Category Archives: Commercial Office Interiors

Open Ceilings Vs. Drop Ceilings in the Workplace

Open ceilings have become increasingly popular in office design over the past decade or so. The taste for deconstructed, industrial spaces doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and open ceilings are an integral part of that aesthetic. However, before you decide on an open ceiling look for your office, you should consider its pros and cons versus those of drop ceilings. Take a look at these points as you weigh your options:

  • Cost

The general perception is that open ceilings must be cheaper, since they eliminate the need for any additional materials such as ceiling boards and joists, and the labor required to install them. This is only partially true. While it may be true that the initial cost of an open ceiling is somewhat cheaper – about 25 % – you may often find that, once you strip away the old ceiling boards or tiles, there is far more work and hidden problems underneath than you initially anticipated. One of the main features of open ceilings is the exposed ducts and wiring. If you are working with an existing building that has not been built with open ceilings in mind, you may very well find that the pipes and wiring are an absolute eyesore. You will then need to fix, replace and dress them up, doing a lot of work and construction to make your ceiling look casually deconstructed. That will cost more time and money.

  • Aesthetics

As mentioned above, the deconstructed look of an open ceiling is not always as simple as it appears. That ‘deconstructed’ look needs to be ‘constructed’. With a closed ceiling, at least you know what you’re getting: a neat grid of tiles which may look cold and clinical but, at least, they are presentable. 

If you are willing to take on the cost of open ceilings, then you need to consider whether it will really suit the culture and purpose of your business. You may find that a tidy drop ceiling suits you better. Don’t just follow the trends, go with what works for you.

Think carefully about the image you want to present to your external stakeholders too, especially in reception areas and meeting rooms. When planning a conference room with open ceilings, for example, consider your furniture options, and what would work best in that communal, often public-facing space.  

  • Sound

The tiles used in suspended ceilings are designed to absorb ambient sound and keep noise levels down in your office space. With an open ceiling, you lose that acoustic protection. Ambient noise comes through easily, which means that people then have to raise their voices to be heard. This could disrupt your work. It’s a problem that you can get around with adequate planning and a good structural designer. But, you need to take the higher costs into account.

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Tips for Change Management When You’re Moving to a New Office Location

Moving your office to a new location involves a myriad of decisions. Not only do you need to ensure that the new office is on brand and offers employees and staff a great experience, but you also have to manage the change with existing employees.

Some of the questions that office managers and business owners ask during this time include:

  • Do I need to consult with my staff?
  • What is the impact of commuting versus relocation?
  • What do my employment contracts say?
  • What if someone won’t or can’t move?

Here are a few tips to help you with the office relocation:

Be Prepared

Prior to move day, make sure that everything that can fit into a crate or a box is packed away into a crate or a box. Desks, cupboards, and drawers need to be empty. IT equipment needs to be sealed in an IT bag. Personal items, valuables, and breakables should be placed in a specific area to be taken home.

Every Item Needs a Label

Everything that needs to be moved needs to have a label or else the movers won’t know where to put the boxes when they arrive at the new location.

Relook Your Office Furniture

Now is the perfect time to sell your old office furniture and upgrade to contemporary office furniture. Imagine how excited your staff will be to learn that you will have ergonomic furniture, flexible desks, sit stand desks or other great furniture options waiting for them at the new location. Visit BE Furniture to pick out the high-quality and affordable items you need for your new office.

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Green Features to Include in Your Office Redesign

Many things are responsible for the creation of greenhouse gas, but buildings are right at the top of the list. Power usage, emissions, and the resources used to renovate them all add up, and many offices aren’t built once. When we can’t figure out how to make them work for us anymore, they are often demolished.

If your company is embarking on an office redesign, it is a prime opportunity to incorporate green features. Here are a few ideas:

Sustainable Lighting

Switch office light bulbs from normal bulbs to energy-saving light bulbs. While the initial cost is more expensive, the light bulbs will save you a lot of money on electricity bills.

Natural Lighting

If the office redesign includes a large revamp where office walls will be changed, try to include more windows so that employees have more natural lighting during the day.

Water-Saving Fixtures

Water-saving fixtures throughout the building can drastically reduce the amount of water the building consumes in a month.

Architectural Office Partitions

Instead of focusing on a permanent redesign, why not opt for architectural office partitions? Not only do these movable walls offer greater layout flexibility, but it can be used to help create the new spaces and boardrooms that are needed without buying more building materials.

Going green doesn’t have to mean higher costs for your office. When you implement more sustainable business practices, you will see why being good to the environment is also good for the bottom line. Contact BE furniture for more information about modern office furniture today.

How to Recycle at Your Workplace

Caring for the environment isn’t just something to do at home – you can make a significant impact in the workplace as well! Businesses produce a lot of waste and much of it can be recycled if the right policies and procedures are put in place. Here are some tips from our corporate office furniture team in NJ.

  • Go paperless: Paper use costs companies a surprising amount of money – and when it’s single-use, it’s just not worth it to print it out. It’s expensive, causes wear-and-tear to printers, and is bad for the environment. Going paperless, even if you can’t manage to go completely paper-free, is a great cause that saves money. Any extra paper can go straight into on-site recycling bins.
  • Install on-site recycling bins: One of the best ways to encourage recycling in your workplace is to make it as easy as possible. With clearly labelled bins installed in convenient but visible spots, it will take no effort at all to contribute to the recycling program. You should have different bins for each material – paper, glass, plastic and electronics.
  • Support Green suppliers: Recycling isn’t just about the waste we create, but what we use as well. You can support recycling and eco-friendly initiatives by choosing Green partners for your business. You can find suppliers with environmentally ethical production methods who supply everything from stationery and accessories to décor and corporate office furniture.
  • Educate, raise awareness and reward: It’s easy to get people on board with your recycling initiative if they understand the importance of being eco-friendly. Try to make it a fun and positive experience and you’ll soon find other people to support your cause. Ask for suggestions about how your company can be more eco-friendly, get feedback on policies that are in place, and get your teams competing to win fun rewards for their Green initiatives.

Go Green with Eco-Friendly Commercial Office Interiors (H2)

BE Furniture in New Jersey can help you create a functional and appealing workspace that supports your brand and helps your employees optimize their productivity. In addition to our wide range of corporate office furniture, including reception desks, modern office cubicles and architectural glass walls, our team can also assist you with workspace design and fitment. We also offer eco-friendly recycling options for all your old office furniture and fittings. For more information on our services and products, including our range of contemporary office furniture, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

Training Company? Here’s How to Design Your Space

Training and upskilling employees is a critical part of being a competitive and forward-thinking business, so it’s no surprise that top training companies are thriving. Your training space says a lot about your business – and it has to be functional too – so designing it can be a challenge. Here are some insights from our contemporary office furniture team in NJ.

  • Calm and neutral: You’re going to have people from all industries, walks of life and all levels of the corporate world coming to you for training, so the space needs wide appeal. Calm, neutral, warm colors make people feel welcome and focused, and reduces distractions, supporting the mindset they need to learn.
  • Mobile, adaptable furniture: You’re going to be training groups of different sizes and splitting them up to work on different skill sets, so your furniture needs to be easily moved, spilt up and re-grouped as you require. Lightweight chairs and tables, and modular units are best.
  • Presentation space: You need a free wall or space where presentation boards, whiteboards or digital presentations can take place for the group – keeping in mind that some training specialists make use of multiple types of media when they’re teaching.
  • Good lighting: Training often means intensive learning and long hours, so your lighting has to be perfect if you want people to be able to concentrate and focus during their session. A combination of natural light and artificial light (preferably LED lights as they are gentler on the eyes and don’t flicker) is best.
  • Stay refreshed: The last thing your space will need is an easily accessible refreshment station. This is a great addition for training rooms as it means participants won’t have to leave the room or miss out on anything if they need a juice, soda, water or snack.

Make Your Training Space a Priority with Our Contemporary Office Interiors Specialists 

If you are redesigning or remodeling your training space, it’s important to have a partner who understands contemporary office interiors and the needs of your industry. BE Furniture is a New Jersey-located company that strives to meet all your commercial office furniture and office design needs. We can assist you with everything from conference room tables and contemporary office furniture to office design, fitment and furniture recycling. For more information or inspiring contemporary office furniture ideas, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/

 

 

Old vs. New: How Corporate Office Furniture Has Changed

We live in an age where everything is changing and becoming more innovative and advanced every day, and corporate office furniture is no different. Here, our team takes a look at traditional and modern office furniture, and the pros and cons of each of them.

Traditional Office Furniture 

Traditional office furniture generally includes styles and materials from earlier in the 19th century. Typically, you’ll see a lot of dark wood furniture that has been polished, carved or embellished with leather, and it’s usually fairly big, heavy pieces.

The benefits of traditional office furniture include their durability, luxurious quality and association with wealth, success and history. If you source old traditional office furniture, you’re also upcycling, which is great for the environment.

It does have its cons though. Big, bulky items often don’t fit into our current office spaces and may look old-fashioned or intimidating to younger clients. It’s often also very costly, due to the high quality and rare materials they are often made of. With the help of an office designer however, you can strike the right balance for your brand, ensuring that you still come in on budget and create a warm and welcoming space with a few carefully chosen traditional pieces.

Modern or Contemporary Office Furniture 

Modern office furniture, also known as contemporary office furniture, is strikingly different. It’s all about crisp, clean lines, simple designs and man-made materials like PVC, composite wood and metal. Here, you’ll find lots of lighter natural tones as well as bold, bright colors, and the focus is on creating small, modular workstations.

The benefits of modern office furniture include that it fits well into contemporary office interiors, is easily assembled or moved around, it’s affordable, highly practical and allows you to make the best use of your space. It’s versatility also means that it can be designed to suit any brand, from law firms to tech startups and more.

There are a few drawbacks as well – you have to shop carefully to ensure that you’re getting good quality items for your money, and it can look quite cold and sterile if not incorporated properly into your design. An experienced office designer can help you narrow down your options properly and deliver a flexible and welcoming furniture installment that connects with your brand and clients.

Find the Perfect Furniture Fit for Commercial Office Interiors 

BE Furniture is a full-service corporate office furniture company offering a wide range of environmentally-sensitive and innovative products and services for commercial office interiors. In addition to design and fitment services, we also offer Earth-friendly recycling of old office interiors. For more information on our contemporary office furniture, architectural office partitions, and modern office furniture services, please contact us today or visit our website at https://www.befurniture.com/