3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

3 Popular Office Layouts to Meet Your Office Culture

The Importance of Office Layouts

An office layout that’s set up for maximum functionality and efficiency creates a productive environment. Achieving this optimal arrangement takes planning and accounts for all the necessary accessories and equipment.  Here is an overview of different office layouts, how each can be furnished, and the impact on the personal preferences of employees.

1. Open Office Layouts

A large space without walls is a simple definition of the open office. It’s a highly relational approach to work and fosters communication and collaboration. In practical terms, the layout can also be an easy way to manage people who do a single task like data entry. Tech companies and start-ups often benefit from this layout.  The challenge is that privacy is scarce and there are more distractions than in divided offices.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Letting employees work from home when they need privacy
  • Creating private areas using comfortable and state-of-the-art lounge chairs like Focal Point and Connection Zone
  • Using Co-op lounges for private, small group discussions and phone conferences

2. Cellular Office Layouts

A large space that’s divided using cubicle style desks offers greater privacy and more personal space than the open office. Benefits include being adaptable in space sizes and design. Sales organizations can benefit from this style where time is split between the office and going out to see clients.  The cubicle usually evokes images of corporate sameness with a dull gray interior and workers slotted into positions. However, today’s options are quite attractive. Instead of industrial grade partitions with desks squeezed in, the desk and cubicle are often one and the same.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Adjusting for Personal Needs:

  • Since cubicles can divide up a room, having an open area for lunches or lounging can offer variety.

3. Private Office Layouts

For an office space that already has hallways and walls, offices ensure the greatest degree of privacy possible. This style is found in top-down organizations and hearkens back to the days when the president of a company had the largest office or prized corner office.  Professional firms and companies where individuals need a high degree of focus in their work can benefit the most from this setup. The downside is that it hinders the relational aspects of work that younger generations enjoy and the layout can seem intimidating and overly formal.

The look of the furniture for private office layouts can reflect the company’s brand and the individual’s brand and personal tastes.

Seating and Workstation Options:

Suggested Innovative Office Layout Ideas

Be a trendsetter or invite employees to design their own office space whether the existing plan is open, made of cells or private rooms.

Shared and Personal Space:

  • Shared spaces can have individual lounge areas nearby. If you use a product like the Mayline – E5 Open Plan Benching that accommodates eight people, then each person could have an individual lounge chair nearby that has a reading lamp and available plug-ins.
  • Encourage the team to decorate according to their hobbies and interests: a library look, sports, or outdoor area.

A Middle of Room Lounge:

  • In an open office space, use modular cubicles or open plan benching around the sides. This is nice if windows let in plenty of natural light. Then in the middle of the room, create an open area for break-time reading, eating and beverage service.
  • Consider an arrangement like the Coact lounge or the Island Modular to bring people together.

Choosing Reception Furniture

The style of office layout will help determine the type of reception desk and guest chairs to use in the entrance of your office.

Designing Your Office Layout

Looking to design your own open, cellular or private office?  Let our experts help you!  2010 Office Furniture has more than 45 years of experience working with some of the most prominent companies in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Southern California Edison, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Honda Center, UCLA, Bunim Murray Productions, Hollywood Park Casino, Living Spaces, W Hotels, Sony Pictures Studios, Dignity Health and more.  Share your project with us today and talk to us about a complimentary space planning consultation.

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Checklist of Wellness Activities for 2019

Checklist of Wellness Activities for 2019

Mission: Wellness Activities

Make wellness an office priority with this checklist of wellness activities for 2019.

1. Move Often

Benefits:

  • Regular movements keep blood circulating well and prevent joints from stiffening. Movement can also clear the mind.

What to Do:

  • Stretch every 20 minutes while sitting at the desk
  • Use height-adjustable desks and tables to alternate standing and sitting throughout the day
  • Go for a brief stroll every few hours
  • Play games like ping-pong or have a magnetic dart board set up in a break area
  • Use ergonomic chairs that allow the body to move naturally

2. Drink Water

Benefits:

  • Water lubricates the joints, flushes out toxins in the body and helps battle tooth decay by maintaining saliva production. It also helps the immune system and delivers oxygen throughout the body.

What to Do:

  • Provide small bottles of water in break rooms and near lounge chairs
  • Place reminders in departments encouraging the team to “stay wet”
  • Provide packs of sugarless gum to chew and stimulate saliva production

3. Eat Well

Benefits:

  • Food is a personal issue for many. Don’t throw out doughnuts for every meeting but realize that eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits boosts energy, reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, and promotes healthy bacteria in the gut.

What to Do:

  • Have a vegetable tray with dip for office meetings
  • Invite departments to take turns providing something like apples or grapes as snacks in the breakroom
  • Ask a local store to provide a discount if enough employees buy their produce there
  • Have a local chef do a healthy pop-up lunch with the staff seated comfortably

4. Go Green

Benefits:

  • Plants provide a visual break in an office while refreshing the air. They can also raise humidity levels to soothe workers with dry and itchy skin.

What to Do:

  • Have employees bring in a favorite indoor plant
  • Use plants in hanging baskets or potted plants on tables as area dividers
  • Place small plants every several feet on open bench seating to provide personal boundaries
  • Use ficus trees to define departments in an open office

5. Offer Exercise Incentives

Benefits:

  • Staying active outside work becomes part of a healthy lifestyle. Moderate walking or running reduces stress and is foundational for those managing their weight.

What to Do:

  • Offer small rewards for those who have the most creative walk or run in a month
  • Provide up to 10% off gym memberships or yoga classes (not to exceed a certain amount)
  • Offer aerobics or yoga on-site
  • Install a multi-use conference table for ping-pong breaks

6. Evaluate Company Culture

Benefits:

Work by its very nature is challenging. Competitive environments come from companies striving to be their best and please their clients. Providing ways for people to decompress is important. Leadership plays an important role in this by:

  • Listening
  • Allowing time for constructive feedback
  • Adjusting as necessary

7. Wellness Activities for 2019 – Designing a Healthy Office

Many factors contribute to a healthy workplace.  Now that you’ve read the checklist for wellness activities for 2019, consider that a well-designed and furnished office space also promotes success.  Looking to design an office workspace that promotes health and well being?  Let our experts help you!  2010 Office Furniture has more than 45 years of experience working with some of the most prominent companies in Los Angeles and Orange County, including Southern California Edison, Irvine Chamber of Commerce, The Honda Center, UCLA, Bunim Murray Productions, Hollywood Park Casino, Living Spaces, W Hotels, Sony Pictures Studios, Dignity Health and more.  Share your project with us today and talk to us about a complimentary space planning consultation.

Read Also: How to Create an Experience-Driven Office Wellness Program
Main Photo: National Collete Lounge
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: National

Top List of Office Furniture Manufacturers

Top List of Office Furniture Manufacturers

Office Furniture Manufacturers that are California Cool

Today’s leading office furniture manufacturers provide office furniture that is easy to customize to the needs of employees. Whether you have an animation studio in Burbank or an architectural firm near downtown Los Angeles, a solution like open-plan desking from a maker like Maverick can create a welcoming collaborative work space.

California is home to several excellent office furniture manufacturers that create innovative and durable products for a range of businesses. An entrepreneurial spirit runs through each one and that includes a commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.

Maverick Desk

In the early 90s, the founders of Maverick Desk were doing all the work of creating desks for customers, packing the items, and handling sales. The hands-on approach gave them the knowledge and understanding to meet customer demands. Today’s cutting-edge automation at their site in Los Angeles allows the company to manufacture custom desks, conference tables and other office products within 72 hours or less.

DeskMakers

Turn an ordinary reception area into an inviting space with a customizable reception desk that has a sleek appearance. Flexible office design for lobby furniture, conference tables, and case goods are a strength for DeskMakers.

From its beginnings in East Los Angeles in the mid-sixties, DeskMakers has grown to be one of the leading office manufacturers on the West Coast. Innovation, and laughter, are among the core values that guide their manufacturing process.

9 to 5 Seating

Ergonomically designed chairs that are manufactured well reduce muscle strain when sitting for long hours at a work station. 9 to 5 Seating in Hawthorne is a forward-thinking manufacturer crafting chairs to meet the needs of specific industries like healthcare, hospitality, and environments that demand heavy-duty seating.

In its 30 years, 9 to 5 Seating has developed an all-inclusive approach to manufacturing that handles an entire process from design to powder coating—like 10 factories in one facility.

Friant

Professional firms like credit unions and municipalities needing smart-looking office furniture are among the customers who appreciate products made by Friant. The San Leandro-based manufacturer also provides excellent storage solutions with free-standing cabinets.

Environmental awareness is built-in to Friant’s process, using LED lights in the factory that vary the amount of energy used according to the needs.

ERG International

Corporations, universities, and healthcare facilities needing soft seating in lounge areas or attractive and sturdy chairs for stacking can find what they need with ERG International. Based in Oxnard, the family-owned manufacturer that started in 1981 offers unlimited color selections for a range of tables, cabanas and chairs.

Its automated system results in high-quality products that meet rigorous environmental standards.

Via Seating

A chair is “the single most crucial factor that can impact your health and wellness at work,” according to Via Seating. Companies that want unique “motion seating” solutions can look closely at Via Seating’s product line, developed with more than 30 years of manufacturing experience.

Chairs are made for every possible task in an office including outdoor seating with an innovative design.

Our Trusted Office Furniture Manufacturers

Every supplier that 2010 Office Furniture selects is carefully vetted for quality and compliance to environmental needs and safe manufacturing processes. Start-up offices and corporations wanting to re-configure their arrangements should contact 2010 Office Furniture for input on space planning.

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Read Also: Office Trends that Keep Employees Engaged and Productive
Main Photo: Friant Novo Panel System
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Maverick Desk, DeskMakers, 9to5 Seating, Friant, ERG International & Via Seating

 

10 Best Height Adjustable Desks for Your Office

10 Best Height Adjustable Desks For Your Office

STANDING TALL AT THE OFFICE

The obsession with finding the best height adjustable desks and tables for the office is here to stay, and for good reason.  Studies continue to show that a sedentary lifestyle at work may be contributing to serious health issues, including chronic back-pain, diabetes and heart disease.  Height adjustable workstations allow you to work alternately from a sitting to standing position, breaking  the sedentary cycle.  This helps to improve not just your health, but your mood and energy as well, boosting your office productivity and overall well-being. (Read 7 Health Benefits of Height Adjustable Desks and Tables)

THE BEST HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE DESKS

From modern sleek to contemporary chic — our list of our favorite sit-stand workstations below has got you covered.  Here are 10 of the best height adjustable desks that are perfect for collaborative workstations, private offices or executive suites.

OFS SLATE

SLATE by OFS boasts a height-adjustable office desk solution that promotes better office ergonomics for employee well-being and overall office positivity and productivity. SLATE is part of a beautiful and sleek line of private office furniture that combines collaborative and organizational solutions, while integrating cutting edge technology. The result: an elegant, innovative and modern workspace addresses all types of spaces, work styles and office applications. (More Info/Request a Quote)

KRUG ADESSO

The ADESSO series by Krug represents almost 150 years of refined craftsmanship, taking pride in the tradition of creating fine office case-goods. Through ongoing research, development and consultation, ADESSO is a celebration of beautifully natural and sustainable wood, making it one of Krug’s best achievements in private office furnishings, and one of our favorite best height adjustable desks. Delivering modern, clean lines, rich finishes, and sound structure and craftsmanship, ADESSO provides a truly executive experience unlike any other. (More Info/Request a Quote)

LACASSE NEX

NEX by Groupe Lacasse represents a fine collection of office case-goods that’s designed for the future. NEX is the perfect height adjustable desking solution for today’s modern on-the-go lifestyles and rapid change. The collection features an easy sleek design, boasting attractive varying pieces and  proportions that adapt to any office aesthetic.  It also features intuitive and innovative functions that promote a productive and stimulating work environment for the office. (More Info/Request a Quote)

KRUG ARTEMIS

ARTEMIS by Krug is sleek and lightly scaled for those smaller private office footprints.  This collection features gorgeous pieces that are rich with the presence of hand-made wood veneer. Each piece is made to order, and every office is installed together as a complete suite – providing an elegant and refined consistency of woods and finishes.  Exquisite craftsmanship and individually selected veneers are combined with sophisticated modernity and exceptional value.  ARTEMIS also offers a tremendous selection of options, including 4 standard wood species, 24 standard wood finishes (along with custom stains), 3 standard edge profiles, and much more. Efficient connectivity and cable management complete this forward thinking office collection. (More Info/Request a Quote)

OFS IMPULSE G2

IMPULSE G2 by OFS offers a complete and comprehensive product selection to express and articulate your office style.  From sleek modern to sophisticated classic, you’re free to personalize your office any way you want. A myriad of diverse capabilities and options let you create unique configurations to your selected pieces to optimize each office. IMPULSE G2 provides height adjust-ability in worktables, desks, returns and bridges so you can work in the most comfortable standing or sitting position. (More Info/Request a Quote)

MAYLINE ABERDEEN

The ABERDEEN collection by Mayline provides the elegance and beauty of simulated wood, with the performance and affordability of laminate case-goods.  The collection is an excellent value in office furnishings as well as a top choice out of our best height adjustable desks list. Featuring a choice of excellent finishes, including textured glass and brush nickel hardware, ABERDEEN’s contemporary, clean design provides an upscale appeal that will enhance any office environment. In addition to standard technology features, a new and improved design offers electric height adjustable options that promote a healthier, happier and more ergonomic office. Ideal for both team environments or the executive suite, ABERDEEN is incredibly flexible and can meet the demands of all office applications all the while making an unforgettable impression. (More Info/Request a Quote)

MAYLINE MEDINA

The MEDINA series, also by Mayline, captures the essence of fine Italian design in a contemporary look that’s ideal for the workplace. MEDINA’s wide range of smartly edited offerings, as well as unique aesthetic, allow for various configurations that can meet any office application needs. Standard technology boosts functionality, and a newly improved design provides electric height adjustable options to help promote a healthier, happier and more ergonomic office. MEDINA is gorgeous from every angle, with rich details and textures.  The line boasts five laminate choices as well as two textured ones, making it easy to blend, mix and match with other collections from Mayline. (More Info/Request a Quote)

NUCRAFT CAMBIUM

CAMBIUM by Nucraft is a simple case-goods solution that focuses on sound visual integrity and superior function. Designed and built with Nucraft’s extensive selection of fine materials and finishes, along with careful attention to detail, CAMBIUM presents a collection with trim, linear elements and a succinct kit of integrated parts that reflect the design sensibilities of today’s modern lifestyles. Product selections are customized to meet the needs of the user, and height adjustable work surfaces offer better office ergonomics and employee well-being. (More Info/Request a Quote)

OFS PULSE

PULSE by OFS delivers intelligent functionality and bold style in a robust laminate office system that is exceptionally durable. PULSE represents an entire series of modular office furniture that provides easy, custom fit pieces for every workspace, offering a plethora of options and dress-up details that promise not to break the budget. You can furnish entire rooms with multiple work stations, or single offices as private executive suites. With PULSE’s incredible flexibility and comprehensive color palette, you can brand or personalize your company culture, as well as highlight individual office departments, proving that in today’s times, space planning has never been easier. (More Info/Request a Quote)

NUCRAFT ASCARI

The ASCARI case-goods collection by Nucraft was designed in collaboration with the architecture firm and design giant, Gensler, who served as product design consultant for this series. Featuring a clean and modern aesthetic, as well as refined European influence, this wonderfully elegant collection blends beautifully—and seamlessly— into any office workspace. The ASCARI design brings together thin and thick surfaces, using a rich palette of materials, that creates an office environment that echoes strength, casual luxury, professionalism and outstanding performance. (More Info/Request a Quote)

Read Also: 8 Best Open Plan Systems For Your Office
Main Photo: Nucraft Cambium Private Office
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers:
OFS, Krug, Groupe Lacasse, Mayline and Nucraft

Los Angeles Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Los Angeles Friant Showroom

Friant’s complete collection of office cubicles, open-plan benching and workstations is now on display at the Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively housing Friant’s comprehensive full line of products. From the versatile frame and tile system Interra, to the robust panel system System 2, to the ergonomically height adjustable My-Hite workstations—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Friant’s full line of industry-acclaimed products that have over the years solidified the brand’s prestigious reputation in commercial office furniture and equipment.

FRIANT SHOWROOM LOCATION

2227 N Merced Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
Telephone:  (626) 444-2010
Toll Free:  (888) 618-2010

FRIANT SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed

All of Friant’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.

Read Also: Work From Home Office Furniture
Main Photo: Friant Novo System
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Friant

Company Story Driven Office Design: How Well Do They Work?

Company Story Driven Office Design

In the earlier eras of the professional world, office spaces were once designed to look formal, and oftentimes as a result looked cold and impersonal. In contrast, today we’re finding ourselves basking in a different office climate: a softer, warmer, more welcoming office design that feels more residential in many aspects.  And then there’s company story driven office design.  The modern office today is story driven and presents an office design that stirs conversations and draws the attention from clients and future recruits. Current trends in office designs tell an interesting back story, for example, a rustic conference table or a uniquely vivid entryway light piece.

CREATING A COMPANY STORY DRIVEN OFFICE DESIGN

One best example of a story driven office is from a company based in Kansas that specializes in furniture design for private and government sectors. In order to creatively redesign their 7000 square foot office, they brought a hammock from Brazil and used a tree in front of their campus as a wooden bar countertop. They also made use of the beautiful artworks made by the artist who occupied their space previously. This Kansas based company also reused old wooden doors from a local post office being converted as a glass storefront, helping make this project environmental friendly.

As with any huge project, this requires a huge amount of time and creativity. The challenge is to have a company story driven office design while still maintaining a productive and professional office space. Here are some tips to help you achieve it:

  • Less is more. It’s better to have one good large piece of furniture rather than smaller pieces that don’t really match together, especially if you only have limited space. Put a distinct conference table or a reception desk that has presence, instead of modular tables or work surfaces that are hard to match and cost more. Having only one big furniture in a room will also certainly draw focus and attention. So it should be creatively designed and should be unique in a good way.
  • As shown in Neocon 2018, gravitating toward warm colors with your design feels more inviting. Mixing this with nature-inspired walls and work surfaces will also add a friendly appeal. For example, a brightly colored hand crafted lamp will look well with a wooden wall covered with plants.
  • All of us are creative and artistic in our own way. Use your employees’ creativity to your advantage. Come up with special days for your employees to bring their art pieces to be displayed at the office. Even better, give them the freedom to design their won unique individual spaces.
  • Use your imagination, and draw from the story of your company. You can fill your office floors with eclectic artwork, furniture pieces or memorabilia that has significant meaning to your brand. This will help remind you and your employees, as well as your visitors about how unique and creative your company is, and more importantly what sets it apar.

It’s simple to create a story driven office design, though you do have to roll up your sleeves and put in your due diligence. You just have to always make sure that whatever you do would clearly represent your company — its ideals, culture and brand image. Remember, the look of your office is a direct reflection of you, your employees and company.

Read Also:  Art Friendly Office Spaces: Art for Art
Main Photo: OFS Rowan and Wyre
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: OFS

Los Angeles Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Los Angeles Maverick Desk Showroom

Maverick Desk’s impressive full line of laminate desks, workstations, conference tables and more is now on display at the Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively showcasing Maverick Desk’s comprehensive collection of products. From the incredibly modular Apex Series, to the beautifully innovative Napa Collection, to the ergonomically height adjustable Maverick Training Tables—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Maverick Desk’s complete line of industry-acclaimed products that have built their reputation as a top contender in commercial office furniture and equipment.

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM LOCATION

2227 N Merced Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
Telephone:  (626) 444-2010
Toll Free:  (888) 618-2010

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed

All of Maverick Desk’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.

Read Also:  Maverick Reception Desk
Main Photo: Maverick Gravity Reception Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Maverick

Art Friendly Office Spaces: Art for Art

Art Friendly Office Spaces

Art Friendly Office Spaces: Art for Art

The challenge when designing offices is incorporating art and style. Some businesses with niches in design, art and marketing would love a few touches of inspiring pieces that will make an office look great and feel great for everyone. However, the challenge with being creative with the design of a space is when you start to become stale and content with the current style of your office.

The important things to consider when incorporating a lot of art in the design of an office space is making it feel more at home rather than weird. It is very helpful to put your perspective in designing in a global environment, rather than designing with a single personality in consideration.

The challenge in incorporating art in the workplace, for some is a luxury, a rather lucrative investment to input in a business. However, when it comes to office design, arts’ impact on the workplace has various positive effects explaining why more organizations are embracing and welcoming it in the workplace.

How does art boost productivity in the workplace?

It Promotes Focus and Eliminates Distraction.

Incorporating art in the design of a workplace encourages focus and boosts productivity. Just like a home, when a place looks clean, feels clean, bright and relaxing, the people in it feels enriched and feels happier, making them look forward spending more minutes or hours inside that area. The same goes with the office setting. The more appealing it is to your employees, the more they look forward in working and contributing something essential and productive to the business.

It Reduces Stress Levels.

Art inside the workplace is not just merely decorative. Some studies even suggest that art pieces in the workplace can reduce stress levels, inspires creativity and even encourages collaboration and expression of opinion among colleagues. Creating an environment that reflects who the business is and reflects how people work makes it conducive for work, promoting a boost of creativity in the office.

It Infuses Interest in Specific Areas in the Workplace

The boardroom and the reception area are where artwork is usually featured. However, with the open plan as a favorite layout option for most offices nowadays, artwork is being included even in the working areas, corridors as well as the breakout areas in the office. Putting interest in these areas makes every corner of the office a worthwhile abode to embrace on a day to day basis.

Office design has reached a point where it is all about comfort for the people in it. It evolves in making work enjoyable, while boosting creativity and productivity in the process. Empowering the office space also empowers the people and the organization.

Read Also: The Science of Color & How it Affects Your Office
Main Photo: ERG International Carlton Lounge
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: ERG International