The Furniture Trends We're Seeing Around the Country
As we move into 2021 so many things have changed, especially where we work and how we shop. New products have been introduced to meet our changing needs and everyone has been doing a great job of adapting. Our Regional Managers are constantly talking to dealers and there are a few trends they are all seeing across the country.
Work from Home
For employees who are working from home, we are seeing purchases that blend in with workers’ homes, small desks in contemporary colors such as a weathered gray, walnut or white. The Electric Height Adjustable Desk by Lorell (LLR03620 and LLR03621) with the top and base included in one box are popular with end users right now. Another popular option for small space desking is the Lorell Writing Desk in gray, mocha and white (LLR03700, LLR03701 and LLR03702). The Shell Task Chair is a perfect fit for small office seating, available in white (LLR68565) and black (LLR68566). For storage, the Lorell Mobile Files are perfect for a small space and we offer several styles, check out the 3 and 4 drawer options. (LLR00060RD, LLR19537)
For offices that are open, we are seeing workstations modified to allow more room between employees and temporary barriers have been installed. The use of panels, mobile dividers and sanitizing stations have increased in areas with a lot of foot traffic and reception areas and waiting rooms have transitioned to cleanable fabrics. Our dealers have shared that their customers continue to ask about office chair cleanability. Check out the seat options in the new Lorell Mesh Task Chair LLR00590, this chair offers two antimicrobial seat cover options with a convenient drawstring closure as well as seven additional colors. These seat covers are washing machine safe.
In the education industry, we are seeing the use of mobile screens and portable room dividers and more requests for fidget stools to help with children being at a desk all day, behind a barrier. Fidget stools help keep children interactive and focused while not disturbing other students. If you are on the administration side of education, we have been seeing the use of privacy screens for workstations, along with antimicrobial fabrics for all types of seating.
Success The dealers who have been most successful during this time are those with full e-content and a selection of safety items like barriers and cleaning supplies. These dealers are in constant contact with their customers, providing ideas and solutions to retain their business.
Everyone is facing challenges, but the key to success is maintaining contact with your customers and being there to help them get creative with solutions for their end users. They will find solutions, make sure they are with you.