ball

This month, we are taking a closer look at the Zenergy Ball Chair by Safco. This certainly is not your average office chair, and I was happy to test it out to discover the many great things it has to offer and what type of people would enjoy using this chair on a day-to-day basis.

Safco Zenergy Ball Chair

Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that there is some light assembly required for this chair. It didn’t take me too long to set it up, but I did need one person to help me hold the mesh covering as I inflated the ball seat. Overall, assembly was a painless process that you could easily accomplish at the office or at home.

The Zenergy ball chair also has an incredibly unique look. It’s has 4 chrome legs for stability and support and has a comfortable mesh cover that fits nicely over the exercise ball. The mesh is offered in three different colors; red, lime green and black. The chair is incredibly modern looking and has proven to be quite a conversation starter with people often remarking on its cool, one-of-a-kind look.

Safco Ball Chair

When I first sat on the Zenergy ball chair, I immediately noticed the freedom of movement. While I don’t feel restricted by my usual office chair, it is amazing how much more free you feel when sitting with one that does not have a back. My posture was, in fact, immediately better simply because it has to be with how the chair is designed. It doesn’t “encourage” good posture… it demands it, which is fantastic for someone like me who more often than not can be found slouching. It was also possible to slightly bounce while I worked, which was entertaining and provided a great way to move throughout the day, even if minimally, while keeping my core engaged.

I did, however, have to take my time when it came to transitioning to this Zenergy ball chair. I was simply not used to sitting in such a way. I was glad to have my other office chair on hand when I wanted to switch. It is important to note that the Zenergy Ball Chair is meant to be used for short periods of time. I recommend starting with just one hour a day and working your way up to more time. It’s also pretty convenient to switch chairs, as the Zenergy ball chair is not very large and can easily be tucked away under most desks.

All in all, the Zenergy Ball Chair is great for those who are looking to change up their sitting routine and want more movement throughout their day. It’s easy to stretch, turn or even bounce slightly while sitting on this chair, and it is a fun addition to supplement and change up how you work at the office.

Brand Spotlight: By the Yard

By the Yard Outdoor Furniture

This month’s brand spotlight is shining on an innovative furniture manufacturer with the future of our planet at the forefront of every new design.  By the Yard produces some of the hardiest and most attractive outdoor furniture available for commercial use. What could be better than that? By the Yard goes a step further by offering products that are constructed primarily of recycled plastic milk jugs, making them an eco-friendly option that you can be proud to own! This green construction is not only great for the environment, but it also makes By the Yard outdoor furniture incredibly durable and maintenance-free. You won’t ever need to worry about re-painting your By the Yard picnic tables or rocking chairs because they are designed to resist fading, cracking, rotting and splintering for years and years. Rain or shine, these products can stand up to anything the weather has in store!

Outdoor Chairs: No matter if you’re outfitting an outdoor break area for your employees or creating a functional outdoor space for a park or senior living center, By the Yard chairs will help make the space a more comfortable and enjoyable place to be. Guest chairs and benches provide casual seating areas, while garden gliders and rockers allow users to sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. There are even swiveling chairs, bar-height stools and lounge seating options available, so you can be sure that you’ll find the seating that’s best suited for your space!

Outdoor Tables: Eating outside will be much easier for your employees or guests when you equip the space with a weatherproof picnic or dining table. By the Yard offers long rectangular tables, small end tables and picnic tables with built-in seating. Whether you have lots of room to work with or you’re confined to a much smaller area, there’s a table from By the Yard that will fit in nicely with your space.

Outdoor Storage and Accessories: If you’re setting up a practical outdoor space that’s going to be used on a regular basis, then you will probably need some outdoor storage equipment to house any necessary supplies. By the Yard offers recycled storage cabinets that are just as weatherproof as their matching chairs and tables. Many By the Yard storage units are even mobile, making them easy to move from one end of your patio to the other. By the Yard also offers attractive waste receptacles so that you can provide your guests with a designated spot to dispose of their trash and other outdoor items including arbors and serving carts to accommodate any other outdoor need you may have.

How to Use NBF Design Services

Design CenterWhen it comes to the workplace, it can be easy to overlook design. However, it impacts more than most realize. Design – whether good or bad – is a huge factor in not only how productive workers are, but also in how the outside world, including customers, views the company as a whole. Whether you are looking to redesign your workplace interior or not, it’s always good to consider how the design is impacting you and how it could be made better to create more positive reactions.

At National Business Furniture, we offer free commercial design services. Whether in person or over the phone, our design experts have years of experience with commercial space planning to help you with any design needs. We can help you plan out the conference room, reception room, classroom or executive office space that you have always wanted for your business or school while keeping you on budget. Regardless of the size of the project, from sprawling business complexes to a single workspace, we are here to help.

How It Works

Design Services offered from NBF

At National Business Furniture, you can easily find quality office furniture to fill your workspace, and we can recommend products to fit your office’s needs and style preferences. Whether you are looking for a commercial interior that exudes professionalism with traditional and elegant furniture pieces, or you are looking for something more modern and sleek, we have the styles to satisfy. Want to see some examples of our work? Check out our case studies – examples of our work all across the nation.

The Huntington Club Collection by Kathy Ireland and Martin

Huntington Club Collection

If you’ve been searching for a collection of office furniture with rich, traditional style and convenient, modern amenities, then the Huntington Club collection by Kathy Ireland and Martin may be just the thing for you and your office lifestyle. Take a look at just a few of the reasons why this elegant group of furniture is one of our best-sellers:

Traditional Style: There’s no denying the elegant charm that this collection radiates. Its hardwood solid and wood veneer construction is artfully complemented by crown molding and picture frame details that blend well with traditional offices. The veneer surfaces show off intricate wood grains, creating a warm, inviting look. This collection features a beautiful Huntington Cherry stain that has a seven-step, hand-rubbed and clear double-lacquered finish with subtle distressing. Fluted railings and traditional antique-style brass hardware bring the look together and give it a timeless appearance that’s sure to grab attention.

Modern Amenities: Although this desk boasts all of the intricate details commonly associated with traditional office furniture, it still offers modern amenities that are needed for you to stay focused and productive while you work. Filing drawers can accommodate either letter- or legal-size hanging files so that you can keep important documents close by for use at a moment’s notice. Center drawers on desks all feature drop-down fronts that can easily accommodate your laptop or keyboard tray to make typing a more comfortable endeavor. Sick of unsightly wires and cords cluttering your workspace? Desktop grommet holes on desks and computer credenzas allow for proper cord management, and a built-in surge protector allows you to plug in your monitor, printer, CPU and speakers into the back of the unit for a clean look.

Breadth of Product: From desks and credenzas to filing cabinets and bookcases, The Huntington Club collection has everything you need to create a full office, and you’ll enjoy the cohesive look of your workspace with all of these matching pieces. Best of all, each different type of furniture comes in multiple sizes to suit your needs. Bookcases are available in 48” to 84” in height, and a version with doors concealing the lower shelves is also available. File cabinets come in both lateral and vertical versions and in two- and four-drawer styles to suit your needs at the office. The desks in this collection come in an even broader selection. From compact computer credenzas to huge U-shaped desks, you’re sure to find something that fits in with your office needs here, whether you have a large corner office or a small home office.

Office Moving Tips and Tricks

Moving Offices

Getting ready to move your office to a new location? Moving can be a daunting task to say the least, and few people are particularly fond of it. Make your move a stress-free experience by planning all the details ahead of time and taking these tips and tricks into consideration as you begin the process:

Lighten your load. Empty out your desk drawers, bookcases and storage cabinets before you move them. While it may be tempting to leave all of your belongings in their rightful place to minimize the number of trips you will need to take from the moving truck to the office, it is a thrown-out back waiting to happen. Save the strain on your body by emptying your furniture and placing the contents into boxes. Although it may mean making a couple of extra trips back and forth, your body will thank you for it. Plus, there are usually co-workers who are more than willing to help you get your belongings from point A to point B if you ask! To make moving these larger furniture pieces even easier, invest in a dolly that you can set large furniture onto and then push and pull freely.

Stack wisely. When stacking multiple items on a hand truck or dolly, start with the heaviest items on the bottom. Keeping lighter items on the top will help to evenly distribute the weight so that your belongings don’t fall off the dolly. Not only will this save you the headache of things toppling over and onto the floor during transport, but it will also help prevent damage to the items themselves.

Protect your furniture. Speaking of damage, make sure you take measures to keep your furniture safe during transit! Furniture can cost a pretty penny so it’s important to preserve it during the moving process as best as you can. Using the right moving equipment makes a huge difference when it comes to protecting filing cabinet corners and desk siding. Carpeted square dollies are padded to eliminate a great deal of the scratches and dings that often pop up during a big move.

Stay organized. Proper organization is the key to a successful and stress-free move, so be sure to keep your furniture and other office essentials well organized before, during and after the big move. Come up with a plan as to where in the new building you will put all of your furniture and other items if there isn’t already a designated space for them. No one wants to deal with clutter in a new space.

If just the thought of moving gives you gray hairs and a headache, don’t worry. There’s no need to feel stressed when you take the proper measures to make your move easy and safe.

Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Linear Collection

NBF Signature Series Linear Collection

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.

Range of Seat Options

The Linear Collection consists of various seating options for the workplace. While every chair in this collection features a mesh, breathable back to keep users cool and refreshed, there is still quite a lot of diversity to be found within this line. You can shop from options with mesh seats, memory foam seats, leather memory foam seats or fabric memory foam seats. With such a range of choices, finding the one that best suits you isn’t difficult at all. Additionally, the Linear Collection also includes two big and tall options with a 325 pound weight capacity to ensure the comfort and safety of every individual.

Ergonomic Adjustments

This collection also provides ergonomic support in the form of numerous adjustments, including flip up arms, lumbar support and adjustable seat height and depth. The flip up arms are an especially unique feature that allows you more freedom and movement with your chair. Many individuals who prefer to scoot closely to their desk prefer the flip-up arms, as they can easily move the chair arms out of the way and get as close as they’d like.

Set of Six - Linear Collection

Outstanding Value

When compared to other options of equal quality, it’s easy to see that the Linear Collection delivers a truly great value. NBF also offers a set of six chairs from this collection at a low price point for extremely affordable and simple option when outfitting a conference room or meeting area.

Exclusive Design

You will not find the Linear Collection anywhere else. It’s an exclusive design created by NBF to bring value, style and functionality together into one amazing Signature Series. While most mesh consists of a crisscross pattern, these chairs offer a unique vertical pattern and are aptly named for the feature. The attractive linear mesh pattern along with a sturdy, five prong aluminum base were hand-selected for NBF customers.

Strong and Supportive

These chairs offer unrivaled support to keep you comfortable throughout the day. The breathable mesh ensures air flow, keeping you cool and feeling refreshed. Durable construction and high quality materials make this collection of office chairs one that is sure to stand the test of time.

How to Incorporate Greenery into Your Office Space


Plant in Reception Room

We’re always on the lookout for simple ways to make offices more comfortable and more efficient. It turns out that adding some type of greenery, whether artificial or real, has been shown to impact not only how you feel about your office space, but also how well you work. There are many ways to incorporate greenery throughout the entire office in order to take advantage of the positive effects of plants.

Your Own Working Space: Research has shown that adding a live plant to working space can be incredibly beneficial. Have you ever wondered why nature landscapes are popular choices as screen backgrounds or even screensavers? One reason is that nature has been shown to have a restorative effect on workers – that is, simply gazing at scenes of nature or at a plant or flower on our desk actually refreshes us. It essentially gives us a bit of a break just by looking at it.

Incorporating plants into your office set up

In fact, many people who have plants or some type of greenery in their office or cubicle report feeling less stressed and more energized when compared to those who don’t have any type of greenery whatsoever. Here are some great low maintenance plants that do well in many traditional office environments:

  • Golden Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • English Ivy
  • Jade plant
  • Spider plant
  • Asparagus fern

Artificial plants are also a great option for those who want the lovely appearance of a plant, but perhaps are too busy with work to remember to consistently water a real, live plant.

Reception Areas: Greenery can do a lot to transform a reception area or waiting room. Green is considered to be a welcoming and trustworthy color – two qualities that you definitely want your waiting room to exude.

Add plants to reception areas for a more welcoming area

Restrooms: As an often overlooked part of the office, restrooms usually don’t have much by the way of décor. Adding some wall art and a nice plant or two can really do so much to elevate the space. Plants especially can make the usually drab scene appear livelier and more inviting.

Get Creative: Don’t be afraid to add greenery in fun, unique ways. Some stand-out workplaces include greenery into their designs, whether it’s the word “grow” made out of artificial plants and carved into the wall (also known as moss graffiti) or it’s trees built into desks. Greenery can truly make any space better so don’t be afraid to do something beyond the norm. The unique feature is sure to impress clients, employees and other guests.