Monday, October 8, 2012

The Office Makeover

Remodeling and updating your furnishings makes a fresh impact 

As the year is winding to a close, many clients realize that their office needs a makeover. Perhaps your workspace has been neglected in the flurry of work, or you have determined that it has simply not functioned as well as it could with a re-do. The question is where do you start?

1) Assess your space
 Take a look at your existing furniture with new eyes. How is it fairing? Is it tired? Sometimes simply updating seating and interior components like carpet and paint will do the trick.

While you are at it, check out your work surfaces. Are your desks still serviceable? Are they a current style? Are they an efficient use of space? If not, they may need replacement.

 Grab a note pad or your ipad and make an inventory of what items you may need in the order of importance and then…

2) Determine a budget
What you can spend to make the changes and improvements?

Doing some shopping at a Tulsa Oklahoma office furniture retailer like Crown Office Furniture first will help you to determine costs and get a better idea of what is being offered. There are constant innovations that can save the consumer time and money, so be open minded and see what is out there!

Next, set a budget, and determine which items are your priority. For a client like Red Crown in Mayes County, updating their interior spaces with new seating and occasional tables was the perfect solution to their needs without having to replace all of their existing traditionally styled desks. By adding a patterned fabric to some of the key pieces they purchased, they were able to achieve a pleasing overall design element without replacing everything.

Click here for examples of their remodel and other recent projects…

3) Get Started!

Visiting with a furniture sales representative on the front end to help with overall color scheme, style and workspace requirements. They can assist you and help simplify the process.

If you are doing a complete interior remodel, it is also a good idea to enlist the aid of an interior designer. This partnership will also help to ensure that the overall look of your remodel will come together seamlessly. Zeeco in Broken Arrow utilized this option and pulled together a modern corporate aesthetic as shown here along with other examples.

Once you have assessed your needs, set a budget and done some shopping, you will be well equipped to make your mental revisions a reality.

So, what are you waiting for?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Tools of The Furniture Trade

By Robin Blonsky

Retail strategies a successful second generation furniture retailer learned from her Mom and Dad.

In the early eighties, my parents purchased a furniture store called Crown Furniture, a decades old company in Tulsa. At the time, my siblings, Julie, David, Dan and I were all small. When we weren’t in school or during the summers, we were often at work with our parents.

Growing up around the business was in itself an education, and with it came adventure. When we were younger, the four of us kids mostly played at the office. But, as the years went by, we learned life lessons from watching our parents run the store. My sister and I helped in the office doing paperwork and sales, and my brothers were involved with deliveries and repairs.

Dad and Mom allowed us kids to be involved in many aspects of the business and would often introduce us to customers and factory representatives, giving us opportunity to improve our people skills and confidence as we learned how to think like owners.

Fast forward 20 years and Crown today is owned and operated by my siblings and I, who are all now in our thirties. Since the days our parents owned Crown, it has undergone many changes and reinventions. As a company and a family, we have endeavored to meet the challenges that continue to arise in a changing industry.

By regularly attending trade shows to find the best value and design, we focus on keeping our store and product offerings fresh and innovative. Also, in line with our marketing strategies, we strive to maintain an online presence which includes optimizing our website and having a highly visited Facebook page.

Each sibling heads up an area of the business, and as a team, we meet regularly to discuss decisions, changes and the overall focus of the company. When facing major decisions, the lively discussions that sometimes ensue are what bring out some of the passion (and fun) to the job. Though we have our disagreements, thankfully, it is rare for us to reach an impasse.

Looking back, there are numerous valuable lessons we learned from our upbringing. The tools my parents gave us have helped define and steer us as second generation business owners. These include:

1. Always treat people well: My parent’s store provided a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere. By taking the time to show interest in our clients’ lives, we too have gained friends and repeat business by letting them know that they are not just a number. Many of our clients have stayed with us for 15, 20, 25 years – which is one of the great compliments of our work. Some of those clients are also 2nd or 3rd generation business owners.

2. Keep the salesmanship alive: In many box stores today, the showman side of the sale has been lost. I find that it’s usually because the salesperson has no passion or real interest in what he or she is selling. In settings like this, hum drum salespeople will produce a boring experience that lacks insight and an honest enthusiasm for the product.

We learned from my Dad how to tell a story, the value of knowing our product, and the importance of connecting with our client. Whether he was pouring hot coffee on a Paoli wood desk to show the durability of the heat resistant finish, or jumping up and down on a Virco children’s size stack chair to show the superb quality of the steel brace, Dad was always selling with a style that often bordered on theatrics. Let me ask you this, when was the last time someone really “sold you” on a truly good product? I’ll bet it was a locally owned store, not a chain.

3. Know when to close the deal. When training us in sales, Dad would often say, “When the client is ready to buy, stop talking and close the deal.” I have seen this bear out to be true over the years. Once the client has decided they are ready to buy, if you talk too much or ask too many questions, they can end up changing their mind and the sale will be lost.

4. Stay in Unity: Over the years, the focus on unity was stressed over and over. Dad and Mom wanted us to get along as siblings but beyond that, they would strive for us to get along as a family business by emphasizing team work. We learned to take ownership of certain areas while helping each other with bids, sales calls, delivery coordinating and problem solving, things we still do today.

Deferring to each other when one of us is more suited to the task than the another is something we often do because we ultimately know that at the end of the day we want the best for each other and our business. This knowledge and trust helps provide the platform from which we work together on a daily basis.

5. Steady plodding = Prosperity: When you have been in a business for years, it is easy to let the passion for it wain. Mom and Dad modeled the importance of putting their efforts towards a goal and staying consistent with it day in and day out.

Nearly 30 years have passed since that day my Dad got the keys to our first furniture store location. Since that time, our industry has changed significantly, especially with the onset of online retailing. Independent retailers need to focus, now more than ever, on being a local store that people like to do business with.

Whether it’s using local landmarks to showcase our product in an ad campaign, or giving away a free ipad on Facebook to increase web traffic, Crown endeavors to stay on the cutting edge. It's an edge refined by the partnership of a strong second generation that values the tools proven by the first.

Robin Blonsky is the sales manager and co-owner of Crown Office Furnishings in Tulsa, OK. She has worked in the furniture industry for more than 15 years and wears many hats in the family owned business including merchandising, space planning and design. She blogs regularly about office furniture-related topics at and can be reached via email at

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Custom and Chic: Think beyond the basic

You’ve seen one office, you’ve seen them all, right?

No, I hope not! But, that is what some people think.

For most types of businesses, there is a culture that goes along with it, and unique needs for its form and function. Follow me on this thought process for a minute. I’ll say the type of business and then what comes to mind. First, let’s see if we think the same thing.

Car repair shop – Dark basic side chairs, inexpensive side tables, lots of magazines…

Law firm office – Traditional burgundy seating, dark shiny wood furniture, framed art, plush carpet…

Doctor’s waiting room- Rows of wood framed side chairs with printed fabric, couches, wood side tables…

Oil company boardroom- Massive table, Tall executive chairs, large impressive artwork, bulky lamps…

How did we do?

All of these are stereotypes, right? And that’s fine. There are trendsetters out there, however that want more. They want something fresh! Something different! No matter what field they work in, this buyer is looking for key pieces that say something. So, for those who want to chart a course that shows their originality, there are inventive new furniture collections to consider.

Brands like Nevers, Spec, Darran, Creative Wood, Watson and many others have taken a fresh approach to making a client’s vision become a reality. From custom conference tables with gorgeous exotic wood or textured inlays to chairs with design elements that defy convention, your office furniture absolutely doesn’t need to be boring! Why can’t your furnishings make an inspired statement in your place of business? There are ground-breaking looks available at all different price points to help achieve that high design you crave.

Board rooms, reception areas and executive offices are typically the places you will want to focus your budget and design collaboration on. So start there!

A qualified interior designer or an experienced, design oriented sales person are your best alliance in perceiving your vision and then bringing it to life within your space. They will be able to help you focus your dollars on which pieces are splurge-worthy and others you can save money on. In some stores, you will get the benefit of both. Many stores work with designers or have them on staff. This type of joint effort is invaluable in helping you to achieve the final gratifying result of pulling the whole space together.

Think beyond the basic and boring when it comes to your furniture. Get inspired! Create a chic, customized space that tells your clients that your business is moving forward, while doing it with style!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hundreds of Used Cubicles in Stock

Hundreds of Used Cubicles in Stock in Tulsa Oklahoma!

Used Allsteel, Herman Miller and Steelcase cubicles are now available at an incredible value.

Our buyers have scoured the country for the best deals on Grade A cubicle systems that were originally purchased by Fortune 500 corporations. These pre owned stations are an unbelievable value at just 25-35% of the original price! And our prices include local, ground floor installation.

Consider Steelcase Cubicles that were over $3,500+ brand new. Are available right now in stock at our Tulsa facility and priced from just $700 & up per person...Installed!

How about larger Herman Miller Ethospace System Formerly these corner shape cubicles with upgraded stacking tile panels were nearly $4,000 per person. Get them at a steal from us from just $1,250 per person and up. We serve Oklahoma and the surrounding states with the best prices and biggest selection of used cubicles.

Need a lower price point? How about Allsteel “L” shape stations? Originally, these units ran $1,500-2,000 each but they are value priced from just $475 per person while supplies last.

With hundreds of used cubicles in stock in our Tulsa warehouses, and ready to be installed in your facility today, you can see why Crown furniture is Oklahoma’s #1 used systems dealer.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Shopping Deals On Office Furniture Tulsa Oklahoma

Right now your Tulsa Office Furniture Dealers are loaded up with year end deals on office furniture. Check the overstock and special sales sections of Tulsa area office furniture dealers websites for more details. Like this deal on Riverside Home Office Furniture in Tulsa Oklahoma at over 70% off list prices!!! That was not a typo a entire truckload is marked at less than 70% off MSRP.
You can find deals like this and more at your Tulsa area office furniture dealers.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Truckloads of Used Technical Workbenches For Sale

Are you looking for used technical workbenches? Crown Office Furniture in Tulsa, OK has over 200 work benches in stock and ready for immediate sale. These benches are in like new condition and are from leading manufactures such as IAC Industries , Global Industrial , Production Basics and Bench-Craft all are being sold at less than half of new prices.

For more information please contact our knowledgeable staff at 918.663.6704 or email us at

Friday, July 23, 2010

Tips for Value Shopping Office Furniture in Tulsa OK

In a tightened Tulsa economy where spending may be limited, there are some little known ways to save extra money. When shopping for various office furniture needs, don’t be afraid to mix products and collections.

One of the ways to do this is to compare prices for freestanding, storage or mobile pieces in a few different lines/collections. If you can find something suitable that will go with the overall concept of your space(s), you can tie the look together with coordinating hardware for all of the pieces and make it look intentional. Especially on pieces with clean lines, this is easily done. A word of caution here though: when mixing products, it is recommended to stick with items that are freestanding or mobile, and stay away from items that require assembly or have to be bolted together. Otherwise, the manufactures warranty may be voided.

Finishes in several collections and brands may coordinate and compliment each other which will enable you to cherry pick what best suits your space. In some cases, the savings to mix collections can be in the hundreds of dollars+

Most office furniture stores in Tulsa will have several options on display. In addition, they will typically have wood or laminate samples for your consideration so that you can ensure that your selections will match up prior to ordering.

A knowledgeable sales associate can be invaluable in assisting you with achieving your needs while staying within your budget. They can expertly steer you towards your goal and help you come away with an ideal result. Just ask!

And remember when shopping that, “Value is always in style,” as one vendor’s motto aptly puts it.

Source for motto - Global Industries