Reception Desk – Custom – Modern – Creative – Affordable
Jun 19th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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You need a new, modern, reception desk – but it needs to be affordable.

Photo that inspired a new Reception Desk

Photo that inspired a new Reception Desk

When moving to a new location, AltiGen Communications in San Jose, California, wanted to create a more welcoming Lobby at their new facility.  Having viewed some of the different Reception Desk Styles on Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch’s website (, AltiGen contacted Indoff as a possible provider for a new reception desk.  They wanted something different that reflects their business success but wanted to get this look affordably.

We want it to look like this >>.

Key personnel at AltiGen forwarded photos of reception desks that appealed to their design desires.  Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch researched options and rough budgets and one design in particular stood out as very attractive and doable with a Bay Area Manufacturer, Action Laminates in Hayward.

Concept Development for a new Reception Desk

AltiGen Communication's, San Jose, CA, Reception Desk

AltiGen Communication’s, San Jose, CA, Reception Desk

To manage costs, the reception desk was built with premium laminate surfaces.  The desk work surface and part of the front is a dark, textured finish.  The built-in white insert is gloss white high pressure laminate with color-core edging to make the block appear as one piece (no black line typically associated with laminate surfaces).  This is the same high quality High Pressure Laminate that is used in wall mounted and mobile white boards.

A custom built, standoff L-shaped clear glass transaction counter that floats beyond the white block onto part of the work surface finishes the off the reception desk.

The receptionist has convenient storage under the white block area and a 2-drawer, 1 file pedestal for additional storage.  Grommets have been added under the white block unit and on the side to allow convenient cable and power access to the work surface.

Now that the reception desk is in place, AltiGen is considering adding a companion storage cabinet next to the desk, by the wall, to cover power and data cables, add storage to the area, and add more work surface area for equipment.

If you are considering a upgraded or remodeled reception desk, rather than settling for “off-the-shelf” solutions, consider sending Indoff – Silicon Valley your ideas and inspirations and see how affordable and impressive a solution can be for you.

One-Hour, Do-it-yourself, professional “cubicles”
Jun 18th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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For start-ups, fast growing organizations, cost conscience businesses, and anyone who wants quality work stations with “move-it-around” flexibility – finally a work station designed with you in mind.

Workspace Cubicles can be complicated and typically need to be laid out by a brand-expert space planner and assembled by professional installers. Plus some system can take weeks to months to be delivered.

Cube-in-a-Box® Configuration Options

Cube-in-a-Box® Configuration Options

Growing?  Need Affordable Work Stations?  Need to get lots of “collaboration” staff in modest spaces?

Start-ups, fast moving, growing companies or organizations may be adding people faster than relatively stationary cubicle systems can accommodate.  And prices may take a bite out of business working capital.  If you are this type of organization, you need workstations that are professional but affordable, flexible and readily available as your work force changes and grows.

Cure for the Common Cubicle:

Cube in-a-Box® is one “cure for the common cubicle”. These systems provide value, quality and flexibility to “push” around as your office layout needs change, grow and reorganize.

Cube in-a-Box®  is the right solution for those that want high quality and professional looking cubicles FAST and at an AFFORDABLE price.

For convenient ordering and packaging, everything for one “cube” is included in a SINGLE box and delivered directly to your office or home. How much easier can it get? You can be at your new work station in under an hour with Cube-in-a-Box®!

Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch is a local Cube-in-a-Box® provider.  To learn more <click here>.

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How to Select Commercial Grade Fabric that Provides Lasting Value
Jun 17th, 2014 by I-SV Host

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If you want your office’s seating to keep its’ good looks for many years, key factors in the fabric are durability, light-fastness, and cleanability.  Durability means how much normal wear a fabric can resist before it begins to show wear.  Light-fastness is the ability of the fabric to endure light without fading.  And Cleanability is associated with water or solvent cleaners or bleach in healthcare facilities.

How to get durability information.

Sample Fabric Performance Information

Sample Fabric Specifications and Performance Information

Standardized “Rub” Tests on fabric give you a number that shows the fabric’s resistance to wear.  This is sometime know as “Performance”. The higher the number, the longer the fabric will last.  For example, on a Textiles web site, when looking a fabric’s pattern, you can also click on “specifications” and see the double rub (D.R.) rub count for each product.

In everyday terms, this is essentially the wear that happens every time you sit on the furniture.

High rub count fabric is used in high traffic areas like waiting room in hospitals and dentists offices.  Fabric counts in these areas can be as high as 250,000 double rubs.  Police departments with duty belts of nylon or leather and metal equipment might have double rub counts of 500,000 to 1,000,000.

While residential furniture might have 15,000 double rubs, you should select 25,000 or more for frequently used pieces in your home especially around kid and pets.

And most experts agree that HD or Heavy Duty fabric, with a minimum of 30,000 to 40,000 or more double rub counts, are important for commercial furniture.

Table of Suggested Rub Counts for Commercial and Residential Applications

Suggested Double Rub Count*

Very Heavy Duty Commercial, High Traffic Areas

Heavy Duty Commercial, High Traffic Home Areas (Family Room/Den)

Medium Duty, Home Living Rooms, moderate home traffic areas
15,000 to 30,000

Light Duty, occasional use areas, not upholstery
9,000 to 15,000

Delicate Duty, toss cushions, draperies
under 9,000

Avoid fabric fading with higher lightfastness numbers.

Fabric is often graded on how permanent a color is on the fabric after exposure to light.  Both natural and synthetic fabrics are subject to fading or discoloration under sunlight and fluorescent light.

Grade 5 means there is no fading.  Grade 4 means there is slight fading.  Upholstery fabrics should have a minimum rating of 4 regardless of end use.  Sometimes you will see lightfastness in terms like 40+ hours.

Match the fabric’s cleanability to your environment.

Fabrics have recommended cleaning methods.  Some allow water based cleaning agents (Code W).  Some with Code “S” should be cleaned only with mild water-free cleaning solvent or dry cleaning products.

Code W-S can be cleaned with either water or solvent based products.

Code X should be vacuumed or gently brushed only.

If you are in a healthcare environment, look for “high performance” fabrics that can be bleach cleaned or coated with Teflon for thorough cleaning.

Seating pricing varies significantly with the price of the fabric.  Better, more durable fabrics are typically more expensive but on flip side, these fabrics retain their good looks for years.  Indoff – Silicon Valley Branch can provide advice on fabrics to use for your unique circumstances that both look great and will serve the needs of visitors and staff for years.

To learn more about fabric testing standards <click here>

*  Using Wyzenbeek Method <click here for more info>

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