Archive for August, 2013

Things to Consider When Buying New Office Furniture

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Buying new office furniture is an important task, and not one to be taken lightly. If you’re in the market for new office furniture, here are a few tips that will help you through the process, and ensure that you get the furniture that’s right for your office.

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Plan

Make sure you have a plan in mind that details what kind of furniture you need, how it’s going to fit into your office, and how it will match the office’s theme. Take measurements to know exactly how much space you have to work with. Make a list of needed furniture and a budget that you’re willing to spend.

Compare Prices

There are a wealth of office furniture retailers, so you’ve got plenty of incentive to shop around. Check out prices online and in-store. Going in-store will give you a better idea of what the furniture actually looks like, as online pictures don’t always match up with the actual product. If you can afford to wait, see if you can take advantage of any promotions or sales that pop up.

Consider Refurbished Items

Office furniture varies in quality, like any product, but good office furniture is built to last. If you can find refurbished piece made by a good quality brand, you’ll likely pay a lot less for almost the same amount of longevity.

Negotiate

Office furniture can be expensive, and retailers may be willing to negotiate with you to get rid of some of their inventory. Negotiations are even more successful if you’re buying lots of furniture, or outfitting a whole office.

Warranty

Make sure your purchase comes with a warranty. A warranty not only says that the item is a quality piece of furniture, but also that if something happens, the manufacturer will cover it.

 

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source

http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Tips-to-Consider-Before-Buying-New-Office-Furniture&id=7768356

Creative Office Designs from Around the World

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

The big movers and shakers like Google and Facebook have eschewed the ideas of traditional office design in favor of a more unique design style tailored to their specific tastes. Check out some of these innovative and non-traditional office designs from big companies around the world.

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Google’s office in Zurich, Switzerland features takes on different settings in its building, from a ski lift to a tropical themed space with geometric work spaces, and even a low light aquarium space with reclining chairs for relaxation.

Facebook’s Palo Alto, California headquarters exudes a cool, hip vibe with an open design and exposed ceiling. There’s plenty of room to move around, and employees can also look for inspiration by getting their groove on with a DJ console.

Animated movie maker Pixar features low lighting and a mellow yet creative design. Office spaces are built into miniature cabins and other recessed areas that also feature low lighting and interactive work spaces.

General Motors in Detroit takes a retro modern approach to its office. The design is pure 60’s, but somehow has a modern feel to it as well. It’s reminiscent of the famous TV show The Jetson’s in that it looks like an office designed in the 1960’s with the intent to demonstrate what the office of the future would look like. Red Bull’s London office takes a similar approach but with less of a retro vibe.

 

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

How Office Design Affects Productivity

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Productivity is influenced by a lot of things that happen outside the office. While you might not be able to control these factors, you can design your office space so that it gives your employees the opportunity to maximize their productivity. There are several ways to accomplish this.

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Involve Everyone in the Design

Instead of leaving office design in the hands of one person, get the whole staff involved in the planning stages for a new office space or one under renovation. This will allow everyone to communicate regarding how the office should best be organized and let everyone’s voice be heard.

Fuel Energy, Don’t Drain It

Office space should fuel the energy of your employees. Many offices are abandoning sterile white cubicles for more interactive and engaging designs. And when your employees do lose energy, provide a space where they can recharge. Some offices offer rooms where employees can work out, others offer game rooms or outdoor areas where employees can relax. On related note, allowing for abundant natural light in the office gives the environment a more vibrant feel.

Allow for Freedom of Expression

Letting employees express themselves by means of office design gives the office an interactive dynamic. There is such a thing as overdesigning, and many times if the design is too complicated, employees will feel restricted. Minimalist personal work spaces and office spatial organization allows employees to put their own personal touch on their space, and feel unrestricted in their movements in the office.

 

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source

http://insite.artinstitutes.edu/office-interior-design-and-workplace-productivity-48840.aspx

Good Posture in the Office

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

 

Sitting at a desk for eight hours a day can get tiring, and one of the biggest problems that arises from prolonged periods at a desk is poor posture. Even the most comfortable and well-designed office chair can’t keep your posture in good form if your desk and work space isn’t set up to maximize posture as well. Here are a few tips on how to organize your space to benefit your posture.

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An example of poor posture in the office.

 

Office Chair with Back Support

 

The first step in keeping good posture in the office is having an office chair with good back support. This means that the chair should support the natural curve of the lower back, which helps lessen the strain on the muscles working to maintain your posture. A lack of back support causes the muscles to fatigue over time, and you will eventually slouch forward, hunched over your desk.

 

Arm Support

 

Your office chair should also have arm support that lets your elbows rest and bend comfortably at 90 degrees alongside the body to reach the keyboard without stretching.

 

Proper Keyboard Placement

 

Your keyboard should be in easy reach. While typing, your elbows should be at your sides and not reaching out to the keyboard to type. This will help keep your back in the correct position.

 

Level of the Monitor

 

The top of your computer monitor should be at eye level. If the screen is too low, you’ll have to bend forward to look at it. If you’re working with a laptop, put it on top of several books and bring it up to eye level, and attach an external keyboard so you can have a keyboard directly in front of you.

 

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source

http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/ergonomics/office-chair-set