Patio Furniture Sets are Ready for Summer

The spring and summer months often play tricks on our working minds. Thoughts of evening baseball games, weekend concerts or festivals, and trips to the local watering hole often make it very hard to stick to our office chairs and desks. A view from a nearby window might help, but I’m a firm believer that all offices should give their employees play time during warmer months. If you’re picturing school recess, you’re on the right track. However, a quick mid-day game of kick ball doesn’t exactly go with my work wardrobe.

Still, many of today’s businesses are seeing the benefits of offering their employees some “outdoor time.” And, the best way to do this is to set up an outdoor area and decorate it with patio furniture sets that are both comfortable and functional. The addition of modern patio furniture to an office creates a new sense of freedom and can actually inspire creativity. Go ahead…let your employees have get some fresh air and have a little play time. You just might want to think twice when they start requesting a blow-up pool and water shields for their laptops!

 

Outdoor Office Furniture

Outdoor Office Furniture

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Office Furniture Shows New Life

It’s hard to keep furniture clean, especially if your office sees a lot of traffic and wear and tear.    If this sounds familiar, I encourage you to try Crypton fabric for your office upholstery.  You might decide to refurbish old pieces with Crypton fabric, or buy new office furniture that’s made of Crypton.

This fabric doesn’t have the unattractive look of vinyl, but it performs like it.  Dirt and stains are easy to clean, and wear and tear mean nothing to this fabric.  Go ahead–let your clients’ kids jump on the fabric.  Better yet, eat your lunch in this chair without worrying about spills.  Using Crypton fabric for your new or refurbished office furniture makes a lot of sense!

 

Crypton Fabric

Crypton Fabric

Used Cubicles Have Benefits

Reorganizing your office takes not only time, but it also takes money.  While your budget should certainly account for new furniture items that will add comfort and style to the office, you might be surprised at the savings you can find in used products.  

Now, I’m not talking about abused and worn-out models of last year’s greatest product.  I’m talking about “gently used” items that are not only functional, but also meet your company’s needs.  One furniture system that you might find used is cubicles.  Often, companies switch from the office cubicle system to a more open floorplan when they remodel, so “gently used” can often look brand new if the cubicles have been well cared for.  And, if there are a few minor scrapes or scratches, you might consider giving your used cubicles a fresh look by using fabric to cover cubicle parts. 

Of course, there are also environmental benefits to this approach.  Reusing an office’s cubicles that are no longer needed means you’re saving them from the landfill, and you’re stopping the need for new cubes to be made.

If you’re in the market for new cubicles, I challenge you to consider the benefits of looking into used products.  After all, if you save some of the design budget on cubicles, you might just be able to afford those ergonomic office chairs your back has been calling for!

Give it some thought. 

 

Used Office Cubicles

Used Office Cubicles

Modular Office Systems Offer Flexibility…and then Some

Many of today’s businesses are finding benefits in modular office systems for a number of reasons.  First, they are a quick way to redesign the office for new space or organizational requirements.  For example, as new employees begin to fill the office, companies might install movable walls that separate existing office spaces to make room for these new faces.  

This second benefit of modular furniture is its contribution to a more private and confidential environment.  Companies that handle a great deal of confidential information (banks, for example), need modular features such as office wall panels and acoustic tiles to decrease the amount of noise that’s floating around in the air.  Many businesses have also found sound masking can be a big plus to increasing the confidentiality in the work environment.

Finally, modular office spaces make it easy to leave room for design changes.  Many companies want a new look without the permanence that comes with redesign.  Of course, in the end, modular furniture can save a company big bucks since complete redesigns will not be needed.  Instead, offices can move things around a bit and more easily create entire new office environments.

 

Modular Office System

Modular Office System

Office Flooring with Options

A lot of people tell me that office design is a boring topic.  While I am quick to disagree, I can see how the topic of office furniture and decor might not top everyone’s list of exciting things to think about.  However, every once in a while, I find a product that just screams excitement.  And today, this product happens to be carpet.

While office flooring might not be the first thing you think of when you begin making office design plans, it is an integral component of the overall look of a workspace.  If you’re in the market for a new carpet for your office, I highly encourage you to check out the random patterns available from FLOR.  There are a few reasons why I think FLOR is the office flooring company to choose.  

First, you can choose a completely individual pattern from FLOR by mixing and matching different tiles, or you can choose one of their own unique patterns.  Second, these tiles are easy to clean and care for.  They stick to your floor, allowing you to remove them and wash them individually (won’t that be useful the next time you spill your morning coffee?).  Finally, FLOR is committed to environmental responsibility.  Not only does the company commit to eliminating any impact it poses on the environment, but it will even come to your location, pick up your old FLOR tiles once you’re ready for a new look, and take them back to their factory to recycle them.  

Individual style plus easy care and environmental concern…I dare you to find a better office flooring option.

 

FLOR's "Entropy" Carpet

FLOR's "Entropy" Carpet

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

Office Design Must Embrace Change

We hear a lot about change these days.  And I think that’s a good thing.  However, whenever I get into a contractual agreement with anyone, I often feel as if change is never part of the process.  Am I alone?

When it comes to office design, change is inevitable.  Not only will our minds change, but so will our needs.  I recently heard an account of an office manager who changed her mind about the office chairs she had chosen for her board room.  Rather than choosing one model, a newer one entered the market that were more appropriate for her decor.  Guess what?  Her design team said it was too late.  Even though they had not placed the order for her chairs just yet, they informed her that her contract required that she stick with her original chairs.  How frustrating!

My advice to you is to talk about these scenarios early with your office designer.  If they can’t make room for change, maybe you would be better off not making room for them in the first place.

 

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Design Knows Change