If you took all of the different table lines that manufacturers had to offer and lined them up end to end, I would venture to say you could reach the moon and back more than a few times. The great news is that you only need one table line when it comes to finding the perfect fit for your office – the new Build table series from HON.

The Building Blocks of a Great Table:

In a society where millennials are quickly becoming the prevailing majority in the workforce, you need a table that will fit the work style of the millennial, the baby boomer, and something for when the two come together. Here are just four different ways you can use Build™ tables in today’s workplace:

  1. Commons: Group a few together in the commons area for impromptu one-on-one meetings, group discussions, and everything in between.
  2. Breakout: Integrate them into workstation areas to give employees a breakout meeting area without having to completely relocate.
  3. Training: Use them in a training room, and rearrange as needed to accommodate any size group or any type of training.
  4. Focused: Take advantage of unused nooks and smaller spaces in the office to give employees the opportunity to find a little quiet time.

Build tables are a great fit for any commons area

One of the oldest sayings in the book is that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s equally true for what your office furniture says about you to your employees and visitors alike. Odds are, you’re going to want something that has a classic look without being overly outdated or staid.

Build™ offers not only 26 standard laminate options and 14 edge options, but also two different leg finishes, casters or glides and five unique and interchangeable table top shapes.

Feeling traditional? Pair a couple of rectangular tables in a classic woodgrain finish together for a mobile conference room. Want something a little more unique? Arrange six of the new kite tables in Pomegranate or Blue Agave laminate for a floral-inspired group setting.

New Build table shape - Kite

Attention to Detail
Like all HON products, Build™ was designed with the end user in mind. Inspired by practicality, HON created a table that could be used alone, or mixed and matched with others to create a space that is completely new. It includes height adjustability from 25” to 34” so that it fits just right for any individual. And of course, it’s backed by the HON Full Lifetime Warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that you and your purchase are covered.

Build Tables work in any learning or commercial space

How would you use HON’s new Build tables in your space?


Today’s workspaces are constantly changing, and with HON’s new Build™ Tables, users can create a space that works for them. Build makes it easy for shared spaces to be reconfigured multiple times a day and accommodates an infinite number of settings. Five fun shapes and twenty-four laminate choices make it compatible with any room.

New Build Tables From HON

For Learning Spaces
A common trend in today’s learning environment is the shared classroom. Many teachers and professors are in and out for different classes, and they need to be able to configure the space in a way that works with their teaching style. Build is lightweight, mobile and energizing! With 5 different table shapes, the design capabilities are endless. Not only is this product functional, it comes in all kinds of bright colors to keep the energy in the environment high.

Build Tables come in 5 unique, interchangeable shapes

For Anywhere Else!
Build’s five unique shapes and large range of sizes allow the tables to fit anywhere. Whether it be a touchdown area in an open office, or a collaborative space to bounce ideas off your coworkers, Build has it covered. Using the classic rectangle table is perfect for training applications, or you can spice it up with shapes like Wisp, Ribbon or Kite to get a fresh look! You have complete control over your area and how you want to incorporate your style. Whatever setting you need to be productive, Build sets the foundation.

Build tables can be easily reconfigured for any learning space or work environment

To learn more about the latest table line from HON, visit the Build spotlight page on hon.com.

Preside, a holistic table solution to fit your space and design aesthetic, just keeps getting better. Whether it’s used as a stand-alone solution or matched with existing HON desk lines, Preside was designed to adapt to the needs of any space, outfitting all areas: conference, meeting, café and commons, collaborative, engaging spaces and more. With so much to offer, what more could HON add? Well, this week we’re introducing three key enhancements that will make Preside an even more versatile solution.

1. From Conference Room to Collaborative Space
The Preside expansion addresses growing workplace trends with new collaborative table solutions. These new tables help bring people together and offer a clean, modern design. Available in 72” or 96” lengths, select from seated- or standing-height.  Like the rest of the Preside line, these tables are available with or without technology. Choose between a full or half modesty panel, or a stretcher beam and no modesty panel when powered. Even more reason to love these new collaborative tables, the modesty panels can now be specified in the same laminate as the top or a coordinating laminate for a dual finish look!

Preside is moving out of the conference room and into collaborative spaces

2. Power Up with More Technology Options
Everyone is plugged in and on the go, so quick and easy access to power is important in both the conference and collaborative spaces. Preside has always had power options, but our recent additions provide more flexibility. New Extron plates offer more data options such as DP, VGA, HDMI and USB. These plates fit into the existing flip-top ports making it easy to swap out when power/media needs change, creating a future-proof way to power up Preside tables. Staying connected is something to get excited about!

New Extron plates allow for more power options

3. Build-Your-Own Perfect Space
New credenza options make it easy to create just the right solution for any space.  The Preside hospitality credenza was revamped last year to add great features, like hidden drawers and ventilation for a mini-fridge. While these great options are still available, the recent expansion includes a smaller, 60” buffet credenza (also with ventilation) and new modular credenza components. The new modular models allow you to choose from a bookshelf with a door unit, an open bookshelf, or a box drawer and door unit. The units can be mixed and matched to create just the right credenza for any space. Units can then share a spanning top and a spanning back for a finished and custom look. Sizable, custom looking credenzas- who wouldn’t get excited?

New storage options and build-your-own credenzas allow users to create just the right space

Preside has always been an exciting solution, but these new expansions reinvigorate our excitement for this popular collaborative solution. Which new enhancement are you most excited about?

Did you know that The HON Company participated in over 100 trade events last year?  We traversed the country, spreading product knowledge and “HON Ready-ness” at everything from college career fairs to dealer open houses to industry events, attracting thousands of attendees.  Through it all, we’ve picked up some tips and tricks that we like to call our “Tradeshow Survival Kit”.

HON's tradeshow survival kit

Plan Ahead
Start by printing out a hard copy of the show’s floor plan.  Prioritize which booths you’d like to visit, make appointments with your key contacts, and then develop a route.  This way you can ensure you’ll see everything on your list, and save yourself (and your feet) from backtracking along the way.

plan your route

Put your Best Foot Forward
Speaking of feet, they will thank you if you wear comfy shoes.  Go for something cushioned, supportive, breathable – and preferably already broken in.  Bring a spare pair if your suitcase allows, that way you can change it up a bit.  Don’t forget to charge up the ol’ fitness tracker so you can track all of the miles you log!

footwear is important at a tradeshow

Pack Like a Pro
Check the forecast for your destination, and keep in mind that even if it might be 110° outside, convention centers have a reputation for being sub-arctic.  In fact, chilly temps are often the top complaint of conference attendees.  Dressing in layers will keep you comfortable through it all.

packer layered clothing

Stay Sharp
A water bottle is essential, and you might consider packing an energy bar or light snack as well.  This way, when all the walking, talking and late nights take their toll you’ll be prepared.

stay hydrated

It’s in the Bag
Keep a small, lightweight tote bag handy for all of the swag that you’ll pick up along the way.  Bonus – a bag with your company’s logo or a fun design can be a great conversation starter!

carry a swag bag

Worn out yet?  We’ve got you covered.  With comfortable and versatile lounge collections such as Grove, Endorse and Flock®, HON booths are great spaces to sit back and relax.  While you’re resting, take advantage of our power solutions to recharge your devices.  Just be sure to remember your power cords.

find a HON station to recharge

What are your tried and true tradeshow survival tips?

Low Carbon Footprint. Sustainability. PVC free. If you are in the office furniture world, these words are all too familiar to you. It seems like the majority of office spaces being designed or renovated today are working to achieve some type of green certification. Furniture (and even the fabrics used on your furniture) can play a large part in meeting these qualifications. For this reason, it’s important to be educated on the topic of sustainabillity so you can help consult your customer on making the right decision when designing a more eco-friendly work environment.

Office Furniture green certifications

As a sales representative in the office furniture world, customers frequently ask for products that are built using environmentally safe manufacturing processes or that are built from recycled or recyclable content. This is common on Requests For Quotes (RFQs) from large corporations or government buildings, but where do you start? The key is to look for green furniture certifications – and we aren’t talking about the color!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental design, is one of the biggest certifications in the office furniture world.  It focuses on how the product is manufactured by paying attention to the potentially harmful materials that go into making the product. LEED also looks at how much of those materials are recyclable and what potentially harmful chemicals may be emitted during the production process. There are several different levels of certifications furniture can achieve through LEED, but the bottom line is this: if it is LEED certified, it is produced in a way that is better for the environment.

The HON Company uses LEED guidelines when manufacturing furniture by using compression molded seat and back components made from 97% recovered wood fiber, which ends up saving over 2,800 trees a year. HON also recycles bales of fabric scraps which keeps 100 tons of waste out of landfills each year. There are several other processes embraced by The HON Company that have led to more than 75% of our products being LEED certified, which you can read more about in our Environmental Responsibility brochure.

HON is focused on sustainability and lean manufacturing

Beyond just our products, The HON Company takes LEED certification very seriously when it comes to buildings as well. The HON Company headquarters is LEED silver certified. When HON headquarters was renovated in 2007, becoming LEED certified was a priority. The HON Washington DC showroom is also LEED Silver certified. HON continues to invest in creating a more sustainable environment by LEED certifying both its properties and products.

Furniture and its materials can play a large role in creating a more eco-friendly and sustainable work environment. The more educated you are on this topic, the better you will be at guiding your customers to the best HON furniture solutions for their office!


Tranquility and optimism is the theme for Pantone’s Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report. Here are four ways to incorporate these colors into your next HON project.Color Blog 1

Fall for Jade

Fall for shades of Jade

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Centurion Jade CU83
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Continuum Cashmere SCFSCON06
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Revolution Fresh SCFSREV47
Laminate 1: Mocha MOCH
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Platinum Metallic T1
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Terrain Bayou TRRN35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Terrain Plateau TRRN15

Spice is Nice

Spice is nice

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Dapper Rose DAPR40
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sprint Rust SCFSSPT30
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Helix Spice SCFSHLX63
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Sheer Mesh A5
Paint: Muslin T3
Shell Color: Shadow SD
Panel Fabric 1: Sarto Oyster SRT18
Panel Fabric 2: Sarto Mushroom SRT76

Fog Color Pop

Pop of fall color

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: New! Inertia Fuchsia NR63
Seating Fabric Texture: New! CF Stinson Sequence Silver Lining SCFSSEQ75
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Hive Slate SCFSHVE71
Laminate 1: Brilliant White
Laminate 2: Black P
Paint: Loft LOFT
Shell Color: White WT
Panel Fabric 1: New! Tempest Zebra TP35
Panel Fabric 2: New! Tempest Slate TP45

Citron Road Trip

Citron road trip color inspiration

Want this look? Here’s how with HON:
Seating Fabric Solid: Maharam Messenger Lumine SMHMGRM54
Seating Fabric Texture: New! Spin Seating Oat SPNN01
Seating Fabric Pattern: New! CF Stinson Riddle Citron SCFSRID22
Laminate 1: Pinnacle PINC
Laminate 2: Brilliant White WHIT
Paint: Champagne Metallic T4
Shell Color: Shadow
Panel Fabric 1: Landscape Khaki LN20
Panel Fabric 2: Landscape Maize LN40

Make finish selection a breeze with the 2016 Color Inspiration board on HON’s Pinterest page. How do you plan to use color this autumn?


Sit-to-stand workstations are all the rage in office furniture right now, allowing each user to individually adjust the station to his own needs and preferences. Height adjustable tables are also a great ergonomic solution that help promote movement in the workplace. But, before you sell your next sit-to-stand solution, (or better yet, use one yourself) you’ll want to consider a few things:

HON Height Adjustable Bases

Surface height
A height adjustable table can be raised and lowered to a seated or standing position. In each position, the worksurface should be used at an appropriate height that enables the user’s forearms and wrists to be straight and parallel to the surface. If the surface is too low, the arms may pull or strain the back, neck, and shoulder muscles. If the work surface is too high, shoulders bunch up towards the ears, creating tension through the neck and back. Both positions (too high or too low) are less than ideal and lead to awkward postures that can cause soreness and muscle fatigue, so it’s important to make sure that your worksurface height is right for you.

Find the worksurface height that best supports you while you work

Monitor placement
When using a sit-to-stand solution, consider the monitor placement:

  • Be sure to place monitors where they will not impede the functionality of the height-adjustable table.
  • Monitors should always be placed in a direct line of sight. Avoid placing monitors off in a corner where the user will have to turn to view them.
  • Monitors should be positioned about an arm’s length away from the user, but this may need to be adjusted forward or backward depending on the individual’s visual acuity.
  • The top of the monitors should be aligned with the user’s eye level in both the seated and standing positions. If monitors are placed above eye level, users will start craning their necks up to look at the screens. To reduce likelihood of eyestrain, we should have a slight downward gaze while looking at monitors.

HON accessories, such as monitor arms and risers, can help put computer screens at just the right height and placement. Take the time to readjust your monitors after you transition from sitting to standing height to ensure they are still properly positioned.

Proper monitor placement when using height adjustable desks

When fully utilizing a height adjustable base to the standing height position, be sure to consider footwear. This is true for men and women alike. Wear shoes that are comfortable and supportive. Flat shoes or shoes without a heel will help with overall posture and allow feet to be more stable on the floor.

Wear appropriate footwear when utilizing a height adjustable desk

Sit-to-stand solutions are trending right now, providing individualized adjustments to any workstation and encouraging movement throughout the workday. But, they are not the right solution for everyone and can be a big change in work style for many. If standing is new to you or your customers, be sure to work up to standing for longer periods of time. If the user starts leaning on the surface, shifting weight often, or locking knees, this can serve as a good indicator that it is time to sit down for a while.

Want to learn more about HON’s height adjustable solution -Coordinate™? Visit the spotlight page on hon.com or view the latest Two-Minute Tutorial video from the HON University team for extra tips and tricks.

What do you love about height adjustable workstations?

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