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Home Office Essentials

The three must haves for your home office

By Angela D. Wagner

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, more people than ever before have been working remotely. Although many have been able to return to their offices, a recent Gallup poll suggests that one-third of Americans are still working from home. A piece from Review42 indicates 77 percent of telecommuters claim to be more productive than in the office. Remote employees can reportedly earn up to $4,000 more annually, so it’s a good thing 55 percent of businesses worldwide offer some capacity for remote work.

It’s not just workers who benefit, though. According to the aforementioned article from Review42, companies can save an average of $11,000 annually for every employee who works remotely half-time. That’s real money businesses could be saving!

Thankfully your home office can be just as functional as the workplace with a few simple upgrades and essential office must-haves such as an adjustable desk, an ergonomic chair, and a variety of storage solutions that are as stunning as they are practical.

Adjustable Desks

It’s a widely-known fact that sitting at a desk day in and day out can be detrimental to your health. Experts suggest taking breaks to stretch or move approximately every 30 minutes to combat this problem, but another solution is to invest in a standing desk. Researchers at the University of Waterloo advise full time employees to stand 45 minutes out of every hour that they’re working. That adds up to six hours of standing time a day!

Most standing desks today are completely adjustable, meaning you can easily convert your standard desk to a standing one in a matter of seconds. The RockIt @Home Sit/Stand Desk from Inscape is designed to make changing work positions simple, quick, and quiet with its squeeze paddle lift activation. The RockIt is abrasion, heat, fade, and stain-resistant and is available in two colors that can easily fit into any home office space. A 1-inch safety contour protects your fingers when adjusting the height and the seamless design makes it easy to keep clean.

Inscape’s RockIt Sit/Stand Desk

If you’d rather adapt the desk you’re currently working in, HON offers a number of desktop risers that can be used for laptop or desktop computers. These risers can be used to mimic the feel of a standing desk without disrupting the entire workspace. The company’s entire Coordinate series is designed to make sit-to-stand workspaces both functional and elegant.

The HON Coordinate Series

For some, though, the standard work desk reigns king. If your home office needs a basic upgrade now that you’re working remotely, look no further than the Nomad table from Berco Designs. The chic, industrial design will work best with exposed brick, pipes, or steampunk décor and is available in a number of finishes, heights, and sizes. Glides or casters can be added on for mobility and floor protection.

Nomad Table by Berco Designs

Ergonomic Chairs

A great chair is by far the number one office must have whether you’re working from home or not. The industry leader in customizable and ergonomic office seating is ergoCentric. Their chairs feature six adjustable points so you can easily alter your posture throughout the day between seated, perched, or standing. This reduces injury and can promote both productivity and better health. On the company website you can be virtually fitted for a chair, which ensures it will be fully customized to your specific workplace seating requirements.

ergoCentric has a wide variety of ergonomic seating options

The benefits of ergonomic seating are undeniable, which means they are becoming more widely available. National Office Furniture features a Find Your Sit tool that allows you to find the chair that works best for your workspace. HON also has a multitude of task chairs for you to choose from such as the Ignition, Solve, or the Nucleus. The bottom line is the variety of chairs available is as vast as the number of bottoms that sit in them.

HON’s Ignition
HON’s Nucleus
Solve by HON

Storage Solutions

Practical yet stylish storage solutions are imperative to creating a truly functional home office. Cabinetry, shelving, credenzas, case goods, and filing cabinets are all great ways to keep your workspace organized as well as looking good.

The most comprehensive solution is a commercial case good which is typically made up of built-in style shelves, cabinets, and drawers that fit behind or perpendicular to a desk. JSI Furniture has a number of beautifully designed case goods to choose from such as the Flux Private Office. The Flux Private Office is made up of individual components, meaning there are countless configurations for you to choose from. All of JSI’s case goods are available in a large variety of colors and finishes to fit any space and any design style.

JSI has terrific options for open floorplans including the Flux Private Office series

If you’re looking for something simpler, National Office Furniture has great options when it comes to storage. National has 11 private office collections making it easy for you to find multiple pieces that match one another and can provide the organizational style you’re looking for. The Alloy collection, for example, is made up of locker-style cabinets and drawers whereas the Barrington collection contains more classical-looking bookshelves and chests of drawers.

The Alloy Storage series by National Office Furniture
The Barrington Collection by National Office Furniture

Thonet on the other hand offers more conventional storage solutions such as the Modern Heritage Shelving System. The unit is totally customizable, down to color, finish, and the number of cabinets or shelves included. They also offer credenzas, media consoles, and other products to keep your home office tidy, organized, and ready for work while looking great.

Thonet’s Modern Heritage Shelving System

Ancillary Accessories

No home office would be complete without fun and functional accessories. Such accessories can be incorporated to make you more comfortable and your work a little easier. National Office Furniture’s Exhibit collection was created on the philosophy to “let the walls do the work,” so they offer a selection of markerboards and tackboards to help you utilize available wall space and clear up clutter from your desk. Most people are visual learners, so having a board to write on close by can be extremely beneficial to keep track of lists, notes, and other ideas. They can also be used to decorate your space with personal photos or other types of inspiration.

National Office Furniture has markerboards for your office or school
National Office Furniture tackboards are beautiful and functional while adding a pop of color

Tech accessories are also great additions to your home office. A desktop power station is a great way to plug in multiple things at once safely and clear wire clutter from around the desk without being bulky. Another useful thing is a wireless charging pad which can charge your phone without additional wires and can be moved out of the way of paperwork and computers.

In addition to chairs, ergoCentric offers a variety of work-from-home products meant to increase productivity and overall well-being such as anti-fatigue mats and leg and foot rests. The ergoCentric Foot Flexor sits neatly under your desk and encourages you to constantly change the position of your hips, legs, ankle, and lower back muscles. This device relieves tension and static in the muscles so you won’t feel as tired or stiff after a long day of work.

ergoCentric helps keep you on your feet with antifatigue mats

If you are interested in upgrading your home office, contact CORE at (520) 999-3470. Our commercial office specialists are here to answer all of your questions and assist you in building a modern, healthy remote work environment for yourself for years to come.

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Make Big Impressions with Your Small Workspace

By Angela D. Wagner

Maybe your small office workspace was planned intentionally to create a cozy, collaborative environment. Or, perhaps, you’re economizing as you plan to expand later on. Regardless of why your business is operating in tighter spaces, making the most of the premium space you do have can provide an opportunity for creative efficiency. With the right space-saving furnishings, you can provide your employees with a workplace primed for success.

CORE works with an impressive list of high-quality manufacturers to present a wide variety of options for every workspace and every budget. No matter what your office’s total square footage is, the experts at CORE can help you design the perfect workplace in any space with products to show off your business, its work ethic, and its style with complete functionality.

Reception Desks

These are the pieces of furniture that work the hardest to provide your office’s best first impression. Affordable with a top-quality appearance and ultimate function, DeskMakers’ Overture reception desk is available in many styles, sizes, finishes, and materials. This variety of options enables any business to leave a long-lasting good impression even when space is a concern.

The Overture reception desk by DeskMakers allows your office to save space while still making a terrific first impression.
The Overture reception desk by DeskMakers allows you to save space while making a terrific first impression.

Fluid Concepts offers a variety of reception designs to fit any size and shape of space your organization has available. One of the things we at CORE love most about the reception desks from Fluid Concepts is that they are offered in a variety of finishes and materials which means customizing your reception area from a complete corner desk to a creatively curved design is no problem. Additionally, the company focuses on using environmentally friendly and sustainable materials.

Make the best use of every corner with corner reception desk designs by Fluid Concepts.
Make the best use of every corner with corner reception desk designs like this one by Fluid Concepts.

Another great manufacturer of small reception furnishings is Cherryman. Like the others mentioned above, this company offers a multitude of smaller reception desks to fit any space. Its reception products are available in a range of materials from wood and leather to glass top reception desks. Cherryman even offers the seating and tables you need to accent your small reception area while keeping things looking professional without busting your budget.

Reception desks can be small and functional while making a statement. Take this Cherryman reception desk, for example.

Small Worktables

For smaller office spaces, wall-mounted work surfaces are a terrific space-saving option. Peter Pepper offers a multitude of curvy and straight-edged wall-mounted worktables to choose from. They come in a variety of materials from metal to wood to match any office décor. With the daily use of modern technology from laptops to cell phones that require charging, the outlets built into these worktables make charging simple so there’s no wasted time searching for a place to charge.

Wall-mounted work stations are great for super small spaces that still allow employees and guests to get things done comfortably and conveniently.

When training sessions are completed, reuse the space by storing these Drake inline nesting tables with flip tops from ERG International. These easily stored tables are on casters for maneuvering made simple. The small worktables allow you to use your smaller spaces with versatility, style, and complete functionality.

Inline nesting tables like this Drake table by ERG International make it easy to use, store, and go for multiple purposes from training to collaborative work areas.

Multi-purpose tables by HON are another great option for small spaces that require furnishings to handle working double duty. Whether you need your tables to be mobile workstations with a height-adjustable base or you need them to work in interactive training spaces, these multi-purpose tables can do it all. They are easy to move, reconfigure, and stow away quickly. Talk about smart furniture!

The multi-purpose tables by HON are an excellent option when you need tables that do double duty.

Compact & Portable Workstations

Perfect for smaller work areas, the Cloud Workspaces offered by in2design offers an opportunity for focused individual assignments or group projects. With its compact design, the Cloud is ideal for privacy but is also open enough for working with others. Your employees will love how the design allows them to transition quickly from individual tasks to group activities and discussions. Their small footprint and inviting oval shape make them ideal for small spaces.

Cloud Workspaces by in2design offers a stylish alternative to traditional cubicles in small spaces without losing functionality.

You might not be able to move walls to create more space, but the next-best thing is a movable workstation. The KORE Work Cart by Kimball® is designed for smaller spaces that embrace shared workspaces. This piece is completely adaptable, giving employees the option to work privately in their own space or move their desk with ease to work with others in a shared space.

Small, portable, and workable, the KORE Work Cart by Kimball is a great opportunity to add mobility to workstations while saving space.

Mobile Service Desks by TMC Furniture are ideal for healthcare settings. These desks are set on casters to allow them to move in and out of spaces, even small ones, with ease. They are a perfect addition to settings that change frequently such as patient waiting areas. They even offer calming images on the front to beautify your office or business while improving patient health.

Mobility adds to the functionality of this Mobile Service Desk by TMC Furniture. Add some grace to any area with charming front panels and store away to make space when needed.

Height-Adjustable Furniture

Design a work area that goes beyond mere cubicles with the versatile offerings of the sit-stand Equity workstation by Neutral Posture. It employs a panel-based system that is an industry first, allowing for modularity along a centerline and 90-degree and 120-degree planning that’s perfect for open-plan layouts.

With the Equity workstation by Neutral Posture, you can mix and match your employee set up to save the most space in your workplace.

Quiet motors raise or lower the height of the TiMOTION worktable by ergoCentric a range of 26.5 inches in just 17 seconds. This allows for a variety of specialty heights for comfortable work environments in small or large spaces. It offers a sturdy and economical sit-stand solution for even small work areas.

The TiMOTION worktable by ergoCentric allows your employees to move seamlessly from sitting to standing and back again without taking up much room.

AMQ offers height-adjustable desks with a standard push-button handset offering four memory presets to make getting the height for each employee just right. The adjustable bases fit three work-surface sizes so you can get the desk that offers a perfect fit for your available space. These desks promise quiet motors and can be used alone or added to others for condensed workspaces.

Even in the smallest of areas, you can allow employees the health benefits of height-adjustable desks like these from AMQ.

Storage Cabinets

For offices storing paper files in cabinets, Spacefile offers space-saving tambour doors whose shutters roll up to reveal files, then roll down for security. They also promise a clean, professional appearance, which is especially important in open office spaces. The best part is they are totally customizable to fit your specific space and storage needs.

Save space with cabinets by Spacefile that feature tambour doors that roll up and down.

Spacefile’s Roll-Away II & III systems provide laterally movable shelves in front of a rear stationary unit, none of which are mounted to the floor. This is a cost-effective, space-saving solution when it comes to meeting your business storage requirements. The mobile rows allow for tons of seamless storage in the smallest of spaces.

Small offices can be challenged to provide storage for personal items left out in the open. Not only can personal items create a cluttered, unprofessional appearance, but leaving items out doesn’t do much in the way of security. Footprint® Pullout Storage by Kimball offers secure, secluded storage that gives your team members their own area even in an environment where space is at a premium.

Footprint Pullout Storage by Kimball makes storing personal items, files, and more simple and easy without using a ton of space.

For healthcare environments, Alterna® by Kimball®Health offers modular caseworks that can be seamlessly added no matter your space considerations. This healthcare furniture adapts well to small public areas as well as clinical spaces and workstations. The caseworks can be completely modified to meet the availability of space in your office.

Capture wall space for storage that looks great with the Alterna modular casework series from Kimball.

Seating Selections

Small offices are often challenged to provide temporary accommodations for clients and other guests. HON Office Furniture’s nesting chair is a flip-up model that stores easily in a small area. These seats open easily to provide comfortable seating. Another perk: It sits on casters that make it easily mobile.

This HON Motivate stacking chair just one of many styles available to reduce space usage.

Safco’s new Cava collection offers desk and office seating with rounded lines, colorful and comfortable fabrics, and ergonomic options to keep workspaces comfortable and appealing. You can choose whether you want seating that is stackable or on casters for added mobility. There are a variety of styles ranging from low-back to high-back and those that are height adjustable for better ergonomics.

Cava Urth is one of many space-saving, stackable chairs available from Safco.

To allow employees to move seamlessly from sit to stand and back again, consider the variety of stools offered by Sitwell. Sitwell stools promise comfortable height-adjustable seating in a range of styles and colors. They can be used as a footrest when standing and don’t take up much room. They also sit on casters for simple mobility when it comes time to move to your next collaborative assignment or team meeting.

The variety of stools by Sitwell offer employees the chance to move from sitting to standing with ease.

Maximizing Desk Space

Those awkward 90-degree corners can become functional with RightAngle Products’ Create-A-Corner. These desks maximize your use of space by taking any such corner and turning it into a useable workspace using flexible articulating arms. With RightAngle, you can make every corner count.

Use that excess space in hidden corners to create more workspace with the Create-A-Corner by RightAngle.

Need to maximize every square foot of space atop each desk? The clamp mount monitor arm by National Office Furniture lets you get organized with a non-permanent installation. Simply use the clamp to secure the monitor arm to the edge of the desk and you have just saved yourself valuable surface space on your desktop.

For those in need of two monitors with little space, the clamp mount monitor arm by National Office Furniture is the perfect solution. Save that desk space for better things.

Optimizing small spaces pays off

Space challenges don’t have to mean giving up a professional appearance. You can achieve effective functionality and room to maneuver in your office for employees, clients, and guests regardless of the space you have. A wide variety of products and designs are available to afford even the smallest offices to look and feel successful. With the right mix of furnishings and products to equip your work environment, you’ll begin feeling like you’re already in larger quarters.

To learn more about space-saving corporate office furnishings and products, contact CORE online or call us today at (520) 999-3470.