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The Value of Reconfigurable Desk Furnishings
Nov 24th, 2014 by Peter Harnack

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I am with an installation crew here in Newport Beach, California.  Once again, our client benefited from reconfigurable office furniture.

Original Layout

Original Layout

What to do when a re-configuration is wanted.

A manager, when reviewing his layout, at the last minute decided he wanted to change the configuration.  This meant that the pedestals on the desk and credenza were on the wrong side.  If we had used a different type of desk with fixed pedestals, we would have needed to install the desk’s configuration as originally planned.

Revised Layout

Revised Layout

 

Office Outfitting in Newport Beach, CA - Click here to view video

Office Outfitting in Newport Beach, CA – Click here to view video

However, in this install, we supplied furnishings that can be reconfigured – with the ability to move a pedestal from one side of a desk to the other.

Preconfigured desks are “ glued” together giving you a very solid feeling.  Reconfigurable desks used pins and cams to lock panels into place and have some flexibility compared to solid, glued furnishings.

If you expect to move and take the furnishings with you, reconfigurable units give you more flexibility at your new location.

Or if you discover at the last minute that you want to change all layout, the installation crew can do a reconfiguration on the job.

An example of how this really helped an accounting firm comes to mind.  When I do client layouts for private offices, I often leaned toward Feng Shui principles (a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment).  I tried to configure the office so that the user faces the door; not with their back to the door.  This way, no surprises when people walk in.

Last minute change that affects layout

At the accounting office, the client switched two rooms.  One had been designated as an office.  The other was a conference room.  The doors to these two rooms on different sides.  While this reconfiguration didn’t impact the conference room, it was a different story for the office.  In order for the desk to properly face the door, the pedestal drawers in the office had to be switched.  Since we provided reconfigurable furnishings, our installation team was quickly able to make this change on the fly.

So if your plans include expected future moves or remodels and you have desks with pedestals on one side with credenza pedestals on the other, consider reconfigurable furniture as your office furnishings of choice.

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

Use Arm-less Lounge Seating in Tight Quarters to Increase Visitors
Nov 18th, 2014 by Peter Harnack

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Many lounge chairs today with arms take significant space width-wise.

Armless Guest Chairs

Armless Guest Chairs

How to get more lounge chairs in a limited space

When you are trying to get more seats in a tight space, consider using armless or one-armed seating.  Armless lounge chairs have the same seat width as armed chairs but without the extra space associated with arms.  In most situations, armless lounge chairs worked just as well as armed chairs, but save space.

In the space that would be available for three chairs with arms, you could fit four chairs without arms.  Some lounge chair manufacturers offer lounge chairs with only one arm (right or left).  This way you can have a group of chairs in a row but only have arms on the last chair in the row to finish the end-most chair.  Armless lounge chairs can include tablet holders that attach directly to the chairs frame without the bulk of an arm.  Many modern reception and waiting areas today include built-in tablets surfaces for patient, client, or customer use that show your awareness and sensitivity to electronic device used by your visitors.

Armless Guest Chair with Side Tablet

Armless Guest Chair with Side Tablet

Armless Guest Chairs with table/upholstered arm rest

Armless Guest Chairs with table/upholstered arm rest

 

 

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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