Frequently Asked Questions
Where can I purchase office furniture on the internet?
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Where do I go for Office Furniture Liquidation or Relocation?
The best way to begin the business furniture liquidation process is by submitting your contact information to Miramar Liquidators today.
Miramar Liquidators has all the answers for any project requiring office liquidation in San Diego. Whether your liquidation needs concern office cubicles, excess business-related furniture such as seating or filing cabinets, electronics, or industrial or scientific equipment, we have the ability and the know-how to satisfy all business liquidation or relocation needs.
What is the difference between veneer and laminate?
Most quality modern office furniture is comprised of wood construction covered by a higher-grade wood veneer or laminate surface. Veneer is a thin (usually less than 3/16 inch), sheet of wood produced by rotating a log against a long lathe blade. Veneers are created from hardwood and softwood trees that have been selected for their beauty and character. Laminate is a paper/plastic composite printed with a wood-grain effect that has been impregnated with melamine at high temperature and pressure to form a highly-durable finish.
What is the proper height of a workstation or desk where a keyboard will be used?
What is difference between letter and legal and vertical and lateral file cabinets?
The most common sizes of paper used for printing documents are letter (8.5″ x 11″) and legal (8.5″ x 14″). Consequently, file folders and file cabinets have been standardized to accommodate these two sizes. Vertical file cabinets are either letter- or legal-size, typically have two-five drawers and store folders from front-to-back. Vertical file cabinets are more narrow in front and deeper in depth than lateral file cabinets which are wider in front and shorter in depth. Most lateral file cabinets are letter or legal-size in depth, 30″ – 48″ in width and have two-five drawers. Filing in a lateral file cabinet is usually side-to-side; although, with the right hardware brackets, a lateral file cabinet can be set up to accommodate front-to-back filing. A lateral file cabinet can store an average of one-third more documents than a vertical file cabinet.
What does the UL fire rating mean on a filing cabinet or safe?
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an independent, non-profit organization that tests a variety of products, systems, materials and devices to ensure they are safe for public use. The UL testing process measures the amount of protection an insulated safe or file cabinet will provide its contents in a fire. In order to receive an UL rating, insulated filing cabinets and safe must meet or exceed UL testing standards. For instance, the most common rating is a UL Class 350 One Hour Rating; this means, in the event of a fire, the file cabinet or safe can protect any internal paper documents from temperatures up to 1700 degrees F for one hour.
What are the most common types of office desks?
There are dozens, or more, different types of desks. But, in the world of office furniture there are several standards, such as: pedestal, computer, reception, l-shape and u-shape. When you factor in the variations within these types, additional features and size and finish options, there are hundreds of different desk choices to consider. Browse some of our office desks on our website furniture store at MiramarOffice.com
A pedestal desk is made of a rectangular top or bow-front, resting on one or two small cabinets (aka pedestals) with drawers. Often, there is a large drawer in the center and a “modesty panel” between the pedestals that provides privacy to the seated user. There are multiple variations of the pedestal desk. When the desk frame has one pedestal and one set of legs, it is called a left or right pedestal desk – depending on its location. An executive desk is a larger, more elegant version of the pedestal desk. And, when the pedestal desk is two-thirds its normal size, it is called a student desk. Some pedestal desks have existing keyboard trays for computer use or can be retrofitted to accommodate one.
A computer desk is used, as the name suggests, for computing purposes. Computer desks typically have a keyboard tray and legs that can be adjusted to the user’s needs and sufficient desktop surface to hold a monitor and mouse as well as allow for handwriting space. Some computer desks have holes for routing cables or a modesty panel with channels and hardware to secure the cords. Some computer desks have wheels for mobility. Others can be configured in rows in a classroom or training facility and hold multiple computer systems. A computer workstation is a desktop space that is surrounded by a three-sided partition. Workstations can be arranged in many different configurations, reduce noise and offer privacy to numerous individuals working in a single room.
Reception desks serve two purposes: they are the first stopping point for an office visitor as well as a work space for the receptionist. Reception desks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many include a transaction counter that is approximately 42″ tall and wraps partially or almost-fully around the desk. This separates the visitor and receptionist and provides counter-top space for log-in books and other office paraphernalia and under-counter storage space on the desk.
Because of its configuration, the l-shape desk can offer broad desktop and storage space. The main portion of the desk, its shell, is often comprised of a single pedestal with two or more drawers and a central drawer or keyboard tray under the desktop surface. The remaining portion of the desk, called a return or bridge, is supported by pedestal with drawers. The return is connected directly to the desk. When ordering an l-shape desk, indicate whether the return should be mounted to the left or right of the shell.
The u-shape desk is arranged like a semi-circle, or, as the name says, like a “u.” The u-shape desk is comprised of three units: the central desk and two side returns. It can have one-three attached pedestals with drawers, a central drawer or keyboard tray and partial or full modesty panels. Because of its great size, the u-shape desk has a large desktop surface and tremendous room for storage – on and below the desk. Its works best in a setting with lots of floor space.