Setting Up Business from Home

April 10, 2014

A daunting part of starting a business can be the cost of getting everything up and running, so what better way to keep costs down than by starting your business from home? Even though you are working from home it is still vital to create a comfortable, smart and professional space. Create the right atmosphere for yourself and your business, starting out with the best and most useful accessories, to help you create the perfect home office.


To begin your home workspace you will need the basics.


A Desk and Chair


The desk should be the correct height and size and it should feel right and comfortable for you as you may be spending a lot of time at it. For practical purposes, a desk with a drawer and a keyboard shelf would also be beneficial.


The correct chair is just as important as the desk. It should offer you the support you need, as the last thing you want is a sore back. The chair should be height adjustable, have a tilt-able seat and should be able to be adjusted to suit your weight, height and the way you sit.


A Lamp and Clock


A good, flexible lamp is important, especially if you will be staying up late. Eye-strain makes you more tired and relying on a ceiling light is often not enough, especially if you are going to be doing lots of reading and focusing on the screen.


A clock should also be a key part of your office. Choosing one with clear, visible numbers will make it easier for you to be aware of the time as often as you need to be. It should also be one which is wall mountable so it is out of the way in what may be a busy and crowded space.


Storage Space


A solid bookshelf with deep shelves would be helpful as well as boxes for items that you way want kept away from prying eyes. Magazine files are also great for storing invoices, books, receipts and post.


A lockable drawer unit would be perfect for storing away laptops and sensitive material.


A Laptop and Printer


If you are taking your laptop out and about, you will want something light and small. The screen size does not need to be an issue if it is a more practical size and can be plugged into a large screen.


It is not advisable to look for the cheapest option when buying laptops and printers, instead look for value and quality.


An all in one printer would be helpful, especially if you are short on space. Try and find one that scans, prints, copies and faxes and uses cost effective ink cartridges.


In the end you will have a great looking, professional and functional office. Some of the world’s biggest businesses began in their front room, and two thirds of new entrepreneurs are now taking the same steps. A tidy, organised and fully functioning office will help you keep a clear mind and work in a productive atmosphere without spending excessive money on office space.




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The importance of buying quality furniture

April 7, 2014

Whether you’re replacing worn out old furniture that has served its time, or you’re kitting out a new premises entirely from scratch, it can be tempting to try and cut costs. You might work from home and not see the point of splashing out on yourself, or you may be buying for a large institution like a school or the NHS and looking to minimise expenditure, but ultimately purchasing very cheap furniture can be a false economy.


For a start, the main issue with buying cheap furniture is the quality. You might feel you are being savvy with what looks like a bargain deal, but when that office chair breaks within the first few months you’ll be wishing you had invested more. Cheaper pieces of furniture are likely to break or wear out sooner, meaning more costs in having to replace them.


Not only that, but such cheap furniture that is liable to break can be a real hazard. If it’s just you that ends up getting hurt because a bookcase has fallen on your head that can be bad enough, but even worse is if an employee or client ends up getting injured. In these situations, and especially if you’re responsible for the safety of pupils or patients as a school or the NHS, you have a duty of care, and there can be serious consequences if someone gets hurt.


The other issue with the quality of furniture is simply comfort. A very cheap price tag is usually indicative of poor design, and the last thing you want while trying to get on with work is backache from your chair, or from a desk that is an awkward height. This applies to your workforce and clients as well – you want everyone to be as productive and comfortable as possible.


Another issue with cheap furniture is convenience. A lot of the time, that bargain you picked up means your furniture will come flat-packed for self assembly. Not only is this incredibly time consuming and often frustrating – imagine how long this will take you with a bulk order for a school! – but there is also the danger that you could assemble the furniture incorrectly. Again, this leads to the potential for causing injury. Thankfully, Furniture At Work offer a large selection of assembled items and can even offer full installation an packaging removal on certain products.


Perhaps not quite so hazardous to your well being, but just as important, is the issue of style. Sure, you saved money on that reception sofa, or on the tables in your meeting room, but what do they say about your company? (Could possibly link to previous article on ‘What your furniture says about your business’ here) You want your furniture to leave a good impression with any clients, with a welcoming atmosphere, and to create a positive working environment for your employees. Cheap, ugly furniture in out of date styles and unflattering colours simply won’t do that.


Thankfully, buying quality furniture does not need to break the bank to be a good investment. At Furniture At Work, we are price leaders, supplying high quality and attractive office furniture at excellent prices. We offer big discounts on bulk orders, and our flexible payment terms and instant credit facilities for government departments make covering the cost of the furniture you need even more manageable. Why not call our telephone support call centre for an instant quote – it’s manned by office furniture specialists from 8am – 8pm.

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Making the right impression with quality reception furniture

January 6, 2014

Your reception area is the first thing that people see when they enter your building. Therefore, it’s really important that you have top-quality, attractive office furniture in there. If you neglect this part of your premises, you could suffer a range of ill-effects.

Potential customers could be deterred, meaning your bottom line may be affected. Also, a bedraggled or badly designed reception can put off possible members of staff, hindering your recruitment efforts. After all, people want to work in pleasant environments and if your reception is substandard, candidates may assume this reflects the rest of your office.


One of the things you’ll need to think about when planning your reception area is your seating. This should look good and be comfortable for guests. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure you have enough chairs, benches or sofas. Making people stand around waiting does not look professional.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we sell a host of seating products that could be just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re after tub seats, modular units, leather suites or anything else, we should be able to help.

As well as meeting your practical requirements, it’s a good idea to make sure that your seating reflects your firm’s general ethos and style. If you’re trying to present your company as modern and chic, then contemporary designs are best. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to emphasise your traditional, professional side, maybe antique replica chesterfields would be better.


No reception is complete without a desk. As well as enhancing the look of your entrance area, this must meet the practical needs of your receptionists. This means it must be big enough, having sufficient storage and so on.

To help ensure that your staff members agree with your final choice, it may be wise to bring them in on the decision making process. This way, you can guarantee they will be pleased with the desks they get.

Those all-important extras

As well as buying these big ticket items of office furniture online, it can pay off to consider those all-important accessories that can help to make or break the overall look and feel of receptions. For example, one or two attractive pieces of artwork could boost the appearance of the space, along with a few plants. If your budget will stretch to it, it’s nice to get deliveries of fresh flowers on a regular basis to add a splash of colour and vibrancy.

Meanwhile, it may also be a good investment to get a TV for people to watch while they’re waiting, and some newspapers and magazines always go down well. If you want to be especially welcoming, you could even put a water dispenser and some fresh fruit in your reception.

A coffee table, entrance mat and coat stand can also enhance your reception

See for yourself

If you’d like to check out our collection of cheap office furniture, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team.

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The Importance of High Quality Office Furniture in the UK

August 10, 2013

If you’re planning on moving into a new office then you will undoubtedly be looking for the best office furniture at work to suit your requirements. With so many office furniture options available on the market, it can be a struggle to identify the best products for your needs, which is why it pays to read up on the styles to ensure you make an informed decision.

Reception Furniture

Your reception area will be the first room a guest will see upon arrival; therefore, it’s essential you make the right impression to evoke confidence in your company. Opt for comfortable reception seating as your clients or customers may spend a lot of time waiting for their appointment. Also, take the size of the reception into consideration, as stuffing large furniture into a tiny room will be incredibly unsightly.

Office Chairs

Operator chairs are a fantastic option for the workplace as they’re fully adjustable and are therefore ideal for use within the office area. There are so many operator chair options available – such as ergonomic, high back and more.

Executive leather chairs are superb for meeting and conference rooms as they’ll add a touch of professionalism to a room – and they’re also a great way to impress your clients.


Storage is an essential in an office environment as it can boost productivity within the workplace. Therefore, you should ensure you include the appropriate office storage systems to ensure you stay one step ahead of your clients and customers. Filing cabinets are a great way to archive old documents, such as personnel papers. Budget bookcases are also a wonderful solution for storing boxes, industry books and more.

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A Vast Array Of Computer Desks

May 31, 2013

Getting the right computer desks for your business is all important. They really can make the difference when it comes to the productivity of your staff. At Furniture At Work™ we have a fantastic range including corner desks, rectangular varieties and those with built in drawers. Before investing however, it is important that you carefully consider the needs of your staff. Not every staff member works well with drawers taking up space beneath the desk. Designers and architects, for instance, are often moving across the desk to tend to different aspects of their work and don’t want to be inhibited by drawers. Many other office workers on the other hand sit and work at the computer with not much need to move across the desk. Still, this doesn’t mean you should invest in a potentially more expensive desk that has drawers, since it really could be a matter of necessity.

Many workers would be happy with our Rectangular C-Leg desk which allows for maximum movement beneath the desk with a rolling chair. Each desk also 2 or more cable ports to conveniently hold cables from the tower beneath the desk. Alternatively, you can store the tower on top of the desk for added space beneath, with the cables attaching to plugs beneath the table. Many of our C-Leg desks have a wave design that allows workers to find space to their right or left away from the computer keyboard. This is great for doing any paperwork comfortably while also encouraging a good posture.

These desks are very cost and space effective but if you do want a H leg desk with some drawers, then our VL Assembled Clerical H-Leg desk is a great option. It comes in 3 different sizes so you can tailor it to the specific room you want to put it into while you can also decide how many drawers would be best for your worker. The steel H frame, like all of our desks, is built for strength and ruggedness and such a desk will be around for many years to come.

A c-leg corner computer desk is another great way to make the most effective use of space in a room. We offer both left and right hand varieties which means that you’ll have the answer no matter what type of corner you can’t fill. We can also offer the VL Assembled Ergo C-Leg desk in 2 different sizes, further scaling the furniture to your particular facility. Such a desk also has other great selling points such as the wipe clean 18mm melamine tops which are designed to meet BS 476 PT7 Class 1. We are constantly offering deals on desks like this, so it is important you check back frequently to ensure the best price.

We also offer executive office furniture online which make greater use of style and storage space. The Aliano Executive and the Antique replica are both beautifully crafted options which will truly make the room executive. Other creative ergonomic designs such as the Prestige are available too.

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Creating Temporary Workspaces

May 20, 2013

Temporary spaces can require some very creative thinking when it comes to office furniture. At Furniture At Work™, we want to ensure we fulfill all of your office needs no matter what they are. This is why we stock Gopak tables. These are some of the best easily transportable tables available on the market, coming in a wide range of different colours, shapes and configurations. They can be quickly deployed to create a temporary workspace that can allow you to get all of your work done before moving on quickly and easily. They are designed to be sturdy and will hold-up a surprising amount of weight easily so long as they are taken care of. If you are wanting to take advantage of a seasonal market or need some extra office space quickly, then Gopak are really the best solution. They can be easily folded up and placed into a vehicle for transport or into a storage room with many of them being designed to stack on top of each other.

Of course, with Gopak economy folding tables you can also create temporary dining and work spaces outside if you so choose. These can be placed outside of the canteen so employees can enjoy dining in the sunshine in summer. Because they are rapidly deployed, they can be taken back indoors at a moment’s notice. Many of the options available also come with benches which can allow plenty of people to use the same table.


While you might consider office furniture UK to have no outdoor options, the Gopak Premier can easily be deployed outside or inside. If you are wanting to organise a team building activity outdoors, then Gopak could be the perfect solution. The Premier is manufactured to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 standards and comes in different heights for different users. If you are wanting to create a buffet, the table will be slightly higher at 46cm than the adult height of 43cm. This is in turn higher than the junior height of 38cm. This means the Premier is a great choice for schools as well as businesses. Depending on who will be using it, you can opt for the many different colours from bright, solid reds and greens to more professional timber tones.

Different Shapes

Round folding tables are great for a variety of different uses from educational institutions to temporary breakout areas. A round table really invites all to have their input, perhaps being the most sociable of tables. This is great for kids at school too, since they will each be more aware of what everyone else is doing. For both business and education alike, tables like this encourage group thinking and activities. Like the Premier, this table meets BS EN ISO 9001:2000 but it also meets the BS for strength and stability BS5873 FIRA part 3. It is a very compact design that will fold away easily. If you add to this the tolley solution you can easily and safely transport these tables around, deploying them at will.

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Boardroom Table Considerations

May 10, 2013

The conference table holds a special position of centrality and importance in a company. It is something that you cannot really afford to dismiss or get wrong since it is at this table that the most important decisions of your business will be taken. The table should be something that can be used daily with little notice and should not become a hindrance to anyone around it at any time. By that same token however, the table must be attractive and convey all of the messages of importance and seriousness that a boardroom should have. Fortunately, at Furniture At Work™ we have a great selection of boardroom tables of many different designs including those that are created to facilitate discussion, those that are more intimate and those that are simply luxurious.

Seating And Finish

It is also important to consider who is going to be sat around this table and what special requirements they have. You may need a table that is spacious enough for a wheelchair or larger executive chairs, for instance. Getting this wrong can make investing in such a large and important table a costly experience. The table must also rationalise with the design that is already present in your boardroom as well, both in terms of aesthetics and size. A table like this should be small enough for the chairs to be extended fully allowing staff, clients and delegates space to sit easily. To this end, we often have different dimensions for our tables and have a choice of different colours or finishes.

Luxuriously Jung

We start with the most luxurious of our offerings – the Jung Boardroom. This premium table comes in classic rectangle, radial or oval shapes each of which look the part. They truly are the premium option but at Furniture At Work™ you can often find them with more than half cut from their recommended retail price. The tables are seated on 16 gauge metal subframes that make for great stability, even on uneven floors. The ‘Outrigger’ legs also allow for you to place the maximum number of tables around the table. This particular option comes in three different sizes allowing you to accommodate more people in your important meetings.

High Capacity Low Price

Cheap office furniture doesn’t have to be cheap in the worst sense of the word. We know that you want the best when it comes to executive meeting tables, so we have gone all out to create something that is affordable as it is adaptable. The Executive Modular Tables are a great example of this. The table can be split up into 3 modules, each of which can be invested in separately to increase the size of the table as well as provide adaptation to specific room designs. This table comes with D-end pieces, central rectangular sections and squared sections. You can invest in the rectangular and square sections as required to increase the size. If you are struggling for space the table can be deconstructed and put in storage or reconstructed for use as individual desks.

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Designer Chairs That Communicate

May 5, 2013

There is no rule stating that contemporary office furniture cannot look modern or even designer. Many buyers will be tempted by the more functional designs on display simply because they tick so many boxes, but at Furniture At Work™ we have many different options that not only fulfill your immediate requirements but can also fulfil what you want in terms of image. This includes the necessities of health and safety, ensuring that people can sit for long periods without suffering from such problems as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Each design we showcase is created to ensure that workers adopt the correct posture and position, although they must ensure they follow the correct procedures too.


There are an increasing number of businesses who count on the furniture of their business space to express who they are because it completes the image they are trying to convey. One such business sector is the professional creative industry. These have been growing for a long time even culminating in professional creative websites that purely advertise creative jobs. This indicates that there is a significant space for web designers and graphic designers to advertise themselves in a sphere where image is all important. But for these businesses, it is important to be able to express ideals and messages in order to attract more business and look like the outfit they purport to be. Specific furniture such as our executive mesh chairs have a completely different message than those that are made from fabric or even those that are made from leather. They can imply and reinforce to clients that you stand for a level of creativity without you having to explicitly say it. In the case of the companies that deal with marketing, this can be a vital method of communicating since they should be adept at marketing themselves first!

The Dalla Mesh Chair

One of the best examples of designer yet cheap office furniture is the Dalla Mesh Chair. It is available at an individual price of £170 which is a snip considering the recommended retail price of £423! It is designer all the way looking elegant and consummately professional – an artist’s chair within a professional space that lets your clients know you work within an artistic sphere but take business seriously. The high back encourages a good posture which so many chairs simply overlook. The leather effect seat is designed to be comfortable over long sitting periods and will retain its shape well. It works well behind a conventional desk or any other type of artist’s desk given the gas height adjustment mechanism. It also allows the user to recline the chair to a significant angle allowing for consideration, relaxation and contemplation. The tension control will take into account an individual’s weight and requirements, adjusting to their requirements as well as that of any modular office furniture. The arms simply add more comfort and again, encourage a very good posture while working at a desk, either at a computer or at the drawing board for long periods.

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Discreet And Secure Cupboards

May 1, 2013

At Furniture At Work™ we have gone to great lengths to give you a fantastic variety when it comes to storage solutions. Of course, with offices being literally any shape you could imagine, this bodes extremely well. As well as this, it also ensures that with us you should be able to find exactly what you want in terms of design and price. We typically stock items in several colours, so it is important to always bear this in mind since you could find something that exactly matches your current or desired scheme.

Economy Cupboards

A storage cupboard is a great way to keep an office neat and tidy. They typically have several shelves and are extremely durable. One of the best examples of this is our Economy Cupboards. These are available in grey and cream/coffee colours which will enable them to discretely blend into your work environment. You can specify how many shelves you want each cupboard to have, with this particular instance accepting up to 4. With only one shelf you can easily store those larger objects while the strong doors are kept in line with door stiffeners. This is a great investment if you are looking to provide high quality, high volume storage at a great price throughout one of your facilities. These are literally office staples across the country.

Something More Secure

One of the things often lacking from much office furniture is a reliable security solution. Our Security Cupboards are specifically designed to give you this with fantastically arranged, spacious cupboards which also come up trumps in terms of secure design. Again, you can dictate how many shelves you want in the cupboard with a maximum of four possible, but where this cupboard really stands out is in its security features. The all steel construction adds some reinforcements to your office and the two point locking system with hasp and staple will go well with a padlock. The door colours can be modified to give these shelves some colour co-ordination which can help those with clearance to be able to identify the contents without opening it.

The most secure option we have in stock is the High Security Cupboard. This builds on the previous option with fully welded, cold rolled 16 gauge heavy duty steel. It is built like a tank in order to keep your most important information safe. As such, the doors are inset to prevent people from crow-barring into them while the hinges are concealed so as to provide further security. It comes with a different locking system as well, with reinforced 10mm rods that lock into place with the 7 lever safety lock. This ensures that the doors can’t be removed even if the hinges are detached! You will be given two keys, which must be kept safe and secure themselves.

If your current security solution is failing or isn’t even in place, going for our next day office furniture delivery with this can help you to plug that security leak as soon as possible.

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Why Homeworkers Still Need an Office

April 30, 2013

The coming of the Digital Age has massively changed the way we work here in Britain. After all, the wide availability of high speed Internet and the prevalence of mobile communications now make it possible for more people than ever to work from home as remote workers or freelance professionals.

Indeed, there are signs that the number of people working from home is on the increase in the UK. According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), a total of 59% of employers who responded to a survey in 2011 stated they were offering their employees opportunities to work from home. This figure represents an increase of some 13% from a similar survey carried out in 2006.

Of course, there are also all of the freelancers and online traders (professional eBay-ers and Amazon-ers) to take into account as well.

Clearly, we Brits are people who like the idea of working from home very much.

However, it is safe to say that people who are new to home working often approach it with the wrong attitude when they first get the opportunity to ‘live the dream’. To be sure, many fledgling homeworkers cannot wait to simply laze around on the sofa in their pyjamas, producing work on a casual ‘as and when’ basis. Truly, there is something inherently satisfying about being all chilled-out and relaxed in the comfort of your own home when you know everyone else has to put up with having the boss looking over their shoulder.

However, the reality is that this satisfaction is short-lived and unproductive. Not just unproductive in the psychological sense but also unproductive in the tangible sense. This is because working in this way inevitably leads a home worker to develop habits and behaviours early on that will stop them from working as hard as they could (or indeed, should). The result of this is that employees given opportunities to work remotely will find themselves being quickly recalled to their office and freelancers and online traders will ultimately be unsuccessful in their endeavours.

The truth is that home workers who want to be truly productive need to create a designated space in their home that will make them act professionally and be productive whenever they are in it.

Quite simply, homeworkers need to have a home office.

Without doubt, having an allocated room or area with a corner office desk and a decent chair in really can make all the difference when it comes to working from home. This is because an office-type environment doesn’t just provide home workers with a practical place to carry out their tasks; it also helps to get their brain switched into ‘professional mode’ that much quicker. Moreover, sitting in an ergonomic chair and working at an ergonomic corner desk is much healthier than slouching on the sofa with a laptop.

Truly, investing in just a few items of suitable office furniture from us here at Furniture At Work™ will help any homeworker to be more productive.


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