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Updated: May 14, 2020


Our Storage/Retail Towers consist of roughly 30 pallets!

Though we've entirely remade our original office into Huntsville's new, one-and-only Lorell #Furniture Showroom, we haven't talked as much about what we did with the other half of our building–our unique Retail Environment!


THE SPACE BESIDE THE SHOWROOM


Take a walk through to the end of the showroom and you'll notice a second room peeking through the double-door sized entry way, which is comprised of a few private offices, an open office, a work area where orders are filled every morning, and a lobby retail environment.


INSPIRATION

Our inspiration for what is now our Retail Wall Environment was captured from something we see on a daily basis around here–pallets!

Yes, pallets have been a fad amongst the #DIY community for a few years now because of their economic attributes, but it made sense for us to take advantage of the reusability elements of these sturdy structures for two reasons:

1. We move through a LOT of pallets

2. We wanted a unique way to showcase the products we love!


We also relied on Pinterest–a simple search of "Retail Pallet Display" was good enough to spark a creative direction.


DESIGN

By deciding to use a square object like a pallet, we decided to create a simple cube structure. Two cubes are connected vertically forming one Stock Tower, with a total of four towers. Each of them have 3 stock shelves and locking wheels (because basically everything is better with wheels).


The shelving on the backside that faces our work area are perfect to store larger stock items like bulk multi-fold towels, storage boxes, and trash can liners (things customers wouldn't see) which we pull from on a daily basis.

We can quickly pull items from the shelves for orders from the previous day.

CONSTRUCTION

The front-facing of the towers (or Retail Wall) was made from two pallets vertically placed upon another. The slats in a pallet were naturally spaced too widely for our project so there was a lot of wood cutting going on for a couple of weeks. We had our work, ahem... cut out for us. (I didn't even mean to do that.)

Very rough draft laying out a potential design.

These are the main tools we used for the project:


• Jigsaw – For cutting out the correctly sized boards

• Reciprocating Saw – To disassemble the tightly nailed pallets






The side posts of each tower consisted of two to three 2x4s derived from the sides of pallets and a few boards running perpendicularly to frame it up. We covered the entire sides of the outlying towers with thin large boards (also derived from pallets) instead of showing an open frame which was less appealing.


After assembling the first tower (and listening to what most people may consider an unhealthy amount of traditional Christmas music) we threw a coat of paint on it to see what a finished one looked like, and... we were very pleased!


Tweaking the design along the way caused the first tower to take longer than the rest, but it was well worth it. All-in-all the project took about 4 weeks to complete.





RETAIL WALL DESIGN

We drew up a plan for the shelves which was minimalistic and asymmetrical to draw in customers to a unique experience. Afterwards, we made a quick trip to Home Depot for the white shelving to give the products a clean, complementary surface to rest upon.


Placing our products and final touches really made the project come to life!


Come say hello, see it in person and let us know what you think!


Have you completed some renovations with your office space?

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Updated: May 14, 2020



In a recent post I discussed the cost factored into the price you pay for furniture like desks. In this post we'll talk more about how long desk assembly and installation will take, including a few tips to do it right and as quick as possible. After all, you want that desk set up so you can get back to work ASAP, right?


Unboxing (5-10 Minutes)

Before you can begin the mechanical process of pulling your desk panels together, you've got to get it out of the box! Expect a good bit of styrofoam or supportive wood keeping all of the pieces in place during shipment, and make sure to only cut along taped paths on the outside of the cardboard box unless otherwise noted. (You'd hate to accidentally slice into that sweet hickory-colored panel!)


Reading Instruction Manual (2-5 Minutes)

Taking this piece of literature aside and combing over it may seem unnecessary at the time, but trust us–attempting to put a piece of furniture together you've never assembled before only to realize that you've done something critically wrong halfway through the process is MUCH more of a hassle.

You'll be glad you set aside those measly few minutes to read over the desk's instruction manual.

Setting Out Parts (2 Minutes)

In the culinary world, this is referred to as 'Mise en Place', or 'everything in it's place.' Setting all of the pieces of your desk aside and collected in an organized fashion, including screws, cams, and cam covers, will empower your process of assembly. There's something about having an organized area. This also gives you the opportunity to take stock of everything included in the box, making sure nothing is missing.


Assembly (30 Minutes-6 Hours)

We've had tough desks to assemble–some of them come completely undone, with needs that span assembly of the very drawers that line the pedestal area to the constructing of leg frames, bridges, keyboard trays, and everything in between. And if you purchased a desk with a hutch, go ahead and tack on another 2 hours for door adjustments.


Some desks aren't as big of a hassle and can be assembled in much less time–those are usually ones which are merely a top with two sides and a modesty panel–but make sure to allow more time for projects that are complex.


Installation (15-60 Minutes)

After the majority of assembly is complete, it's time to get that furniture into place! Hopefully you were able to assemble it in the room where it will already be used, leaving this step that much easier.

Warning: Hutches may wear down your ability to process thought.

However, if you needed a large space to assemble the desk other than where it will be used, then grab a helper to carefully move your desk into the right room and arrange all cords and other furniture accordingly. In this step you'll be connecting any additional pieces to your desk, as well, such as an L-shaped Desk Return.


If you choose Wilson's, then we will assemble and install your furniture fast and free–so keep that in mind when searching for the right desk for you or your office.


Why not leave a comment below and let us know your personal desk assembling experience?

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Updated: May 29, 2019

Considering the amount of seated desks versus standing desks or adjustable work surfaces we sell, it is likely the majority of us are sitting most of the day.

It's 2019–you're probably familiar with the health risks involved with a sedentary life and work style by now, so we won't re-hash out all of those references when you could simply do an internet search.

Besides forming good habits of giving yourself 10 minutes or so of physical movement every hour at work, it's a great idea to reduce your amount of sitting if your job is at a desk all day everyday.


Sitting down isn't all bad and it's necessary for many jobs, but when it lasts for 8 hours with little movement in that timeframe try a few techniques to help get you moving.

Standing may seem tiring, but long-term sitting can feel just as exhausting.

All that being said, what do you do when you are virtually left without sitting alternatives? Perhaps your office doesn't have a desk option that accommodates a standing format. What then?

At that point it comes down to the chair you're sitting in.


Take a look at your desk chair's seat really quick.


Does it seem to have a definitive squareness to the front where the inside of your knees rest? Or, do those top end edges taper/slope downward, forming more of a smooth curvature?


That smooth curve on the front of a chair–called a Waterfall Edge (imagine a waterfall effortlessly flowing over the edge of that seat)–isn't necessarily just an aesthetic design choice by the manufacturer but a significant health benefit to heavy-sitters.


The more pronounced the edge of a chair, the less health beneficial it will be when sitting longterm.

If it's not a smooth curvature, then you definitely want to consider a Waterfall Edge seat for the following reasons:


1. Blood circulates more freely through your legs

2. Overall pressure on upper legs is lessened

3. Better knee support


This Waterfall Edge design promotes better sitting health as well as better distribution of the sitter's weight. When you look for one make sure to find one with personalized contouring for both legs like this one, as well as one which will benefit the lumbar which is crucial to assist with correct posture.


Does your current chair promote better circulation such as ours with the Waterfall Edge design?


Find one from us to avoid others' standard $45 installation fees and wait time, as well as benefit from great pricing on wellness and other ergonomically sound seating which shouldn't deplete your entire sinking fund.






If we are doing anything for 8 hours a day, shouldn't we try to do it the best we can?

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