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Tips on Buying Green Office Furniture

discounted green office furniture for saleThe Four R’s in Recycling and Office Furniture: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore


Does it really matter if businesses choose to follow the four R’s of recycling? Well, there are many green steps a business can take that will make a big difference for a company business, the community and the planet.

The first of the four recycling R’s is to reduce. When considering office purchases ask yourself: is there an option that is more recyclable, or has less packaging? For example, when looking to buy office furniture consider used office furniture for minimizing packaging. Buying used also saves the furniture from ending up in a landfill. In fact just (40) cubicles will divert one tractor-trailer load of furniture from the landfill.

Your business may be due for a move, often this means new furniture to fit the new building. Instead of eliminating existing furniture, consider having it refurbished with new paint and fabric. Electrostatic painting can refinish any metal furniture such as filing cabinets and cubicle frames. Cubicle fabric is easily replaced to accommodate new building design aesthetics. Use a space planner to ensure the best fit of your newly refurbished furniture in your new space. A CAD design of your office is also helpful to design optimal work-flow for office efficiency

If you decide to abandon your old furniture consider selling it back. Often you can get money or store credit when working with an office furniture dealer. The main goal would be to keep the furniture from going to a landfill. Remember to look for used office furniture when buying for the new office. You will find that you will save 40%-80% off retail list when buying used.

Restore the forth “R” in recycling is relatively new to but very important. A good business will protect their assets. Consider repairing, refinishing, re-purposing, or refinish assets before you decide to throw them away. All surfaces like metal and wood can be refinished and refurbished to like new conditions. If you have chairs, cabinets or desks that are broken look to have the repaired. Office Furniture Outlet has an on site repair service, which saves you time and money.

Office Furniture Outlet of Virginia has been providing affordable new and used office furniture and services to business for over 20 years. Call us today to let us know how we can help you with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

Happy Cubicle Day!

Happy Cubicle Day!

Here at Office Furniture Outlet, we not only buy and sell cubicles, but we install and reconfigure them as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose us to handle your next office cubicle move and installation:

  1. Our staff is well-trained, boasting over 20 years of experience with all types of office furniture brands and systems.
  2. We help our customers find the right product, generate layouts, manage project scheduling, and coordinate deliveries.
  3. We provide flexible scheduling and complete furniture setup and installation.
  4. Our goal is to move you as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible (We aim to be the best value in Hampton Roads).
  5. Our large fleet of quality equipment is able to accommodate deliveries and installations of any size.

Click here to learn about more of the services we offer!

Adjust Your Task Chair with These 4 Simple Steps

Ergonomic desk chairs are more than just additions to a workspace: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends the use of ergonomic chairs that foster a neutral, comfortable working posture. Ergonomics not only promote good posture and, in turn, physical health, but can create a more pleasant work environment that promotes productivity.

1. Adjust the chair to your height

One of the most important aspects of ergonomic seating is the height of the chair. Sitting in a chair that is too low can force one to raise the arms to reach the keyboard, causing strain in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also encourages rounding of the spine and places added tension on the tailbone and buttocks. Adversely, seating that is too high places pressure on the thighs and back of the knees, cutting off circulation in the lower extremities.

A good chair height supports the thighs evenly and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines suggestions for adjusting the chair to your height:

  • Stand up in front of the chair and raise or lower it so that the top of the seat cushion when parallel to the floor is at a height just below the knee cap.
  • Sit down on the chair with feet flat on the floor. Ensure there is about 2 inches of clearance between the front edge of the seat and the calves. Achieving this may require you to adjust the tilt.
Herman Miller Aeron chairThe Herman Miller Aeron chair has a tilt function that echoes the natural body mechanics.

2. Tilt according to your task and comfort

In general, a slightly forward tilting chair is the most comfortable for basic computer usage. However, variation is key to avoid placing continuous pressure and strain on certain parts of the body. A backward tilt allows the user to recline slightly, and a horizontal seat is ideal for sitting erect and upright.

“The key is selecting a highly flexible ergonomic office chair.”

Since tilt should be adjusted regularly to mix up position, the key is to select an ergonomic office chair that is highly flexible and easy to adjust quickly while still providing a frame that disperses pressure and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. For example, the Herman Miller Aeron chair is designed with a tilt action that echoes the body’s mechanics and provides support that stabilizes the pelvis for a natural curvature.

3. Alter the armrests

Adjustable armrests are an important feature to ergonomic office chairs, as improper arm positioning can lead to strain in the neck and shoulders. When armrests are too low, the user might be more inclined to slouch forward to rest his or her limbs. If too high, the user may be forced to hunch the shoulders when placing the forearms on the rests.

The proper armrest height for good ergonomics should be at around the same height as the point of one’s elbow when bent at a 90-degree angle, according to OSHA. This positioning allows one to place his or her forearms on the rests with the arms slightly lifted at the shoulders, taking weight off the shoulders and shifting it to the elbow.

Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine's natural curvature.Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine’s natural curvature.

4. Adjust the backrest for optimal lumbar support

Perhaps the most essential feature of an ergonomic office chair is lumbar support, which minimizes tension on the back and prevents slouching. The aim is to match the backrest to the contour of the spine when seated in a neutral position. You may need to adjust the backrest by raising or lowering it so that it fits snugly in the natural curvature of the spine and pushes the back forward. However, high-end chairs such as the Herman Miller Celle provide a lumbar adjustment function. The lumbar support should feel firm, and you should not feel any pressure points in the back.

– See more at: http://blog.officedesigns.com/health-well-being/4-simple-steps-to-adjusting-your-task-chair/#sthash.k1GyB3Dn.dpuf

If you need help picking out the perfect office chair, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (757) 855-2800.


Thinking Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

While we’re all thinking green, let’s discuss greening your office.  Keep reading to learn the benefits of buying used furniture:


When you buy used office furniture:

  • Furniture is being diverted out of the solid waste stream and back into the market so it can be used again
  • There are fewer raw materials used; Remanufacturing conserves energy and natural resources
  • You are recycling, which extends the lives of resources already in circulation such as wood, aluminum, steel, plastics, and fiber
  • You are keeping metals out of the remelting process, which conserves labor and manufacturing energy
  • You are saving up to 60 percent off the cost of new furniture, which means conservation and waste reduction is an important corporate goal

If your office isn’t already green, we hope you plan on making it happen soon! Please contact us with any questions you may have.


The Importance of Your Office Chair

Oftentimes, people don’t think quality office chairs fit into their budget, but if you sit in a chair 8+ hours a day, it needs to be the best chair. It makes sense to spend more on quality items that are used for such a large percentage of your life. Plus, investing in a quality chair means that it’ll last longer and you’ll be rewarded with many years of comfort! It’s important to choose a chair that will give you the support you need. Keep reading to learn the benefits of ergonomic chairs:


1. Pain Relief:

Ergonomic Chairs are used mainly to help prevent and relieve pain. Without the proper support provided by an ergonomic chair, extended sitting may result in lower back pain or muscle fatigue and exhaustion. In addition to pain, sitting in the wrong type of chair for an extended period of time can actually cause a variety of health problems or worsen existing conditions.

2. Proper Circulation:

Allowing blood to flow properly through your body is crucial, and the wrong chair can inhibit it. Most ergonomic chairs allow the seat position and height of the chair to adjust to the length of your legs. It’s important that your legs stay at a 90 degree angle to ensure proper circulation, so pick an ergonomic chair that lets you adjust the height and angle of your seat.

3. Support:

Your body has its own unique curves and areas in need of support and cushioning. Many ergonomic chairs are made from mesh, which will automatically mold to the contours of your body.

Read all of the Top 5 Reasons to Own an Ergonomic Chair here.

By sitting in an ergonomic office chair, you will be doing your body a huge favor. Luckily, office chairs don’t have to break the bank. At Office Furniture Outlet, we sell chairs for up to 60% off the retail price. A Herman Miller Aeron Chair, one of the most popular chairs, costs up to $1,200.00 new – We sell them for $499.99 each. Visit our showroom in Norfolk, Virginia to browse, sit in, and purchase a quality ergonomic office chair for less!

What chair do you think is the most comfortable? Let us know!

Office Design Trends for 2016

As we’re approaching the New Year, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you will leave behind and what needs to improve going forward – your office design included. According to the experts, the following trends will keep workers engaged and get the most out of your office space.


Scott Lesizza, principal at Workwell Partners says one of his clients’ most requested solutions is help with eliminating wires and clutter from desktops and conference rooms. “Between wires, laptops and other electronic devices, to docking stations, paperwork and personal items, there are many things that can make a room full of open desks appear very disorganized,” says Lesizza. Even a $30,000 conference table can look terrible if wires are not well concealed within the table, he observes. “Luckily we are seeing more manufacturers develop solutions that are clean and simple,” he says.


Lesizza says nature is having a serious moment in design. Reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, and incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork are all becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls, he says. “Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends: bringing the home into the office,” says Lesizza. “It’s the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2016.”


Lesizza observes that in his 20 years in the design business, he’s never seen change happen so quickly. “Not only are cubicles disappearing,” says Lesizza, “but now their replacement—the bench—is being overtaken by non-assigned seating.” The executive suite is still not playing to this trend, however; multipurpose spaces can be utilized for everything from multimedia presentations to casual breakout areas. “We’ll also see more oval-shaped office desks, which allow for a more convenient place for 4-6 people to meet, as well as a shift toward height adjustable tables for standing meetings,” he says.


Jeff Miller, a veteran of Apple and Herman Miller who’s now vice president of design at Poppin sees a move toward creating spaces that are the antithesis of rigid workstations. “Lighter, powerful, wireless technology has untethered the workspace more than ever,” Miller notes, so offices can be more comfortable, which stimulates relaxed collaboration. “Offices now mandate the inclusion of dedicated lounge areas to make working more enjoyable,” Miller says.

Click here to see the rest of the top trends.


Shop Small on Nov 28th

Fb_Timeline_love3 Great Reasons to Participate in Small Business Saturday:

1) Keep Your Community Thriving

Shopping small creates and supports local jobs.  By supporting small business you’re supporting your local economy and providing more jobs for your neighbors.  When you shop at larger stores, your dollars leave the community.  If you spend your money locally, it stays in the community and gets circulated multiple times. Studies show that regions with higher densities of local businesses have superior economic performance. Multiple sources report that every dollar spent at a local business leads to two to four times the amount of jobs, income and wealth, tax collections, and charitable contributions. More sales mean more in local taxes, which would fund things like better roads and parks.

“When profits stay local, it increases the community’s wealth, tax revenue, and standard of living.”

2) Have An Enjoyable Shopping Experience

When shopping local, not only do you often get the best and most unique choices, but also the best customer service.  Small businesses offer a personalized and intimate experience. You will probably get to meet the owner, and get to have a very warm and friendly shopping experience that is hard to find in larger stores. Focus on the customer is a top priority.

“81% of consumers think small business delivers better service than big businesses do.”

3) Small Businesses Give Back

Small businesses are interested in keeping jobs at home.  They purchase goods and services from other local businesses, keeping more money in the community.  Studies found that small, locally owned businesses are more likely to pay employees a higher wage with more benefits, while big retailers are reducing wages and benefits.  Median incomes have risen faster in places with more small businesses compared to those dominated by big businesses. Studies also show that over 90% of small business owners contribute to their communities through volunteering or donations each year.

So don’t spend all of your money on Black Friday, save some for the little guys on Small Business Saturday! Office Furniture Outlet will be open from 10 AM- 4 PM and we’ll be offering great discounts and free goodies while supplies last.  Click here to check for other small businesses in your area to support as well. Happy shopping!


Chair Prices Starting at $20.00

Office Furniture Outlet
Mon-Fri: 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Sat: 10:00AM – 4:00PM
(757) 855-2800

HON Desk

HON Traditional 30″ x 66″ Double Pedestal Desk – Walnut HPL

$299.99 for desk


Haworth Round Table

Haworth 42″ Round Discussion Table (1 Available)

$99.99 for table


Bernhardt Chairs

Bernhardt Tribeca Series Guest Arm Chairs w/ Print Fabric Seat & Mahogany Wood Frame (5 Available)

$129.99 each
$99.99 each

Conference Chairs

Conference Chairs w/ Blue Fabric & Black Base (2 Still Available)

$69.99 each
$25.00 each

Leather Chairs

Brown Leather Task Chairs (2 Available)

$50.00 each

SitOnIt Guest Chair

SitOnIt Side Guest Chair w/ Casters & Panorama French Market Fabric (1 Available)

$40.00 for chair
$20.00 for chair


Herman Miller Chairs

Herman Miller Caper Series Black Stacking Chairs w/ Casters (Sold as a Set of 3)

$30.00 each

See something you like? Come check it out!
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

Desk Set for $299.99 + More Furniture Deals

Paoli L Desk

Paoli 36″ x 72″ L-Shaped Desk w/ 48″ Left Hand Return –
Refinished in Cherry

$1,199.99 for desk


Friant Workstation

Friant AO-2 6.5′ x 8′ Workstation w/ Latte Fabric, Dark Tone Paint, & Maple HPL Surface

$899.99 for workstation


Mahogany L Desk

Peninsula Top 36″ x 72″ L-Shaped Desk w/ 48″ Left Hand Return – Mahogany Finish

$899.99 for desk


Oak Desk Set

36″ x 70″ Double Pedestal Desk & Matching 20″ x 65″ Credenza w/ Hutch – Oak HPL

$299.99 for set

Round Table

42″ Round X-Base Discussion Table – American Cherry HPL

$129.99 for table


Storage Cabinets

42″ Tall x 36″ Wide Storage Cabinets (1 of Each Color Available)

$149.99 each


Steelcase Guest Chairs

Steelcase Player Series Guest Arm Chairs w/ Sled Base & Black Fabric (5 Available)

$69.99 each

See something you like? Come check it out!
Monday – Friday 8 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

Great Office Furniture Increases Productivity

Specifically referring to the work place, every piece of furniture is going to play an important part in boosting your productivity, as well as potential. With the inclusion of great furniture, you’ll have the ability to take your productivity to an entirely new level. It’s the reason why nearly all office spaces in the world are providing a makeover to their boring and old furniture by including stylish, as well as new furniture within their offices. Here will include a few of the ways that great office furniture may enhance your productivity in the work place:

Boring furniture will make you lazy

Office furniture that is boring not just makes you lazy, yet it additionally will make you irritated and clumsy by the mountains of work on your desk. Being surrounded with boring furniture, individuals oftentimes lose interest in work and it’ll affect someone’s productivity to a large extent. Furthermore, if someone does not have the ability to properly work during these critical 7 to 8 hours of her day, more likely she’ll lack productivity at home, as well as additional social places.

Vibrant colors bring enthusiasm

Lots of offices are choosing furniture in bright colors. It’s due to the reason that cool and bright colors assist in lifting a person’s mood. It’s a good way to alleviate stress, as well as increase productivity.

Cleanliness also is important

Not just great furniture, rather cleanliness also is responsible for providing your life that much needed relaxation and positivism. A disorganized office is going to deprive workers of the enthusiasm and zeal to properly work. A clean and well-adjusted office, on the other hand, is going to keep workers comfortable and they’ll have the ability to be more productive in whichever task they’re performing.

See the other 4 ways furniture produces productivity at the original post here: http://www.inc.com/murray-newlands/7-reasons-why-great-office-furniture-increases-productivity.html