Archive for August, 2013

Early Childhood Education: How to design a Day Care Learning Space

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

ergonomic school furniture

Early Childhood Education is one of the most important stages of a child’s learning development. You can help children become life long learners by designing day care classrooms that ease the learning processes for young children during their knowledge acquisitions.

The average day care classroom should accommodate a maximum of 20 children and two staff members at a time.

A well-designed day classroom can help students increase their self-esteem, positive feelings about learning, and improve their overall social skills.

The traditional day care offers a process curriculum for children and your day care school furniture should adjust to this curriculum.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to offer you furniture consultation, as well as interior designs services, to create a learning space that truly helps children reap the benefits of early childhood education.

When shopping for day care school furniture, always purchase flexible furniture items.

A very popular, flexible furniture item a day care classroom could utilize is shelving that’s easily movable. Shelves make for great day care shortage areas, specifically stackable shelves.  Be sure that anything that is stacked can be secured for safety.

All school furniture should be designed for multiple-purpose usage and promote social interactions between children such as ergonomic chairs.  You might consider some with wheels that can be locked.

Children learn best when they are provided collaborative workstations. This allows them to better observe their learning environments.

You can create a good ambiance by furnishing your day care classrooms with color tables and chairs.

If you design your classroom with the need of your students in mind, then you never have a problem optimizing the classroom space to fit educational needs.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to plan and complete your day care center-based classroom design.

What is a center based classroom design?

It’s a classroom layout that creates sections within the learning environment to keep your classroom organized and intriguing to young children.

Here are some common centers featured in day care classrooms:

-The student library

-The Music center

-The Art center

-The computer lab

-The snack area

-The playroom

No matter how many centers you choose to have for your day care classroom, never neglect your basic layout plan.

When students enter your classroom, cubbies or lockers should immediately greet them. These storage units are perfect for storing coats, school supplies, rain boots and umbrellas.

These classroom features will help young children develop the skills to effectively cooperate, share and take turns with others.

You can also use the diverse furniture items in your day care to teach children about problem solving, matching and comparisons by going over with them the process of good interior design.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is ready to design day classrooms for you that truly address early childhood education needs such as social skills, cognitive skills and language skills.

Start planning out your classroom furniture design as well as layout today.

Have a look at our school furniture and hospitality furniture  for more information.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source:

http://ldt.stanford.edu/~deepakk/RedesigningPreschoolClassroom.pdf

http://voices.yahoo.com/a-center-based-preschool-classroom-design-1731979.html?cat=25

The Benefits of Ergonomic School Chairs

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Ergonomic furniture

Are you in the midst of redesigning a classroom to increase comfort within your learning environment?

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help you design a comfortable and healthy learning environment for your students just in time for the back to school craze.

Here at Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, we understand the challenges school administrators face to provide comfortable learning environments that truly promote a positive learning experience.

It’s important to have quality school chairs because students spend the majority of their school day in chairs and let’s face it, they can be pretty rough on the furniture.

In fact, students ages 13-18 years of age spend at least 78% of their time sitting at school.

Bottom line: Providing students quality school furniture should never be overlooked. It’s important to add in the estimated expense for school furniture into the overall budget to keep an adequate supply of school furniture/ school chairs on hand.

Students find it harder to learn and further their educational development when back pains and neck pains are preoccupying their minds.

Ergonomic school chairs are designed to effectively accommodate student postures rather than force students to adjust themselves to poorly designed chairs.

The ideally ergonomic school chairs will:

-Help students to better focus on educational material and class discussions for extended periods of school times. Ergonomic school chairs are especially valuable to students prone to fidgeting. By maximizing their comfort levels with ergonomic chairs, you can help fidgeting students increase their attention spans.

-Reduce body aches and pains that come from low end school chairs that lack adequate support.

The most in-demand ergonomic chairs for classrooms are plastic chairs because plastic chairs are durable and easier to clean than some other types of school chairs.

Wooden chairs are second in popularity because the chairs offer low maintenance cleaning and they are also very durable. If you want a classic classroom look, you can’t go wrong with wooden chairs.

What are the ergonomic chair styles available for schools?

  1. The traditional four leg chairs with caps. These chairs are perfect for classrooms with hardwood floors because the chairs prevent scraping of hardwood floors.

  2. Sled base chairs. They are called sled base chairs because they offer easy gliding of chairs across hard floors and carpets.

  3. School chairs with casters. These chairs resemble office chairs to help students maneuver chair position with a simple turn. It’s a great solution for helping students switch positions.

Here at Edwards & Hill Office Furniture we have available ergonomic chairs in variety of colors to complement your classroom environments – black, red, blue, yellow, green, brown…you name it, we got it.

We have wooden chairs to give you that classic classroom appearance that helps students feel right at home. When students, see that a classroom has a high quality look and feel, they are likely to feel that the education offered is high quality.  When a school and a classroom is well furnished and clean, it increases the level of respect that the students have for their school and ultimately, themselves.  There is nothing like school spirit to help students achieve.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source:

http://ezinearticles.com/?School-Chairs—Adding-Comfort-to-the-Learning-Environment&id=6582236

http://officefurnitureanddesks.com/office-chairs/wood-office-chair/

How to increase customer satisfaction with hospitality furniture

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Hair Salon Furniture

Do you operate your very own hair salon? There’s a way you can easily increase your customer satisfaction and yield more sales.

No, it’s not just about your quality of service. You can retain customers and generate more business leads by providing utmost customer care.

You can start to accomplish high quality customer care with exceptional hospitality furniture.

Hair Salons are notoriously known for long waits. You want your customers to be as comfortable as possible in your lounging area as well as the styling chair.

Assuring comfort is a sure way to create economic stability for your business.

Salon referrals come predominately from word of mouth. If your salon develops a good reputation for quality customer service, more business opportunities will come your way as you improve your relationships with customers.

There are three key ways hospitality furniture can increase your overall customer satisfaction and business lead generation:

-Ergonomic furniture makes customers feel special, valuable when they do business with your company.

-Comfortable seating helps clients wait patiently on days you’re in high demand.

-Good hospitality can make customers more open about client needs and you can rest assured you will effectively address those needs.

Bottom line: If you want to run a successful salon enterprise, you need to address your interior design aesthetics.

The right salon furniture will portray your salon as the best salon for the specific services you offer. The Salon as a whole will give off a sophisticated, clean, elegant aura of luxury that’s irresistible to clients.

The following hospitality furniture items will help you increase your Salon customer satisfaction instantly:

  • Ergonomic styling chairs. It’s essential that your salon offers comfortable styling chairs because that’s where your clients will spend the majority of their time. As a stylist, you should purchase styling chairs that are easy to operate and easily adjustable to meet different customer needs. Keep three words in mind while shopping for styling chairs: Comfortable. Sturdy. Functional.

  • Reclining chairs for shampoo bowls. This will prevent your clients from straining their necks as you shampoo and rinse their hair.

  • Manicure tables. Offering manicures at your hair salon is a quick and easy way to make extra cash. Be sure to purchase both mobile and fixed manicure tables. Mobile manicure tables are great for a compact salon as the tables can be folded and stored easily.

  • Pedicure chairs. These are in high demand for salon clients, especially the ones that feature magazine racks and cup holders. If you want to enhance a modern look of your salon, invest in massage chairs that clients can enjoy as you give them pedicures.

Remember, clients believe in your ability to make them beautiful based on the aesthetics of your beauty equipment and hospitality furnishing.

The interior design of your salon will always reflect the quality of service your salon has to offer.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to furnish and beautify your salon interior design today.

Take a look at our hospitality furniture options and learn about our interior design services now.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source:

http://www.articlesfactory.com/articles/business/increasing-customer-satisfaction-with-the-right-salon-furniture.html

http://www.vivocha.com/2012/11/customer-service-in-tourism-industry/

Back to School: How to complete Classroom Setups

Friday, August 16th, 2013

classroom setups

It’s back to school season and time for teachers to complete classroom setups.

The right classroom setup can help students start on the right footing for a great academic school year.

The best classroom setups are educational environments that engage students in their learning environments. The classroom setups should also promote collaborative work.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help you effectively create classroom setups that make learning fun.

What is considered back to school furniture?

Back to school furniture is composed of classroom desks and ergonomic chairs. The best way to go about classroom setups is to purchase classroom desks and chairs of the same color scheme and models. This type of setup will help you establish a uniformed learning environment. Stock colors work best for long-term classroom setups to ensure you can replace desks easily without interruption to the uniformity. It’s highly recommended to furnish classrooms with collaborative furniture and ergonomic furniture for the best modern classroom design.

Here at Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, we can process large orders for standard school desks by the same manufacturer. This goes the same for library furniture, cafeteria furniture as well as computer lab furniture.

With us there is no worry. Not only do we offer high quality school furniture at an affordable price but we also offer additional services such as:

  • School furniture assembly services

  • Interior designs services/ space planning

  • Moving Services

  • And Furniture Project Management/ Coordination Services

You will not experience furniture damage or physical injury as you setup your classrooms. We are here to handle your shipping, furniture assembly and interior designing just in time for the back to school session. Let us save you time, money and reduce your stress this school year.

Classroom setups should always be designed with age appropriate furniture to assure students the best comfort and learning experience.

Here are some other cool features you may want to add to your classroom setups:

  • Cubbies with hooks. This can help you prevent clutter in lower school classroom settings by helping children keep items off the floor when not in use (this can range from toys to sports gear).

  • A graffiti wall.  All you need is a poster board/ chart paper and color markets. It’s a great way to encourage students to express themselves and keep engaged with the classroom curriculum.

  • Technical furniture to accommodate the use of laptops and tablets.

  • Bulletin Boards. This is a classroom essential, especially for primary school aged children because display of achievements helps build up good self-esteem in children at an early age.

Take a look at our broad range of school furniture now. Edwards & Hill has furniture available for both educational and laboratory applications.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source:

http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/back-to-school/back-to-school-news/back-to-school-tips-for-teachers-classroom-setup.html

http://duckduckgooseandthensome.blogspot.com/2012/01/top-10-back-to-school-furniture-buying.html

http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-US/HomeOrganization/Pages/tips-for-back-to-school-home-organization.aspx

Making the office a home: Advice from SmartCEO Office Space Roundtable

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Tony Hill and Hans Edwards at Smart Ceo Roundtable

Good news! Edwards & Hill Office Furniture has been featured in SmartCEO Office Space Roundtable for the August 2013 edition!

The August SmartCEO Office Space Roundtable focused on designing and furnishing the office as a second home away from home.

It is important to make your office space as comfortable as possible because you spend most of your time at the office.

On average, employees live at work for at least 8 hours a day, five days a week. For CEOs, the office is truly a second home no matter if it’s a home they are happy to come to or not.

The atmosphere of the office can uplift you or plummet your overall outlook about life and your company.

This is why it’s essential for you to invest your money well in your office layout, design, and furnishing.

SmartCEO gathered together a variety of successful architects, interior designers, facilities and professionals to provide useful information on transforming an ordinary office space to a pleasant, comfortable home away from home.

There are many new trends occurring in office design.

One popular trend occurring in new office design is the removal of cubicles from traditional office settings.

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) has reported that employees and employers alike favor:

  • Urban office settings

  • Office settings that implement energy efficiency initiatives

  • Office space that provides a good quality of natural light

  • An environmentally friendly office design

  • Office spaces that promote collaborative work and utmost transparency

What are Edwards & Hill recommendations for transforming an office space into a home away from home?

Tony Hill recommends Zen rooms be designed for the office. Zen rooms are rooms designed for workers to decompress and relax throughout the day when they need a break from work.

Some Zen rooms include water fountains and surround sound of soothing music, while others focus on transforming workspace into workout space to promote physical fitness.

Hill recalls furnishing one clients office with a treadmill desk to help the client burn calories while performing office work.

As for overall office design, collaborative work areas are in high demand.

Collaborative work areas offer the following benefits to professionals:

  • Better use of shared workspaces

  • Flexible furniture design

  • Reduced office square footage usage

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture specializes in optimizing office space to better accommodate tenant improvements in future business development.

Remember, your office is a continuation of your business brand. You want to make the best first impression to clients and employees when they are introduced to your business.

A good office design will help your workers feel positive about your company while also attracting potential clients to your brand.

What matters in office design?

  • Good color scheme

  • Decorative balance

  • A design that complements your company culture

  • And a good open office layout to promote collaborative work.

Bottom line: Your office should give clients and employees the impression that you care about them.

The following are office design tips you can utilize to help your office space serve as a positive extension of your brand, your culture:

  • Design your office in a way that promotes mobility and flexibility

  • Insulate walls or have obscure glass installed for the office to offer visual privacy as well as acoustic privacy for clients and employees alike. When sound and visual noise is moderated, overall work productivity increases as well as overall health of workers.

  • Offer state-of-the art technology at your business to establish an innovative business.

  • Offer good lighting for office desks and conference rooms to help workers focus better.

SmartCeo Roundtable discussion on making a office a home

If you are ready to transform your office into a home away from home, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to provide you a variety of professional products and services for your commercial business.

Have a look at our office corporate furniture and supplies to get started.

In addition to offering high quality furniture items at a competitive price, we also provide commercial interior design, furniture moving, project management, warehousing services and other office services/ installations.

Listen now to the SmartCEO Office Space Roundtable for more insider scoop. You can also take a look at  pictures from the round-table event.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture. We design and plan office layouts from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source:

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/e19091fd#/e19091fd/42