How Office Seating Arrangements and Space Planning Can Affect Your Business

The seating arrangement in your workplace can have an impact on everything from employee morale to daily productivity, so it's important to put some thought into your office's layout, from the arrangement of the office furniture to where you place your lighting. Depending on the style of your office and the nature of the work you do, you may want to encourage constant collaboration or allow for more independent work. Here are some points to keep in mind as you plan the layout of your office.

Changes can be productive. If you're just starting up a new business, you probably aren't sure what your workplace style is yet. Or you may have an established business and want to create a change in the work environment to help increase productivity. You might try rearranging workstations or getting employees to swap seats, or even moving from room to room until you find the one that works best for your productivity. Don't be afraid to experiment until you find a layout that works. This can be achieved with mobile workstations or by modifying existing workstations or desks by adding privacy panels, mobile pedestals or sit-to-stand desks.

Productivity can be contagious. Some studies have shown that seating productive employees alongside less productive ones tends to lead to better overall performance in the workplace. This is just one of the ways in which seating employees in close proximity to each other can help them stay on task and foster a more productive working environment.

Employee feedback can be helpful. It's important to seek out input from your employees about what type of layout works best for them. After all, nobody knows better than your employees what kind of atmosphere they need to do their best work. For example, if your employees aren't getting enough natural light to stay focused and alert throughout the day, they'll need to communicate that to you before you can do anything about it.

Rethinking your office's layout begins with space planning and finding the right furniture whether it's new or gently used to suit your workspace. Office Furniture Expo has been providing both Atlanta and out of state businesses with a great selection of desks, tables, chairs, and other office essentials since 1981. Our staff can space plan a new office, help add a few key pieces or rearrange your existing space. If you are ready to increase productivity with new or gently used furniture for your workplace, call us today at (770) 455-0440.


Finding Your Finishing Touches With Workspace Accessories

When you're furnishing your office, you don't have to confine your shopping to items such as desks and chairs. From eye-catching wall art for your conference room to a colorful lamps for your waiting room, the right accessories can bring your entire office alive. Décor that reflects the unique vibe and philosophy of your workplace can help your employees feel more at home, and it will also make your office feel warmer and more welcoming to visitors. It's important, however, to take your time and find just the right décor—and to find a store with a large selection of workspace accessories.

Office Furniture Expo offers a huge selection of office accessories, ranging from unique wall art to gorgeous mirrors , and accessories. Our staff will be happy to help you track down the perfect accessories for your office. Visit our Atlanta Showroom today to look through the hundreds of items in our collection, or call us at (770) 455-0440 with your questions.


Stand Up for Your Health with a Sit to Stand Desk [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to the American Heart Association, U.S. adults are sedentary for an average of six to eight hours each day. This fact is a concern because sedentary time may be associated with an increased risk of serious health problems. Knowing this, many American workers are choosing alternatives to traditional desk setups so they can sit less throughout the day. If you're interested in improving your health by modifying your sitting habits at work, take a look at this Infographic from Office Furniture Expo in Atlanta, where you can have your existing desk converted into a Sit to Stand desk. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and coworkers.


Tips for Picking a Conference Table

A good conference table is a must for almost every workplace. When picking out a table for your office, keep these factors in mind.

  • The size of your conference room. You obviously don't want to pick a table that is so large it will make it impossible to sit comfortably or move freely around the room.
  • The shape of your room. Conference tables are available in many different shapes and a simple circular table might not be the best fit for your room. You can choose from round, rectangular, racetrack-shaped or many other shaped conference tables to suit your specific needs.
  • The size of your staff. Pick a table that will be an appropriate size for your meetings and be sure to have comfortable chairs for everyone.

Your search for the perfect conference table for your office should start at Office Furniture Expo's 100,000 - sq ft. Atlanta Showroom. We offer our customers a first-rate selection of tables of many different sizes, styles and materials. If you have any questions, call us at (770) 455-0440 or visit our Showroom today.


Using Panel Systems in Your Office Setup

Panel systems can be invaluable for nearly any type of office setup. Both practical and versatile, panel systems can give each of your employees a separate workspace, allowing for improved concentration and better productivity. However, they are versatile, so you can think outside the standard cubicle format. Use the individual panels in any way you please, developing a layout that is suited to the particular needs of your workplace. Use glass partitions or low-wall panels to foster collaboration. As a bonus, panel systems are available in a wide variety of shades, designs, materials and styles, so you can select the system most appropriate for your office's atmosphere.

When you're on the hunt for new or refurbished panel systems and other furniture for your office, Office Furniture Expo can provide you with the first-rate selection you're looking for. You can find out more about our selection by visiting our Atlanta Showroom or calling us at (770) 455-0440.


Exploring Different Options for Office Layouts

Did you know that the layout of your office has an important effect on productivity? A well-thought-out layout can help your employees stay focused and maintain a positive work environment. These are some of the most common layouts used in modern offices:

  • Cubicle-grid. One of the most familiar types of offices consists of a series of workstations partitioned by cubicles. Each employee has his or her own personal workspace and enjoys a good deal of privacy. In some cases, the cubicles may be divided by glass panels to allow for more natural light and prevent employees from feeling isolated.
  • Open-space. The opposite of the cubicle grid, the open-space office layout has workstations but no separating panels or walls. This setup is extremely popular with many smaller companies since it allows for quick communication and easy collaboration. It's best suited for quieter office environments without many potential distractions.
  • Half-partition. If you're looking for a compromise between an office dominated by cubicles and a purely open space, using half partitions to separate workstations may be the best solution. Half partitions provide each employee with a distinct space without blocking out much natural light. They also help employee collaboration and to foster a sense of community.

Whichever type of office layout you choose, you'll need to purchase quality furniture in order to make it complete. When you're in need of chairs, desks, panels systems and other items for your office, it's time to call on Office Furniture Expo. Our Showroom offers an exceptional lineup of quality new and gently used furniture. You can contact us today by calling (770) 455-0440 or by visiting our Atlanta Showroom where our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff will help you find what you're looking for.


Everything You Need to Know About Sit to Stand Desks

Close your eyes and picture a typical workplace, and you probably envision a room full of employees sitting at desks. Have you ever wondered if there was an alternative to sitting all day at work? Sit to Stand desks are just what they sound like: desks designed for use while standing up or sitting down. They are available in a wide variety of designs, styles and sizes so you can pick out whichever model is best suited to your individual needs. This is how Sit to Stand desks can help you:

  • Lower your chances of obesity. Sitting all day is bad for you in a number of ways, but mainly because it makes it difficult for you to maintain a healthy weight. Taking regular breaks to walk around is a must for anybody who works in an office, and a Sit to Stand desk keeps you on your feet more.
  • Reduce your risk of heart disease. The benefits of using a Sit to Stand desk are numerous, but one of the most important is the positive impact on your heart. Lack of exercise and a generally sedentary lifestyle, which comes from so many hours of sitting, can make you more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and other serious heart problems.
  • Increase Your Productivity. Sitting all day long can actually have a counterproductive effect on your work, making it harder for you to stay focused. After several hours of sitting and working, most people feel fatigued and uninspired. A Sit to Stand desk interrupts this routine and encourages you to move around and stay active throughout the workday.
  • Lengthen your life. The less often you sit, the better you'll feel. The health benefits of working at a Sit to Stand desk for at least part of the day can add up to a longer life for you. However, it's important to remember that you should sit down from time to time—standing in one place for eight hours a day isn't good for your health, either.

If you'd like to find a Sit to Stand desk for your office, you can find the one you're looking for at Office Furniture Expo's Showroom in Atlanta. We proudly provide our customers with furniture from some of the most trusted manufacturers in the world. To learn more, call (770) 455-0440.


Should Your Workplace Have a Clean Desk Policy?

A clean desk policy is simply a rule dictating each employee leave his or her desk clean at the end of every workday. While some employees may initially consider a clean desk policy irritating, the policy can have some major advantages for your workplace. Having a clean desk policy ensures no important or confidential documents will be left in plain sight after work hours. It also means that every employee can start each workday fresh with a clean desk, which can have an excellent effect on morale. Having less clutter scattered about the office can reduce stress for your employees and help make them more productive. Finally, having a workplace that is neat and clean simply looks better, and will make a better impression on visitors.

If your office is in need of new or gently used desks, it's time to visit Office Furniture Expo at our Atlanta Showroom. We offer a wide-ranging selection of new and gently used furniture to choose from. To get started, contact us today by calling (770) 455-0440.


Signs That You Need More Storage or Filing Space in Your Office

Every office needs plenty of available storage space, no matter what industry. Not enough office storage space in your workplace can hinder organization and efficiency. Here are some of the telltale signs that you could use more storage:

  • You can't find what you need. Storage cabinets or files don't only provide you with space to store your paperwork and supplies—they also help ensure that you can track down important documents or supplies when you need them. If you always have trouble finding the things you're looking for, it's a strong indicator that you don't have adequate storage space. More storage means better organization.
  • Desks have stacked papers. When you walk through your office, does every desk look cluttered and disorganized to you? If the answer is yes, adding more storage space could be part of the solution. Your employees may not want to have clutter on their desks—they may simply not have anywhere to store their paperwork. Purchasing more storage units for your office can fix that problem.
  • You're expanding your business. As a rule, more business means more paperwork and other items, —which means you'll need a place to store them. If your company is growing or adding more business with every passing month, buying more storage units and filing cabinets (don't forget fireproof one for extra security) is a good way ensure that you aren't overwhelmed by these changes.

Office Furniture Expo can assist you with all of your storage needs. We've proudly served the community for more than three decades, and we'd be happy to help you find the perfect storage units or any other office furnishing needs for your workplace. To get a free estimate, feel free to call us today at (770) 455-0440 or come by our Atlanta Showroom.


What Are the Do's and Don'ts of Buying Office Furniture?

A variety of factors goes into the decision-making process when it's time to buy office furniture. You'll want to take into account everything from ergonomics and style to durability and cost—and you'll also need to know what to avoid.

  • Do look at a lot of furniture. It might be tempting to buy the first set of chairs and desks you see. They might be perfect. However, we suggest you take the time to check out a wide range of furniture. You might find a style that's even more perfect than your first choice. There are numerous styles of office furniture available to reflect the mood and atmosphere of your office.
  • Don't neglect the value of quality. A well-made chair, table or desk should last a decade or longer. Cheaply made furniture will probably require earlier replacement and most likely be less comfortable or prone to breaking. Don't skimp on quality whether you're buying furniture for the first time or refurnishing your office.
  • Don't forget your employees' health. The chairs and desks (both traditional and sit to stand) you buy for your workspace can have major benefits for your employees' health. Buying ergonomic furniture can help lower the risk of back pain and general discomfort for employees, and it can reduce the chances of a work-related injury. Healthy employees are also more likely to be productive and happy, which means an improved atmosphere in your office.
  • Do contemplate buying used furniture. Used furniture doesn't mean it's lower-quality than new furniture. If you buy from a reputable seller like OFE, used furniture can be as durable and beautiful as anything you buy brand-new. Buying used furniture is environmentally friendly, and it can help you buy good quality furniture on a limited budget.

Office Furniture Expo has a large selection of new, used and special order furniture at our Atlanta Showroom, and our friendly, knowledgeable and experienced staff will be happy to help you pick out the perfect new items or additions for your office. If you'd like to learn more, call (770) 455-0440.


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