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What is BIFMA?

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BIFMA logoThe office furniture you purchase form Office Furniture Outlet meets BIFMA standards, and, therefore, has been tested for commercial-grade use over long period of time.

“Americans can take the comfort, safety, and durability of their workplace furniture for granted in large part because of the voluntary standards adopted by the business and institutional furniture industry. Chairs that support us securely day after day, casters that roll smoothly year after year, drawers that retain their shape even when jam-packed — these are some of the foundation stones of a safe and civilized workplace. BIFMA sponsors the development and maintenance of the standards behind these quiet achievements.”

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Can Office Artwork Influence Employee Productivity?

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Art encompasses a wide variety of media, and affects everyone who sees it in one way or another. Business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than make the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors; it can actually increase employee efficiency, productivity, and creativity. The following are some of the merits of displaying artwork in the office.

  • Art inspires and unlocks creative potential. When people are faced with an impressive painting or photograph, they often feel inspired by the work. This is why motivational posters often include photographs of magnificent sunsets, towering trees and mountains, or feats of athleticism. The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas in turn lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.
  • Art helps connect with clients. Many companies rely on specific types of people or socioeconomic groups for the majority of their business. Lawyers, for example, have specialized fields that cater to specific demographics: laborers, unhappy couples, and corporate management. By hanging photographs in the office or waiting area, they can make a client feel comfortable and even connect with them on an emotional level. A lawyer specializing in family law may have paintings or photographs of healthy families and happy children, for example. READ FULL ARTICLE IN FORBES MAGAZINE

Chair Cleaning Tips

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Whether you work from home or in a cubicle, a desk job means you’ll be How to clean office chairspending most of your day sitting in your chair. An occasional accident with food, ink or drink is bound to happen, and you’ll surely have to clean it up. Over time, the upholstery might need general cleaning as well, and if your wheels don’t roll as well as they should, they might need cleaning of their own.

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How to Create a Great Reception Space

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There are countless ways you can convey the success and professionalism of your business right in your entryway.

From offering a welcoming smile (this should be a given) to sprucing your space up with lush (real, not fake!) plants, to lighting up your logo to offering free Wi-Fi, here are 20 ways you can make a positive, lasting first impression with your office reception, all neatly tucked into an infographic by U.K. interior design firm SEC Interiors.

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Heaps Of Office Furniture In Landfills?

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Where else would it go? Organizations and corporations are continually shuffling people, renovating and moving offices. This leads to large amounts of office furniture being discarded, along with equipment and supplies.

Unless an office manager, facilities manager or the like, arranges for a company like Office Furniture Outlet to acquire the furniture for refurbishing and resale, large bulky office furniture is being carted off to the dump and creating tons upon tons of trash, annually.

At Office Furniture Outlet, we reduce the carbon footprint by recycling, reusing, refurbishing and reselling thousands of pieces of furniture.

What does this do?

  • Reduces garbage in landfills
  • Provides beautiful, functional used office furniture at greatly reduced prices
  • Employs refurbishing specialists
  • Supports the economy
  • Helps the company that’s moving or renovating by taking the furniture off their hands

Moving offices or renovating and need to get rid of your old office furniture? Call Larry Iverson at Office Furniture Outlet to discuss how we can collaborate and create a win-win for everyone!

757-855-2800

7 Reasons Why Great Office Furniture Increases Productivity

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Specifically referring to the work place, every piece of furniture is going to play an important part in boosting your productivity, as well as potential. With the inclusion of great furniture, you’ll have the ability to take your productivity to an entirely new level. It’s the reason why nearly all office spaces in the world are providing a makeover to their boring and old furniture by including stylish, as well as new furniture within their offices. READ FULL ARTICLE

 

Do you prefer personal workspace?

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In the Business section of Sunday’s Virginian Pilot, there was an article entitled, “For many, personal work space a vanishing feature at work.”

A current trend in the corporate world is doing away with offices and replacing them with open workspaces and movable furniture. Though cost-effective for the business, the majority of employees feel that the office is their home away from home and prefer their own personal space.

Some businesses are even going so far as to require employees to reserve desk space, while others are not allowing any personal items or non-office-branded items to be used.

If personal workspace and being allowed to display personal items is important to you, make sure your next job search includes questions about the company’s practices when it comes to offices, cubicles, desk arrangements, etc.

Tips on Buying Green Office Furniture

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discounted green office furniture for saleThe Four R’s in Recycling and Office Furniture: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore

 

Does it really matter if businesses choose to follow the four R’s of recycling? Well, there are many green steps a business can take that will make a big difference for a company business, the community and the planet.

Reduce
The first of the four recycling R’s is to reduce. When considering office purchases ask yourself: is there an option that is more recyclable, or has less packaging? For example, when looking to buy office furniture consider used office furniture for minimizing packaging. Buying used also saves the furniture from ending up in a landfill. In fact just (40) cubicles will divert one tractor-trailer load of furniture from the landfill.

Reuse
Your business may be due for a move, often this means new furniture to fit the new building. Instead of eliminating existing furniture, consider having it refurbished with new paint and fabric. Electrostatic painting can refinish any metal furniture such as filing cabinets and cubicle frames. Cubicle fabric is easily replaced to accommodate new building design aesthetics. Use a space planner to ensure the best fit of your newly refurbished furniture in your new space. A CAD design of your office is also helpful to design optimal work-flow for office efficiency

Recycle
If you decide to abandon your old furniture consider selling it back. Often you can get money or store credit when working with an office furniture dealer. The main goal would be to keep the furniture from going to a landfill. Remember to look for used office furniture when buying for the new office. You will find that you will save 40%-80% off retail list when buying used.

Restore
Restore the forth “R” in recycling is relatively new to but very important. A good business will protect their assets. Consider repairing, refinishing, re-purposing, or refinish assets before you decide to throw them away. All surfaces like metal and wood can be refinished and refurbished to like new conditions. If you have chairs, cabinets or desks that are broken look to have the repaired. Office Furniture Outlet has an on site repair service, which saves you time and money.

Office Furniture Outlet of Virginia has been providing affordable new and used office furniture and services to business for over 20 years. Call us today to let us know how we can help you with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

Our New Showroom is Open for Business!

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Our old showroom is officially closed, and our new address is:

5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3 Norfolk, VA 23502

Our new showroom is located only about a mile away from our old showroom.

We now have 90,000 sq. ft. worth of space, filled with desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and more. Come visit us!

www.OFOVA.com
(757) 855-2800
5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3
Norfolk, VA 23502

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Happy Cubicle Day!

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Here at Office Furniture Outlet, we not only buy and sell cubicles, but we install and reconfigure them as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose us to handle your next office cubicle move and installation:

  1. Our staff is well-trained, boasting over 20 years of experience with all types of office furniture brands and systems.
  2. We help our customers find the right product, generate layouts, manage project scheduling, and coordinate deliveries.
  3. We provide flexible scheduling and complete furniture setup and installation.
  4. Our goal is to move you as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible (We aim to be the best value in Hampton Roads).
  5. Our large fleet of quality equipment is able to accommodate deliveries and installations of any size.