Brand Spotlight: Mayline

Mayline was first established in 1939, specializing in drafting tables and blueprint files. The furniture company has since come a long way, expanding its product selection to include everything from conference tables to ergonomic seating for the modern workplace. Mayline is a trusted, established manufacturer with products known for their durability. Here are just a few of our favorite Mayline products.

Five Drawer Flat File Cabinet

It feels only fitting to choose one of Mayline’s flat files, due to the history and beginning of the brand. This particular flat file cabinet features five drawers, a front metal plan depressor and a rear hood. With durable heavy gauge welded steel construction, this flat file also heightens the efficiency of any workplace or studio.  Additionally, this storage unit can hold up to 200 sheets of paper per drawer while keeping your blueprints and artwork neatly and safely organized.

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Big and Tall Pivot-Arm Leather Chair

The Big and Tall Pivot-Arm Leather Chair from Mayline is a top rated item for good reason! Offering superior comfort for people of larger statures, this chair features a reinforced frame and a weight capacity of 450 lbs. Additionally, the chair meets ANSI/BIFMA standards and offers adjustable seat height and adjustable lumbar support to ensure comfort and durability.

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Complete Contemporary L Desk Office Set

This complete Contemporary L Desk Office Set from Mayline makes updating your office easy, with complementing pieces such as an L desk, wall cabinet and hutch. This set also offers a distinctly modern appeal for the modern workplace. Choose from gray steel, mahogany and mocha finishes for your office.

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Napoli Executive Desk

This executive desk makes for an impressive piece in any setting. The curved edges paired with a modesty panel lend a contemporary look that’s incredibly pleasing to the eye. Available in golden cherry, sierra cherry and mahogany veneer finishes, you can be sure to find an elegant style for your office. With ample workspace, this beautiful desk is also sure to be a functional addition.

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Boat Shaped Conference Table

Searching for the perfect conference table? This Boat Shaped Conference Table from Mayline may just be the winning contender. Available with a grommet hole for wire management, the style of this table ensures seamless use of technology. Additionally, a thick high pressure laminate top resists scratches and gives the table long lasting durability. Lastly, the thin leg design leaves ample space for more leg room, giving more comfort to all those gathered around this conference table.

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Big & Tall Chairs: Our Top Picks

If you’re of a larger stature, then a big and tall office chair will keep you much more comfortable while you work than a standard size seating option. Big and tall chairs are designed to hold more than 250 pounds of evenly distributed weight, and they’re the most ideal choice for users of over 6 feet tall. Check out our top picks for big and tall chairs:

The Stamford Leather Big & Tall Chair: This genuine leather executive chair supports larger users without sacrificing any amount of style. The luxurious leather upholstery is soft to the touch for a rich feel, and the hardwood framework artfully complements it. These features work together to create a look that is regal and professional.

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The Space Big & Tall Mesh Chair: If you’re looking for a big and tall chair that will breathe, then this is the one. With a mesh back and padded mesh seat, this chair allows air to flow in and out to prevent the user from becoming overheated after multiple seated hours. This chair also comes with adjustable seat height, lumbar support, arm height, arm width, tilt lock, tilt tension and knee tilt controls to help you locate the best possible position for your body.

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The Executive 24/7 Intensive Use Genuine Leather Chair: This is the Cadillac of big and tall chairs. With a 550 pound weight capacity and an extra-sturdy seven-leg base, it was designed to stand up to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Due to its intensive use construction, this chair is ideal for settings such as dispatch centers where a single chair gets used by multiple people during different shifts all day long. A myriad of ergonomic adjustments and genuine leather upholstery make it one of the most comfortable chairs we offer.

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The Linear Big & Tall Memory Foam Stool: Whether you’re an artist working at a drafting table or you want to be able to switch from standing to sitting easily at your standing height desk, there are stools that come in big and tall varieties too. This NBF Signature Series stool features a mesh back for breathable comfort and adjustable armrests for support. The foot ring is also adjustable to that users of different heights can rest their feet comfortably.

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The Omega Faux Leather Guest Chair: You’re not the only person in your office who wants to feel comfortable. Be sure that every guest who visits your company is offered a seat that will support them. The Officient Omega Guest Chair does just that, supporting up to 350 pounds and offering plush support with its padded cushions and faux leather upholstery.

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Chairs Around the Office: Chelsea Hodgins’s Code Chair

Chelsea Hodgins, studio manager at National Business Furniture, tells us why she loves the NBF Code Conference Chair.

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Q: Do you have a favorite feature? Do you use any ergonomic adjustments? Which ones and why?

A: My favorite feature and my favorite ergonomic mechanism is the adjustable tilt lock. I like to recline throughout my day and the back can lock in almost any position.

Q: What do you think about the seat of the chair?

A: The code chair has a comfortable, thick cushion. But petite users should note the larger seat depth and height.

Q: What do you think about the look of the chair?

A: This stylish, sturdy chair looks great without sacrificing comfort. Perfect for any office or conference room.

Budget, Commercial, Heirloom: Double Bookcases

Whether you have a huge collection of books that need to be organized or you need an attractive way to fill up a large blank wall, adding a tall double bookcase is an excellent way to get the job done in style. Deciding that a double bookcase is the furniture for you is half the battle. The second half is choosing the best bookshelf for you! Let’s take a look at our budget, commercial and heirloom options for this statement piece.

The Budget Option: The Midas 72” Double Bookcase is a sharp addition to both traditional and contemporary offices. Available in your choice of oak, cherry or espresso, it offers a warm and inviting look that can easily complement most décor. The wood veneer construction makes for a great value at this budget price, since veneers are durable and long-lasting, and the thick shelves provide sturdy support. Its simple design includes no flashy details, making this piece a good solution for those who want their furniture to blend in with the office, not stand out.

The pros: Adjustable shelves, affordable, veneer construction, available in three different finishes

The cons: Does not ship assembled, no intricate details

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The Commercial Option: If you want something a little more upscale, then check out the Pont Lafayette 78” Double Bookcase from none other than the NBF Signature Series. Also constructed of wood veneer, this unit comes in a shade of deep walnut that’s ideal for offices that prefer a traditional sort of elegance. So what sets this bookshelf apart? Its half-moon-shaped frame, crown molding and elevated base on detailed feet give it a sort of flair that you don’t see every day. The wood veneer shelves feature glass inlays that are further complemented by two can lights in the ceiling of the unit. Your reading materials and décor will look their very best when displayed in this artful piece.

The pros: Elegant details, built-in lighting, ships fully assembled

The cons: More expensive, glass shelves must be cleaned more frequently

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The Heirloom Option: If you want something with a durable construction and a timeless design, then the European Renaissance II 104” Bookcase with Sliding Ladder is the way to go. The medium brown hardwood solid and wood veneer finish is elegantly faded in specific areas to create a look of depth and regality, while the detailed molding is something straight out of a dream library. Like the Pont Lafayette bookshelf, this option from Hooker Furniture features lighted top shelves to illuminate your favorite décor. It also includes lower shelves that are concealed by two sets of double doors so that you can hide your less attractive reading materials. The icing on the bookcase cake: that ladder! An attached ladder can slide back and forth between columns to not only help you reach books on the top shelf, but to help you feel like a real librarian straight out of history.

The pros: Elegant, functional, ships fully assembled

The cons: Most expensive

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Green Furniture: NBF’s Commitment to the Environment

At NBF, we’re committed to providing safe, high quality products for our consumers. We’re also dedicated to meeting high sustainability standards and doing our best to protect the environment by offering products that are GreenGuard certified and Level certified. We were even the first furniture retailer to be NSF Certified. Today, we’d like to highlight some of our many green, environmentally friendly office furniture pieces.

HON Nucleus Mesh Back Ergonomic Task Chair

This HON Nucleus Mesh Back Ergonomic Task Chair features a slim, streamlined profile and a sleek, modern look. The seating option promises long lasting support and incredible comfort with illira-stretch NRAM material. It’s also Level certified, meaning that the product, production process and manufacturer have all met high sustainability standards. These standards take into account materials, energy, atmosphere, human health, ecosystem health and social responsibility.

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Steel Mesh Three Seat Beam

These Steel Mesh Three Seat Beams are part of the Net Series created by OFM. Available in a myriad of bright, cheerful colors, these eco-friendly products can be used inside or outside, with rust-proof steel mesh and a sturdy steel frame. These seating options are also Greenguard certified, meaning that they support better indoor air quality and that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable pollutant standards.

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The Lancaster Collection

As part of the NBF Signature Series, the Lancaster Collection is an exclusive design that you won’t find anywhere else. While this collection has incredible value, an elegant style and contemporary functionality, it’s also environmentally friendly. Made with raw materials purchased from forests that meet stringent environmental standards, you can feel good about displaying this gorgeous collection in your office. With a warm auburn finish on wood veneer surfaces, you can find quality, beauty and functionality from every piece in this collection, from the executive desk to the two-drawer lateral file.

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Easy Access Picnic Table

You can find eco-friendly furniture for the outdoors as well! This Easy Access Picnic Table features 100% recycled plastic construction that is environmentally friendly and incredibly easy to maintain. With a UV-protected surface, fading color is no longer a worry. Provide convenient and sturdy outdoor dining and resting space for your employees with this lovely picnic table.

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We’re proud to offer such an expansive selection of environmentally-friendly, green furniture for all industries and at a variety of price points. Protecting the environment is a task we take to heart when it comes to our products and our mission to improve every workplace.

How to Organize & Hide Computer Cords

Love your computer, but hate your computer cord clutter? Cables and wires can ruin the look of your workspace, especially if you’re using a lot of electronics in one area. If you’re the type of person who prefers a crisp, clean look in the office, then check out the different forms of wire management that are available to you.

Desktop Grommet Holes: Many desks come equipped with built-in grommet holes which consist of, you guessed it, a hole cut out near the edge of the desk. Grommet holes typically come with a cap so that you can maintain a clean look while covering up the mess. Simply slip your wires through the hole and then plug them into the wall or built-in desk power strip for a seamless look. This is the most common type of wire management system, so be sure to read the product description of the desk you are considering carefully to determine whether or not it comes with any grommet holes.

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Wire Management Troughs: Some desks and, more commonly, tables come with built-in wire management troughs. These long, narrow containers are typically affixed to the front of the unit, often built into the modesty panel, and they consist of a protruding shelf with a lip that is used to hold your cords in place and up off the floor. Although these are less common than desktop grommet holes, they are certainly effective and are an ideal option for use in areas with ever-changing users such as classrooms and training rooms where laptops are used frequently.

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Alternative Wire Management Systems: Some desks come with more unique wire management systems that you may prefer to grommet or trough options. The NBF Signature Series Pacifica desks, for example, don’t just feed your cords through their desktop grommet holes. They take it to the next level of office cleanliness by feeding those cords through the leg of the desk. This way, you aren’t just left with a mess of wires hanging out from underneath your work surface. Rather, the cords come out the bottom of the leg and then connect to the nearest outlet, leaving that clean, fresh Pacifica look unscathed by industrial cording.

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DIY Solutions: Already have an office desk and don’t want to splurge on a new one? Don’t worry—there’s hope for you yet. While you can attempt to drill your own grommet hole into the top of your desk, we only recommend doing this if you are already a skilled handyperson or know someone who is. Alternatively, you can keep cords more organized by attaching a wire bin to the underside of your desk. Simply run cords through the bin to keep them up off the ground and out of sight. This can also be achieved in the same way by attaching binder clips to the bottom of your desk and running cords through those.

Don’t like any of these ideas? If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, and if you can’t cover your cords then make them look great! By covering your electrical cords with Washi tape or by affixing them to the wall in artistic designs, you can create cords that you will actually want to look at!

NBF Healthcare Furniture Services

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It’s probably no surprise that healthcare facilities require very specific furniture to keep their doctors, patients and visitors comfortable and safe. Due to the nature of hospitals and other healthcare facilities, furniture that resists the growth of bacteria and the spread of germs must be used. In addition, bariatric chairs and very specific types of exam room furniture must be offered in order to keep any and all patients as safe as possible during their stay. The things to consider when outfitting a healthcare facility with the appropriate furniture are seemingly endless, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed in the attempt to cover all the bases. Take a look at some of the services and capabilities that the furniture experts at National Business Furniture offer to make your healthcare furniture shopping experience as easy as possible.

In-House Healthcare Design and Space Planning Services. At NBF, we know that creating the right environment in a healthcare setting is critical in promoting healing, improving morale and attracting patients to your facility. Our professional in-house healthcare design staff work closely with architects, facility managers and internal staff to deliver a finished project that meets or exceeds the individual location objectives. The best part? Our in-house design services are completely free when you order your healthcare furnishings from NBF.

In-Field Healthcare Sales Representatives. In addition to our talented designers, we also have in-field healthcare sales representatives in 25 major markets, and our healthcare-focused professionals can provide on-site consultations and custom project solutions at no cost to you. Our dedicated healthcare team even provides project management services for large furniture installations at no charge.

Exclusive GPO Pricing. We offer our enormous selection, excellent value and caring customer service with group purchasing organization (GPO) pricing. GPOs save the healthcare industry billions of dollars per year, which effectively counters ever-rising medical costs. That’s why you can shop confidently at NBF, knowing that you’ll receive the very best price on your new furnishings.

Fast Shipping. Over 88% of the items we sell ship in less than five days, and many ship the same day they’re ordered. Just search for the “Ships Today” icon in our catalog or on our website to select healthcare furniture that will be delivered to you as quick as can be.

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Furniture that Works. A critical component of creating a positive patient experience is providing a welcoming atmosphere for all visitors, regardless of size or disability. NBF has products to accommodate all patients safely and comfortably, including bariatric, geriatric and pediatric visitors. We even offer products for specialized healthcare environments, including orthopedic spaces, infusion centers, behavioral health facilities and high traffic emergency rooms. Because we recognize the importance of family support in the healing process, we also offer products that integrate visitors into lobbies and patient rooms comfortably. To provide an easy way to create a calming, serene atmosphere, we have an extensive offering of artwork, textiles and accessories that facilitate warm, welcoming, patient-centered healing experience. Our healthcare furniture experts work directly with each healthcare facility to create a customized solution that meets their individual aesthetic, function and budgetary needs. We work with more than 150 suppliers that carry over 6000 items to offer an unmatched breadth of products that can meet any budget without sacrificing quality, durability or safety.

People who Care. Our highly-trained specialists take a great deal of pride in helping customers find the right furniture to fit their needs, be it for a healthcare facility or otherwise. With an average of ten years of experience, our sales and customer service representatives can explain the benefits and drawbacks to any item in question. Contact the NBF furniture experts at (800) 558-1010 to find out how we can help you create the healthcare setting you and your patients need.

Check out what our customers are saying about our healthcare furniture experts!

“My experience with Jane Spotts and National Business Furniture was very professional from the start.  Jane was very interested in our organization’s exact needs and preferences, down to the intricate furniture details, and won our business during our RFP process.  She prepared a flexible product offerings list for our clients, all while staying within our budgetary constraints.  On a day-to-day basis, Jane is very responsive to our needs as a sales representative.  I can count on her to ensure that all orders are placed on time, and all physicians’ preferences are addressed.  Lastly, when small issues have arisen, Jane is quick to rectify the situation!”

-John W Kropf, CMPE, MBA

Associate Director of Operations

AMITA Health

 

“As a new client, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jane and the team at National Business Furniture. We successfully installed panels and furniture for our Medical Office Building lobby. Jane and the team were very efficient, as they professionally and conveniently worked around associates and visitors. The overall process was smooth from start to finish and I will definitely contact Jane and National Business Furniture for any future needs.”

-Dave DeRose

Director of Support Services

Centegra Hospital McHenry