Refurbished Cubicles Used by Houston Companies Make More Happen For Less – WV101

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Refurbished Cubicles Used by Houston Companies are Carefully Designed and Installed With Comfort, Efficiency, and Profitability in Mind

Do you want more to happen in your office?
Do you want to produce more?
Sell more?
Grow more?

Then you need Cubiture.

Our space planning services are offered complimentary to any organization interested in exploring work space solutions with our company. We believe in educating customers first before we sell them anything. Part of this education involves showing our clients what they can invest in based upon what they tell us about their organization.

The refurbished cubicles used by Houston clients of Cubiture are built with ergonomics, personal comfort, and task support foremost in mind. Of these three factors, our space planner work first on creating a comfortable work environment for the individual. Comfort has a direct economic impact on the productivity of any organization. If you have worked with people for any length of time, you know how much a person will get up from his or her seat if the chair is uncomfortable, or if supplies are out of easy reach.

The best refurbished cubicles used by Houston companies are those that offer superior back support and minimize stress on shoulders and eyes. Persons sitting in these workstations can actually enjoy staying in their seats and getting their jobs done. Supplies and equipment are positioned within arms reach of the individual so he or she does not have to get up from a seated position to access the telephone, printer, or filed documents.

Cubiture also owns its own refurbishing plant, located in Northwest Houston on W. Little York Road. This plant allows us to customize refurbished cubicles used by Houston companies with any number of unique features that specifically support industries such as oil and gas, medical research, financial services, law, and education. Just of few of these customization option include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Acoustic dampening
• Advanced data/voice cabling
• Custom millwork
• Hundreds of laminates
• Hundreds of veneer
• Glass options
• Built in filing and storage

Just remember- customized, refurbished cubicles used by Houston companies make more happen by making space work for individuals and organizations alike.

How Space Planners Design Creative Cubicles for Houston Organizations FR242

FR242 Creative CubiclesCreative Cubicles- The Affordable Solution for Growing Houston Companies

It is a fact that not all cubicles look like cubicles. Most of us intellectually know this because we know that today’s workstations are designed according to specific parameters that shape the work environment itself. However, we sometimes fail to process this intellectual knowledge at a deeper, emotional level because we have been programmed by medial to visualize cubicles as “cubicle farms” that all look the same. The very fact that someone such as yourself would Google a term like “creative cubicles” indicates a desire to avoid the generic image that most of us hold in mind when we hear the term “cubicle.”

We have to go back to the root word–cubiculum–to understand the real essence of creative cubicles. Cubiculum means “private chamber” or “bedroom” in Latin. Its function as the root word for the modern workstation derives from its intrinsically intimate meaning.

A cubicle should, above all things, be a personal workspace that supports an individual’s job description, physique, and emotional well being. At the same time, it also has to be function as a part of an overall office process flow, where other factors such as production time, energy consumption, noise levels, and navigating existing floor space factor significantly into organizational productivity.

Creative cubicles must be designed with both personnel and companies equally in mind in order to produce the exceptional results that up and coming Houston businesses need to succeed.

Cubiture space planners start by looking at the overall floor plan of the office.

• Are there windows where large amounts of natural light enter the room?
• Is there one or more wall that is exceptionally long?
• Are there individual rooms along a long, central corridor?
• Is the office one large, essentially quadrilateral, open space?

Creative cubicles can be designed to follow the flow of the office floor plan so that each square foot of space is utilized for process flow. The vertical cube of the office is also utilized by building systems that take full advantage of natural light in areas where large windows give Houston businesses a chance to cut costs on electrical lighting by letting sunlight illuminate work areas.

Designers also build creative cubicles to support the individual tasks that each employee must complete throughout the day. Comfort is the number one factor in designing a work surface and choosing an office chair. A comfortably seated employee working at a cubicle desk that is fitted to his or her equipment, office supply, and personal responsibilities will find it easier to focus than an individual who is always struggling to recover a sense of fleeting comfort.

Because Cubiture owns its own refurbishing plant, Houston companies can invest in creative cubicles that not only look better and work better than standard workstations, but also cost less. Any system can be designed with a blend of reconditioned and new components that will add a new look to any space at a price far below that of brand new OEM office cubicle systems.

How A Small Meeting Room Table Can Make a Big Difference ML103

Meeting Room TablesThe small meeting room table, also known as a collaboration table, can theoretically be located anywhere within your office suite.  Measuring only 42″ in diameter and comfortably seating up to four persons, it can be placed in a lobby, small conference room, telephone room, waiting area, or classroom.  Some organizations colloquially known as “think tanks” may buy several collaboration tables that can accommodate multiple teams of specialists dedicating their combined focused to complex problem solving, proprietary designs, or special research.  For the majority of our clients in Houston, however, the small meeting room table is most often found in a private office where a leader, executive, or specialist has to confer privately behind closed door with a handful of key individuals.

While obviously a favorite among engineers and oil company executives, the application power of the small meeting room table extends far beyond the exclusively commercial marketplace.  Ministers in churches often use these tables for meetings with church leaders and members.  Counselors are another group of service-based professionals who may utilize a collaboration table to deliberately depart from the “patient on the couch” stereotype.   College professors can use collaboration tables for meetings with graduate students and special seminars they host.  We have also seen collaboration tables used in many medical facilities throughout Houston, ranging from doctors’ offices to research labs where collaboration is essential to accurate results.

Cubiture offers you four options in small meeting room table design.

1. We can get you a very affordable table from a non-OEM vendor.
2. We can get you an OEM model from a mainline manufacturer such as Mayline, Friant, or NDI.
3. We can customize the edges and bases of any OEM or non-OEM product.
4. We can build you a table “from scratch” using fiber wood overlaid with natural wood veneer or laminate overlay. 

This range of vendor, customization, and material build options allows us to meet the budgets of academic, commercial, and non-profit organizations.  Complimentary office space planning guides both the design and selection process so you end up with exactly what you want at a price you do not mind paying.

Call us now at 713-412-0900 for a free, no-obligation planning session.

FR234-Refurbished Used Cubicle Office Systems for Team Environments

These versatile, modular workspaces offer an alternative to walled offices that is not only more economical, but also more flexible.

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This particular used cubicle office is known as a “teaming cubicle”  It is distinguished by panels that vary in height so that private space can be conjoined to collaborative space.  A used cubicle office system like this never feels confining to the individual.  At the same time, special features such as acoustical panels can provide sufficient sound dampening so employees can carry on individual tasks with minimal distractions.  Individual phone calls can also be conducted in this environment without surrounding team members overhearing each other’s conversations.

The teaming cubicle concept has become very popular among a number of Houston industries.  Cubiture clients who have purchased a used cubicle office based upon this design include accounting companies, design firms, drafters, and oil and gas design companies.  While some of these organizations may want completely new systems for their office, a good 60 percent prefer refurbished used cubicle office systems–and they base this preference on more than simple price.

A used cubicle office like this, purchased as-is from a used cubicle vendor, can have over 40 colors per the original specifications of the manufacturer.  However, with Cubiture’s refurbishing division, you can actually get MORE options than what the original system was built with.  Cubiture’s complimentary space planning service will see to it that your refurbished used cubicle office offers an appropriate aesthetic compliment to the interior moldings, door frames, and color schemes of your existing office layout and office furniture systems.

We offer you over 500 color choices in fabrics, and over 500 laminate surfaces to choose from!

We can customize any work surface top or storage cabinet with custom millwork and can add finer touches with a broad spectrum of paint colors.  We customize glass with special treatments, such as frosting, and we custom size individual work areas and panels to the parameters of your process flow requirements.

Finally, we ensure the value of any used cubicle office system that we refurbish with a custom cleaning and maintenance agreement written specific to the needs of your business.

Call 713-412-0900 to schedule a meeting with a Cubiture space planner and used cubicle office refurbishing specialist. 

 

Office Cubicles – Quiet, Privacy, and Comfort FR201


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Office CubicleHow can you make an office cubicle sound proof?
There is no way to make something “sound proof” in the literal sense.  What we aim to do is to improve sound dampening so that the professional can focus without distraction.  One technique we use is to make cubicle partitions taller.  Taller partitions act like walls by reflecting sound away from the occupant.  Another method we employ is the use of acoustical panels.  These panels are manufactured with foam inside of them.  This increases the total mass of the panel, which in turn dampens sound waves striking its surface.

How can you make an office cubicle more private?
If the workstation is a full-sized office, the most effective way to make it private is to install a door.  Doors can be placed between partitions of any size, but they are most commonly used with floor to ceiling panels.  Such panels are often made of translucent glass or a blend of glass panels and fabric and do not even look like “cubicles” to the untrained eye.

Another way to make a workstation more private is to extend the wing panel.  The most common way we do this is to put glass panels on the tops of wing panels.  This allows natural light to enter the cubicle, making it seem larger and more comfortable to the occupant.  At the same time, it also heightens the panels’ physical size, making the interior more insulated from its surroundings.  We can also rearrange seating, so that the professional faces outward rather than sitting with his or her back to the entrance.  This make the workstation feel more like an office and therefore more private to the individual within.

How can you make an office cubicle more comfortable?
Ergonomic seating is the most important factor in comfort.  Choosing the right chair to go with the workstation makes a world of difference for the individual using the cubicle.  Our millwork team also will radius the corners of the cubicle desk.  This eliminates sharp corners that people sometimes bump into, and it also increase physical work surface.  Storage and filing are placed within one arm’s length of the worker.

How Do You Determine the Size of a Conference Room Table? DT103

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Does the size of the room play a role in choosing the size of a conference room table?

Absolutely.  

While some online sources may say that table size depends mostly on the number of users, our space planners consider the single most determining factor is the size of the room itself. 

We have to think about more than just the size of the table in relation to the size of the room.  We also have to consider how comfortably usable the room is going to be for guests, personnel, and investors who may be invited to a meeting.

People need more than elbow room on either side of their seats.  They also must have plenty of room to move their chairs back, and they must have plenty of walkway space between the chairs and the walls.  Meeting rooms tend to be much longer than they are wide, so people have to walk along the sides of the table to their seat.  Sufficient walkway space.

Normally, the amount of space behind chairs and table ends needs to be twice the amount of space between a desk and an office wall.  Conference room table chairs are routinely pushed back and left that way.  Instead of the standard two feet of space between a desk and a wall, our space planners leave 4 feet between the table edge and the wall.  They must also have enough room on either end of the table to walk around it comfortably to either side.

How much does the number of people in attendance influence the size of a conference room table?
The number of people also helps determine the size of a conference room table.  If a relatively small number of people routinely attend meetings, then the table itself may be visibly, disproportionately smaller than the room.  Companies with large rooms and smaller number of attendees may split the room in two, utilizing one side for meetings, and another side for a function like training or presentations.   

Cubicle Office System

Cubicle Office Systems

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What do you visualize when you hear the term, “cubicle office system?”  Do you think of a basic workstation–on e of many in the room?  Do you think of a telemarketing center, or an enclosed environment where everything is quiet and focused?  Do you visualize very plain partitions, or something made out of glass?

Actually, all of these descriptions can apply to a cubicle office system.  Cubicles are actually modular office environments.  They were originally designed to replace open concept offices that consisted of rows of desk with no privacy dividers of any kind.  The term “Action Office” was coined by Herman Miller to connote the new position that the cubicle was intended to occupy in the modern business world.  It was to be a place ACTION  facilitated by a private space dedicated to focus and task completion.

Well into its fifth decade of use, the cubicle office system of today is more versatile than ever before.  On one end of the spectrum, it is a basic workstation that offers companies on tight budgets the opportunity to staff larger numbers of employees in a relatively small office suite.  Most Houston companies in this category typically opt for refurbished cubicles because they are priced significantly lower than systems made with exclusively new components.  A variety of industries utilize modular workstations for accounting, engineering support, sales, and customer service.

The call center cubicle, also known as the telemarketer’s cubicle, is a specialized form of the modular workstation.  It is perhaps the smallest cubicle office system used anywhere in the business world.  Its compact size is intended to focus the telemarketer on his or her computer screen while an auto-dialer places phone calls to prospective customers.  While admittedly generic, it’s form supports this function superbly, as evidenced by its widespread popularity among survey companies, collection companies, and a variety of soliciting agencies.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the cubicle office system looks more like an office than a cubicle.  Partition walls reach all the way to the ceiling.  Almost all contain glass panels that function as windows.  Some partitions are made completely of translucent glass that protects the privacy of the individual while simultaneously supplementing office lighting with filtered, natural light.

A cubicle office system can also be designed to support creative processes.  Work surface areas can be enlarged to support manual drawing or drafting.  Meeting areas can also be integrated into a series of cubicle workstations so that individual employees can push back their chairs and instantly confer with teammates on project dynamics.

 

Herman Miller Cubicles – A Mainstay Since 1964 HM106

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Herman Miller cubicles were originally designed by a sculptor and artist by the name of Robert Probst.  Upon assuming the presidency of Herman Miller Research in 1960, Probst set out to determine the exact nature of process flow and task completion.

His investigation led him to conclude that the open-plan office, which had been the workplace norm for decades by that time, was sterile, frustrating to the expression of talent, and counter-intuitive to accomplishment.  He then wrote a book entitled The Office: A Facility Based on Change, where he called for a new workspace environment with new forms more supportive to actual task completion.

Probst went on to design the Action office series– the first generation of Herman Miller Cubicles.  He deliberately branded his invention with the term “action” to emphasize his intention of supporting specific tasks necessary to job completion.  He wanted to develop a supportive environment where different design options, storage solutions, and work surfaces areas could be combined in a variety of ways to create personalized, focused environments for individual employees.  By consolidating the practical requirements of functionality with simple, interchangeable components, Mr. Probst created a workstation whose legacy continues to not only add value to process flow, but also generates a more conscious, efficient use of space.

Herman Miller cubicles were also designed to adapt to changes in the world marketplace.  With versatility in design and ease of installation, these workstations have more than lived up to Probst’s intentions.  As white collar jobs have increased over the past 5 decades, and many office suites have become smaller in size, personalized, modular workstations have increased productivity so that smaller companies have been able to excel, profit, and ultimately grow into much larger entities as a result.

One of the beauties of Action Office systems is the backward compatibility they feature.  Did you know that a new panel or cabinet manufactured in 2014 will work just fine with Herman Miller cubicles manufactured over a decade ago?  This makes it possible for companies like Cubiture, who are experts in refurbishing Herman Miller cubicles, literally recreate an old office cubicle into a dependable, attractive, and affordable solution to changes in the workplace environment.

With a rugged steel frame, and with many components made from sustainable and recycled materials, Herman Miller cubicles also fully support the dynamic growth of information technology.  There is sufficient capacity for a variety of cable types and power outlets.  With a little customization as well from Cubiture’s fabrication plant, even the most complex of wiring arrays can be installed–and concealed–in a refurbished or new Herman Miller cubicle system.

Be sure to ask about millwork cabinetry and customized cubicle desk surfaces when you call 713-412-0900 to schedule a complimentary space planning session and free office layout drawing. 

 

When to Call an Office Furniture Company

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The average person incorrectly assumes that you should call an office furniture company only when you open a new business or a new location.

The experienced human resources professional knows otherwise. She or he realizes what office furniture is truly intended to do—support the process flow of the organization. Process flow is dynamic, many things can precipitate a change in your office environment that will require you to make necessary reconfiguration of your work space areas. By working with Cubiture™ anytime you experience a major organizational change will empower you to make the best—and the most affordable—decisions about your existing office furniture.

As hundreds of people from all over the world pour into Houston each day, business changes in pace with the community. With few exceptions, almost every business in Houston will be facing one of the following four scenarios in the next two years.

Changes resulting from new hires require immediate assessment of existing work areas.
Obviously if you hiring a large number of new people, you will need to add office furniture to your existing space. Employees are going to need workstations that are customized to support the specific duties of their new positions. Executives will require meeting areas, private offices, and often built-in desking systems that support a blend of task completion, communication, storage, and decision making.

Call an office furniture company AS SOON as you decide to remodel your building.
Any changes to the physical structure of your building can cost you more than the actual cost of the remodel. One of our clients recently faced a challenging building code requirement that mandated they install a new water line and fire sprinkler system subsequent to their remodel. The cost of this upgrade would have resulted in an additional $250,000.00! However, by building new offices using glass partitions, they were exempted from these code requirements.

How did they manage this? The answer is simple. Partitions are classified as office furniture and therefore do not factor into the value of building itself.

Call an office furniture company when you relocate.
The average man or woman assumes that commercial movers either know how to install office furniture systems or subcontract a company who does.

Why not call an office furniture company who owns its own trucks and has a full installation and moving crew ready to assist you in setting up your new location?

Cubiture™ will not only handle your workstation requirements, but we will also deliver a full turnkey solution that includes office furniture customization, data and voice cabling, and aesthetically concealed power solutions for your new location.

Call an office furniture company when you downsize.
As odd as it may sound to the average person, the experienced professional understands the value of trimming overhead when the workforce has to be trimmed due to mergers, buyouts, or layoffs.

Cubiture™ may actually want to buy some of your old office furniture if it is in good condition. If not, we can help you liquidate it at minimal costs, or we can store it in one of our two warehouses until you need it again.

Never assume that an office furniture company is something you only need to work with once or twice. Be among the wise who know that work space experts are a valuable resource any time you need to make your existing work space work better for you.

Conference Room Furniture

may32-office-furniture.jpgMore than anything, almost every Houston company looks to make a statement with its conference room furniture.  Second only to the reception area, the meeting room makes a definitive statement about the business it supports.  The organization’s level of formality, financial security, process flow, and values are represented in these two areas more than anywhere else in the building.  Consequently, good conference room furniture must generate a definitive aesthetic that visually represents the essence of the establishment.  A certain level of comfort must also be factored into the equation because attendees to long meetings will lose their focus if tables and seating do not offer proper support.  Cost is a third,–but often very minor factor–because even businesses on a budget are willing to invest in the best conference room furniture on the basis of its symbolic, as well as functional, importance.

The table is the most essential—and fundamentally central– element of conference room furniture.  It provides far more than meeting space for attendees.  Few meetings these days involve simple conversation.  Almost everyone now—even in the smallest of companies—brings a notepad or a computing device to the meeting.  In routine team meetings, employees may only need to take simple, manual notes.  Attendees to these meetings will need a workspace equivalent to that of a basic desk.  If, however, attendees are executive decision makers or investors who bring laptops or tablets to the meeting, the table may need to be wired with concealed power outlets in order to support these devices.

Seating is the second most essential element of conference room furniture.  Most Houston area companies prefer to invest in conference chairs that establish a higher level of style than surrounding work environments.  Again, the priority here is presentation—not just the presentation made during the meeting—but the presentation of the company itself made to guests, shareholders, investors, and clients.  As previously noted, conference seating must certain level of comfort, but nothing close to what many would call “posh.”  A sharp focus is a must for any successful meeting, so it is better for conference room furniture to establish an atmosphere of “comfortable alertness” without overindulging attendees with a feeling of luxury that could undermine the necessary focus on meeting objectives.

By ascertaining the nature and size of the average meeting, Cubiture will help Houston companies obtain the very best conference room furniture most suitable to their particular needs.   Client preferences vary along two basic lines of purpose.  Some companies want only a basic meeting area, free from interruption, and insulated to some extent from surrounding noise.  Other organizations require something far more advanced.  They use their boardroom for collaborative decision making, executive meetings, presentations, and communications with other locations.  These facilities often require advanced wiring, data, and voice cabling solutions that support teleconference, video conferencing, and audio-visual presentations.

Cubiture can readily customize any type of conference room furniture, including accessories for presentations, noise reduction, and video conferencing.  We specialize in advanced millwork that conceals the technical elements of the environment with an embellished décor that reinforces the values, corporate culture, and brand positioning of our clients.