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Buying furniture for your office or facility might not be something you do every day. We've got years of furniture-selling experience under our collective belt and are happy to pass our knowledge your way. If you don't see the kind of information you need or have a specific question about a product, please call our friendly sales team at 1-866-702-8473 from 8 to 7 EST.


Steel Gauge – Most times manufacturers list the gauge of steel a product is made of. This might seem counterintuitive, but the smaller the gauge, the thicker the steel.

Powder Coat – Often powder-coat paint is applied to steel furniture via a heating process to give it a tough, smooth finish.

Commercial-grade furniture that's made of wood is usually fiberboard or plywood.

Fiberboard comes in different densities and consists of wood chips or plant fibers bound together and compressed into rigid sheets. From least dense to most, the types are: particleboard, MDF (medium density fiberboard) and hardboard.

Plywood is made from thin sheets of wood glued together. It′s strong and resists cracking and warping.

Veneer – Often, wood veneers are glued onto fiberboard to give the appearance of real wood.

Laminate is plastic that's bonded to fiberboard or plywood via a heating process. It gives furniture a durable scratch-resistant finish.


Glides are attached to the bottom of chair and table legs to protect floors and to keep your furniture level. These are usually nylon or steel.

Casters are wheels that are mounted to furniture but still have a steering joint so that they rotate 360 degrees.

A grommet is a hole in a desk or table that you can route your wires and cords through.


Freight – Commercial furniture that is large, bulky or heavy will ship freight (also called "truck line shipping"). It's typically more expensive than small package or UPS shipping and requires more information from you about whether you have a loading dock, whether you need help getting your order inside your building, etc.

Lead Time – The amount of time between when you placed an order and when you've received your delivery.


UL (Underwriters Laboratories) – UL-listed furniture meets safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratories, which is an independent organization approved by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).

GREENGUARD – Furniture that's GREENGUARD-certified meets standards for emissions and indoor air quality.

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) – ADA-compliant furniture and equipment meets ADA standards for that particular type of product. For example, tables that are ADA-compliant give a certain amount of clearance for people in wheelchairs.

ANSI/BIFMA (American National Standards Institute/Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association) – These standards are reviewed every five years and give manufacturers a baseline for making furniture that's safe and durable.

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