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What Is Systems Furniture and Why Should Your Office Be Using It?

August 19, 2015 by admin

Whether you’re setting up a new office, remodeling your old space, or moving to a new location, you’re going to need some office furniture. There are a plethora of choices available to you, there’s no doubt about that. There are high-end, mid-range, budget, used and refurbished options in most areas. One type that you may […]

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Modular Office Furniture: Making the Best Use of Small Spaces

August 12, 2015 by admin

When you begin your business, moving into your first bricks and mortar space is a huge step.  Sometimes in order to achieve that step, you must make sacrifices, such as much less overall square footage in office space in order to keep down the monthly overhead. Running a business out of a smaller than expected […]

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Rethinking Cubicles for Today’s Offices

May 20, 2015 by admin

Cubicles or offices with doors? This debate has been going on since cubicles were introduced in the 1960s. Cubicles were originally designed to be moveable and flexible, with everyone sharing windows and sunlight. But what happened was that they became standardized and bolted into place. “Cube Farm” became a negative term. Then came the “open […]

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Cubicles Reimagined – the New Workstation of the Modern Worker

February 26, 2014 by admin

How small is too small? Businesses used to assume that each worker needed 500 to 700 square feet of work space to be productive – but those days are long gone. Today, office managers assume that they need less than 200 feet per worker – and many make employees get by on much less than […]

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Affordable Cubicles vs Cheap Cubicles

February 19, 2014 by admin

Is it worth cost cutting when it comes to cubicles? There are many differences between cubicle manufacturers, and of course, you get what you pay for. As with any other type of office furniture, there’s a tremendous difference between an affordable cubicle and a cheap cubicle. By looking for affordable cubicles instead of just “cheap”, […]

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Does Your Office Have a Cubicle Graveyard? Time to Reimagine Your Space!

December 27, 2013 by admin

Does your office feature a graveyard section? More and more offices, hit with the recession, have become home to empty stretches of commercial square footage – barren corridors abandoned as employees clump together in different parts of the floor. There’s a silver lining to the phenomenon of the cubicle graveyard,however; as need to maximize floor […]

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New Cubicles, New Rules

October 12, 2013 by admin

When going from a open office layout or blended layout to a new cubicle style office, there are certain things that will have to change in regard to office etiquette. The feel of an office that is filled with cubicles is much different than one that holds traditional offices or is an open plan, and […]

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Are Optimized Office Cubicles Curvy?

July 30, 2013 by admin

It’s interesting to note the ways that architecture and office cubicles mimic each other. In April, dezeen.com published an article about the construction underway in the central business district in Shanghai near the Hong Qiao Airport. The new edifices are described as having “optimized forms”. This means the designers have found the sweet spot between […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 2

July 5, 2013 by admin

It’s been a few weeks since the first post in this series, so it’s high time we returned to our tour of the best Systems Furniture at NeoCon 2013. We’ve put together a collection of very modern concepts for your enjoyment. This week’s theme is workstations that were designed around office task chairs. Hocus Pocus, […]

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Best of NeoCon 2013 – Systems Furniture Part 1

June 2, 2013 by admin

At NeoCon 2013, systems furniture is really showing off its curves. We’re spotting this trend all over the place from full sized workstations to small occasional work areas. In a world where office footprints are all squares and rectangles, this isn’t the best way to fit the most people into the smallest possible area. However, […]

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Breaking Through Cubicle Clichés

February 21, 2013 by admin

Last week, we gave the office furniture companies that design cubicles a bit of a hard time about lacking true imagination. Well, we take it back – at least partly. We forgot about this little BusinessWeek slideshow from way back that showcases some pretty sweet concept cubicles that various manufacturers created to give the cube […]

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Artists and Architects Need to Redesign the Cubicle

February 16, 2013 by admin

People are always griping about how ugly the cubicle is. What a boring design! They stifle creativity! Who would want to work in one? Can you believe some poor sods have to go sit in one of those day after day? Well, we agree that cubicle design, while functional, does often lack imagination. There are […]

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Smaller Footprint Cubicles All Around?

January 9, 2013 by admin

Last week we partly debunked the idea that the average square footage per office worker is shrinking quite as fast as employers wish or assume. But it is still true that cubicles are getting smaller. Pam Huff writes for bizjournals.com about just this trend from the perspective of a Tampa Bay office furniture dealer. Kevin […]

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Yes You Can Love Your Cubicle

November 28, 2012 by admin

That’s the attitude Bob Bessette brings to work every day. He used to be a manager with a corner office and a door that shut. Now, he works in a cube as an “individual contributor”. Bob doesn’t believe it’s the size of your cubicle or whether the fabric panels are grey or beige that determines […]

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Is Working In a Cubicle a Punishment?

November 23, 2012 by admin

Kyle McCarthy at Smart Living Network draws an interesting parallel between the ubiquitous office cubicle and childhood memories of being put in “timeout”. He says working within the confines of those four foot tall partitions makes him feel trapped in perpetual stasis. He points out that the cube can make employees feel claustrophobic while stifling […]

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How Artisanal Is Your Cubicle?

November 9, 2012 by admin

Did you see the article in Business Week last month about “The Artisinal Cubicle”? We thought there might actually be such a thing. A hand crafted, distinctive cubicle made from all natural materials and built to some exacting standard that no other cube on the market could match. We imagined that these workstations were only […]

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Should You Allow Food in Cubicles?

November 1, 2012 by admin

As a manager or business owner, you have a vested interest in keeping employee morale high. But you also bear responsibility for keeping the office facilities and furniture in good condition. Allowing employees to eat at their desks can lead to a number of problems: Stained upholstery or cubicle panel fabrics from sticky spills and […]

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What Should an Executive Cubicle Look Like?

October 20, 2012 by admin

The trend of executives moving out of offices and into cubicles is continuing apace in a world where every aspect of corporate culture is under scrutiny. Businesses that want to leave behind the traditional hierarchical approach to management (at least in appearance) are seeing what it’s like to live in a cube farm. The idea […]

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Teknion Has Your Back

July 10, 2012 by admin

Open plan office environments are all the rage right now. That’s supposed to be a good thing for space efficiency and collaboration. But doing away with cubicle panels can create an atmosphere where people feel that they have no privacy at all. Teknion has decided to remedy this situation with a screen that employees can […]

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When is a Cubicle Not a Cubicle?

June 28, 2012 by admin

That sounds like the beginning of a riddle. But the answer is, “When it’s a Me Space”. That’s a fancy way of saying you get a cubicle that doesn’t share walls with any other cubes. Instead, each one is a free-standing mini-office. This British design from PearsonLloyd gives you the best of the cubicle world […]

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Is Your Cubicle System Wired?

May 5, 2012 by admin

Does it seem that the business environment is moving more and more toward wireless communication and away from standard cabling? The fact is that there’s still plenty of demand for panel systems that allow companies to incorporate traditional cabling and power distribution. But this doesn’t mean office owners are satisfied with just running wire through […]

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Cubicle vs. Office: The Great Divide

April 3, 2012 by admin

If you ask the average employee whether they’d rather have an office or a cubicle, you can guess what the response will be. Offices are highly prized even among the most egalitarian of workers. Walls that go all the way up to the ceiling and a door that actually closes are seen as marks of […]

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Try Cubicle-Scaping this Spring!

March 3, 2012 by admin

It’s always fun to spot a brand new word in office design. The term “cubicle-scaping” is a good example. I first saw the term this week on Twitter by a user named Jenna from Michigan. She’s trying to landscape and decorate her cubicle with plant life. It’s a noble endeavor and one that more people […]

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How Do Your Employees Decorate Their Cubicles?

February 17, 2012 by admin

It’s unlikely they get quite as creative as one data manager in NC. Bill Taylor spends a few minutes each day over a period of about 6 weeks replicating famous paintings on a whiteboard in his cubicle. It’s good to know he’s not working on these for too long at a stretch. Otherwise, he might […]

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Alternatives to a Treadmill Desk

February 16, 2012 by admin

Arnold’s Office Furniture has put together another great roundup post. This time, the topic is products that can turn your cubicle into a fitness center. I blogged about the Sit-to-Walkstation treadmill desk back in 2010. It hasn’t become a fixture in very many offices – and the steep price tag is probably one big reason. […]

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Contract Brand Report for Cubicles

February 11, 2012 by admin

It’s not just TV that gets Nielsen ratings. Cubicles get their turn in the spotlight as well. The Contract brand report awareness survey for November 2011 looks at office furniture through the eyes of design and architectural firms. The top 5 winners in the furniture systems category reads like a “who’s who” of the biggest […]

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NeoCon East: New Commercial Furniture Part 2

November 7, 2011 by admin

We’re headed across the country again in this second post on the NeoCon East office furniture show. This time, let’s take a journey through Inscape System. This “Inscape” workstation and panel solution is designed to help employers “Escape” from wasted space and confusing office furniture specification. Like many popular cubicle brands, the goal of this […]

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What IT Workers Want in a Workspace

November 3, 2011 by admin

Last year, we looked at one programmer’s opinion about whether IT workers prefer offices or cubicles. But now there’s more extensive data available from a survey conducted by Computerworld. Author Cara Garretson reveals that not all tech employees have the same desires when it comes to their office setup, but there are some definite trends. […]

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Allsteel “Reaching” for Workstation Ergonomics

October 22, 2011 by admin

This week, let’s dig into the Allsteel research library archives again for a look at workstation ergonomics. Allsteel compares its Reach™ workstation with a traditional workstation in this white paper. The paper starts with a review of the basics. For example, workstations should have plenty of leg space and drawers that are easy to open […]

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Do Cubicles and Wireless Systems Play Well Together?

October 7, 2011 by admin

Some of the best quality cubicles have wide raceways to accommodate data cables and electric wiring. But will the advent of wireless systems make systems furniture a thing of the past? Allsteel cosponsored a tech report on how going wireless impacts facility design and furnishing decisions. They determined that cubicle raceways will remain useful for […]

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What Would You Create With This Office Furniture As A Canvas?

August 30, 2011 by admin

Although Herman Miller’s Canvas collection evokes the idea of painting, it’s really about sculpting your office environment. This line of office furniture is designed with the idea that you should be able to use the same basic components to erect a huge variety of workstations. It’s like Lego for your office – but without all […]

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Calibrate Your Workspace with AIS

August 10, 2011 by admin

“Cal-li-brate good times, come on!” Can you sing it with Kool & The Gang? That should be the AIS theme song for this cubicle line. These freestanding office furniture pieces might very well be the ticket to bring good times to your office space once again. In fact, AIS advertises Calibrate as being able to […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Furniture Systems

July 23, 2011 by admin

NeoCon may be over for the year, but there are still so many great designs to explore! This week, let’s look at some novel furniture systems. These three companies each take a very different approach to defining workspaces: Inscape The Inscape system is designed to see your business through thick and thin. You can actually […]

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Best of NeoCon Entries – Casegoods Competition

June 4, 2011 by admin

NeoCon is in full swing for 2011, and there are some interesting entries in the commercial interiors product category for the Best of NeoCon award (BON). Well known names like HON, Allsteel, and Teknion are prominently featured entrants for their innovative cubicle designs. But today let’s take a look at some of the contenders from […]

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Allsteel Helps Businesses Move Forward with Stride Cubicles

May 30, 2011 by admin

The Stride collection from Allsteel provides a highly flexible off-modular panel system to create workspaces that can be reconfigured again and again. By adding, removing, and rearranging components, the overall layout can be adapted as needed – and individual workstations can be customized to meet employee preferences. For example, you can specify a “sit to […]

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Scale Back with Teknion Designway

May 20, 2011 by admin

With a call center or other workplace where employees are constantly on the phone, there’s no getting around the fact that you need a panel based system. Nice, tall panel walls are also very important for workers who need a high level of concentration to do error-free work. However, there are other workplaces where a […]

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A Different Kind of Office Cubicle Design

May 16, 2011 by admin

The coolest artists and architects always seem to be the ones who can take everyday objects and materials and help you see them in a new light. Francesca Bonesio and Nicolas Guirad do just that with their 37.2 collection. Here’s a “production cube” or cube office that is made entirely of steel and plywood. The […]

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Check Out These Office Furniture Textiles from HON

May 14, 2011 by admin

Like most high-end cubicle and office chair manufacturers, HON offers several categories of fabric choices for customers. There’s a “core” set of textiles including 180 options for seating and 90 fabrics for systems furniture. Beyond this, there are 200 additional options provided with standard lead times (and HON’s limited lifetime warranty) in the “Select” line. […]

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Maxon: Parallel Cubicles Cut Costs While Keeping You Green

May 10, 2011 by admin

Our culture has reached the point where eco-friendly options no longer place an extra strain on the average business owner’s budget. The relevant technology and manufacturing processes/supply chains have become mature enough that sustainable office furniture is now within the reach of every employer. Maxon’s Parallel cubicles are an example of value priced panel systems […]

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Cool Workstation Accessories from Steelcase

May 3, 2011 by admin

There’s a short video on cubiclefilms.com that features some functional and attractive cube accessories. Steelcase consultant Chondra Turner clearly explains and demonstrates the usefulness of each tool. There’s a fully articulated monitor arm that lets workers move their flat screen about at will without taking up worksurface space. The whiteboard hidden inside the cubicle wall […]

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Buy Cubicles Designed With Your Fabric

April 13, 2011 by admin

When you buy cubicles, this investment will last for years. Why not make sure you get exactly the look you want with custom fabric?

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An Indestructible Call Center Cubicle?

April 11, 2011 by admin

Can a call center cubicle be truly indestructible? Read up on the latest product from EQA and make your own decision.

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Another Reason To Lease Office Furniture

April 8, 2011 by admin

If you are having trouble figuring out the best workplace layout, lease office furniture while you try different arrangements. Then, buy once you know what you need.

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Cubicle Sales Numbers Mixed For 2010

March 28, 2011 by admin

Cubicle sales were down significantly in 2009 along with the whole office furniture market. Things are looking up now, but cubicles may be losing ground in other ways.

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How To Customize Wholesale Cubicles For Your Office

March 21, 2011 by admin

Wholesale cubicles don’t all have to look alike. You can customize them at the macro level and the micro level. Here’s how.

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How NOT To Buy Office Cubicles

March 18, 2011 by admin

Are you preparing to buy office cubicles? Here’s a tongue in cheek look at the top faux pas to avoid when dealing with an office furniture vendor.

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Modular Office Furniture: San Diego Area Repairs And Maintenance

March 14, 2011 by admin

Do you have a large suite of modular office furniture? San Diego based Cubicles Office Environments has technicians on staff who can handle maintenance and repairs.

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Cubicle Company News Roundup

March 11, 2011 by admin

Are you wondering what office furniture manufacturers are up to these days? Here’s a quick look at cubicle company news from some of the industry leaders.

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BETA Cubicle Work Stations For The 21st Century

March 9, 2011 by admin

Check out these green Italian cubicle workstations. They are fully recyclable and provide both collaborative and individual workspace configurations.

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Practical Ways To Make Call Center Cubicles More Appealing

March 1, 2011 by admin

Your can make call center cubicles more comfortable if you know what features employees value most. Start with these two areas.

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