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Office Furniture Basics Guide

Choosing the right furniture for your office space is a big task. That is why we have created this Office Furniture Buying Guide for you. It's important that you not only get furniture that's comfortable and reliable for your team but also that fits into the atmosphere you want to create. How you furnish your office says a lot about your organization and can make a big impact on employees and clients alike. For instance, employees are likely to get more work done if they have a comfortable chair and clients will form a better opinion of you if you have a professional waiting area. If itís your first time furnishing an office or if you want to upgrade your current furniture, review the types of furniture you'll likely want to explore and get tips from this Office Furniture Guide For Beginners.

Affordable and Stylish Office Desks

TrendSpaces Executive Desk Set
One of the most important pieces of furniture in any office is the desk. In your office, you may need a variety of desks for the different roles in your organization. For example, you might require a large reception desk at the front of the office, smaller computer desks throughout the office for your employees, and a desk that provides enough workspace for you.

Here at Modern Office, we have many office desks for you to choose from, such as executive desks, solid wood desks, L-shaped desks, and metal workstation desks and more. We have hundreds of options available, making it easy to find office desks that suit your needs and budget. With our help, you can also easily find desks for any situation that fit into your desired decor.

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Comfortable Office Chairs

Black Leather Swivel Executive Office Chair

The other very important element of your office furniture setup is your office chairs. You'll want office chairs for your employees that are comfortable to sit in for extended periods of time. In addition, you'll want chairs that are adjustable, dependable, and affordable. We have all of those options here at Modern Office so that you can quickly get the chairs you need.

There are four things to look for when shopping for a comfortable office chair. The first is the height of the chair. It's important that the seat is the right height off the ground so that the person sitting in it can type with a neutral arm/hand position and does not need to slouch forward. Besides height, make sure the chair offers enough seat depth for your team member to comfortably slide all the way back to sit. A chair with a sliding seat depth is ideal. The last two factors are the forward tilt of the chair and its back tilt. Forward tilt can help insure your hips stay above your knees, while the back tilt provides more comfort when leaning back.

Besides desk chairs, we also have reception seating, stack chairs, folding chairs, and guest chairs available. With our help, everyone in your office including your team members and your guests will have a comfortable seat. Whatever sort of seating you may need in your office space, Modern Office is here to help.

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Reception and Conference Room Furniture

Modular Flip & Stow Conference Table

If your office space has a reception area or conference room, getting the right furniture for them is essential as they will oftentimes be one of the first impressions of your business or the area where your clients spend the most time at your business. Modern Office has a variety of reception desks and reception seating options available so that you can give your clients a comfortable place to wait.

We also offer various sizes of conference tables so that you can comfortably host meetings with your clients and staff. If you want a little more flexibility with your conference room setup, we offer modular conference tables along with flip-top tables, which allow you to adjust the size, seating capacity and shape of your conference room setup. Finally, many of our conference room tables come with chairs in our conference table & chair sets collection, making it easy to get an entire set and not worry about matching items. Through Modern Office, you don't need to spend a fortune to create a comfortable and professional reception or conference area.

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Cubicles Panels and Partitions

Economy White Laminate Fully Furnished Modular Office

There has been a resurgence of cubicle and workstation systems and a mixing of private spaces within open office concepts has become more of the norm. Now, cubicles, workstations, panels and partitions have a place in many offices that need to accommodate employees working independently. When choosing cubicles for your office furniture, there are a few variables to consider. It is important to look at the footprint of the cubicle or workstation system and decide if it fits within the designated space in your office. You should first decide on the size of your work spaces, taking into account how many workers will use them. When deciding on a cubicle size or deciding between open or closed cubicle panels and the number of needed partitions, consider the amount of natural light your workers can receive, as well as how much soundproofing is required to ensure privacy and the ability to work independently. When selecting a style, think about your teamís needs and devise a layout that promotes collaboration among employees and enhances productivity while still respecting their individual needs and preferences.

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Storage and Office Organization

2-Drawer Laminate Lateral Files

The last thing you may need for your office is some furniture that can help you organize everything to maximize workflow. Proper storage will put everything at your fingertips and keep everything neat. With our office panels and cubicles, you can easily give your employees their own private space to work and give your office space a more attractive appearance.

We also offer storage options like bookshelves and cabinets. You can use our storage furniture options to help keep your office space tidy or to display things around the office. In addition, we offer a wide range of office cabinets, whether you're looking for something to create a display case or you need some extra storage options in your office kitchen.

Some of our other storage and office organization items include mailroom furniture, waste receptacles, and even fire files and safes. Being organized is one of the keys to a successful business and with the right furniture you can help make this happen.

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Choosing the Right Furniture for Your Space

To find the right furniture for your office space, it's important that you take careful measurements. We created this Office Furniture Guide to get you started on the right foot for thinking about how to outfit your business with office furniture. Get a measuring tape and plan out where you want your furniture to go before you buy anything. For example, when measuring out space for your conference table, you'll want to make sure you have enough room for chairs on all sides so that no one has to squeeze in. It can also help to grab masking tape or string so that you can easily map out the desired locations of your new furniture and better picture how everything will go together.

Once you're confident about the sizes you need, it's just a matter of choosing furniture that fits your preferred style. Think about the atmosphere you want to create within your office, along with other decor items already in place. For example, you might want furniture that goes well with your wall colors or carpet. Or you may have certain colors associated with your brand that you want to work into your office furniture.

If you're unsure of what to get, we offer many furniture options in neutral colors that would look great in practically any office space. Just grab something with a simple wood finish or gray color and it should fit right in. Carefully consider what you need, where it will go, and what it should look like before you buy anything. This way, you'll be happy with your purchase and can use the furniture for a long time.

Finding Office Furniture at Modern Office

Furnishing your office is a lot easier when you decide to buy from Modern Office. We've been selling affordable and reliable furniture since 1978, helping to furnish over 100,000 offices during that time. We are open for any questions you may have by calling us at 1-800-443-5117. Here at Modern Office, we have a wide range of furniture available, from desks and chairs to partitions and shelving. We source our pieces from over 100 different manufacturers, providing our clients with the widest possible selection.

To get started, simply browse through any category that interests you. You'll quickly see all that we have to offer and can begin deciding which pieces you like best or feel free to call us for suggestions. Also, if you're in need of custom office furniture, we can assist you with that as well. Thank you for reading our Office Furniture Basics Guide and we look forward to helping you with any office furniture needs you may have.

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