Archive for October, 2010

10 Halloween Decorating Ideas for Your Office Cubicle

It’s beginning to look a lot like Halloween out there, and hopefully your office cubicle is following suit. If your office allows it, dressing up your cubicle is the perfect way to add a little spice to the work day and give your coworkers something to talk about.

Not the creative type? Not a problem. Our list of 10 Halloween Decorating Ideas for your Office Cubicle should give you a good start:

The Body Outline/CSI Theme

For easy on/easy off, masking tape works great for creating the outline of a “body.” Have fun with the shapes – make your “body” into an interesting person by going above and beyond the typical outline. Crime scene tape, fingerprint dusting powder (baby powder works well for this), footprints and assorted clues all help to round out the theme.

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Webby Wonderland

For some, nothing beats the ease of picking up a $2 pack of fake spider webs and weaving them about the office or cubicle. If that’s all you can muster in the name of Halloween spirit (or if that’s all your boss will tolerate), this is a completely acceptable decorating theme. Just be sure to use the plastic spiders that come in the pack for that little element of surprise, and use as much of the web as possible.

Holiday Affair

Pumpkins and scarecrows are old hat for Halloween office decor. Instead, dress up your cubicle in garb from another holiday. Fourth of July, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and New Year’s Eve are all great choices, but if you want to get a jump on Christmas, you’ll save yourself some time when December rolls around. Christmas trees, ornaments, snowflakes, greeting cards and, of course, presents, all make for fun and easy accessories.

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Skulls, Hands and Skeletons, Oh My!

For a quick and easy theme that is sure to get attention, round up all the plastic bones you can find and place them strategically around your cube. A full-body skeleton next to your doorway or in your visitor’s chair is particularly effective, as is a rubber hand coming out of a drawer. Get creative and don’t be afraid to have fun – this is the only time of year this kind of decorating theme won’t raise eyebrows!

Creepy Cemetery

You’d be hard-pressed to find a mass retailer that doesn’t have a large variety of “headstones” for sale this time of year. If you have the space, assembling several grave sites around your cubicle, intertwined with faux rats and crows, is a great Halloween decorating theme. Bonus points for running a fog machine if your boss will allow it. You can also bring in a bag or bucket of dirt and hide it under your desk for that freshly-dug grave scent.

Island Flavor

Need a little break from traditional cube life? Try adding a little island style to your office space for a carefree vibe (and great Halloween “dress up” decor). Fake palm trees, grass skirts tacked up along cabinetry or desk edges, beach balls, hammocks and the like will make your space the star of the show. Just be sure you don’t get too relaxed or the boss might have something to say about it!

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Scary Movies ‘n More

Movie buffs will love displaying posters from some of the best horror flicks around. Search for Nightmare on Elm Street, Carrie, Halloween and more to pin up on your fabric cubicle walls. A mannequin outfitted with a hockey mask a la Jason from Friday the 13th would be a nice touch. Simple, easy, effective…and scary!

Witchy Woman (or Vile Vampire)

A witch’s lair for the ladies or vampire vault for the guys are great themes for Halloween cubicle decorating. For witches, a plastic cauldron (with fog, if possible), brooms, bats, eyeballs, rats and, of course, tall black hats will fill your space nicely. For the gents, a makeshift coffin should replace the witch’s cauldron, but the rats and bats can stay. A set of strategically placed plastic fangs offers that authentic touch. Don’t forget the mood music, if possible.

Dungeons and Dragons

One of the more elaborate of our decorating suggestions, this  dungeon theme features “brick” walls, shackles and chains, spider webs, creepy critters and more. Using a blacklight to produce an eerie glow is optimal, as is a soundtrack of moaning and clanking.  Have fun with this and go all out – you just might win the office-wide decorating contest!

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Rock the Catwalk

Decorate your cubicle or office space with items found on a photo shoot set for that “I’m a star” feeling! A gilded mirror, modeling snapshots, film strips, feather boas, and a catwalk fashioned in between a row of cubicles will lead you and your coworkers into a Halloween of high style and fun. For the catwalk, place metallic fabric on the floor and secure, edge with tube lights if possible and line with a row of chairs, if space permits. Take turns posing for pics in your Halloween costumes, then vote for the best “model” during your office party. Fun!

Do you have any other great cubicle or office decorating suggestions? We’d love to hear them – please share in the comments below. And have yourself a Spooktacularly Happy Halloween!

Best Halloween Cubicle Decorations of All Time

‘Tis the season for dressing up, and there’s no reason your cube or workspace can’t join in the fun. Here, a collection of some of the greatest Halloween-themed offices and cubicles from around the Web. If you don’t find any inspiration in these, check your pulse…then consider dressing your cube up as a cemetery.

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Talk about mood lighting! From the ghoulish green to the riotous red, this cube pulls out all the spooky stops. While there is no designated theme per se, this cube owner has covered all the Halloween bases (even adding a pumpkin filled with treats!)

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However foul your mood, we dare you to be grumpy after stepping into this pumpkin patch themed office. Bright colors and goofy grins show off the lighter side of Halloween, and the straw on the floor is so bonus!

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You can never go wrong with caution tape and spider webs – both quintessential Halloween decorations. And when space is tight, like it is here, combining them works. Throw in the spooky screen savers and you’ve got one haunting setup.

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Ah yes, the dead body outline. Outside of real live crime scenes, this type of thing was made for Halloween. A dead body and a mystery? Yes, we’ll take it! Especially when it spices up a boring day in the cube.

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Now here’s a Halloween theme that’s a little unexpected…Christmas!  We love the originality of this idea and are especially fond of the fact that once Halloween is through, this office can stay “dressed up” for the holidays ahead!

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When it comes to web work, this cube wins big! The weaving is so intricate that this poor guy has been stuck here for years and has lost a few pounds. Looks like the spider is eating well, though!

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Life’s a beach when you head to work at this office. Wonder if that’s the boss lounging on the hammock there? (And wonder if those bottles of spirits in the background are for show or the real deal? Hmmm.)

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For everyone that feels working in a cube is like working in a dungeon, this guy can say that pretty literally. We love the detail on the walls and all the creepy accessories. Not sure we’d want to be caught in the dark here, but in the daylight, this place is great!

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Nothing captures the romance of Halloween quite like vultures, skulls, and chalices full of (hopefully fake) blood. We love the eerie elegance of this display and wonder if their frightening festivities include any rituals or sacrifices to round out the fun. (Yikes.)

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And finally, what Halloween cubicle round-up would be complete without an ode to terrifying tots? Yes, this massive doll collection is creepy, but it’s not nearly as unsettling as the wall art. We think it’s safe to say that if it feels like someone is watching you when you’re in this cube, you’re probably right.

So do any of these strike you as the ultimate costume for your cube? Place your vote in the comments below and share your other ideas with us. After all, Halloween isn’t just for kids – it’s for the Cube Community, too!

Arnolds Office Furniture: What a History!

Our 100,00 sq. ft showroom

Our 100,00 sq. ft showroom

Would you believe that one of the largest used office furniture companies in the world, with its 100,000 square foot showroom, was once a business operating out of a tiny little storefront in Bristol, Pennsylvania? Here’s a little history about the big company now known as Arnolds Office Furniture.

Founded in 1929 by Ellis Island immigrants David and Rose Norman, Arnolds started out as Norman’s Stationery Company, specializing in stationery, greeting cards and gifts. In 1950, the Normans’ son, Arnold, joined the family business, and began expanding it into office furniture and supplies. After another name change and some product tweaking, in 1973, “Arnolds Office Furniture” was born. By 1988, this used office furniture outfit was operating out of two locations (Pennsylvania and New Jersey) and was one of the largest used office furniture businesses around.

Arnolds, in all of its incarnations, operated out of the Grande Theatre Building on Mill Street for 75 years, until 2005. It was then taken under new ownership, moved to its current location, and reopened with our now-legendary showroom stocked full of great deals on used office cubicles, used desks, and much more.

With the rich history of this company, it is our promise to uphold the same values and integrity that have been the core of this business since 1929. We are dedicated to continuing the quality and service the world has come to expect from Arnolds and the Norman family for more than 75 years.

Thanks for getting to know us!