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Inspired spaces for designing a modern reception space

Your reception area is the first point of contact for your clients and customers. As such, it should reflect the image you are looking to portray for your place of business.  For many companies, this means creating an entry room with a clean, welcoming modern look, that leaves a lasting impression.  Therefore, a custom built reception desk may be what you’re looking for.

In this article, we’ll go through some of the considerations you’ll need to have when creating and designing such a reception. We won’t stop there though, OFWD can personally help you to craft your room with customize builds, for just about anything with four walls. Your space will be the talk of the town.

Find the Correct Fit

As tempting as it may be to order an exuberantly large reception desk, or order a smaller reception desk to save money, these decisions could have a negative impact in the long run.  A reception desk that is too large for your room will create a space that appears too cramped and uncomfortable.  On the other hand, a reception desk that is too small for your room will make your space look very disproportional and unbalanced.

Keep it Simple

If you are truly going towards a more modern look for your reception area, it is important to keep your desk design simple, sleek, and clean. Choose a reception desk with a minimalistic design, and with strong basic design principles. If you are going for a bolder look, consider a reception desk with an eye catching splash of colour.

Consider the Desk User

Finally, it is also very important to consider the needs of your employees that will be utilizing the receptionist desk. The proper amount of workspace, storage, and comfort of the desk are important, so your employee is able to get the job done, in the most comfortable atmosphere fit for long hours. Make sure that the reception desk is the correct size for the amount of users, and add enough cabinets and pedestals so that there is enough room for office supplies, including your employee’s personal belongings.

In Conclusion

With OFWD at the helm, we want you to consider us for your next project. No matter new or existing. We have the capabilities of designing from scratch or retrofitting your office spaces with custom builds and custom wall designs that will make your space, a glorious pleasure to walk in to. Contact Us for your next project. You’ll be pleased that you did.

Our next article will focus on, custom built boardrooms!


Office Furniture Assembly

Office furniture assembly can be a time-consuming and somewhat stressful experience.  A lot of people hate the thought of assembling any kind of assembly that comes in a box!

There’s nothing worse than opening up a package to find thousands of pieces and vague instructions on how to put them together. Trust us, we’ve all been there.

The great news is, it doesn’t have to be that hard! It will take time, but it won’t take nearly as long. If you are organized and methodical in your approach and have the right tools in hand, you’ll be up in no time!

Some commonly asked questions…

How hard is office furniture to assemble?

It completely depends. Some can take hours, require specialist tools and multiple people, whilst other kinds of office furniture can be put together in a matter of minutes. It all comes down to choosing the right furniture from a reputable manufacturer or retailer with great customer service that will help you when you need it.

Can I speed up office furniture assembly?

Yes. Ensuring that you have plenty of space, organizing the components and having everything on hand before you start can cut down the time associated with assembling office furniture.

There’s nothing more annoying than having to make an unexpected trip down to the hardware store for tools half way through a project.  So check the equipment list in the instructions before you begin!

What tools do I need to assemble office furniture?

That depends on the item and the manufacturer. Many pieces of office furniture come supplied with tools, but others may require one or more of the following items: (we’ve linked each of the listed items to the Amazon store for your convenience)


Rachet Set

Screwdriver Set

Wood Glue

Hex Key Set



You may also find it easier to assemble office furniture with power tools. An electric screwdriver can save you loads of time. To avoid damaging the furniture, make sure to set the torque and speed to a lower setting. This will lessen the likelihood of stripping the screws to which there’s no going back from at that point.

How many people do I need to assemble office furniture?

That depends, but usually, it’s 1 to 2. Follow the instructions, and if it says you need 2 people, don’t be a hero and try and do it on your own!

Attempting to put together a piece of furniture on your own, can increase the risk of injury or cause damage to the furniture. You may be unable to complete the project (or it could take you much longer), and you could be left with a half assembled piece.

How much space do I need to assemble office furniture?

Bigger spaces make things much easier. Ideally, you want enough space so that you can lay all the major components and tools out, and still have space to work comfortably.

Having enough space to organize all the bits and pieces is a big bonus. It’s very easy for an essential fitting to become lost under a box or piece of packaging. That or the cats have mistaken it for a toy! Trying to assemble office furniture in a tight space will take longer, and is likely to be much more stressful!

Tips for Assembling Office Furniture

Know what you’re trying to build

Ensure you have a picture of what the finished furniture item will look like! Sometimes, the instructions won’t provide a clear image of the office furniture, so check online before you start. Knowing what you’re trying to build, will make everything much easier.

Use the instructions

Patients is key. Taking the time to read the instructions, could save you a lot of wasted time later. The instructions are there for a reason, and following them will usually make the whole process much quicker, simpler and more straightforward. If you’ve lost your instructions, just get in touch with a customer service rep!

Inventory check

Make sure you have everything you need before you start assembling. Do an inventory check.  This includes major components, tools and fittings. If anything is damaged, get straight in touch with the retailer and let them know.

Get organized

Assembling any kind of flat pack furniture is much easier, when you’re organized. Set out the instructions somewhere you can see them. Separate out all the screws and fittings and group them. Having individual bowls or containers for each small fitting is much safer and easier to decipher what screws and fittings go where! Trust us.

Check everything is flush and tight

Check to make sure that the furniture is sturdy, secure and level, before you start using it.  You don’t want any disasters. Once you’ve put your office furniture together, check all the screws, bolts and fittings, and double check they are all fully tightened.

NOTE: As with anything that requires tightening, you’ll want a very snug tightening so everything is secure. Just keep in mind, overdoing it can damage the screws and joints. So be careful and methodical.

For further information on any of our products or services, call a friendly member of our experienced sales team Toll-Free: (877) 947-7919 or email us:  info@ofwd.com

Improving productivity and output of your company

At OFWD, we’re always looking to improve on what we offer to our customers. Being in the industry for as long as we have, we’ve come to realize the importance of staying relevant to our customers needs.

With the advent of tech and fortune 500 companies changing the landscape of the office environment. This movement, is ushering in a new era of professionals and innovations in technology that are undoubtedly impacting when, where, and how employees work and collaborate.

Therefore, the need for modern ergonomic furniture to compliment these concepts and long hours at a desk, are trending at a faster pace then ever before. As a new emphasis is being placed on environments that promote health and productivity.

So how does that effect a companies overall longevity in the marketplace?

These days, workplaces are implementing unorthodox practices to improve employee satisfaction, such as nap rooms and chair massages.

These perks are meant to improve employee health and positively impact overall workplace culture. As such, businesses should be aware of how the actual physical office landscape itself, affects staff and work processes.

Despite all of this, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the traditional desk workspace. Perhaps surprisingly, traditional sit-only desks can have a significant impact on an organization.

The little things DO make a BIG difference

There are many aspects of employee wellness that cannot be easily influenced at the office, such as how much sleep employees are getting or what they’re eating for breakfast and dinner each day.

While employers should still encourage and promote healthy behaviors in a variety of ways, focusing on the physical office is a great place to start. It’s an area where employees spend over eight hours a day, five days a week, and the employer has complete control.

Employers can help break up sedentary time by adding opportunities for employees to engage in low-level activities — whether through the use of sit-stand workstations, walking meetings, or standing collaborative areas.

Mounting evidence confirms that exercise will not undo the damage done by prolonged sitting, so employers should seek ways to help employees get on their feet in a more proactive way. By updating the office environment and providing a more active workplace, employers can more directly influence healthy behaviours.

Keep employees comfortable and productive

While the impact on the body of prolonged sitting has been well-documented in recent years, employers have been slow to connect the dots between extended sitting and the physical health of employees — or its corresponding effect on the overall health of an organization.

Employees who sit for too long become restless and are forced to take breaks to manage discomfort or distraction. A staggering 58 percent of employees admitted to taking two to five breaks a day to relieve the discomfort of sitting.

While frequent movement should be encouraged, it should come from knowing the benefits of standing and striving for better health and wellness. It is critical for businesses to help employees have a voice in creating a work environment that fully supports their bodies and their ability to do their best work.

One size does not fit all in terms of wellness opportunities, but the goal is always the same—keep employees comfortable and productive. Addressing the discomfort at the source is important to finding a solution that benefits the employee and the overall health of the organization.

Create a more positive work environment

The increased focus on employee wellness and satisfaction has pushed employers to invest in a variety of new perks and benefits to attract and retain employees.

However, many companies have not fully examined the benefits of simply redesigning the office landscape to support a wider variety of work styles and to help incorporate more movement into the work day. Small office landscape adjustments can have a big impact on employee and company vitality.

So what does that mean for OFWD in 2019? Well, the market is trending, and we’re listening.

At OFWD, we’re always looking to improve on what we offer to our customers. Being in the industry for as long as we have, we’ve come to realize the importance of staying relevant to our customers needs. Even if they don’t at first.We are proud to have partnered with BRC Group. A private company that will cement the future of ergonomics and modern design in Canada.

Established in 1979, they have grown into a leader in research, development and manufacturing of high quality, ergonomic office furniture. Coming in 2019, OFWD will officially be rolling out BRC Groups fleet of office furniture, that will change not only the landscape of your office, but the overall productivity and culture, that employees come to respect and enjoy.


For more information on how you can pre-order your ergonomic outfit,  contact us at info@ofwd.com

The Basics for a more productive work environment

You’re Home should be a place of sanctuary. A space that allows you to unwind and get away from it all. However, if you spend your gruelling work hours in the same place you lay to rest and relax, this article may be of great benefit to you.

Working from home can be frustrating. Especially if you don’t take the time to set up a work area that is conducive to clear thought, and productive minutes. Let’s face it, when you’re working from home, every minute counts. So whatever you outfit your office with, it should add to your comfort, organization and productivity. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite picks that cover the basics.

NOTE: Some of the items listed here are so new to our product line that they are not currently up on the site. (we just couldn’t wait to share it with you!) So for more information or to order any of these items listed, feel free to Contact Us and we would be happy to serve and customize your order personally.

Number 1 on our list of to-do’s or must haves. This is a big one and thus, should be the foundation to everything else you need for your home office setup.


1. The Office Desk
MY-HITE Sit-Stand Desk

Versatility is the name of the game with this game changer. Highly adjustable, easy to assemble, and modular in design, so you can add as you need.  The MY-HITE is incredibly stable, so you can feel confident that whatever you throw at it, or on it. That it isn’t going to waiver.

Tested for its durability and stability, it won’t wobble or feel like it will crumble the minute you lay your keyboard on it.

With the ability to accommodate a wide range of heights.  You are in control, and can decide to stand when sitting becomes too much to bare or sit when standing becomes too much to bare. The ability to change it up, is something we value greatly.  

But WAIT! Not only does the sit-stand desk create a sense of personal customization, space and a minimalist work environment. It also provides health benefits. Sitting for long periods of time can cause postural back problems. Not only that, sitting causes stagnation.

Thus, when you stand, you are causing the body to work just a little harder which in turn, burns more calories. Now we can’t claim that you will shed the pounds, however, allowing your body to move while you work creates a sense of energy and that can have a lasting affect.


Its lift mechanism is electronically powered which allows for a smooth and pleasing adjustment experience, right at your fingertips.  You’ll feel like  you’re aboard the starship enterprise. It’s a special feeling that doesn’t ever get old.

Although keep in mind, through some testing, we found that the motor does need to cool down somewhat if you are rigorously adjusting. However, this is not something you would be typically doing under normal conditions. Just keep the kids at bay, because it can be an addictive experience, even for the big kids 😉


Available in a multitude of colour options for surface tops and several different leg finishes. It’s a beautiful and elegant centre piece, designed with minimal features yet sophisticated in form and function.  Make walking into your office, a true delight with the My-Hite Sit-Stand Desk.


2. Storage Organization
Stationary Drawers

Organization and cleanliness isn’t just a choice, but somewhat of a necessity if you want to be productive and organized in your thoughts. Studies have shown that having a decluttered workspace can actually improve your ability to focus and be less distracted.

When you take that into account, you can begin to appreciate the little things that help to keep your space neat and tidy.  We recommend keeping files, pens, notepads, and extras in a desktop organizer like this Stationary Drawer.  

The best part about this solution is that it is a hidden slide drawer, although we advocate any type of organizer. We like this option for those who like to keep their desks esthetically minimal. It stays hidden from sight till you need a pen or paper clips or those ever elusive rubber bands. No more searching the entire house for stationeries. Think of the time you save!


3. The Office Chair
The right one for you

Finding the right office chair for you and your needs, is like trying to find the perfect pillow.  It seems like it can be a daunting task. However, we need to look at your chairs customizability as a means to finding the perfect fit.  The OPEL is just that. An ergonomic chair that is a highly adjustable office chair that offers all-day comfort for a broad range of body types.

Coming in at just under $250.00 CAD, it’s a bargain for what it offers and is well worth the investment.

We have done rigorous testing and are confidently stating that it’s built to last. It is Durable and has been one of our top picks for over three years—throughout long-term testing its build, comfort, and adjustment knobs have all held up. Its seat-depth adjustment and tilt tension is easy to use, plus its armrests height adjustments make for a comfortable ride.

Overall, it offers the best balance of comfort and firmness, making it the most comfortable chair to sit in while performing any task.


4. Mounting
Monitor Arm Mounts

You may be wondering why we would have mounts on our list, but consider the amount of desk space you save by having your computer monitor mounted on an adjustable arm.

Now with the desk space you saved, you can take notes and or sketch your ideas out with paper and pen, and never think twice about having to make room, or have to move things around to accommodate your process.

These Friant Premium Monitor Arms are what we would consider, a premium ergonomic advantage to work with any workstation and environment. With a full 85 degrees of movement, they’re perfect for touch screens or standard monitors. Quiet and easily reposition-able.

The ultra smooth, gas spring mechanisms is what sets this apart from your average monitor arm. Through testing, we found the fluid movement created a sense of luxury and pleasantry.

Although it looks very mechanical, it certainly doesn’t feel mechanical. A perfect blend of modern ingenuity, with a smooth responsive movement in the arms, that almost humanizes the experience.


In conclusion, if we look at the combination of all of these items:


You now have a workstation that is fully customizable for any and every situation. Not only can you walk into your office and work how you want to. Now, anyone and everyone will want to come work in your eloquent and clean space because they can’t help themselves.

Some of the items listed here are so new to our product line that they are not currently up on the site. (we just couldn’t wait to share it with you!) So for more information or to order any of these items listed, feel free to Contact Us and we would be happy to serve and customize your order personally.

Summer Showcase 2018: Best Selling Chairs

The end of summer is right around the corner. That being said, we thought it would be helpful to take a look back at the hottest seating of the season to help our shoppers select just the right chair for their ergonomic needs. The popular chairs showcased today on the blog, offer the adjustable features and high end appeal needed to refine your sit, and impress your valued visitors.

First on our list…


The AMBROSIA Executive/Conference High-Back Bonded Leather Chair. No chair has been hotter this summer.  This seating solution offers exceptional comfort and user friendly sitting experience, you won’t forget. Such as, the ability to help users adapt on the fly and look good doing it, we know this collection will be trending for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.

Ideal For: Executive offices, Conferencing and Meeting rooms

  • Black bonded leather
  • Padded arm rest
  • Height adjustable seat
  • Swivel & tilt tension adjustment with lock
  • Nylon base
  • BIFMA certified. 


Only $169.00 + Shipping


The CONTEMPRA High Back Bonded Leather Chair.  A favourite of shoppers who want comfort but with a sense of style. A chair that makes you feel important, but at a budget friendly price point. This chair provides that stylish design at a value. Thus, the design includes bonded leather upholstery on the back and seat. Fixed chromed curved arms with removable sleeves. Polished chrome five-star aluminum base with smooth-rolling casters, and polished chrome accent on steel arm frames. Functions include pneumatic seat-height adjustment, 360-degree swivel, tilt, tilt tension and tilt lock.

Ideal For: Executive Offices, Conferencing, Meeting/Boardrooms, Managers and Administrators.

  • Choice of White or Black Colour
  • Padded bonded leather backrest
  • Cushioned seat with waterfall edge
  • Chromed steel frame with polished aluminum base
  • Removable matching arm sleeves
  • Swivel and tilt tension with lock
  • Mid-back modern European style
  • Seat/back pneumatic height adjustment
  • 360 Swivel
  • Centre Tilt
  • Waterfall edge seat


Only $209.00 + Shipping


The OPEL Multi-Function High-Back Air Net-Mesh Chair packs a major ergonomic punch for just $245.00 Like most shoppers, you’ll immediately be enamoured by its modern vibes and segmented back panels. Ergonomics is the name of the game with this chair. Customize your seating experience so you can rest easy when working those long hours.

Ideal For: Executive Offices, Conferencing, Meeting Rooms and General Workstations.

  • Asynchronous 3 lever control
  • Height & width adjustable arms
  • CA117 fire-retardant standard
  • Swivel & tilt tension adjustment with lock
  • Height adjustable seat & back
  • 5-Star Nylon base
  • BIFMA certified


Only $245.00 + Shipping


The DURAM Big & Tall Mid-Back Net-Mesh Chair comfortably supports up to 450 lb. with normal use. Therefore, generous seating proportions and adjustable lumbar support provide exceptional comfort to most users of all shapes and sizes. The chair, also features padded arms that adjust in height and width and a five-star base with smooth-rolling casters. 

Ideal For: Executive Offices, Conferencing, Meeting Rooms and General Workstations, Higher Weight Requirements.

  • pneumatic seat-height adjustment
  • 360-degree swivel
  • knee tilt
  • tilt tension and tilt lock
  • Seat measures 21-5/8″ wide x 20″ deep
  • while back is 22-3/4″ wide x 28″ high.
  • Seat to floor measures 19-1/4″ to 22″
  • Usable seat depth is 19-3/4″ deep


$499.00 + Shipping


Practical, comfortable, and efficient. Therefore, it’s no wonder the Nova Task Mid-Back Net-Mesh Chair Was so popular this summer. At just $109.00, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better all around chair at even twice the price. This everyday task chair with a breathable mesh back is a real winner! Thus, if you include it at its sale price…well, what are you waiting for?!

Ideal For: Executive Offices, Conferencing, Meeting Rooms and General Workstations

  • Padded mid-back
  • Contoured seat
  • Breathable mesh back
  • One-touch pneumatic
  • Seat height adjustment
  • Contoured nylon arms


Now on sale for just $99.00 + Shipping


Last but not least, is the VELOCITY Mid Back Multifunction – Smooth Back Chair and also, the VELOCITY Mid Back Multifunction – Fabric Back Chair  which provides full seating support for when you are leaning back or sitting far forward, which also gives you the comfort of stability and for that reason, that makes this chair a solid choice amongst users. The ratchet back mechanism allows the back to pull forward or lean back, adjusting to where you sit on the seat.

Ideal For: Executive offices, Conferencing, Meeting rooms and General Workstations

  • Ratchet-Back Adjustable Lumbar Support
  • Height/Width Adjustable Arms
  • Moulded Foam Upholstered Seat With Pneumatic Height Adjustment
  • Black Nylon Base
  • Available With Smooth Or Fabric Back
  • Greenguard Certified


Smooth back $323.00 + Shipping
Fabric back $347.00 + Shipping


The summer may be over, but our deals combined with great valued products, will continue on throughout the seasons. Any of these seating solutions should meet your needs and your budget.  Contact us and our specialists will help you get situated with your seating solution today.

Collaborative workspaces are becoming increasingly popular in offices around the globe. Corporations like Google, Sun, Intel, and Cisco have quite literally torn down the walls within their companies, implementing open-concept workspaces at their head offices.

So what gives? Are collaborative workspaces the new norm, or should your business stick with a traditional executive office arrangement?

Here we discuss the pros & cons of having such a layout and why are why you shouldn’t consider doing so. The choice is ultimately yours. OFWD provides layout plans and furnishings to suit either or.

OFWD’s specialists can provide you with the inside scoop on open-concept workspace designs and the latest trends. Connect with us today with your questions and we’d be happy to help.  info@ofwd.com



Imagine an innovative workspace where, instead of working behind cubicle walls, every member of your team is given a small, functional workspace. These desks are arranged into a wagon train formation, with a group project space in the middle.

Your coworkers are just close enough to overhear each other’s ideas and the lines of communication are always open. Sound like something your company could benefit from?

Open-concept office designs are all about creating an alternative workspace dedicated to collaboration. Designed using modular office furniture and ultra modern lines, open-concept workspaces have been proven to increase communication in a company and create a more democratic office culture. Modular office furniture is designed to be multi-functional and flexible, making it easy for your company to grow and expand.

Increase the creativity of your office team by incorporate elements of an open-concept office into your communal workspaces. Contact an OFWD specialist today to learn about the many benefits of modular office furniture.














While trendy, open-concept office furniture design isn’t for everyone. Nine out of ten people that work in open-concept offices complain about the lack of privacy.

While it’s beneficial to be able to work collaboratively in a space, there are still many tasks that are easier to accomplish in private (phone calls are a great example).

Noise is another big issue in collaborative workspace setups. Some employees might find it too distracting working in a open-concept space and would prefer to have the use of a traditional office furniture layout where they can focus on the task at hand.

Finally, a closed office often translates into more personal space, which is still a big draw for those involved in the higher levels of management.



Modular Office Furniture:

Not ready to make the change to a fully collaborative office space just yet, but like the concept? Then why not try and marry the best of both options into one office. Create an open-concept workspace in the centre of your office using modular office furniture from OFWD.

Create a few private workstations on the periphery of your office that include executive office furniture and can be utilized by employees whenever they need to make a phone call or focus on a deadline.

This design will enable you to:

Create a sense of community and democracy at your office.
Increase communication and interaction amongst your team.
Still provide quiet work areas for those employees who have difficulty working with noise.

Increase the creativity of your office team by incorporate elements of an open-concept office into your communal workspaces. Contact an OFWD specialist today to learn about the many benefits of modular office furniture.

5 Best Online Layout & Design Tools For Your Space

When it comes to projecting the interior design of a new office, many people turn to the professional advice of an architect or interior designer. But, what if you want to design it by yourself?

Here, we list 5 of what we feel, are the best free design/layout tools available online!  So keep reading to find out which are the most intuitive software that will help you add value to all your spaces.

OFWD’s specialists can provide you with a list of products to fill your newly designed space, that suit your needs and budget. Connect with us today with your questions and we’d be happy to help. Call or email us at: info@ofwd.com



1. SketchUp 

SketchUp is an intuitive online floor design tool that enables users to create custom 3D layouts in a jiffy.  SketchUp has a vast 3D inventory, which is great for creating a desired look. For these reasons, with a little practice, you will be able to design floor layouts like a pro.



2. Homestyler

HomeStyler is high on the list of outstanding free 3D programs. It is highly accessible and perfect for a beginner designer.  The neat thing about HomeStyler is it’s totally online and can be used without registration.


3. Planner 5D

Planner 5D is the one of the most intuitive floor design tools available online, It is probably the most extensive. These features make Planner 5D one of the most complete free online layout tools available. The downside to this program is the extended catalog requires an investment of $9.99 for 30 days to $29.99 for unlimited access.



4. IKEA Planner

Ikea has a series of layout planner tools that will help you create the design of your dreams using the Ikea storage solutions.

There are different planners, each of them developed specifically for a type of space.

3D Kitchen Planner Used to design the perfect layout of your kitchen.
Storage Planner is a tool developed to create living room layouts and designs.
SÖDERHAMN modular sofa’s.  Design your own combination.
 PAX Wardrobe Planner is a tool dedicated to the creation of functional and stylish wardrobe layouts.



5. Planning Wiz Room Planner 3D 

Planning Wiz 3DThis tool is one of the most complete free design tools available on the web, but you will need to get familiar with it before designing the reception area layout of your dreams.

As you can easily imagine, listed above are only a few of the free design/layout tools available online. Depending on your skills and objective, you will surely be able to find the perfect software that will allow you to create the perfect design for your office space. Whether, you want to design a new lobby space or looking to refresh an existing floor plan, these options are easy to use.


OFWD’s specialists can provide you with a list of products to fill your newly designed space, that suit your needs and budget. Connect with us today with your questions and we’d be happy to help. Call or Email us at: info@ofwd.com