Reupholstering Office Furniture: 3 Ways Your Business Will Benefit

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Throwing out old furniture is easy but so is sending it to be reupholstered. Unfortunately, many offices aren’t aware of this option. That’s why we’re here to advocate on this easily attainable option. 

Reupholstering office furniture isn’t just for broken pieces either. That is also a common misconception. The reality is all types and conditions can be repurposed. Let’s say your office is going through a makeover and the color of your conference room table doesn’t look great against the new paint on the walls. Our team can paint it a different color. 

The idea behind reupholstering to give great materials a second life. When a piece of furniture has a solid foundation — it’s built well and of high-quality material — there’s no reason to discard it. As a business, you will be at an advantage when you choose to have your furniture reupholstered. 

Here’s how your team will benefit: 

1. Cost and Good ROI

Ultimately, you want to save money on office furniture. We completely understand! To put the cost of reupholstering vs. buying new furniture into perspective consider this: a large sofa can cost upwards of $1,500 while having it reupholstered generally costs roughly $400. Of course, these numbers will depend on the quality of the materials but on average you’re looking at half the cost when you choose to reupholster.

Moreover, reupholstering a well-made chair or bookshelf is a great return on investment. The piece will return to working condition, maybe even better than before, and it will last you another seven to fifteen years. When you have a piece that needs a minor repair, it’s absolutely worth having it repaired.       

2. Implementing a ‘Fix It’ Mentality

Reupholstering at its core is about having a fix-it mentality. As opposed to discarding something because it has a crack or minor dent, you see fix it as an opportunity to give it new life. By demonstrating to your team that things are worth fixing, they too will begin to see the value in not just material possessions but intangible things as well.  

3. Improving the Environment

Whether this is your primary reason for repurposing furniture or you didn’t initially realize the value, by giving your furniture a second life, you will be doing a service to the environment. You will help reduce waste one office furniture piece at a time. Even if you’re not able to fully salvage the piece, there are materials on your furniture that can be turned into something else. When you bring us your old or broken furniture, we’ll give it a purpose!

Let Us Transform Your Office Furniture! Contact Indoff Commercial Interiors Today

Do you have a couple of items hanging around in the corner because they’re broken? Or maybe you made the mistake of buying that green chair that looked blue in the catalog. Whatever the case may be, we’re ready to give it new life. 

Contact Indoff Commercial Interiors in El Paso today!

Tips for Optimal Workplace Productivity

woman being productive at workDo you find yourself taking work home, wondering why you couldn’t get done at work? So many of us do! The reality is — there are only so many hours in a day and time can easily get bogged down with small, often unproductive tasks. Being productive requires work. It requires strategic planning and most all, it requires discipline. It’s easy to arrive on time (or even early) and have your day’s plans get thrown out the window with one interruption, which often leads to another. By the time you know it, it’s 5 o’clock.

But being productive isn’t necessarily a science. There are small but effective changes you can begin applying that will cut down five minutes then ten, 20, and eventually, you will find yourself with an extra hour to accomplish those tasks you’ve put off for a lack of time.

Here are 7 effective strategies to being more productive at work that you can easily begin applying today:  

1- Track Your Time

Do you know how long you spend in the break room getting coffee each morning? What about the time it takes to send out emails to your staff or replying to those emails? If you’re not currently tracking your time, it’s time to start today! Estimates don’t count. And if you’re thinking won’t tracking my time take time? It will only take TWO MINUTES out of your entire day to track what you’re working on every 30 minutes. We suggest starting off with the 30-minute interval. This way you can get into the habit of checking in with yourself every 30 minutes. Once you get used to jotting down what it is you’re working on, you can extend it to an hour or every time you change tasks. There are tools like Rescue Time that make it easier to track specific tasks including checking email, talking to coworkers, going to the bathroom, and meeting with clients, all of which make up your entire day.

2- Always Take Breaks

Okay now you’re probably thinking so in addition to tracking my time, you want me to take breaks? The simple answer is yes. While it sounds counterintuitive, taking breaks will help improve your concentration. Keep in mind, these breaks should be short. You also don’t want to take too many frequent breaks. Rather, every 90 minutes take a small productive break. What do we mean by productive? We mean, grab some coffee, go to the bathroom, stretch, take a “smoker’s break” even if you don’t smoke. Essentially you want to use this time to step away from work and reconnect with how you’re feeling. Give your eyes a screen break and your body a reboot.

3- Place Deadlines on Yourself

Ah, deadlines. Whether you love or hate them, deadlines help us stay on pace and they give us the right type of stress. By setting self-imposed deadlines on yourself, you’ll be able to stay focused on what needs to be accomplished and by when. Deadlines will also give you the ability to visualize a finish line. In return, your time will be planned out. Many people are surprised at how self-imposed deadlines force them into mini-athletes where it’s them vs. time. Be realistic about how long tasks should take and also don’t afraid to challenge yourself to some more strict deadlines.   

4- Avoid Multitasking

Multitasking can essentially decrease productivity. How is that so? It’s been found that multitasking results in lost time because people cannot devote their energy to competing tasks. For example, the old cliche and driving while putting on your makeup. This can easily result in an accident. There are some tasks that can be done in unison but you want to make sure they don’t compete with one another. For example, while you can’t put on makeup and look at the road, you can drive and mentally plan out your day or visualize what it is your day will entail. Remember to remain positive about it. Visualize being the most productive possible.   

5- Minimize Interruptions

Interruptions are inevitable but do your best to let others know that what you’re working on is time-sensitive. When your colleagues respect your time, they’re less likely to interrupt you. If you have your own office, close the door to tackle those projects. You also want to consider mapping out your time to meet with people. Resist the temptation to give away your time as this often leads to staying late in an effort to make up for it or taking work home.

6- Stay Motivated and Determined

Motivation is the key to all of these tips. You know yourself and you know your work habits. Add in determination and you’ll see that work is feasible. Don’t allow feelings of worry to take over. Even if you know something may not get done “on time,” knowing it needs to be accomplished, just get to work on it! Eliminate all feelings of doubt and productivity will follow.

7- Keep Your Energy Level High

Once you have time management down, it’s all about your energy. Your energy level is essential to not only remaining productive at work but also outside of work. We’re not robots. We require exercise, connecting with friends and family, and doing the things that motivate us. Where does your source of energy come from? It may be your morning run, a 10-minute meditation, or a mid-day walk. No matter how you get energized, make sure to prioritize these rituals. They matter your mind and body.

“Action Expresses Priorities.” — Gandhi

How you choose to spend your time says a lot about who you are and what your goals are. We are given the same hours in a day but how we spend those hours will determine our legacy. What do you want your legacy to be?

Office Chairs: Is Yours Causing Back Pain?

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On average, how much time do you spend at your desk? For many, it’s somewhere between 40 to 50 hours a week or 7 to 8 hours a day. Now out of those hours, how many do you spend sitting? Even if it’s somewhere around three or five hours, the combined amount of time spent sitting on an uncomfortable chair can hurt your body, specifically your back and lead to other longer-term complications.

Now before we put all of the blame on your chair, let’s access your own habits when it comes to your posture.

How do you sit at work?

When you sit at work, you want to feel comfortable and supported. It’s easy to lean back into a chair and slouch and immediately think yes, this feels good! While it may feel good for a couple of minutes, you’ll eventually find that your neck will begin to ache and your shoulders might also feel a bit tense. And your arms, they might struggle to reach the keyboard. Here’s how your body should be while sitting on a chair:

  1. Your eyes should be leveled with your computer monitor and approximately 18 to 24 inches away from your eyes.
  2. Your back should be supported by the natural curvature of the backrest.
  3. Your arms should create a 90-degree angle with your wrists resting on a pad or the top of the desk.
  4. Your buttocks should be fully situated on the chair as far back as possible so that your back is touching the back support of the chair.  
  5. Your feet should be flat on the floor or resting comfortably on a footrest.

In general, you want to make sure that things feel right for your body. Even the best chair can cause pain if we’re not using it correctly.

Office Chairs to Consider

Like we mentioned earlier, even if you’re only at your desk for a couple of hours, you need a chair that will give you ultimate comfort and ultimate support. We recommend one that is padded with memory foam—yes, memory foam—like the material inside beds. It will feel good on your back and your behind. Additionally, you want a chair with armrests. Even if you’re not resting your arms on them because let’s face it, you’re typing all day, you’ll feel more supported.

Here are other things to look for:

  • Find a backrest that curves to the natural shape of your back.
  • Adjust the seat so that your legs are touching the floor.
  • Make sure the cushion isn’t too stiff or too soft but is firm and supports you.
  • If your back pain persists, consider the care of a chiropractor as there could be other underlying issues.     

Find Yours at Indoff Commercial Interiors

Ready to swap out your current chair for a much more comfortable one? At Indoff Commercial Interiors, we’ll help you find office chairs that suit your needs and the those of your team. We’re committed to ensuring your office has chairs that are both functional and pleasing to the eye.

Connect with us today to learn more!

Pre-Owned Furniture Saves You Money Without Sacrificing Quality

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We all want new. A new car, a new home, a new pair of shoes, new clothes, the list can essentially go on and on. There’s something about owning something no one else has. It can make the idea of pre-owned seem like second class. But that is definitely not always the case! If you’re someone who already practices smart recycling and repurposing efforts then you’re well aware of how many benefits pre-owned truly brings.

Pre-owned doesn’t necessarily mean old or poor condition. In most cases, pre-owned means gently used. Think about the time you bought something and only used it once or twice and for the most part kept it there as decoration. “It’s as good as new!”- that’s a description that pretty much sums it up! In other cases, it could be an item that was well-maintained, maybe needs a few repairs but is otherwise still in working condition.

At Indoff Commercial Interiors, we know quality pre-owned furniture when we see it! We can even help you if you’re looking to sell your own pre-owned furniture.   

Benefits of Buying Pre-Owned Furniture

When it comes to pre-owned furniture, there are numerous benefits to acquiring gently used or used furniture. For one, you’ll save hundreds! As a business who is just getting your feet off the ground, saving on office resources wherever possible is a must. In addition to saving money, you’ll have what you need and can quickly get to work.

Pre-owned furniture also has an unmatched charm that new furniture just doesn’t! The mid-century modern trend in home decor that resurfaced is a perfect example of this. It’s an aesthetic that is both nostalgic and new. It’s perfect for those looking to mix the old with the new. The addition of pre-owned furniture next to new technology in many ways is a juxtaposition of two different worlds and how they work together. Plus, an office with character makes for a fun and interesting workspace!

Contact Indoff Commercial Interiors

Saving money, adding character, and getting what you need right away, you simply can’t go wrong with pre-owned furniture, especially when you shop at Indoff Commercial Interior. Our furniture expert and distributor Kim Gregory will ensure you find exactly what you’re looking for to create the perfect office. Connect with us today to explore your options!

Benefits of Reupholstering Your Office Furniture

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Do you own a piece of furniture that you wish you bought two of because you love it so much? We know that feeling! Falling in love with a chair, sofa, or desk is similar to the feeling of a child loving his toy or blanket. You can’t live without it and you dread the day it will break or fall apart. The reality is some furniture will eventually experience a split, tear, or burst — when this does happen, reupholstering is a viable solution. As opposed to throwing out a beloved office chair or faithful desk, consider having it reupholstered by the experts here at Indoff. Not only does reupholstering your furniture save you the headache of looking for a new one, but it’s also good for the environment!

If you have a broken chair sitting in storage because you haven’t found the willpower to throw it out, consider having it reupholstered for the following reasons:

Reupholstering is cost-effective

Simply put, furniture is expensive. Especially if you invest in a piece that was hand-made or is made out of high-quality material. So when the piece experiences a tear or a part of it breaks, the idea of throwing it out is problematic. The cost of replacing even one chair can set you back by a couple of hundreds of dollars. That’s where reupholstering comes in. Most broken furniture can be salvaged with the right person’s skill and technique. At Indoff, our team will access your item and create a plan to fix it, making it appear brand new but you won’t have to pay the price of a brand new piece!   

Furniture has sentimental value

Whether you were gifted the piece from your father or purchased it yourself when you received a promotion, the sentimental value of furniture is something we often take for granted. It isn’t until we’re faced with the idea of replacing it that we realize how much it means to us. Have you ever tried out a new chair and thought “Nope, it’s not as comfortable as the one I currently have!” In addition to comfort, most furniture takes on a life of its own based on its familiarity. Instead of replacing it because of a few marks or tears, have it reupholstered. You can have your loyal desk, chair, sofa, or even a cubicle component reupholstered and never have to say goodbye!

It’s environmentally friendly

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of reupholstering is the minimization of waste. While you can recycle furniture by donating it to a local second-hand shop, the downside of donating furniture that may need some work is it can end up in the dumpster. If a piece isn’t selling because of its lack of appeal, there’s a chance it will be thrown away. Instead of risking this possibility, you can have the piece reupholstered and be reused. All of the furniture that’s reupholstered here at Indoff becomes much more appealing and can be used for years to come. So not only will you have a beautiful piece of furniture but you’ll be positively impacting the environment.

Learn More About The Benefits of Having Your Furniture Reupholstered

We have no doubt that you’ll be completely satisfied with the reupholstering services offered here at Indoff offer. There’s no need to throw out furniture when you can give it a makeover with the help of our team. We’ll ensure that you are completely satisfied with our work and that the piece appears brand new — ready to be used. Contact us today to learn more.

The Creative & Workspace Advantages of the Office Cubicle Design

Office cubicles get a bad rep. They are often the target of commentary or jokes regarding office work uniformity or tedium, but the truth is —since their emergence into the workspace in the mid-1960’s— cubicles have proven to be a rather effective way to organize workspaces. Modern day has given us some new ideas about how to better modernize and maximize this office furniture; there is no shortage of creativity when it comes to using the office cubicles in enhancing work output.  Here at Indoff, we know that so much lies in the organization and the configuration of the furniture and why we are in the business of improving workspace layouts and environments.

When they first emerged on the scene, it was known as “Action Office” and the design of the office cubicles was the product of a lot of back and forth discussion regarding ways to improve the productivity of the worker. The design was predicated upon the idea that employees are more productive when they can personalize a space and have a sense of privacy while not being completely disconnected from the other people in the office.

Creative Advantages

The modern workstations can take many forms. The cubicle has changed since the early versions, but it has kept its most effective features.

  • Personalization: The space of the cubicle allows for some personalization of the space with photographs, trinkets, books, or other personal items. Workers can decorate without affecting the space of others and still make their workstation feel like their own.
  • Functional: While there is something to be said about an open workspace, there is undeniable functionality to an office cubicle. They can be arranged in a variety of ways that enhance the worker’s particular purpose. This might be installing desks, placing printers nearby, adding screens, etc.
  • Privacy: This type of office space arrangement also promote a sense of privacy. In this way, employees can have some control over the disruptions that happen around them. In a completely open work setting, this can become an issue and hinder productivity levels.
  • Encourages teamwork: In the same way that this office set up provides some personal space, it also allows for collaboration, as there is usually easy access to nearby employees. This encourages face to face communication around the office.

The Modern Workstation

Modern office cubicles also offer more options than the traditional ‘cube’ shape. The modern stations can be arranged in a variety of ways with different options on height, material, desk space, and configuration. The modern workstation is a great way to optimize space while providing each worker with their own demarcated work borders. This gives you a great amount of freedom when arranging workers in the best possible arrangements to fit their needs.

Enhance Your Office with Indoff

Indoff Commercial Interiors can help turn your office into a hub of human potential, creativity, and energy. Despite the cubicle’s misrepresentation, the reality is that fifty years later it is still being used as an effective way to organize today’s modern workspaces. Today’s office layouts are being defined and redefined by the concepts that first gave rise to the cubicle in the first place. The modern workplace offers variations and modifications that can suit your employee’s particular needs. Give us a call today!

 

The Office Life: What Do Office Desks Say About You?

Indoff Commercial Interiors believes that office furniture speaks volumes about your business or company. We might not realize it, but the spaces we inhabit have an affect on productivity, mood, and how we feel about work. With Indoff, get comfortable and functional office desks that fit every work style.

If you’re like many hard working Americans, you have at some point stopped and looked around the surrounding office desks and wondered: How did it get like this? You see empty coke cans, half-filled coffee mugs, Post-it notes scattered like confetti, pens, files out of order, and maybe even a half eaten sandwich from the day before. Perhaps you are completely the opposite: your pens are neatly placed on one side, Post-its on the other, and files stacked in a  perfect perpendicular line against your origami tree. Your office desk can say important things about your personality and how you approach your work.

There are a few different categories that might describe your office desk and beyond. Perhaps you are a little bit of each. So what does your desk say about you?

The Spartan: This is for the minimalist warrior in you. A person that sticks to the basics, doesn’t fall for the unnecessarily ornate and doesn’t keep more than they need. They survive with little and can make it go a long way. This means your desk doesn’t pile up, get cluttered, or accumulate extra accessories or junk. You might encounter: a lot of free desk space, pens in place, folders organized and color coded.

The Collector:  It’s hard for you to let go. You consider that you might need that one Post-it note even though it’s been a week since that one meeting. The collector also takes a few days to clear out old messages, packages, or lunch remnants. You might encounter: big paper stacks, unorganized files, scattered pens, and random trinkets or papers.

The Information Geek: You are meticulous with information and you like to document everything to maintain order. A physical reminder is important for you and so your office desk is a kind of organized chaos, but what you exhibit has a distinct purpose. You might encounter: marked calendars, reminders, family photographs, reference books, maps, and/or project specific notes.

The Yogi: This office desk tends to be soothing to look at. This is for the person that is the best to handle stress, doesn’t panic, and usually calms everyone down when you’re close to deadline on a major project. They might do Yoga or meditation on their lunch hour. You might encounter: soothing plants, pleasant colors, a Buddha statue, and an organized surface with an added element of inspirational posters or items.

Be the Best with Indoff Office Desks

Regardless of what type of personality might describe you, the quality of the office desks will set the stage. High quality and well-designed furniture provides the comfort and professionalism needed to keep order and encourage productivity. Set the stage with Indoff Commercial Interiors and get started on your way to success.

The Changing Tides of Office Space Planning

beautifully modern office space with glass partitionsMost people might not consider the fact that smart and successful companies take great consideration in how they organize their employees within their office space. The configuration of workers within a work space can profoundly impact productivity, office morale and culture, as well as fostering territory for creativity and problem solving. At the same time, office space planning reflects the changing trends in how people work and how they feel about their work. Here at Indoff Commercial Interiors we study these changing trends and how they help companies thrive, grow, and prosper.

The Early Stages

Early work spaces tended to put a greater emphasis on strict efficiency and often crowded workers in an open environment while the higher ups watched from an office behind closed doors. This was reminiscent of factory setups where the boss watched the workers from an elevated office. These early spaces focused solely on action and gave workers very little private space, individuality, or room for growth.

This then evolved into the well known cubicle. This was an era of office space planning focused solely on conserving space and resources. This led to rows and rows of square shaped areas separated with modular walls. These setups are infamous for creating a dull, robotic, and monotonous environment where the water cooler was the only respite from the isolating and impersonal spaces of the cubicle.

Modern Changes

The modern office world has made an attempt at tackling these traditional layouts, breaking them up, and integrating the need for a freer exchange of ideas. Many of the new concepts in office space planning include words such as co-working, cross-pollination, an incubation. All ideas that promote creative thinking and a richer environment that propels workflow and progress. The art of office space planning today is a delicate balance between privacy and communal work spaces that allow for more collaboration and engagement.

Design Productivity

Turn your office into more than just a place where people work.  With the right arrangement, your office will not only look great, but it will incite your employees to be more productive, creative, and propel your  company forward to better fulfill your mission and objectives. Call Indoff Commercial Interiors and join the revolution of creative office space planning and transform your business today.  

Make The Most Of Your Workspace with Office Furniture

office furnitureSmall companies that employ fewer than a dozen employees and large, international conglomerates have more things in common than you might’ve initially thought. First and foremost, both must make use of their allotted space in the smartest way possible. Not only does this result in a more organized work environment, it also gives employees the opportunity to work more efficiently. Office furniture can make any office space as useful as possible. If you’re in the El Paso area, Indoff Commercial Interiors is the team to choose for all your office furniture needs. We’ve outlined a few tips that will help you achieve the most out of your office space, no matter the size.

Understand Your Limitations

Before going ahead and buying a complete set of office chairs, desks, and filing cabinets, it’s important to keep yourself grounded. Perhaps that modern desk looks breathtaking in the showroom but it just wouldn’t suit your company’s immediate needs. By understanding your limitations, you’ll be able to proceed accordingly with unclouded vision. This mindset will give you the opportunity to choose the correct office furniture for your workspace.

Maintain a Unified Look

Now that you’re well aware of your limitations, it’s time to brainstorm what you want your future office to look like. Office furniture has come a long way. You can choose from traditional options or more modern and original choices. But it’s important to always remember that this is an office, a workspace. You don’t want to sacrifice a professional work environment by outfitting it with furniture that doesn’t go along with how you want your company to be perceived by clients and employees. Or perhaps you want to go all out. Even then, remember to maintain a unified look!

Plan for the Future

Office furniture will be a part of your workspace for many years to come. For this reason, it’s necessary to make sure you choose furniture that will suit the needs of your office for years to come. When it comes to office furniture, it’s best to choose something that can last for a years and years, stylewise. Remember lava lamps and bean bag chairs? Although they’ve become somewhat kitschy, they’ve long disappeared from offices and professional work environments. Keep this in mind when looking at potential office furniture. No one wants to work at the one office that still uses bead door curtains! If you’re ready to update your office furniture, contact Indoff Commercial Interiors today!

Tips To Maximize Your Small Office Space

Young casually dressed employees at work in coworking office. Corporate team working on laptops and taking notes in shared room, brainstorming about new project, teamwork and collaboration concept.Working in a small commercial building has many advantages. For one, it minimizes your time of commuting from one area to the next. It also allows coworkers to interact more frequently with one another, which helps boost the office morale. And if you’re looking to save on overhead costs, smaller buildings could mean lower rent.

On the other hand, smaller offices mean that every piece of furniture makes a huge impact on the entire office layout. Luckily if you work in a small office, there are tips and tricks to maximize your space that don’t involve too much heavy lifting. Here are a few ways you can make the most of your small-scale office:

Tip #1: Measure and Access Your Space

Knowing the measurements of your entire office will allow you to better plan for the layout of furniture. One of the best ways you can first plan for the reorganization of your office is to measure the dimensions of each room as well as the height of ceilings. Next, you’ll want to assess the walls and windows. Making use of natural light and wall space can help you plan for the placement of desks, shelves, and other office furniture such as tables and storage bins.     

Tip #2: Build Up

Once you’ve measured your space, you’ll have a better idea of how to setup the layout for better-fitting desks and shelving. In an effort to create more space, you should consider incorporating shelves. As opposed to storing items around desks, with shelves you’ll be able to make use of walls while efficiently organizing everyday use material.

Tip #3: Get Rid of Clutter

Clutter contributes to office productivity in more than one way. People are often slowed down by the visual of clutter. Moreover, if you’ve ever spent more than five minutes looking for a single document then you know how time-consuming clutter can be. Spending a few hours (or days, if necessary) on getting rid of useless items, will save you time and space going forward.   

Tip #4: Create Adaptable Workspaces

If you’re tied to the idea of designating specific work areas, you’ll want to reconsider — for good reason. Having the flexibility to move around within your small office allows you maximize the overall space. For example, a workspace that can be used for interns and part-time employees or desks that easily move and can come together for meetings.  

Start Redesigning Your Small Office Space Today

At Indoff Commercial Interiors, our expert consultant Kim Gregory can help you rethink your space with productivity and color psychology in mind. Consider how much time you devote at your office and how critical it is to provide a positive and energetic environment for you and your team. Together, we can make it happen. Let’s get started today!