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Benefits of Modular Office Furniture for Any Business Revealed

August 12th, 2013 4:09 am

1.) Versatility

Going modular means an increase in versatility for any business. This benefit is one best realized through modular conference tables for sale from brands like Global Total Office. Tables of this nature allow you to reconfigure your space in order to accommodate any number of guests you choose. In 2013, the boardroom and training room furniture configuration is being combined in order to maximize space and increase effectiveness. Creating multi use work environments through the use of modular products is genius. It shows your companies workplace ingenuity while offering ample wow factor for visitors. Thinking one dimensionally is a thing of the past when it comes to the modern office! Creating modular environments for your business to serve multiple purposes saves space while simultaneously improving your versatility.

2.) Mobility

In 2013, almost every furniture manufacturer on the planet is striving to mobilize their products. The ability to reconfigure a space quickly to meet a specific purpose is absolutely essential. Adding casters to new office tables allows for much lighter lifting and strain on the back. Mobility in the office is incredibly smart and will surely improve your office lifestyle! Mobility started with products like the Mayline FC101 File Cart and once benefits were quickly realized, products like the Global Industries Bungee Tables line were created that have truly revolutionized the way we look at modularity in the office today.

3.) Cost

Everybody likes saving money. Your business definitely does! Since your budget for new office chairs and furniture is probably limited, going with modular solutions is the best may to maximize your potential. When purchasing modular office furniture for sale from any of the nations top dealers, they will quickly point out the long term values of these types of products. As previously mentioned, modular products allow room for growth without purchasing all new office workstations for your business. Over the years these savings really add up! Most of the modular items being manufactured today are made with high quality laminate construction. Far less expensive than traditional wood office desks, your company will be saving money right out of the gate.

4.) Future Growth

The industries top modular furniture collections allow your business the opportunity to grow without incurring the cost of new furniture. Lines like the Zira office furniture collection provide the ability to add components easily to grow configurations for larger areas or more users. Collections like the Mayline e5 Furniture line have taken an open desking approach the allows for group interaction and easy to space configurations. Lines like these will help your company quickly realize just how smart it is to choose furniture from a modular line. Growing your business is a wonderful thing, don’t make it a bummer by forcing yourself to purchase all new office furniture every time your needs increase. Simply add the parts you need when you need them!

Buying Furniture Guides

April 17th, 2013 2:50 am

Inspect the sofa’s frame and cushions

When you approach the piece ask yourself if it will fit your home. Is it comfortable? “The more expensive the sofa, the better built it better be,” Bartkowski says. He says there are four components to sofas: the frame, the spring system, the cushions and the tailoring.

If the frame is hardwood, ask if it’s kiln-dried, which takes the moisture content out of the board. Bartkowski says kiln-dried boards last longer because changes in humidity don’t cause them to warp, weaken and crack.

He says if you’re paying more than $1,000, the sofa should have a five-legged frame. There should be a fifth leg under the center of the piece. He adds that legs built into the frame are sturdier than legs screwed into the frame. To check the quality of the frame, he recommends feeling the thickness of the board on the side of the sofa at the bottom. It should be 1¼-inches thick, anything less and it could squeak when people move around on the couch.

Pick up the seat cushion. “There is a correlation between weight and the quality. The heavier the seat cushion, the higher the quality,” Bartkowski says. When it comes to the sofa’s spring system, he says sinuous wire, or S-type springs, are the standard and should run from front to back. You should feel the springs when you push down on the sofa.

“The salesperson should be able to explain the springing system. That’s the first question you should ask,” he says.

Eye the tailoring

Also look at how well the sofa’s fabric is tailored. To do this, he says check to see if the seams are even and if the piping (the tube-shaped edging) lines up.

For printed sofas that cost no more than $600, the pattern should match from one piece to another well enough on the sides and the front. But if your sofa costs more, expect more. An $800 sofa should come with fabric that matches in the back, on both sides and the front.

When you’ve found the ultimate in quality, the fabric pattern flows. Like wallpaper, it should wrap over the entire piece, including the back skirt. The pattern should start on one segment and continue on to the next, and there will be a seam in the center of the sofa’s back. This piece of furniture will cost more than $800.

Ask if it’s top-grain leather

When buying leather, it’s important to listen to the sales person. If he presents it as a leather match or says it is leather-like, then it’s not leather. The only way you can tell the difference is by looking at the base of the sofa to see if it’s dyed all the way through, Bartkowski says. If you see white gauze backing, it’s vinyl. He says leather-match sofas should cost no more than $800.

“There are unscrupulous retailers who will try to sell it for more and will get away with it,” he warns.

Next, find out if the leather is top-grain. “Top grain is the absolute best level,” Bartkowski says. Top grain leather sofas start at $1,000. A non-top-grain leather piece could be splits, which means the hide is split and another part of the hide, such as fatty tissue, is compressed and used. He says splits don’t wear as well, and they need to be kept moisturized and out of the sun.

He also warns against leather furniture supported by lawn-chair strapping; they can sag over time. “You’re sitting on a lawn chair with leather on it,” he says.

Check the drawers and veneering

With bedroom sets, dining room sets, tables and the like, look at how all the pieces are proportioned in relation to each other. If you’re spending more than $400 for a table, Bartkowski recommends looking underneath to see the quality of the wood.

On pieces with drawers, notice how they are hung. “If they are tilted, that indicates the quality of the manufacturer very quickly,” he says.

Take out the top drawer and check to see if the inside feels rough. He says rough drawer interiors indicate a lower quality. And a better piece of furniture will have dust panels that stop you from looking through from one drawer to another.

Look at the corner of the drawer, and see how well the veneers match on the corners. Veneering is a synthetic process in which decorative woods are applied on top of solid cores of material such as, plywood, particle board or medium-density fiber board.

Bartkowski says most of the quality drawers are made with wood binders — cheaper drawers use rollers. Looking in the upper left-hand drawer where the name of the manufacturer is stamped may give you a feel for the furniture’s quality.

Even brand-name manufacturers sometimes use fiberboard or match board and cover it with paper printed with a photograph of a real wood finish. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can easily be fooled.

Find out who’s the backing the warranty

Manufacturer’s warranties on wood furniture typically cover splitting and cracking for one year. On upholstered furniture, the warranty covers the frame. He says better quality furniture will have warranties of up to five years on the spring system and cushions.

Bartkowski says consumers should look to see if they have a manufacturer’s warranty or a retailer’s warranty.  If it says, “Only to the original address” in very small print at the bottom of the sales contract, your warranty will be void if you move.