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"Back to Work 2012"


Whether your workplace is an open plan office, a private room, a spacious home office or a tiny nook, tweaking it at the beginning of 2012 may help you face the year with a new outlook and result in increased productivity, greater organisation and a more inspired and enjoyable workspace.

There are three basics for every workspace; the desk, the chair and the lighting. Look to get the most suitable for the job, and the best you can afford, these three things will not only impact your work, but your comfort and your health.

> The Desk
A clear desk equals a clear head.  If space allows, select a lovely large desk and have storage adjacent to the desk; a large clear space will ensure you feel organised and remain focused each time you sit down to work.  Place your desk by the window if possible for ample natural sunlight, if you find you have a tendency to daydream whilst staring out the window then turn your desk around. This way you still benefit from the light, and can spin around and have a gaze when you have some free time.  Bring some inspiration and life to your work space with one or two carefully selected pieces that you love perhaps a photo and a quirky pen holder.

Get the Look: Sienna Workstation from $985, Aero Desk from $750

> The Chair
If you are spending numerous hours in this chair it is worth spending money on something that supports good ergonomic posture - it will decrease aches and pains, and being comfortable allows you to get good chunks of work done without becoming distracted.  Look for designs with a swivel base, arm rests, a recliner and a height adjustable mechanism for ultimate customisation. A design that co-ordinates with the sleek desk will ensure unity in the space, so look for something in a matching or complementary colour and a material that appeals to you; leather is a luxurious choice and is a lovely material for daily use.

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Eureka Office Chair $1175

> The Lighting
Natural light is important in a workspace. If you have an abundance of light, you will need to control it via window treatments and if you have limited natural light then make sure you make the most of it by placing your desk nearby.  You will need additional task lighting, for the evenings or specific activities. Look for lights that you can move and control, an adjustable arm, spinning lamp and a nice bright light are key things to look for. 

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360 Table Lamp $935, Garden Floor Light $1240


You do not necessarily need a lot of it, you just need the right type, and the choice is not necessarily restricted to ugly filing cabinets.  First consider what you need to store, and then consider the systems you use currently or would like to put in place.  Do you keep everything in its place and need easy access to it? In that case your storage will need to be within easy reach of your desk, or do you tend to pile things up then sort through them and file once the job is done? If you are more this style you could get away with a storage unit on the other side of the room, but a couple of drawers by the desk could be useful to stash current work, to help keep your desk clear and tidy.  A bookcase that integrates concealed storage behind doors, drawers and open shelving will tick all the boxes for most offices, concealed storage for the more mundane filing, drawers for stationery and open shelving for displaying books or magazines, or anything that inspires you.

For by the desk, the Jett storage drawers are handy for stationery and bits and pieces that you need quick access to. It tucks neatly inside the desks if space is tight, or can be placed next to the desk (it is a handy height for a printer too).

No room for a bookcase? Use floating shelves to create a small set of shelves in an unused wall nook, select attractive magazine files to store your papers, and display one or two personal items for character.

Get the Look: Bronte Wall Unit starting from $1488, Sistema Bookcase starting from $1325, Jett Drawer Unit $750, Astro Hanging Shelves from $150

An armchair or reading chair is a wonderful luxury.  Being able to sit in comfort whilst you read reports or even just a magazine, will refresh you and inspire you to continue working.  A great option for those who are easily distracted; it allows you to move elsewhere for a change of scenery and refocus.  A great idea for those who work at home also, if you have a tendency to move to the sofa when you want a comfy break, an armchair will provide a great place for some reading or thinking time without being tempted by the distractions of the TV.

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If you work from home, you have the luxury of being able to decorate your work space with whatever inspires you, whether it is a colourful print, photographs, a pile of books or pictures stuck on a pin board above the desk, or plants &f lowers. For a home office, striking the balance between homely and professional is often the key to staying organised and motivated.  For those in corporate style offices, there is less opportunity to personalise the space, look for some funky desk accessories though that keep your workspace organised and inject some fun!


"Back to Work 2012"


Creating an inspiring and functional study for a teenager is the easy part, having them sit down and open a book is the hard part! A great first step would be to involve them in the furniture selections, let them decide what inspires them and what their ideal work environment would ideally look like. The basics of a teens study are the same as any work environment; the main difference is that it is usually in a corner of their bedroom which can easily become cluttered with clothes and general teenager stuff!


> The Desk: Select the biggest that the room will take, often school studies will involve both computer use and written work so keep in mind that there will need to be adequate space for both.  Select a clean style with a smooth surface and minimal look, (storage can be adjacent) then place their computer to one side, leaving space for written work on the other side of the desk.  Most teens will sit down to their computer at some point each night so selecting a desk that discourages clutter will encourage them to maintain focus.  

> The Chair: Students will not necessarily be in the chair for up to eight hours a day like working adults may be, but it is still important they have something appropriately supportive so they are comfortable while they work.  They also do not necessarily need all the features of a swivel base, wheels or recliners, in fact, often making it harder for the chair to move is beneficial (it’s very easy to be distracted when you can swivel closer to a TV!). Something like the Roma dining chair is light in appearance, supportive and the perfect level of comfort for a few hours work each night.

> Lighting: Good lighting is hugely important in a teenagers study, most of their work will be completed in the evenings so a decent desk lamp is crucial. Look for a design with a clean, white light which can be moved and adjusted to control the light depending on the activity.  

> Storage: Having a couple of drawers adjacent to the desk is a great solution for stationery and papers that will be used on a daily basis, it will also allow your teen to pack away their study notes and clear the desk to ensure they can switch off and get a good night’s rest. If the room allows for a bookcase, select one with a combination of concealed storage for text books and notes, and open storage to display personal items so the room can be converted between bedroom and study as needed.

> Inspiring your student: Hang some hooks, a pin board or some string on the wall above the desk for the student to personalise their space. They can hang pictures that inspire them and make the space their own. A pin board or cork tiles on the wall will encourage them to change the pictures as their needs or interests change.

Get the Look:

- Aero Glossy White Workstation $850

- Roma White Dining Chair $545

- Jett Storage Drawer Unit $750

- 360 Desk Lamp $935


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Good Day Adwena.


My apologies for not returning your call last week. I have been interstate on business and every time I have time to return calls it is either before or after your store trading hours. I just wanted you to know that we absolutely love our dining setting. We had family over on the week end and they too were all super impressed. In addition we want you and the owners of the business to know that Frances and I were ecstatic with the service provided by Taylor and his team. In particular, Taylor. He is worth his weight in Gold. He single handedly made sure that all the issues we had were sorted in a flash, with a smile and expertise. Trust me, after waiting 4 months for an expensive furniture setting and having it damaged, it all could have turned very nasty. He is a tremendous asset to your business and believe me, Frances and I have very high expectations. I have run 4 national retail chains and he is a rare individual. I would have him in my business tomorrow if he was available. To top it all off, I have today noticed that you credited my account on 27 May with a sum of money that is generous and without even waiting for us to ask for it. Once again, Taylor delivered on his promise with your help. From the time we walked into your store way back in Mid January and met with you, to today, you and your staff have delivered top class and very friendly, knowledgeable service. Frances and I have been recommending your company to every friend and family member we come in contact with. So a huge thanks to you Adwena and please pass on our most sincere thanks and well wishes to Taylor. It was a pleasure to share time with him in our home that Saturday morning two weeks ago, on his day off. He cared enough to leave his family, drive seperately from his team to meet with us and make sure everything that could be done to delight us, was done. He achieved that in spades. Our most sincere thanks and gratitude.


Two very impressed and now loyal customers.


Peter and Frances.


Dear Michelle


I would like to thank you immensely for all your help with the organisation of the installation of the Viano. What should have been a smooth installation became complex, however with your endless help, you made it happen. You are an asset to Beyond furniture and I do hope you pass this on to your management. Your constant attention to ensuring everything turned out in the end, was better than any other service I ever received. All you wanted to achieve was full customer satisfaction, and that was accomplished. I admire your persistance to ensure others did the job right. Thank you again for everything. I would certainly recommend Beyond furniture on the very basis of you.


All the very best for Christmas and very happy new year.


Kind Regards,




I have just completed the survey but would like to acknowledge again how professional, knowledgeable and friendly Michelle from Crows Nest store was - I have never had such great customer service and would definitely purchase from Michelle again. She did everything correctly and the whole process went very smoothly.


The delivery men were again fantastic. Nothing was a trouble to them. They set up our shelving professionally and when I asked if I could change my mind and have the lounge put in a different position (lounge was heavy) they just did it for me without hesitation - just fantastic and very clean - no mess, took off their shoes when they came in (new apartment and carpet) without me having to ask. I wish I could remember their names but the head fellow was from Allawah and very knowledgeable and enjoyed very much working for you as did Michelle so congratulations as not everybody these days can say that about the firm that employs them.


Kind Regards,




Hi there Michelle – understand that you were away on holidays when our stuff was delivered. Just wanted to drop you a note – the guys who did the delivery did an absolutely terrific job. They were very patient, worked extremely hard and very efficiently.


The head guy was “Wade” but can’t recall the other guy’s name. I don’t always think that these guys get the credit they deserve so thought it was worth dropping you a note - as you know access to our place is a challenge.


Yes – furniture looks great so of course appreciate your assistance as well.


All the best.


Seaforth, NSW.



Newcastle, NSW.


"Kate, what exeptional, warm, friendly .. and just absolutly brilliant service I have recieved from beyond furniture.. kate I really appreciated your friendly, knowledgable attentive [though non intrusive] assistance and support last weekend in choosing a mattress.


The company is very lucky to have you working for them, and its obvious you love what you do, and love to give an excellant service. marco and I really noticed and commented on how absolutly nothing was too much trouble for you.. and boy we kept you busy... our questions... and there were many... were answered with integrety and honesty.


The arrangement that you and Lan have facillitated is truely very generous and trusting and goes way "beyond" the expectations of usual customer service... I'm blown away by it!!!please thank Lan very very much... I'm sure 4 weeks will be ample time Kate, I appreciate the extra week... that really ought to clinch it i think!!! A very big thank you to natasha too... she was marvelous, and again very honest..


It goes without saying, that I will most definatly be recommending your store to friends and to everyone I know... I will complete the form and forward to you, and I hope that we meet you again when we collect. "

Sydney, NSW.


"I’m writing this letter to let you know about the positive experience I had with your organization. Everybody I had any dealings with in your company was friendly, professional and highly competent: the sales team, the staff in administration as well as the installers.


I have to single out Kirsten Moore. I recently bought an apartment in Rose Bay and decided to furnish the space from scratch, and looked to buy from a single store for the sake of creating a central theme, and for the sake of ease. I narrowed down my search to three stores whose furniture I liked, but became discouraged at the lack of sales assistance, design expertise, and total inflexibility when it came to matters such as delivery and installation times.


Almost as a last attempt to find a company I could feel comfortable with, I visited your Crows Nest shop with my partner, and was fortunate enough to be assisted by Kirsten Moore. All we had was our thoughts on what we wanted to achieve, and a floor-plan of the space. Kirsten advised us with skill and patience. She listened to us, and combined with her design expertise and suggestions, we were able to select everything we needed over the course of a few days. We were given an easy-to-understand spreadsheet that laid out what we had ordered, and when delivery could be expected. Kirsten accommodated us with delivery times and dates, and solved a few small problems that arose (inevitable with any big order) promptly, and always with good grace. She was always available to assist us (even on her days off) and was never difficult to contact.


I have lived in Australia for 12 years, and this is the first time I am writing a letter such as this. My experience with Kirsten and Beyond has been in such stark contrast with what I have experienced with many other companies, that I decided that I ought to write to you to say Thank You.


We are very happy with the quality, value and appearance of the Beyond furniture in our apartment, and are grateful for the positive interactions we had with the entire team at Beyond. "

Nielen Brummer,
Rose Bay, NSW.


"I very much appreciate the professional manner in which you and your staff have helped me from the minute I stepped into the showroom. I also appreciate your integrity in honouring...without hesitation on your part ... all your promises. You have given 'good old fashioned service' for which I thank you. I am promoting "Beyond Furniture" wherever and whenever appropriate and wish you well in the opening of your new store, I love your products and hope to buy more in the future."
Carolyn Love,
Lane Cove.


 "Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for replying promptly. You are people of honour and integrity and you have definitely kept your word...your customer service is second to none and if my friends or I require furniture in the future I will not hesitate in providing your name as the first recommendation to them. Again, many thanks and I wish you all the best."
George Christofis,


 "Thank you for keeping me updated for the furniture I bought from you, I really appreciate your customer service. Your patience in helping me choosing the furniture and accessories really moved me; your professionalism made my life much easier. Now I really enjoy having Beyond Furniture in my home. I will have no hesitation to recommend my friends to buy from you in the future."
Susan Spencer,
 "I bought your brand of furniture five years ago from somewhere else, I found the quality is excellent, and it still looks new. I have been looking for the same furniture to match it for a long time. Finally I found you guys, I am so happy, everything is matching. I am really impressed with your wonderful customer service; I wish you every success in your business, you deserve it"
Bindoo khastoui,
Dear Louise,

The purpose of writing this email is to send my sincere appreciation for Lisa Williams.
In my dealings with Beyond Furniture during the purchase of a bedroom suite (this being our first interstate purchase) Lisa has always been willing to assist me.
In my experience employees who provide quality customer service of a high calibre tend to be employees who are a true asset to an organization.
I commend both Ms Williams and your organization for the value of service provided and I feel grateful to be one of your customers.
Based on the service I received from Ms Williams I will not hesitate to recommend Beyond Furniture to any of my friends.
Thanks & kind regards,
Hello Caroline

Received the lounge last Wednesday and un-packed it Thursday night.  It is nicer then I ever expected.

Thank you so much for all your help and guidance in purchasing my beautiful lounge.
I hope your company knows what a great asset you are for them.

Kind regards
Hi Natalie

You are a wonderful communicator.  Thanks...sure builds trust with your

I did recieve the courier confirmation today.

Talk to you on Sunday.   Morning would probably be best.

Thank you.

Thanks Gabrielle

Please thank the team (including yourself) for the service provided. I can highly recommend your company & have done so.

Hi Michelle,

the guys arrived with my furniture yesterday afternoon and put it together for me. They were very good and I'm really pleased with the results. I just wanted to thank you again for your assistance in changing my original order (the larger bedside units would not have fitted), and for your suggestions for the tv unit and bookcase.

I'm not sure if I'll be ordering anything else (it's only a small unit), but will certainly have no reservations in recommending you.

Thank you again.

Warm regards
Hi Caroline,
Thanks for the update and the tips on the cleaning and maintenance of the surface.
Thanks for all your help and as I mentioned on Sunday I am really please with all the other pieces and the service received from both yourself and the two guys who delivered and assembled.
Hi Caroline,

I'd just like to let you know delivery and installation went smoothly on Sat and everything looks great.

Thank you for the extremely easy and stress free experience, we'll defintely recommend Beyond Furniture to our friends!


Our new bedroom furniture was delivered yesterday. It looks great and fits perfectly.
Thankyou for your assistance and support.
Please also extend our appreciation to the two delivery operatives – they were on time, courteous, professional and tidy.

All in all the experience of dealing with Beyond Furniture has been an enjoyable one and we hope to have many years of service from our purchase.

Good Morning Bernard,

Thank you for helping us to have a beautiful furniture for our new home.
Thank you for your Friendly & Excellent Service.
I have already recommended you to a few of my friends.

To the Sales Manager,
I have, over the recent weeks, placed a reasonably large order with you. 
I would like to commend Tom for his assistance and friendly advice, and particularly Louise who has been infinitely patient and knowledgable over the phone, when I needed to change a couple of things and clarify things.  She went out of her way to be helpful.
Your  shops and displays are a credit to you, and it is a pleasure to shop with you.
Hi Alex,
This is Nancy I bought a Grey glass TV Cabinet DFD815 on 
the 17/10/08.
I just wanted to tell you how happy I am with the cabinet, its looks 
great, and the service.  From the phone call on the Sunday giving me 
the time for the delivery to the two nice guys that delivered it, set 
 it up and took the box away.  Also thank you very much for the great 
 magazine rack, it matches perfectly.
I was very impressed, it was a pleasure doing business with you, I 
will be telling all my friends, and certainly shopping there again.
All the best to you and the girls

With thanks

Thanks Amy for your time, effort, customer service and prompt replies.   Be great dealing with you.
Please fwd me your one up's email address and I will acknowledge your efforts or alternatively, fwd this onto your one up manager and CC me in the email.

Hi Louise,

I just wanted to say a big thank you to you and your team for replacing my glass table top. It looks so much better now and I am being extra careful by covering it when in use.

Your customer service is excellent and I am always recommending Beyond�Furniture to anyone looking for new pieces.

Looking forward to continuing our shopping with you.

Kind regards
Good Morning Kevin

Would just like to say that we had our Dining table and Buffet delivered to our home yesterday. We would like compliment your delivery boys on there great service!
Our home has very difficult access and they were very patient and helpful through the whole process. Nothing was a trouble for them and Tyler was obviously very experienced at his job.

Please pass on our thanks and comments to your superiors, the furniture looks great and the whole process has been a smooth one, from purchasing in the store with you  thru to the delivery to our home.

Thanks Again!

Kind Regards

Peter& Marea
Gymea Bay



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