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Schools are an important part of every community so partnering with elementary schools, high schools or colleges is a great way to give back to your local area. While businesses can provide funding, supplies and industry expertise, schools are able to offer future workers and brand awareness, making the partnership a win-win. Below are a few simple ways to support your local schools.

Give Supplies or Monetary Donations
Depending on the type of business you are, your company may be able to provide your local school with supplies or services at a free or discounted rate. For example, Keeney’s partners with a local elementary school to provide presentation materials for their science fair. If that type of donation isn’t a fit, you can sponsor a a table at a fundraising event or provide the school with a monetary donation.

Showcase Projects or Lend Expertise
Another way to partner with a local school is to help students present their work outside the classroom. If your business is open to the public, collaborate with a local art class to showcase students’ pieces. You can also work with a local school to help students learn how a real business operates. For example, Keeney’s works with a local college to help students develop business plans.

Provide Internships
Another great way to help educate students about possible career paths is to offer internships with local colleges. Internships provide students with real life experience for their resume and help to teach them a specialized set of skills. Companies frequently hire former interns since they have more industry specific experience than the competition and have proved their abilities. These relationships are a win-win for both the students and employers.

Businesses and schools have a lot to offer one another. Whether companies want to donate some much-needed school supplies or provide firsthand experience to students, these relationships help strengthen the ties between communities and the businesses that serve them. If your school would like to partner with Keeney’s during the upcoming school year, please reach out to our team to start the discussion on how we can work together.

*Pictured: OFS Applause, Genus and Layer

In the past, game rooms have always been associated with tech companies and startups but the trend is now growing in popularity among other businesses. These areas create a place to have fun with your team, grow a sense of community and help employees recharge during breaks. If your company is planning to put a game room into your office, think about how your team will use the space and how it will fit in with the rest of the office’s design.

Furniture Pieces
Since game room are intended to build relationships between employees, creating an area with lounge seating will help to include team members not playing games. Comfortable couches, coffee tables and moveable ottomans will help to form a fun place to socialize. In addition, mix in tables with bench seating for board games and other team activities. Games to consider include ping pong, foosball, pool and shuffleboard.

Noise Considerations
In addition to the pieces you plan to include in the rooms, the acoustics are another thing to look into. Between talking, cheering and digital sound effects, a game room can get quite noisy. Consider the surrounding rooms to ensure that work and meetings are not disrupted by the sound. Adding acoustic wall panels, plush seating and rugs will help absorb the noise.

Usage Guidelines
Game rooms are a great way to help your team bond but you may want to set guidelines for usage. While your main concern may be that you don’t want employees playing ping pong all day, formalizing appropriate times will also encourage employees to get together during breaks or team meetings.

Although game rooms may seem like a trend, these spaces are a great way to build team camaraderie, re-energize employees and can help to recruit top talent. For help designing an area for your employees to hang out together, contact the furniture specialists at Keeney’s today!

*Pictured: OFS Shuffleboard


Although we are in a digital era, printing continues to play an important role in a company’s branding and marketing efforts. Like any marketing collateral that has your business name on it, you want to ensure that it portrays a positive representation of your brand. By using a professional printing service, you can ensure that your company comes across as polished and professional to your customers. In addition to appearance, there are some further benefits of outsourcing your printing:

Quality Pieces
With a variety of paper weights and finishes, professionally printed letterhead, flyers or business cards have a high-quality appearance. The printers used in professional facilities are also higher quality so the printed colors will appear rich and crisp.

Professional Finishes
Print companies have many more tools and machines than your standard office so you will have more finish options than printing on a desktop printer. From “print-to-edge” flyers, to laminate finish to bound booklets, to unique shapes or sizes, professional printing companies have the resources to produce the look you envision.

Design Guidance
A professional printer can help to determine the right paper for your products. You can also get suggestions for logo placement, font size and overall design if you are designing a piece from scratch.

Cut Down on Expenses
While outsourcing your print work may seem expensive, it might save you money in the long run. When calculating the costs, factor in how much printer ink you would be using, the cost of the paper or envelopes for the project and the time staff would dedicate to completing the print job. In addition, consider that it may take a few times to correctly setup the job and reprint pieces if necessary.

For help creating new letterhead, brochures, business cards or booklets, contact the Keeney’s team today! Together, we can create printed materials that make a great first impression with potential customers.


Open office formats have grown in popularity over the last decade to the increase collaboration, improve communication and promote a more connected team environment. While there are benefits to having an open office space, there is more to it than getting rid of private offices and removing the cubicle walls. Below are a few tips for businesses that are getting ready to transition to an open office.

Define Goals
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing an open office. Different companies have different goals, and it’s essential that you design your office space to meet the needs of your company. If you are looking to encourage certain teams to work together more, it may help to station them near each other in the open office space, naturally encouraging collaboration.

Offer Balance
While an open work area is good for collaboration and communication, but there may also be distractions. A good open office design will provide workers with various areas that allow them to separate themselves from the shared work space to complete tasks that may require a little less noise. To meet the needs of your team and workflow, create designated areas for meals and social time, rooms for making phone calls, and collaboration rooms where smaller groups can get away to work as a team.

Set Rules
Since your team will be sharing a space and have less privacy, it is helpful to establish guidelines within the common area. Discuss how to make the space productive and effective with your team and create a list of things that would be disruptive. Examples include: talking on speaker phone, listening to music or seminars without headphones or eating meals outside of the breakroom.

Transitioning to an open office can take some time to get used to and may require you to make adjustments over time. Look for ways to improve the open office space, and experiment with some new ideas to see if you can make it work better for your organization. The Keeney’s furniture team has expertise in open office space planning and can help to create the perfect office for your team. Contact us today!

Photo: AIS, Oxygen System


A neat and clutter free office can improve the overall mood and feel of a space. Having an organized office can also make important documents easy to find, protect valuable data and eliminate multiple purchases of the same supplies. Decluttering not only affects employees but clients as well. Make a good impression on visitors and work efficiently with these decluttering tips.

Organize your Drawers
Drawers are often a place for hiding unused items. Start by getting rid of anything you don’t need. Next, use drawer dividers to organize the supplies you want to keep and labeled folders for documents you need to reference.

Evaluate What’s Important
Make a list of what you use and what you don’t. There is no point in holding onto unused items so recycle old documents, well-used folders and dated catalogs.

Invest in Storage Solutions
Whether you need some new folders, a bigger file cabinet or a mobile pedestal to increase your drawer space, evaluate what products will help to keep you organized day-to-day.

Implement a Cleaning Schedule
After all the effort you’ve put into organizing your work space, you will want to keep your desk looking clean. Beyond the initial purge, decluttering needs to become part of your weekly schedule. One suggestion is to spend the last 15 minutes of each Friday clearing off your desk so you start again fresh on Monday.

By putting in the effort to get yourself organized and setting aside a little time each week to stay decluttered, your work space will be more enjoyable and efficient. Contact the Keeney’s team today for recommendations on organizing products and storage solutions.

Getting a new office space is exciting but takes a lot of planning and thought. While exploring furniture options for your new space, it’s important to not only consider the aesthetics of the pieces but how the furniture will be used day-to-day. Not only is it important to make sure the size of the furniture fits in your office, but it is just as significant to consider that the furniture you are selecting will be functional for your space. Below are five tips to assure you are considering all aspects when it comes to selection furniture for your new office.

Make Room for Movement
When selecting furniture, consider how people with move within the space. When you are measuring your office before a furniture purchase, make sure that you’re also leaving yourself some extra room to easily get to your desk or open a storage cabinet. You want to be able to move around your office without injuring yourself or maneuvering in frustration. Your office should be a place that brings you to a state of focus and productivity, therefore the furniture you select will make all the difference.

Have Space to Work
Create a list tasks you do at work each day to determine what desk features will be beneficial to your everyday workflow. If your job requires you to have a lot of space to draw and design, you may need to consider a desk that’s longer with more surface space. If your job is tailored around lots of paperwork and bookkeeping, you may need to consider a desk that has storage space with shelving and drawers.

Create Storage
Desks are the primary focus when it comes to your workspace but it is important to consider if cabinets, bookcases or other accent pieces will be beneficial to your office. Each of these takes up additional space so make sure you have the space to accommodate extra furniture pieces and have enough room to open doors and drawers.

Consider Room Features
Take note of your office’s features like entryways, doorways, and outlets and determine if each feature will limit where furniture can be placed. Not every obstacle has to be a deal breaker but make sure your door has enough clearance and furniture isn’t blocking windows or walkways.

Allow for Visitors
If your office is going to be home to guests, you also have to factor that in when measuring your room for a functional fit. If your job requires you to frequently meet with clients and other guests in your office, make sure that you’re considering that as you measure your room for furniture. You want your office space to be impressionable and comfortable when clients visit your office. Also, think how many people you may need to accommodate in your office on a regular basis.

Since picking out office furniture probably isn’t something you do on a regular basis, consider consulting an expert to assist. The Keeney’s furniture team provides space planning services and can help to make sure the pieces in your offices are a perfect fit for your work style. Give us a call today to start designing your dream office!

Since your reception area is your first impression with a client, put some thought into making it welcoming, attractive and tidy. While no one likes to wait, creating an enjoyable waiting area will improve your customer’s experience and help to form a positive opinion about your business. When designing your reception space, consider the features below to make the space comfortable and inviting for your visitors.

 

Select a Reception Desk the Works with the Space

With the reception desk being the first thing your guests see when they enter the room, it only makes sense that you give some well-deserved attention to it. When choosing a reception desk, take into consideration the size of the space available. You don’t want to go for the traditional large desk if you’re only working with a small room because it will look too crowded and unorganized. If your reception area is receiving mail or packages, add storage so the reception desk stays clear and clutter-free.

 

Post Helpful Signage

If your office has more than one check-in desk or waiting area, post signage differentiating each area so guests know they are in the correct spot. Make sure exits, employee only areas and restrooms are well marked to guide guests in the office.

 

Create a Welcoming Space

To make a waiting room a place your guests won’t mind staying, furniture should be both aesthetically-pleasing, comfortable and easy to clean. To make the space feel more welcoming, consider adding artwork, plants and unique decor that is relevant to your industry. A coffee station and reading materials will help guests to pass the time while they wait.

 

Have Fun with Colors

Add some pops of color to appeal to your clientele and enhance their experience at your office. Bright colors are inviting for a children’s area while tranquil blue hues are relaxing for a spa waiting room. Consider your logo colors as well when choosing colors to play into your brand.

 

Ready to redesign your reception area? The Keeney’s team would be happy to help! Give us a call and our experienced furniture team will assist in creating a reception area into a room guest would love to wait in!

It’s that time of year again! Students of all ages are looking forward to (or dreading) starting a new school year. Whether it be college or pre-school, all educational institutions can benefit from school promotional products. Using promotional items for schools is a great way to create school spirit and can be an easy way raise money for school clubs and organization. Check out the list below for our most popular imprinted products for schools!

Drawstring Backpacks

Magnetic Team Schedules

Waterbottles

Car Clings

Event Tickets

Bleacher Seats

Visit our promotional products website or contact the Keeney’s team to start boosting your school spirit and club fundraising today!

 

Whiteboards are a staple in offices, conference rooms and classrooms and can be used in many different ways. They provide great way to brainstorm with a team, offer helpful images for presentations and provide a visual way to organize and prioritize your tasks. Check out these tips to select the best whiteboard for your office:

Purpose

The first thing you need to do to figure the best whiteboard option  is to determine the purpose of the whiteboard. Deciding if the board is for personal use in your office, in a meeting room, or in a public area will help you to choose surface, size, and design aesthetic.

Size

To determine the size of the whiteboard, consider the size of the wall where it will be mounted to determine constraints. You obviously don’t want to buy a board larger than your wall space but putting a tiny board on a expansive wall will look disproportionate. You should also think about how many people will be using the board. A whiteboard for personal use versus one for a board room will differ in sizes.

Material

The most common materials used for whiteboards are melamine, porcelain and glass. Each material has pros and cons so you will want to consider how you are using the board to determine which material is best for you. Melamine boards are the cheapest option but typically have a short lifespan due to ghosting.  Porcelain boards have steel backing so they are magnetic but also have issues with staining over time. Glass boards are usually the most expensive but will last the longest and are easy to clean. Since the surface is not white, presentations can be difficult to see and not all marker colors show up on the board.

Aesthetics

Another important factor to consider is the design aesthetic of your whiteboard and how it will fit into the overall tone and culture of your work-space. You can customize your whiteboard by selecting various frame colors and materials, adding colors or graphics to the surface or mixing in additional materials like metal or cork for more functionality.

 

A white board is a great addition any office area and offers a number of benefits to your employees. By considering these criteria when choosing your whiteboard you’re sure to find one that is perfect for your purpose and space. Check out all the whiteboard options on our website or contact the Keeney’s team for assistance finding the perfect whiteboard for your space!

Moving your office can seem like a daunting task but if you take the time to get organized and make a plan, it will be a much better experience for everyone involved. Consider the steps below make your move as smooth as possible for your team.

 

Make a plan

The first thing you want to do is create a plan to make your move as smooth as possible. This can include creating a schedule, distributing responsibilities among your team, and putting together checklists. When developing your plan, make sure you consider everyone involved in the move, including your management team, employees, and additional help you may be hiring for the move. This plan will help you see any gaps and how you should address them.

 

Invest in furniture

An office move is a great chance to upgrade your office furniture. When selecting new furniture, consider how it will fit into the new space, the functionality of each area and the overall look you are trying to achieve in your new office. Custom furniture can take a few months to pick out and have made so start the process as soon as you have your new space secured.

 

Update your technology

It’s essential that your technology doesn’t get interrupted with your move. Ensure that your IT team is on-board and prepared to make any adjustments with the move. This is also an ideal time to update some of your technology such as phones, printers or computers.

 

Order packing supplies

If you’ve decided to pack your office supplies and furniture in-house, you’ll need to have all your packing supplies ready, including boxes, bubble wrap, tape and labels. Remember to categorize and label all your boxes to make unpacking easier.

 

Purchase cleaning supplies

Order all the cleaning supplies your team will need to get your old space ready for the next tenant and your new office move-in-ready. Make sure you also arrange for disposal or recycling of anything you are not taking to the new space.

 

Moving can take a lot of planning but at the end of the day, your new office will give your team a space to work more efficiently. Contact the Keeney’s team today to make the transition as seamless as possible!

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