Custom office furniture lets you work smarter

When choosing office furniture, functionality is a key ingredient to a successful product.  That’s why your purchases should reflect custom office furniture that works for you, not against you.  As you set out to order new furniture, meet with your interior designer to discuss more functional options.  All too often we work around our existing furniture, meaning we work from wherever our desk is situated, regardless if that location works well for us or not.  

A professional designer is guaranteed to be up-to-date on all of the newest furniture designs.  So, this means that you can describe your work needs to your designer, and he or she can offer furniture ideas that will compliment your work lifestyle and the space you have available.  Designers can help you identify the appropriate size of your new furniture and will take factors such as storage issues into consideration.

Remember, the key is to work smarter, not harder.  With custom office furniture that adjusts to your work life, you’re guaranteed to compete for that “smartest guy in the room” award.

 

Custom Office Furniture

Custom Office Furniture

Design Tips for the Office Lunchroom

I’ve quickly learned that there are so many benefits to staying in the office for lunch.  The most obvious reason that I choose this route is to save money.  Even spending $5 a day on lunch can add up quickly.  The second reason I like to stay in is for the health benefits.  Grabbing lunch on the go almost never seems to include too many healthy options.  

 

The problem with staying in the office for lunch, however, is that our lunch break never seems to be very exciting.  We often need a simple change of scenery to really make our break worth it.  However, I found several design tips for implementing a more modern decor into the office lunchroom.  By customizing tables with patterns that brighten up the lunchroom area and by covering chairs with Crypton fabric, a drab lunchroom can suddenly have new life.  And, if your employees are anything like me, it’s exactly that new life that can carry them through the afternoon portion of the workday!

 

Lunchroom Table and Chairs

Lunchroom Table and Chairs

Ergonomic Office Furniture and Arthritis

I recently found an article that discusses the links between ergonomic office furniture and arthritis.  While we’ve begun to become aware that ergonomic furniture is an important part of a healthy work environment, I had no idea of the effect it has on arthritis sufferers.  Apparently, arthritis sufferers experience a great deal of pain from manipulating their keyboard and mouse.  Additionally, they report that finding a comfortable position in their office chair is often nearly impossible.

This is yet another major reason why offices need to “go ergonomic.”  Ergonomic office chairs and keyboards will help arthritis sufferers by decreasing the amount of pain and frustration that they have to experience each and every day at work.  Often, the pain can be so severe for some arthritis sufferers that they must drastically cut back their hours or, in some cases, quit their job altogether.  

Today’s world of ergonomic office furniture provides a great deal of variety and choice.  For a healthy workplace, you owe it to your employees to go ergonomic.

 

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Small Office Design Challenges

All too often, the big guys tend to think that the little guys have it so much easier in today’s business world. A small office has less staff and general “stuff” to deal with, right? Well…maybe. But, when it comes to office design, I’d argue that the small guys have a tough job ahead of them. They have to fit office supplies, furniture, and design elements into relatively small spaces. And, as more stuff is collected, the small office can quickly begin to feel like an overstuffed box. And so the challenge begins.

While I’ve often held myself to rules such as getting rid of one old thing each time I get something new, I quickly learned that strict rules can’t apply to office design. We need what we need in order to function. However, we can certainly make some improvements that will keep our design in tip-top shape.

My first suggestion is to find furniture that doubles as storage space. Desks work best when they include shelves or other features that also store papers and materials (this also helps keep the clutter to a minimum). Additionally, file cabinets are key, but only if they are used effectively. Rather than lining office walls with rows of filing cabinets, invest in those that reach the ceiling. Even if you have to use a step ladder to reach a file, you’ll feel better than you would if those filing cabinets began closing in on you.

So, little guys…use your space effectively and efficiently, and you’ll soon show those big guys who’s boss.

 

Get creative with small office design

Get creative with small office design

Green Interior Office Design is Easier than you Think

If you think that transforming your office into an environmentally-friendly workspace will take too much time and effort, think again.  Today’s world of interior office design isn’t just focusing on the drive to “go green” just to fit in with the latest tends.  Instead, office design takes a green approach to improve our quality of life at work.  No, this isn’t some fluffy rhetoric designed to support my campaign to save the world.  This is a concept that works.  When we feel better about our work space, we are not only happier at work, but we also are more efficient at work.  And, we take pride in our work, something that is integral to a successful company culture.

In fact, today’s youngest employees view working in a green workplace as a top priority in their job search.  And for good reason.  These youngsters want to be happy at work, and they want to represent a company that fills them with pride.  And, for the company, this is a win-win situation.  When employees are happy and proud, there’s less chance of turnover and more chance of quality work being produced.

See, I told you it wasn’t that hard.

 

Sustainable Office Design

Sustainable Office Design

Space Planning Takes a New Look with Monitor Arm

The days of large monitors that fill entire desk surfaces have gone the way of the typewriter in today’s contemporary offices.  And for good reason.  First, large and heavy monitors aren’t ergonomically friendly.  They are hard to move and adjust to each worker’s individual body, therefore causing neck and shoulder pain.  Additionally, the bulkiness of large monitors take up too much space, especially in offices where saving space is a top priority.

Space planning takes on a whole new dimension with Humanscale’s M2 monitor arm.  Reception desks and workstations that utilize this new monitor arm not only free up space, but they also reap the benefits of less screen glare, better ergonomic positioning, and the option of total adjustability.

 

Humanscale's Monitor Arm

Humanscale's Monitor Arm

Stand Apart from the Next Office Space

There are certainly many benefits offered to shared office space.  Buildings that house several different offices attract more client and visitor traffic and often offer additional services that stand-alone buildings cannot.  However, when it comes to designing an office that is housed in a building with several other businesses, the key is to stand apart with contemporary office design.  This will help each office differentiate itself and make more of a lasting impact on clients.

Think about it: if you walk into an office building, chance are you aren’t going to be very impressed with a potential business partner that has the exact same office motif as the office next door.  However, with this knowledge, you can make sure that your clients will be impressed by an office design that is both contemporary and unique.  

Make it your office’s goal to stand out from the rest with an impacting statement that shows it is unique!

 

Contemporary Office Design

Contemporary Office Design

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