Why I sell office furniture
Jan 2nd, 2015 by I-SV Host

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Why I am in the commercial interiors business.

The start of a new year caused me to reflect on previous years and re-examine why I am in the commercial furniture business.

Logo Wall - Art Drawing Concept

Logo Wall – Concept

The reflection helped me realize it is not the office furniture itself that’s important. It is the sense of accomplishment I get from my clients when solving a puzzle. The puzzle is open ended, comprised of the organization’s function, culture, people, space available and budget.

The sense of accomplishment comes from discovering and understanding these components of the puzzle, communicating a solution concept and management of the process that ensures timely completion.

That’s why, on our home websites ( and we do not sell individual furniture products – we instead show you different office furniture designs to illustrate the breadth of our possible solutions.

Logo Wall - Finished Picture

Logo Wall – Finished

I am a fan of …

I am a fan of television shows such as Project Runway, Design-on-a-Dime, and Flip-or-Flop. I watch these shows to see how others are presented with a situation and how they create or transform and idea into a solution that works.

Contestants or hosts on these shows create valuable results that are worth much more the individual parts because they use their creativity combined with experience, expertise and drive.

People feel uplifted when wearing attractive, well designed clothes. People feel happy when moving into a new home transformed from a dated or run-down building. And home owners feel more comfortable when an interior is changed to match their desires and lifestyle.

I also read trade and design publications such as Interior Design, Architectural Digest and Coastal Living for inspiration.

And I personally visit our manufacturers or study their office furnishing products to be well informed of possibilities – both for the styles they provide as well as the quality and durability of their offerings.

When you use Indoff …

When you use Indoff as your interiors solution provider, you get the same feeling of satisfaction from both the process and the result you’ll achieve.

The steps are easy and you are freed to the work you normally do, relying on Indoff to be your expert right-hand guide and supplier. Our expertise and creativity lead to a result that fits your organization and contributes to its’ success. The “I Wish I Worked There” can be your results as your office furnishings, organizational layout and functions are achieved through expertise and creativity matched by attention to detail from Indoff.

You save TIME: …

You save time because you simply provide your circumstances to our staff. Tell us about your organization, your goals and generally what styles appeal to you.

We will prepare basic layouts and concepts for your review. Then we will zero in on reliable, quality sources we know and trust who can meet your needs. Then we will communicate clearly with virtual or physical concept boards what your new or updated office will look. Then we will coordinate orders and project details and manage the project timing and installation.

Concept Board - Hyundai Showroom Remodel -  Layout, Photos & Finishes

Concept Board – Hyundai Showroom Remodel –
Layout, Photos & Finishes

You save MONEY: …

You will save money as a result of our $120 million+ dealership because we get excellent volume pricing from our manufacturers when the savings are passed on to you.

And unlike small dealerships with limited product lines or “house brand” firms, we don’t force-fit you into a limited selection just because that is all that we have.

Within your budget, you get the style you want, a layout that works toward the goals you have for your staff, your organization, and your clients/customers.

Call us today at 408-656-1709 …

Call us today to chat about your needs to see if we can imagine a solution just for you.



Modernizing Your Reception, Lounge and Waiting Areas.
Nov 19th, 2014 by Peter Harnack

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  • Power outlets
  • Tablet arms
  • Data ports
  • Self-playing monitors
  • Magazine and literature racks
Lounge Chair with Power Outlet and Tablet Arm

Lounge Chair with Power Outlet and Tablet Arm

Upgrade Your First Impression Organizational Image

Your organization is often perceived by your lounge and waiting areas.  How you outfit these areas project an image about how you care about your clients, customers, patients, guests, and potential employees.

These spaces, furnished just a few years ago, don’t meet the needs of current visitors.

Today, with virtually all guests using Electronic Devices, a well designed waiting lounge area accommodates those guest’s needs.

Keys to Modernizing Your Waiting Areas

Key items to consider adding to these areas include easily accessed power outlets (both three prong and USB), wireless recharger pads and convenient tablet arms.

People Sitting on Floor to Get Access to Power Outlet.

People Sitting on Floor to Get Access to Power Outlet.

Have you noticed that old fashioned airports have travelers clustered around a column or sit on the floor, bunched by a wall with an outlet sitting on the floor?

Lounge Chair with Data Port

Lounge Chair with Data Port

That is because people are desperately trying to charge their mobile phone, tablets, or laptops.

Lounge Chairs with Power Outlets

And waiting areas today, people will be searching for outlets, pulling chairs away from the wall, trying to get to the outlets as they want to use their waiting time with Electronic Devices that need charging.  You can both keep your waiting area organized and provide client convenience with outlets built into the waiting area chairs.  Modern manufacturers of commercial quality lounge chairs now provide power outlets as an option.  Sometimes these units are simply a attached to the chair frame and sometimes the outlets are imbedded into the upholstered arms or side panels.  These chairs and sofas include built-in extension cords.  These configured chairs with built-in power are super convenient and appreciated by guests.

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms & Data Ports

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms

Lounge Chairs with Built-in Tablet Arms

Of similar value, chairs with built-in tablet arms are equally valued.  When people use tablets, laptops, or larger display smart phones, it is easier for them when there is a convenient tablet arm ready to support the device.

While drop-down tablet arms are available, we recommend fixed tables (perhaps with an ability to rotate slightly in or out depending upon whether or not the user wants to start the support over their legs or to the side).

And when lounge areas are used for collaborative work spaces, access to power and small tablet holders make these meetings more productive.

Here are more examples of modern lounge and guest chairs with power and tablet options.  A wide range of products and styles to fit any décor and budget are available.


Other Waiting Room Accessories – Self-Playing Monitors and Literature/Magazine Racks

Lounge Area Literature - Magazine Rack

Lounge Area Literature – Magazine Rack

Self Playing Monitor in Lounge Area

Self Playing Monitor in Lounge Area

Add Power Outlets to Waiting Area for Better Customer Service
Nov 12th, 2014 by Peter Harnack

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I’m sitting in a waiting area at a tire store.  The store is busy today; my wait time will be about an hour and ½ to fix a slow leak.  Good thing I brought my notepad.  At least I can stay somewhat productive.

Waiting Area 1 - with Counter Space And Stools

Waiting Area 1 – with Counter Space and Stools

2 Convenient Waiting Areas – Good attention to customer needs

Conveniently, this store has two waiting areas, one with stools, counters & tables and the other with the ever present TV with typical upholstered guest chairs.  At least you can chose a spot based on your personal preference and what you plan to do with your time.

The bar stools are tough metal and the upholstery is in good shape.  Comfortable enough (but not sure how 1 ½ hours later will feel.

They do offer a phone charging station but currently two people are seated on both sides of the recharger so even though one of my phones needs recharging, it is not convenient or accessible to me.

Recommended Improvements to these Spaces

What changes or additions would I suggest to make these areas more comfortable and convenient for the store’s waiting customers and potentially increase sales?

Waiting Area 2 with TV and Reading Material

Waiting Area 2 – TV and magazines

Table top Power Outlets and Magazine Racks

Access to convenient power outlets, a magazine/newspaper rack to encourage tidiness, and QR codes on posters to encourage mobile web access come to mind.

The waiting area away from the TV, with two bar height counters and standing height café tables has only one 4-plug power outlet – centered between the two counters and an outlet on the left-most side of the left counter.  If you are seated on the right side or at the café tables, you are out of luck power wise.  Only waiting customers seated toward the middle of the two counters or on the left most counter have access to power.

(Good news – just saw my car being driven into the service bay – yea!).

And the customers waiting next to the cell phone charger has moved so I can now recharge my exhausted phone.  BTW, the recharge cable is too short to plug in the phone and use the phone at the same time (so partially convenient but not totally).

An easy fix to this situation would be to add a few counter height outlets.  Easy-to-install table top outlets, available for about $ 145.00 would remedy this situation quickly.

Table-top Power Supply

Table-top Power Supply

Magazine Rack

Magazine Rack

Keeping the waiting area tidy is easy when you have a distinct place for magazines and newspapers.  Otherwise table tops and chairs become reading material clutter sites.  A simple rack such as a vertical wire mesh holder would help tidy up this space.

And although this retail space has convenient free wi-fi, the posters and displays don’t include web-engaging QR codes or web site addresses that would encourage customer’s to peruse online.  While not furniture related, I’d suggest the vendor add QR codes to posters and sales flyers to provide smart phone and table users with engaging sales feature/benefit videos and capture permission-based email addresses for future promotions.

Best new yet – tires on done.  Actually less than an hour – Good job.

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