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Get Ready for Q4 with Additional Office Furniture

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Get Ready for Q4 with Additional Office Furniture
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

You might think that September and October are strange times to be buying office furniture – but in reality, a lot of furniture sellers see a spike in activity around this time of year, for a number of reasons.

The Autumn Chill

If someone has set up a new office that wasn’t fully furnished, it may be around this time of year that they start to realize people need a place to put their coats and hats and other belongings. Some might go for one of those classic floor-standing models with pegs, while others want more modern-looking installations that attach to a wall or shelf. Either way, that’s a new piece of furniture that has to go into the office building – and it has to be sourced somehow. An office manager is more likely to go to a retailer to ask about options than go and find an antique wooden standing rack in a thrift store.

Back to School

Furniture sellers also offer a wide range of desks for both workers and students. For example, if someone is looking for a new home office desk because they’re taking night classes or suddenly doing double duty as someone who is both working and going to school, a new desk can help support that busy schedule. Then there are the choices that are so often important to make – a sitting or standing desk, or a flexible or portable desk, or some other kind of model. Maybe style is important. We’ve been helping many clients to get their hands on neat, minimalist, post-modern-looking desks that are often clean and tidy to look at, and offer affordability because of simpler design principles.

Making Preparations

If you are one of those many businesses getting additional furniture in the door this time of year, remember that the holidays tend to put broad pressure on the retail industry. Due to the holiday rush that starts to happen earlier and earlier these days, shipping and delivery can be delayed. It helps to buy early and allow plenty of time for your purchases to get to you. At Mammoth Office Furniture, we love helping our clients with purchases to prepare for the months and years ahead. We know that furniture is more than just a commodity – that the choices that you make help set the stage for your success, and even the quality of life of the people who work in your building. Work isn’t just a process – it’s also a lifestyle choice – and your furniture purchases reflect that. Come in and let us help you with space planning and affordable office furniture and everything else you need to make this year pleasant and enjoyable and successful in Q4.

Laminate and Wood Veneer: Here Are Your Options

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Laminate and Wood Veneer: Here Are Your Options
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

If you don’t look too closely, you could be forgiven for not knowing that most of the wooden furniture you see in your average furniture store doesn’t really have much wood on it at all – or at least, it’s not built of solid wood.

Solid wood is really mostly a thing of the past. Today’s furniture often comes with either laminate or wood veneer. These are two choices for more affordable manufacturing that have pushed solid hardwood furniture into its own niche category.

So how do you choose between different laminate or veneer options?

Laminate Versus Wood Veneer

The first thing to know is that laminate doesn’t involve any wood at all, and is also much cheaper than wood veneer.

Laminate consists of a kind of synthetic material (not wood) applied to a substrate. The result is fairly durable and also can be easily cleaned. That makes laminate a good choice for some types of office furniture. The downside is that it’s not wood, and a lot of people might prefer wood veneer for its authenticity.

Another point about laminate is that if you’re going in the direction of choosing laminate furniture, you don’t have to have a wood-grain design at all. Any design can be fabricated in laminate – just look at some of our modern office furniture catalogs to see how customers are choosing modern solid color or minimalist designs. Laminate can fit the bill pretty well for an office that wants to invest in modernity while controlling cost. But for others, wood is still the way to go, and laminate might seem like a less viable choice.

The Appeal of Wood Veneer

For those who want wood veneer furniture, some of the benefits include the ability to sand or stain the surface. However, along with that, wood veneer will scratch and wear the same way that wood will, where laminate can be more scratch-resistant.

Now that you know a little about laminate versus wood veneer, it’s important to note that there are other ranges of options available in each category. There’s the choice between low-pressure laminate or high-pressure laminate – again, low-pressure laminate is cheaper, but often less durable. Buyers can choose from a range of options that will ultimately affect how they use the furniture.

In terms of wood veneer, there are different thicknesses of veneer to choose from. You can have a very thin outer layer of wood, or a thicker wood veneer for an even more authentic look and feel. In general, the standard is to go with wood veneer in a fraction of an inch – but it’s not hard to imagine how beefing up the thickness by a quarter of an inch or two can contribute to a more solid-seeming outer wooden surface.

Come in to Mammoth Office Furniture and we will help you sort through all of these options to come up with the best choice for your office furniture. We love helping our clients to balance price, style, durability, and the overall impression of the furniture they choose to make sure that they get the results they want.

Get it Right with Your Next Home Office Upgrade!

Get it Right with Your Next Home Office Upgrade!

Get it Right with Your Next Home Office Upgrade!
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

When you want to improve your home office space or modernize an old room to really accommodate a work-from-home business, you might not be content to just settle for whatever desks and chairs you find lying around. We know that the specific ambience and layout of our workspaces help to define what we do during the day – and that’s important at home, as well as in a central office. For many successful professionals, it’s not enough to have a card table and a office chair, and a little piece of carpet.

Getting the Right Look

Even if you are buying new furniture, you might not get the attractive result you want unless there’s significant planning involved. Sure, you can look online and click a few buttons, and get nice, new furniture delivered to your home, but how is it going to look when it gets there? There’s more to it than just thinking about assembly – whether the furniture is new or pre-owned, the pieces have to fit well together aesthetically, as well as physically. If your home office doesn’t have the right “feng shui” and a consistent color scheme, you might not be happy with it even if you got the most expensive items you could find. At Mammoth Office Furniture, we know that planning is so important in choosing home office furniture for an upgrade. That’s why we provide our unique space planning service for busy professionals. We work with you to design a home office that will help you to maximize your productivity and really enjoy your workspace.

Planning On a Budget

We also excel in helping customers to match their money to the result that they want. There are many ways to easily change your home office upgrade project to fit your budget – some involve ordering select pieces of furniture – and in some cases, pieces you wouldn’t expect. Others involve making different color and style choices and laying out pieces accordingly. We have the range of furniture that we need to create a customized plan for your home office. If you’re into wooden desk designs, take a look at our Governor’s desk collection provided through OfficeSource, or browse this interesting, compelling line of Global modernist furniture for workspaces – Princeton desking, G20 seating, Global Accord conference seating, and more. Don’t settle for second-best – let Mammoth Office Furniture help you to design the home office space that will improve your workflow every day. Try us, and you’ll see how we make office planning a no-hassle experience for so many satisfied customers who don’t want to “go it alone” in trying to make a set of complex purchasing decisions that will affect their quality of life and what they do for their businesses.

Standing and Moving Furniture

Standing and Moving Furniture

Standing and Moving Furniture
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

Anyone who’s been in the work world for a while knows that so many things about the way we work are changing. Today’s office doesn’t look like the offices of the 1980s and 1990s. Things are just different. For one thing, there’s a lot more technology. So many processes now are computerized or augmented by intelligent software. Another big shift is from a traditional office where items and objects in the office are just things that people use in non-customized ways, to a new approach where there’s a lot of thought put into what gets installed in an office building.

The Standing Desk

One of the biggest sea changes in the modern workspace is the standing desk. In the old days, when so much of our daily work was physical and required physical activity, a sitting desk made abundant sense. Most people only sat at their desks a couple of hours per day, or they were walking or doing other physical work around their office jobs. You didn’t see a whole lot of 18th-century people clamoring for more labor-intensive work setups or, for that matter, standing desks. In fact, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there wasn’t really much of a push for these kinds of furniture either. People saw a chair as something to sit in. But now, it’s not quite that way any more. Now, with so much labor-saving technology, we have started to become very sedentary. People are seeing this now and becoming alarmed. We’re simply sitting too much. Since it’s important to get up and move around from time to time throughout the day to get the circulation going, among other reasons, standing desks have become abundantly popular. There’s a big shift away from desks that only accommodate a fixed sitting position to versatile desks that you can raise or lower at will.

Movement Chairs and Other Gear

The standing desk, though, is really just the beginning. The bottom line is that workers and others who are doing sedentary work want to have furniture that allows them to move and exercise throughout the day. For instance, balance boards are now popular because they destabilize the body so that you have to work to stay balanced. Check out these adjustable movement chairs that are now becoming popular in schools. Mammoth Office Furniture understands where things are going in today’s work world. We know that it’s important to buy for the future – not to just get whatever is cheapest, but to really look at what’s needed. That’s why we help our clients come up with comprehensive planning for their offices, and why we always offer these types of versatile movement-friendly chairs and desks. Talk to Mammoth Office Furniture about setting up a comprehensive, long-range design plan for your office, and getting the right mix of furniture to support health and productivity.

Space Saving

Space Saving

Space Saving
Mammoth Office Furniture in Herndon, Virginia

There’s a big mistake that we tend to often make when we’re trying to set up an office or other workspace – we tend to think of furniture as ‘just a commodity’ – as just a set of pieces that sit inside a building, to accommodate people. In reality, furniture is much more than that. It’s a key part of the holistic environment that we create to facilitate good work and productivity. Lots of us spend eight hours a day or more at work. That makes it important to be comfortable. It makes it important to design spaces that support our health and quality of life. Think of it this way – cutting corners on furniture can lead to less enjoyable and less healthy hours at work. So by the same token, making a better (not necessarily bigger) investment in office furniture creates real value.

Comfort, Ergonomics and Safety

It’s also important to prevent chronic illnesses like repetitive motion injuries and lower back pain. In addition, managers and supervisors have to think about the logistics of keeping workers safe, such as complying with fire safety rules when choosing an office layout. The good news that is the all of these things, in some sense, go together – with a comprehensive furniture and work floor plan, you make sure that employees are both comfortable and safe. That’s why a lot of state agencies and trade associations highlight the importance of good workspace planning. Check out this pamphlet from the California state department of Human Resources on the “ideal ergonomic workstation” to see some of what’s important in office planning.

Using Mammoth Office Furniture’s Space Management Service

At Mammoth Office Furniture, we don’t just deliver chairs and desks. We see ourselves as a key consultant for client businesses, with a mandate to move forward and address their needs. We take an active approach in helping buyers to figure out what’s really going to work in their buildings, and what kind of effect their choices will have. When a company chooses us to deliver furniture, we set up a session to go over how the client’s office works. We discuss what happens day to day at your office, and what’s needed to really support daily workflows. We then present the plan, so that our clients can see our vision for their interior spaces. We work with clients to develop a design plan that ‘checks all the boxes’ and provides the right mix of convenience, comfort and ergonomic value. At delivery time, we use this developed plan to make sure that when we leave, your office is just the way you need it. Think about getting maximum productivity and maximum benefit from the new or used furniture that you order by working with Mammoth Office Furniture to create one of these excellent comprehensive plans for office layouts.