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How Custom Furniture Can Improve Creativity and Productivity

As open and airy co-working spaces are taking over from the closed-off cubical office design aesthetic, so too are considerations surrounding custom work area furniture. Unique furniture design can encourage creativity among employees and can provide staff with the correct tools to increase production and job satisfaction. More and more businesses are moving towards unconventional office design – with some areas including zones for comfort by including bean bag chairs or napping pods; and secluded areas for private calls and conversations. The best office design concepts make the best use of space and customize needs for employees such as using small, compact desks for sales people on the go, utilizing communal areas for marketing teams, and using comfortable chairs and private areas for customer service personnel.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), work-related musculoskeletal disorders are a common cause of lost or restricted work time. These disorders are commonly caused by office furniture that cannot be properly adjusted to individual workers. Healthy and happy employees that use standing desks, laptop stands, and ergonomic chairs are more energized and productive.

Using Color to Boost Creativity, Productivity, and Stress Relief

Boring, drab, and unimaginative workspaces do not inspire creativity. A study at the University of Texas found that gray, white, and beige offices induced feelings of sadness and depression – especially in women. Men, however, experienced the same feelings when working in a space that primarily featured purple and orange. Choosing the correct mixture of colors can influence productivity, creativity, and mood. Restful greens and calming blues can improve efficiency and focus while providing a feeling of well-being, while optimistic yellows are best used where artists, designers, writers, and creatives work. A pop of energetic red can be beneficial where physical labor is needed.

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Exploring the Latest Trends in Contemporary Office Furniture

As society advances and evolves, so do the spaces we work in. Today, the cubicle office is recognized as a thing of the past. People want to work in an environment that’s social, comfortable, innovative, and flexible. And contemporary office furniture is making this possible.

Contemporary office furniture looks nothing like traditional office furniture. Furniture that was once designed to promote privacy and quiet, individual work has now been abandoned for comfortable lounge areas, portable devices, tech integrations, and nature themed designs.

But why the sudden change? Studies have found that switching to this type of furniture can actually boost office sales and productivity.1 The bottom line is, when your employees are happy, your business is happy and more profitable. And the furniture you choose for your office has a direct impact on employee health and happiness.

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How to Go Green in Your Classroom with Eco Friendly School Furniture

In today’s day and age, going “green” is almost a norm. Eco friendly items can be purchased for your home or office both in store and on hundreds of websites online. But why then have we as a society not yet made the same changes in our schools?

This is an especially important question because there are so many benefits that can be gained from adopting green practices in educational settings. By switching to eco-friendly school furniture, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools can teach the importance of sustainability to their students and also do their part to protect the environment.

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Essential Modern Office Design Concepts for Coworking Spaces

As the owner of a coworking establishment, your main priority is attracting and retaining tenants. You want every customer who walks through your door to be impressed by what they see. If you’re going to convince them to rent out space in your coworking office, then you’ve got to create an environment that catches their attention.

Today’s tech savvy businesses operate in creative, unconventional ways. And they want the environment they work in to be the same. By incorporating these modern office design concepts into your coworking space, you can make your space look more appealing to renters and increase your profits.

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Library Furniture that’s Great for Saving Space

Do you belong to a library that’s in the middle of a redesign? If so, you may be able to benefit from our space saving library furniture!

Today, many libraries recognize that their role in society is changing. Advancements in technology and science have created new community needs, such as access to 3D printers, additional office space for remote workers, and places where young learners can engage in hands on activities that will prepare them to fulfill roles in the engineering and medical fields.

By changing the way you use space in your library, you can free up room that can be used for other purposes and improve your library. You just need the right library furniture to get started.

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How Makerspaces Create Stronger Communities

We live in a world that’s becoming increasingly dependent on technology. While this has opened up new possibilities for our society, it’s also reduced the amount of time we spend socializing with one another in person. People spend more time today looking at their phones, tvs, and computers and less time at places like libraries, churches, playgrounds, and parks.

Social interaction is vital for the community because it allows people to build relationships with each other and help each other succeed. When people in a community can depend on each other for support, the community becomes stronger as a whole. The quality of living is improved for everyone. Without social interaction, people become isolated and are left to fend for themselves. And unfortunately many communities have already drifted in this direction.

However, there are many libraries, schools, and public buildings that are working to change the current state of things. Their goal is to bring communities back together. And they’re doing it with makerspaces. Here’s how.

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Featured Project: Custom Furniture for Charis Bible College

Charis Bible College is a nationally renowned educational institution with campus locations across the United States. As an extension of Andrew Wommack Ministries, Charis provides education and training to individuals who are interested in ministry and deepening their faith.

The Supple Collection recently had the opportunity to be introduced to the leaders at Charis and partner with them on a project for improving their learning space. This was an incredible experience for our company because it not only gave us the chance to create beautiful furniture, but also develop close relationships with members of an esteemed educational institution.

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Does School Furniture Influence Student Behavior?

Managing off-task behavior is one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Trying to identify the root of off-task behavior can feel like searching in the dark with no real end.

Teachers and administrators dealing with off task behavior may feel frustrated or confused. They aren’t sure how to identify the problem, much less fix it. They may wonder, is the material not engaging enough? Is a different approach needed? Are outside issues, such as problems at home, an illness, or a learning disability, causing certain students to be off task? Very rarely in these situations is the learning environment itself critically assessed and taken into consideration.

It turns out that school furniture matters a great deal for student performance. By choosing furniture that facilitates active learning and eliminates distraction, educators can reduce the prevalence of problematic behavior and help their students succeed.

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How Library Furniture & Design Impacts Learning

Have you ever wondered if your library is living up to its full potential? The goal of every library is to fulfill the needs of the surrounding community. Libraries provide services and resources that help the public stay informed, educated, healthy, and entertained. Why then are some libraries constantly buzzing with activity while others look as desolate as a ghost town? What makes some libraries more successful than others?

While numerous factors can affect the success of a library, perhaps the most important is library design. Library furniture and design plays a huge role in determining how people interact with a library and what importance they ascribe to its existence. If people visiting the library feel like their needs are being met, they are much more likely to return.

When planning a new library or remodeling an existing one, it’s important to a number of elements into consideration, including traffic patterns, accessibility, organization, comfort, and aesthetics.1 Optimizing libraries for positive interactions can lead to higher levels of engagement, deeper learning, and an increase in popularity, thus benefiting the surrounding community as well as the library itself.

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