Business Owners Implement Modern Furniture to Address Lack of Space

office cubiclesNew companies start and expand each day. When this happens, owners have to both find and furnish office spaces to accommodate employees. In fact, American companies annually purchase staggering amounts of office furnishings — 16.5 million chairs, 11 million filing cabinets, and 3 million desks, research shows. In 2014 alone, commercial office furniture accounted for $12.6 billion in revenue in the United States. While purchasing office cubicles and other modern office desks may not be hard, finding space in Nashville, Tennessee is.

According to Biz Journals, Nashville has “the lowest percentage of available office space among nearly 90 markets.” This recently shared data comes from real estate brokerage firm Cushman and Wakefield. As of June 30, just 5.5% of all office space in Middle Tennessee was available for rent. Just behind Nashville was New York City with 6.8% while Charleston and San Francisco tied with 7.3% of available office space.

When put into a perspective that more people can understand, this means that business owners and managers will have an easier time finding office space in New York or San Francisco rather than Nashville. Although the prices may be significantly higher in these cities, Nashville has had a recent spike in rent prices over the years. In the city’s downtown area, new top-end office space is a record high of $40 per square foot. With the cost of renting these buildings skyrocketing, owners of lower-rated buildings are also raising their prices as well.

What does it all mean?
For one thing, the surge in new and expanding businesses throughout the area means that the Nashville economy is growing rapidly and successfully. On the other hand, businesses that need to expand are finding it difficult to do so with the lack of real estate options. Many companies are forced to look outside the metropolitan area for office space, which means for a longer commute.

Solving the problem
As a solution, some businesses have implemented the use of modern office desks and office cubicles to maximize the space they have. Keeping in mind that employee productivity can increase up to 17% from simply providing the right seating, employers are using innovative work chairs to their advantage. Not only does implementing modern office cubicles and workstations allow for more space to be used, it saves money in the long run. Seeing as how space is already limited, these business owners are making the most of what they have.

The Dos and Donts of Contemporary Office Furniture

contemporary office furnitureBelieve it or not, office furniture is a very lucrative business in the United States. In fact, the industry brought in around $12.6 billion in 2014. For those looking to use contemporary office furniture to improve their work environments, consider the following tips for designing your office space.

Don’t be afraid of color
While the office is not typically the place you expect to find bold prints and colors, it can, however, influence creativity in more subtle ways. Adding a simple pop of color to chairs or even cabinets can add an interesting element of appeal to any office environment.

Do make the most of the space you have
Depending on several factors, including location, office space can sometimes be expensive. For this reason, business owners have to get creative to find ways to make the office functional.

One way to do that is by strategically arranging computer desks and using contemporary office furniture to maximize the space. More offices are opting out of the traditional cubicles and onto more modern office desks with space-saving features.

Don’t clutter the space
When deciding to maximize on the office space you have available, it is important not to get into a situation in which you end up with more clutter. It is understandable that you want to find contemporary office furniture with built-in organization, but these pieces do not have to be as large as you think. In fact, large furniture pieces in a small- to medium-sized space make it look more crowded than organized.

Do keep in mind that design matters
Studies show that productivity among employees increased by as much as 17.5% when provided with the right work chairs and training. Consequently, employers should seek to design workstations that promote creativity as well as increase potential profits. Doing so will increase employee satisfaction and provide an excellent experience for customers and other visitors.

The days of the isolated office floor full of wall-to-wall cubicles are coming to an end. In its place are new, modern pieces that enhance the work experience for the employee and increase their productivity. Considering that most adults will work an estimated 90,000 hours in their lifetime, you want to make sure they are doing so in a comfortable, functional environment. Keep the above tips in mind when designing or re-designing your office space and observe the difference. You may like what you see.

We’re Almost 50 Years Old and We Aren’t Slowing Down

qualty serviceNearly 50 years ago Office Planning Group was incorporated as an office furniture dealer in New Orleans.

Life was very different when we started our business back in 1969, but we’ve noticed that business needs tend to stay the same – nearly every office requires tables, chairs, desks and cubicles. There are certain niches in the current business world where the traditional office setup isn’t needed; open concepts do away with cubicles. Those corners of the industry though, are usually limited to startups.

We’ve learned a lot and seen a lot in the past 47 years. And our state has been through a lot during the time frame as well. Growth, stagnation, disaster, victory and change has worked its way into nearly every corner of Louisiana.

We adapted to all of these seasons while maintaining our dedication to offering excellent service as we provide highly functional products that benefit the well-being of our clients.

Marketing ploy this is not. Did you know that the average employee at OPG has been with us for 20 years? So, when we say we can answer just about any question and offer you a tailored solution, we actually mean it.

A lot of our clients know who we are and what we do, but if you’re new to OPG you probably haven’t stopped by our About Us page. We use this section of our site to tell you a little bit about our history and who we are.

Our U.S. Small Business Administration Award

One of the things we are proudest of in our 47-year history is our distinction as one of the few companies in Louisiana to win the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Award for Excellence.

This award is given out yearly to businesses in a variety of categories who excel in contributing to the American economy and society.

We know that “contributing to the American economy and society” sounds pretty lofty, but it’s true. Small businesses across America – not just Office Planning Group – play an important role in our economy.

The other side of this are the contributions we make to society; the average procurement specialist or business owner who wants to do business with someone trustworthy and reliable. We think those contributions our made possible by the continuity we have on our team.

Like we mentioned before, our current team has an average of 20 years of experience at OPG. Take our president Jerry Maxwell, for example. Jerry’s been with us since 1982 and has been the president since 1995.

Our Method: Three Steps

Another part of our success is the three-step process we apply to every client, whether we’ve known them for years or are working with them for the first time. Those three steps are:

  • Consultation and free space planning
  • Office planning and design
  • Project management purchasing and delivery

Each one of these steps has its own set of details and nuances, but our method never changes. We’ve found it to be the best way to connect with and provide our clients with effective solutions.

Our State: Growing, Slowly but Surely

We’ve won awards and have found a lot of success with our three-step system, but we’ve learned it’s never a good idea to rest on your laurels.

Louisiana’s economy is a great example of that. Over the past 10 years, we’ve had big spikes in job creation and steady growth in our labor force from about 2 million in 2006 to 2.2 million in 2016.

Yet during that growth there were peaks and valleys. Unemployment jumped to more than 8% in 2011. Our workforce saw growth by the end of the year, but another unemployment spurt hit in 2013 as well as in 2014.

However, we’re proud to say that the Louisiana business community has stayed committed to playing our part in the American economy. As businesses in our state have grown or started from scratch, we’ve been there to help design and furnish offices in a way that encourages productivity and communicates the image and brand of the business itself.

As offices across Louisiana fill up with OPG’s top-quality products, it’s a sign to us that growth is here and there’s a bright future ahead.

We’re looking forward to the next 50 years, and we hope you are too.

The Link Between Office Furniture, Spatial Organization and Productivity

office-spaceDoes the way you organize your office’s furniture affect productivity?

That’s a question that’s been floating around for decades, but as open office concepts have emerged over the past few years it’s become clear that many companies believe there is a crucial link between furniture organization and productivity.

And when you read this article from Entrepreneur, you’ll realize that the productivity-furniture connection is more than just a trend or a new version of feng shui.

“Improving your own and your employees’ performance involves a lot more than finding comfortable chairs,” the article says. “It involves placement of offices and cubicles within the building, proximity to equipment, lighting, desk space, meeting areas, privacy and more.”

Entrepreneur isn’t saying anything new – plenty of similar concepts have been expressed over the past six or seven years. However, we like the clarity of the statement. There was a time in office organization where companies were concerned about getting the most comfortable chairs and the most functional desks.

Even though those factors are still important, they’ve become a secondary issue for many new companies. The most important issue? Creating a workspace conducive to productivity. But how does that work, exactly?

Creating a Team Environment Through Strategic Organization

Think about the traditional office setup. The big bosses often worked on the perimeter of the office while mid- and lower-level employees worked in the open middle area of the office. That type of organization reflected the top-down style of management popular until the past decade.

As a more community-oriented approach has emerged in startups, the way offices and furniture are placed has changed drastically.

These days, it’s not uncommon to see startups eliminate the heavy-wood desks of old and place the founder’s workspace right next to a web developer or salesman. His desk? A streamlined, simple piece of furniture no different than the man or woman next to him.

And remember, his desk is right in there with his coworkers. The result is that there’s instant communication between decision makers and their staff. That instant communication leads to productivity.

“With today’s emphasis on team-building, office design is moving away from compartmentalized offices,” the Entrepreneur article says, “and moving toward large spaces where teams of employees can work.”

A Deeper Look at Productivity

Let’s take a step back and think about this idea that furniture organization affects productivity. The business world is full of trends; some become industry norms while others quickly flare out.

If employees really are affected by spatial arrangement, there’s a good chance the furniture-productivity trend will become a standard, right? To verify the truth behind this trend we did some research.

In 2009, the Journal of Public Affairs, Administration and Management published a study that backed up this idea of furniture organization (and other factors) affecting productivity.

According to the study, both male and female workers were affected by spatial arrangements of furniture. Interestingly, women were unaffected by poor furniture (chairs, for example) while males’ performances tended to be affected by it.

In fact, the study went as far as to say that “spatial arrangement has a considerable effect on the employees’ productivity.” And, in general, the study showed “that when the furniture of the office is not comfortable and according to the needs of the employees, their productivity is affected.”

Some Final Thoughts

We’ve talked a bit about the move away from big executive offices, how spatial organization can affect productivity and how poor furniture can hamper your team’s efforts.

We want to add one more thought: department-tailored workstations. This idea popped up in an article we read by time-tracking company Desk Time. Some departments need more workspace than others. Some departments need certain kinds of desks that just wouldn’t function well for other departments.

Keep this in mind as you think about your office furniture solutions. Workplaces are becoming more and more specialized; capitalize on the movement by finding the mix of furniture and spatial planning that works best for your team.

As you can see, there is some strong evidence in favor of taking a second look at the way your office is organized. Now, we’re not saying that you have to reorganize your office to fit the standards of the tech world. But we do think you should talk with us about possible solutions for productivity-inducing office designs.

Click here to take a look at our Hon catalog, where you’ll find a variety of options for desks, chairs and more. If your office takes a more traditional stance on organization, we think you’ll enjoy browsing our executive furniture. We have a nice mix of traditional power desks as well as streamlined modern workstations.

Can Your Office Decor Increase Energy and Productivity? The Answer May Surprise You!

contemporary office furniture You may not think that the office furniture industry is very big, but with companies purchasing 16.5 million chairs and 3 million computer desks every year in the U.S., the industry may beg to differ. That’s not even counting furniture like cubicles and filing cabinets! There are even seasonal trends in office decor, and much like home decor, your choice in furniture can shape the mood of your space. So how can you use your office furniture to create a productive and positive environment for your employees?

Wait, office furniture can increase productivity?
That’s right! Increasing energy levels and productivity can be as simple as choosing the right work chairs for your employees. Research recently found that productivity in an office setting can be improved by up to 17.5% just by providing the proper chair and training to your employees. Comfort in any setting is key!

How else can furniture improve the office experience?
If someone is working 40 hours a week until retirement, they will have spent just over 90,000 hours in an office setting. Often times, all of those work hours will be spent in the same office environment, as well. Now, if someone has to spend that much time in one office building, it’s bound to get boring pretty quick. But if there’s contemporary office furniture that is updated from time to time, the office immediately becomes more interesting. Office furnishings can really make all the difference in an employee’s perspective and productivity.

What are some other ways to create a positive office environment?
Office cubicles are often the butt of jokes, but in reality, they allow employees to express creativity and craft a personalized space to work in. While cubicles are a more traditional office standard, contemporary office furniture has given them a nice update. Modern desks and cubicles offer the same kind of personalized space for employees, but are more open and encourage a more social work environment. Feeling isolated often stifles an employee’s energy and productivity, but a community building environment can offer a lot of help in that department.

If your office is stuck in 2005, it may be time for new furniture. But that’s not the only reason to update your decor, either. Ensuring that you provide a positive and productive environment for your employees can only lead to more positive things ahead!

How Modern Office Furniture Can Improve Your Business

modern office desksOne of the biggest challenges businesses of all sizes deal with is office furnishings. Each year, 16.5 million chairs, 4.5 million tables, 11 million filing cabinets, and 3 million desks are bought by businesses in the United States. While most people just think of office furniture as a basic necessity that doesn’t require much thought, studies have shown this is not the case. In fact, with the right chair and training, employee productivity can increase by up to 17.5%.

Considering these facts, it is no surprise why new businesses are starting the trend of using modern office desks and contemporary office furniture to create productive, visually appealing workstations. What are the benefits of modern office furnishings? Let us list the ways:

Aesthetics:
Not only is contemporary office furniture sleek, simple, and easy to clean, it is also durable. The right furniture can turn a basic, dull room into a warm, welcoming space. Many modern office desks feature light weight, slick designs with metal and various fabrics to create a chic look for any office. Some of the more popular designs feature bold graphics creating a more lively environment for both visitors and employees.

Appeal:
Seeing such visually captivating designs and clean lines add a strong sense of character to a work space. The days of the traditional office cubicles will soon come to an end as more businesses are steering away from the boring divides. Having the right eye for interior design, using the space to its full advantage, all while promoting productivity between employees will ensure any prospective client will be impressed. This results in increased confidence in the level of service a client expects.

Comfort:
If you are one of the vast amounts of people who will work over 90,000 hours in a lifetime sitting for long periods of time, your seat better be comfortable. This is a concern manufacturers of modern office desks and chairs understand. Consequently, they aim to create products that are both functional and comfortable, as the productivity of an employee is greatly effected by their level of comfort in their work environment. For visitors and prospective clients, comfortable seating establishes a positive first impression.

Finding the best furniture for a work space is more challenging than most would think. Modern office desks can be the difference between a business’s continued success and employee retention. Not only will employees and visitors enjoy being in the space, but they may even be inspired by the things around them, something most people are not able to do in basic, dull work spaces.

Thinking of Going Digital? 5 Reasons Why Filing Cabinets Can Still be Useful

file cabinetWith the invention of digital storage, the ability to place untold amounts of information in a hard drive, a cloud, or even flash drives the size of your fingernail have made paper all but irrelevant. You’ve likely heard the many arguments, concerns, and benefits about this digital switch, and the debates rage on, but one fact is clear: digital is better. Not only does it save on space, but it’s faster and most cost-effective. This has motivated businesses of every kind and size to make the switch to digital, abandoning their paper. With this, filing cabinets have become obsolete.

Or have they?

We still live in the physical world, though in a digital culture, and there are many serious advantages to keeping your filing cabinets. Here are five reasons why businesses need to consider hanging on to their filing cabinets — or perhaps even buy more:

  1. Not All Businesses Have Made the Digital Switch.

While an unprecedented number of businesses are making the switch to digital, there are still many businesses that are not. This can be for a variety of reasons. Some older businesses are very invested in their paper documents, making it costly to shred or recycle all the paper their bottom line has funded throughout the decades. More modern businesses may not have the budget to purchase the necessary scanners and equipment. So, while you may be going with the times, business-to-business dealings still require you to accommodate your associates’ situation. If your affiliate only sends invoices and other valuable information in paper form, you can’t exactly refuse, can you? You’ll need somewhere to store this information, and a filing cabinet offers the solution.

  1. They’re Great for Other Types of Storage.

Filing cabinets are typically used for, well, files, but they also serve the purpose of being compact, stylish, and uniform storage containers for a variety of things. As interesting as it would be, science hasn’t found a way to digitize a stapler, restricting you to the physical, space-consuming original. Office supplies such as staplers, pens, or coffee mugs can all be stashed away into the cabinet to keep your office looking tidy, organized, and running efficiently. Studies have shown that having an organized office not only improves efficiency by eliminating the need to hunt down objects, but also boosts morale, as employees feel more comfortable with the cleanliness. So perhaps you have already moved to digital, but there’s no need to sell the cabinet, as it can store other important objects.

  1. It’s Always Good to Have a Backup Plan.

Accidents do happen and acts of cyber terrorism happen even more regularly. Whether it’s the clumsy intern who dumps his coffee on the server or a Mission Impossible villain twirling his mustache as he deletes all your information, the result is the same – your data is lost. Digital storage is more compact — able to hold thousands if not millions of files in a small drive — but this is also a disadvantage. In paper format destroying millions of documents would take a building-wide fire and a great deal of time; in digital, it takes a few-second virus, a small moment of corruption, or a very-very-fired intern to bring it all down.

Having crucial information in paper format offers a backup plan to these situations, and a proper filing cabinet can protect your information when your other copies fail. A fireproof cabinet can withstand a natural disaster and is impervious to hackers. While you’re scrambling to recover your lost digital data, what does your business absolutely need to function? You can avoid going belly-up by having a physical backup of all your essentials, and filing cabinets will keep this all safe.

  1. It’s Secure.

In the same way a computer hacker can damage your vital information by getting their hands on it, in this digital age, it has become more and more common for genius-level tech terrorists to steal vital information – whether it be for profit, “social justice,” or simple chaos. For businesses which have vital financial information such as bank numbers and passwords, or employee and customer information like social security numbers, or even private but important information like web passwords, losing this information to the wrong people can be detrimental to your business and to all associated with it. Having physical copies safe in a well-locked filing cabinet will allow you to avoid the risk of a hack altogether. While paper is more costly and slower to share, it boosts security, protects individuals, and creates a peace of mind.

  1. It Does Indeed Save Money.

While moving to digital does improve productivity, efficiency, and saves money on purchasing additional paper, ink, and necessary physical storage, if your business was formed and managed before the digital boom, you still have quite a few paper files. Like many businesses, you can recycle these documents, shred them, or have an impromptu office bonfire, but doing so is a loss to your business, as this is money that was once invested and is now being wasted. For the above stated advantages, keeping physical copies can pose an advantage to your business for security reasons, and it also helps for financial reasons. Why call the previous investment a loss? Simply keep ahold of these papers and benefit from the security and the peace of mind, all while keeping that previous investment from being in vain. And once you have made this decision, a filing cabinet is ready to assist.

Conclusion:

The move to a digital world is a wise choice in this modern age for a variety of financial and productivity reasons, but that does not mean the paper format has been left behind – or that it should be left behind. We still live in a physical world, and there are many ways that a filing cabinet can benefit you, your business, and your clients, whether you’re embracing the modern age or simply keeping up with the times.

Remanufactured Vs. Used Cubicles: What’s the Difference?

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Remanufactured Vs. Used Cubicles: What’s the Difference?

Are you thinking of buying some new office cubicles, but the cost is enough to make you change your mind? Consider buying remanufactured or used office cubicles instead. Remanufactured office cubicles were originally used, but they have been stripped of their old looking surfaces, and refurbished with custom new ones.

Remanufactured Office Cubicles are more expensive than used cubicles, but they provide much more customization and flexibility. Companies that specialize in refurbishing used furniture usually build the cubicles on an as needed basis, customized by the purchaser.By companies piecing out old used cubicles in order to make “like new” ones, the customer is able to personally build the cubicle in the way that they want – Not just stuck choosing from what is left in stock.

This is why remanufactured cubicles have caught on over purchasing used, discount “as is” office cubicles from a clearance house. Choosing remanufactured, used office cubicles, allow the consumer much more choices and financial leeway in the design process, especially when one is redecorating an old office space.

Remanufactured cubicles offer fully customized configurations that used cubicles cannot, such as fabric colors, and laminate choices, making it hard to tell the difference between an expensive new cubicle and a cost effective refurbished one.

Green furniture is still the #1 office trend of 2016, with the nation’s environmental concerns trending into mainstream, and awareness over deforestation and the impacts of climate change leading to consumers demanding more “Green” office furniture. Remanufacturing companies rightfully point out that re-using and refurbishing old office cubicles is not only better for the environment by reducing landfill waste, but it creates jobs,  and is easier on the consumer’s pocketbook as well.

Remanufactured office cubicles are made using an environmentally friendly process, in which they take all the used pieces and then strips them down; recycling any reusable materials, repairing, reupholstering, and repainting the core components, thus reducing the nation’s carbon office imprint on the planet. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are byproducts of the manufacturing process in the making of new office cubicles. These VOC’s go straight up into the atmosphere endangering all of us.

Remanufacturing used office cubicles reduces the amount of toxic VOC’s that are released into the Earth’s atmosphere: Helping to fight global warming, acid rain, and other devastating effects of air pollution. A major plus to going remanufactured, is that it can help your company achieve LEED certification from the United States Green Building Council. This certification is a great marketing tool in today’s green friendly environment.

Used Office Cubicles are just that, pre-owned and sold in an as-is condition. They may be cheaper than both new and refurbished office cubicles, but can defeat the purpose of redecorating, and/or, can just make a new office space look old. Used cubicles are normally made available due to company moves, bankruptcies, or office building remodels. Furniture liquidation companies will usually buy these in lots, clean them up, and then re-sell them.

One of the benefits of buying used office cubicles is that with over a decade of office closures due to the past great recession, it is still a buyers’ market for used office furniture, some even barely used. This can be a much cheaper route to take than buying new or remanufactured. Companies often buy used office cubicles for value and quality at bargain prices.

Due to the fact that new cubicles lose value daily in depreciation and normal wear and tear, this is why so many companies prefer to explore the used option first. Sometimes discount stores sell new furniture at very low prices, but the quality of their merchandise is dubious at best. These types of places are usually fly-by-night and shouldn’t be trusted.

Just like when buying a used car, with used “certified pre-owned” cubicles, the consumer should always use a cautious buyer beware mentality when considering used office cubicles. When buying used from a reputable dealer, one can scoop up some great deals on used upper-end cubicles made by companies such as Genesis, HON, Mirage, Maxon, and Packard, rather than cheap knockoffs.

What are the price differences between used and remanufactured office cubicles?  

Most companies that sell used office cubicles claim that they can save you 70 to 80 percent on buying used instead of new at retail.

Remanufactured cubicle prices can vary due to the customized dimensions of the cubicle, the types of finishes and fabrics used, and whether the cubicle comes with extra features such as cabinets, bookshelves, and task lights.

Used office cubicles are normally sold as sets, due to them rarely being sold individually rather than in big auctioned lots. This fact gives the crafty consumer the advantage of haggling when ordering large amounts of used cubicles by demanding generous volume discounts as a “deal maker.”

Used or remanufactured cubicles offer a considerable savings over new cubicles. According to CostOwl.com, one can expect to spend $300 to $800 per cubicle for used or remanufactured ones, rather than from $1,000 to $3,000 if they purchased them new.

Remanufactured cubicles will cost a little more than used cubicles sold “as is,” depending on the materials that were used in refurbishing them, but unlike most used cubicles, they will look like they are brand new.

One thing that has been clarified about Remanufactured vs. Used Cubicles is that the benefits of buying either of the above stated cubicles far outweigh the benefits of simply buying new and costly ones.

Before even getting into the economic reasons why one should buy used or refurbished, instead of new, let us list the environmental benefits of used and remanufactured first.

Deforestation, air pollution, overcapacity landfills, global warming, these are all unavoidable bi-products of manufacturing or buying new office cubicles rather than recycling them.

It just makes good green business sense to consider easing these burdens on the Earth caused by over manufacturing, by simply responsibly choosing the remanufacturing of readily available used office materials instead. Saving more than two thirds off by purchasing used or remanufactured office cubicles, is an obvious added business plus, along with good public relations, and good old fashioned cost effective purchasing.

In an overly competitive 2016 business world where “Cash is King” – Going office “Green” by going Used or Remanufactured, adds another jewel to the company crown.

 

 

 

 

New Vs. Used Vs. Remanufactured Cubicles: Which Should You Buy?

office cubiclesNew, used, remanufactured, what’s the difference when buying office cubicles? There is a big difference in price between the three, and also in what the best ways are to utilize each of them in a professional office setting – All of which is included in this informative article.

There are several options to be considered when purchasing office cubicles. Some people may not be aware of having a third choice besides just new or used. Remanufactured office cubicles are an economical option, and can offer just as many design options as buying new. Buying used can be a great way to save money on cubicles. But used has its place, and is not appropriate in certain office situations. In order to decide what the best option is for your office, we will take a look at the merits of buying new, used, or remanufactured cubicles, in order to find the best fit for your business.

Buying New

The great thing about buying new office cubicles is that the process is pretty straightforward once you have shopped around for the best office furniture vendor. Many of the details involved in purchasing office cubicles can be filled out on the Merchandisers’ website, even in live chat mode on some sites, so you can conveniently save time, and properly clarify your purchase in order to avoid any costly and inconvenient mistakes on your order.

Buyers Checklist:

#1. Find out your office needs and the needs of your employees, and then select the right cubicle.

#2. Once you know the quantity you will need and the configurations of the cubicles. Then you can perfect your new office layout.

#3. Make sure to compliment your new office cubicle’s color scheme with the color theme of your office. Mix and match with color swatches first, so that you won’t be disappointed later if it doesn’t match.

#4. Lastly! Be sure that if you are either buying new cubicles online, or are face to face with an actual salesman, that before you click on, or sign that buyer’s contract, you have clearly conveyed and provided your choices of cubicle type, measurement specifications, and special configurations. And don’t forget all of the little things that become big things later
– Like power stations, phone outlets, entry point locations, and where you want them all!

Buying Used

Used furniture from reputable liquidation houses is going to be the most economical bargain when trying to save some money on office furniture, especially when buying in big discounted lots. Used office cubicles are, of course, always going to be pre-owned, but office furniture stores that specialize in selling used, normally buy from bankruptcy liquidation firms that sell their furniture in good to fair condition. Make sure that when buying used, a high standard is kept up as far as the merchandise that is offered. There are always other purveyors waiting in line with a better product somewhere to make you a much better deal on quality used office cubicles.

The perils of buying used office cubicles, though, is that it can defeat the whole purpose of redecorating, or it can also make a new office space look old already. The other bummer about buying used office cubicles is that you are inevitably saving money because of some poor past business’ financial troubles and subsequent liquidation. For most people, it’s just a good deal on used office cubicles. The facts of life are that someone’s loss is usually always someone’s gain in the business world.

Buying Remanufactured

Recycled furniture helps the environment by creating less manufacturing emissions than new cubicle production. Fewer factory emissions help to control the effects of global warming as well. One of the best aspects of buying remanufactured office cubicles is that it also helps the business community save big money when it comes to upgrading an existing office, or starting a new one. Every business can appreciate saving money on a comparable product.

The process takes “Fair” to “Litely Used” cubicles, and then strips them down to their original frames. The factory then replaces all of the parts that need to be repaired, reattach new outer surfaces with modern styles, bringing the cubicles back to a virtually “Like New” condition. The end product is usually much cheaper than buying brand new office cubicles. Most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between remanufactured cubicles, and new office cubicles if their lives depended on it.

Choosing this option when buying office cubicles also allows the consumer a lot more extra choices in the design process. When pre-ordering large lots of recycled cubicles, one is normally able to custom order their new cubicle designs when buying remanufactured. Many factories in this industry can match, create, and accommodate many different design plans for the client when pre-ordering large lots of cubicles. This makes choosing to buy remanufactured both economical and convenient for the company’s office designer.

Office furniture is a serious business purchase that can affect how your office looks and functions for years to come. This is why such a major business decision shouldn’t be taken for granted. New, used, remanufactured, now that your options are clear, you can focus on all of the planning that goes into buying office cubicles. Your office reflects exactly what you stand for; this is why great care should be taken in deciding on the right look. Regardless of whether you choose to buy new, used or remanufactured cubicles for your office, you can take pride in knowing that you did your research and found the best price, style, and representation of how you do business.

Upgrading Your Office Furniture? Keep These 4 Things in Mind

office furniture checklistUpgrading your office furniture can be a complex and important business decision. It can also be a very daunting and stressful experience. Knowing the basics about putting together a proper furniture purchasing plan can make all of the difference in the world towards a successful upgrade. Below are 4 great tips on the best ways to purchase office furniture:

1Make a Thorough Checklist First

It is always imperative to make an extensive list of your office needs, styles, and the business statement you would like to convey through your office furniture. Using a checklist is a time-tested and established organizational tool, which ensures that all of your bases are covered first before making a major purchasing decision.

Checklist:

  1. Make a needs list: Knowing your needs is paramount to knowing what to buy. This is where an itemized list with specified office needs, furniture use, and exact locations of the pieces to be purchased, become essential office planning tools.
  2. Balance your budget: Create reasonable budget goals for each major furniture items, and then do your best to stick to them. Make a concrete spending plan, first listing all of the items that you must have for your business to function properly. You can start that wish list later after you’ve balanced your furniture budget.
  3. Research your best price options: Decide where or/if, used and/or refurbished furniture can be tastefully utilized. Recycled office furniture is much cheaper than New, with a surprisingly “Like New” appearance for the money. Make sure to use New or “like New” furniture in high customer or client areas – Utilize shipping discounts – Especially online!
  4. Find cautious bargains: Everybody wants a bargain. Sometimes, though, a bargain turns out-to-be not such a bargain. Keep in mind the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Use caution before making major purchases, this prevents having to go through buyer’s remorse later.
  5. Know what’s popular: The reason that some office furniture stores are more popular than others is usually due their happy customer base, plus their attention to the latest market trends and styles. Do some office furniture research on the internet first, before you decide to go shopping. Read online store reviews. Find out which stores are the most popular in your area, and why, and then go check them out for yourself.

2Affect your Office Tone with your Office Color

Green with envy? Seeing Red? Wondering if something falls under a – Gray Area? These sayings naturally attribute a color to one’s mood. In reality, the color of an office can affect an employee’s mood, and even how a business’s client base reacts psychologically to an office’s color theme. Marketing companies successfully use color in advertising campaigns in order to convey an emotion or a business/product statement. Your office color theme should also successfully reflect an office’s business statement, work ethics, and efficiency, all at one initial first glance.

  • Blue: Cooling, calming, blue tones effectively tone down a stressful environment. Blue is also most people’s favorite color when asked. Blue is an authoritative color.
  • Greens: An air of reassurance and relaxation are emphasized in natural toned greens. Green is a refreshing color that enhances one’s mood and mental stamina. Dark green instills focus and concentration.
  • Reds: This is the color of fire and action. Red tones in furniture are a great way to psychologically motivate productivity. Red is also an aggressive color, though, so don’t go overboard with red.
  • White: This color, of course, is hygienic and very hospital-like. There are no workplace distractions with white. White can come off as being too cold, though. It can also make people think that your company is unimaginative. Make sure to add a splash of strategic color with a white background.
  • Black: This color is normally used for office warehouse ceilings. But for the business office, lighter colors are usually encouraged in order to brighten up the general mood of the office space.
  • Gray: This color is a very neutral color – The anti-color. Gray can be perceived by many as depressing, dull, and listless, and because of this fact, it should only be used in small amounts, even in office furniture trim.

3Know your New, Used, & Refurbished Options

It is best to compare two budgets when deciding between new, used, or refurbished – One budget that only includes the cost of refurbished and used furniture in areas with very little or no client and customer visibility. And one budget that only uses new furniture in its calculations. In this way, you can rationally financially decide whether to go all new office furniture or consider a “Like New” option with refurbished furniture. Refurbished is normally bought in large liquidation lots, and then stripped down to its base components. It is then built back up to “like New” condition by replacing any broken or scuffed parts, and also replacing out-of-style designs with modern ones.

Used furniture is, of course, pre-owned, but it is usually sold in large liquidating outfits that sell their merchandise in “Fair” to “Lightly used” condition. Office spaces with rows of classic style office cubicles are a great place to save on refurbished or remanufactured furniture. Recycled furniture outlets, normally allow for custom color and styling options on larger orders. Open space, office areas get a lot of communal worker use and abuse; this is why open space, offices, are also a good place to save on lightly used office furniture.

4Fully Utilize any Limited Space

Using floor to ceiling shelving in any nook or open closet, is always a highly recommended way to open up some extra room in a crowded office space. The use of an adjustable standing desk, which can be brought back down to a sitting position when needed, is also an innovative and popular way to work in a small office. Both of these popular office furniture pieces for cramped workspaces can be purchased as refurbished, used, or new, all at a good price in today’s competitive marketplace. Quality, sustainability, and efficiency are the three main key elements that one should be looking for in a piece of dependable and long-lasting office furniture – Whether that piece is new, used, or refurbished is less of a concern than if the piece will tastefully and successfully match your detailed and organized office plan.