What’s So Special About Your Office Chair?

October 31, 2016

We’re going to break it to you – just about everything.


We’ve helped you stay fit in the office but the reality is, if you’ve got a bad chair, the Eagle Pose can only do so much. So we gathered our knowledge and wits about us and dived into the important topic of – you guessed it – office chairs!


Your office chair is integral to your everyday work life and, as our infographic shows, you all have some pretty strong opinions about them. We asked 750 seasoned office workers about their thoughts, feelings and experiences with their office chairs and found out some amazing stuff.


Check out the facts we found in the infographic below, along with our top tips for getting the best out of your most essential piece of equipment. Chairs are more important than computers, right? We think so!


Got some seating insights you want to share? Some tips for office comfort? Or maybe want some advice on a new set of (chair) wheels? Get to Twitter and join the conversation using #BestOfficeFurniture and tagging us @Furniture_Work.


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Avoid risk of early death with Office Yoga

September 15, 2016

Following on from the success of our office yoga infographic, and the unfortunate news that office workers need to exercise for an hour a day to avoid risk of an early death; we’ve teamed up with a Manchester-based yoga teacher and two office workers to put together a manageable and effective yoga-based workout.

The report, published by UK medical journal Lancet, showed that sedentary desk work is now as big a risk to public health as smoking. The numbers speak for themselves, with smoking contributing to more than 5 million deaths a year, and ‘inactivity’ now hitting similar highs.

Many of us do spend a lot of our day chained to a desk, which is why top quality, ergonomic office chairs and work desks are of utmost importance – now more than ever. Over half of men and women currently fail to meet the UK health guidance of 30 minutes of physical activity a day, and we want to change this!

Our latest campaign video features Manchester Yoga School’s Samantha Shaw, who puts our office workers through their paces in this specially designed, #OfficeYoga routine, varying from beginners to advanced, meaning everyone can get involved, no matter what your level of expertise.

Watch the video in full below, and head over to Twitter to join the conversation using #OfficeYoga and tag us @Furniture_Work, we would love to hear from you!


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Mums, Is The Office Chair A Place You Can Relax?

December 14, 2015

If you’re a working mum, your mornings might be chaotic. From climbing out of bed at the crack of dawn to preparing breakfast, getting your children up and dressed and locating missing school uniforms and shoes, attempting to keep order during the first couple of hours of the day may leave you feeling a little frazzled. So, rather than being a chore, getting to work and slumping into your office seat may give you a welcome chance to relax.
To explore this idea, we surveyed more than 600 office-based mums and asked them a series of questions relating to a typical working day. The study looked at whether these busy parents consider their office chair to be a place where they can relax after a whirlwind morning of organising their brood. So, let’s see if working mothers really do see their seat at the office as somewhere to unwind after their hectic morning schedule.

From rushed to relieved
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The study revealed that 73% of mums view getting their kids up and ready as the most important part of their morning, and it seems the rush to rouse their children has an effect on parents’ beauty regimes. More than four in 10 mums admitted that how they look in the mornings is not of any significance to them. Lifestyle blogger and mum Bex from ialwaysbelievedinfutures.com explained her mornings are “stressful, tiring and crazy”.

Similarly, blogger Becky from diaryofafatbottomedgirl.com noted that a typical week morning leaves her feeling “rushed, stressed and unorganised”. However, she also revealed that her mood changes to “relieved, calm and ready” to work once she gets to her desk at the office. Overall, 43% of respondents described their morning routines as “hectic, busy and stressful”, so it’s no wonder that some mums see their office chair as a place to relax.
Room for improvement
When it comes to the actual seats that mums use during their working days, over half (55%) of those surveyed said that the chair they sit on is very important to their daily satisfaction, with 70% stating that their office chair is “fairly comfortable”.
However, when asked how their office seating could be improved, some of the respondents had a lot to say. Elaine from ahintofwhite.com admitted “a softer chair would be better” than her current seating solution, while blogger Helen from allthebeautifulthings.co.uk said she feels her day could be improved if she had “a proper office chair”.
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The survey also divulged that some mums are putting their health as risk. Blogger mum Daniella from madamegourmand.com confessed that she suffers from backache while sitting at her desk. In fact, 40% of respondents stated that they experience back pain some of the time while working. With office mums spending an average of seven hours a day in their chairs, it’s apparent that there is room for improvement when it comes to this piece of furniture.
Some mums even remain in their office seats during their free time at work; nearly half (48%) of the mums surveyed claimed to eat their lunch while sitting at their desk.
It’s clear to see there is a trend among mums when it comes to the office chair. This seat is often viewed as a calming retreat for parents after they’ve dealt with their hectic morning routines. The poll also revealed that, to protect their well-being at work, many mums could benefit from improving quality of their chairs.


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A huge thank you to all the lovely mum’s who featured on our infographic:










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Are Swiss Balls as chairs really such a good idea?

November 25, 2013

Office ergonomics is something all conscious business owners should be aware of. It should feature in the initial planning of every office environment and should influence the office furniture you buy. The range of office furniture UK businesses have to choose from is vast, but you need to ensure it is set up in the best possible way too. But ergonomics isn’t always a staid and boring topic, and occasionally it gets downright quirky – all in the name of design partnering with good health practices. Take, for example, Swiss balls.

In recent years, a visitor to any trendy design company wouldn’t be surprised to see the employees sitting (okay, balancing precariously) at their desks on Swiss balls. These over-sized beach balls have been used in gyms for years for developing core strength, balance and fitness, but do they really have a place as office furniture?

There’s now gathering opinion that is starting to challenge the concept and suggests that perhaps we should all be returning to ergonomically designed chairs instead.

A laudable idea – just not a good one

According to Jeanie Croasmun, writing in The Ergonomics Report: “The intent of the ball chair developers was laudable: to take an item that seems to be beneficial in an area of health care (rehabilitation and strengthening/wellness) and apply the same principle to the office.” But while the idea may be laudable, the application, she believes, is flawed: “The exercise ball might be great for strengthening and toning in the gym or at home, but it can’t compete with a truly ergonomic chair for long-term sitting in an office environment.”

Focusing in on what’s important

Jeanie isn’t alone, and a host of other experts have started coming out against the over-use of what is effectively a piece of gym equipment in a completely alien environment.

You’ve also got to ask yourself – are they really that comfortable to sit on all day long? Strengthening your core muscles may give you a six-pack, but does focusing on not falling off your seat all day mean that you’re not focused on your work? Swiss balls as a piece of ergonomic furniture may be ‘trendy’, but it seems that, like all trends, the backlash has started and that 2014 may well see a move back towards well-designed ergonomic office furniture online and in stores across the UK.

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What your reception seating says about you

September 9, 2013

When people come into your office for a meeting, an interview or anything else, the chances are they will be instructed to take a seat and wait. This simple exchange can leave a lasting impression on individuals.

If they have to take a pew on uncomfortable, unattractive seating, they’re unlikely to be impressed. Even worse, if there aren’t enough chairs, they might be forced to stand.

A worthwhile investment

Considering the importance of first impressions in the business world, it’s well worth investing in some good quality reception seating. As long as you know where to look, you can benefit from real bargains, and these products can last for a long time too.

Attention to detail like this is crucial if you’re to create the right image among potential customers, investors and other third parties.

A numbers game

Numbers are crucial. There’s no point in investing in a couple of fantastic looking reception chairs if they fill up too much space and mean you can’t fit enough seating into the area. Failing to provide visitors with a place to take the weight off when they are waiting to be seen is a big mistake. It gives the impression that you don’t value the people who enter your building.

When you’re planning your reception area, think carefully about how many people are likely to use your reception area at any one time and try to cater for the maximum number.

If you need lots of chairs, our Cotswold products could be ideal for you. You can create your own bespoke configurations and the curved seating allows for maximum flexibility where space is a restriction. You can take your pick from blue, red, grey, black, charcoal, green, burgundy, hunter, navy and purple versions.


As well as considering the number of chairs you need, it’s also important to think about the way these items will look in your reception area. This part of your office is your window to the world and it’s what people see first when they enter your premises.

This means that as well as being practical, your reception furniture must look fantastic.

Modern chic

If you want your reception office furniture to exude modern chic, perhaps our Valueline tub seating would be perfect. These attractive black leather faced tub seats have a classy, elegant look and they feature generous, deep padded seats. Also, their contoured back provides additional comfort and they have a sturdy wooden frame.

Take a look

Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer an impressive range of seating products and should have the perfect solution for your reception area.

While you’re taking a look around our website, you might also want to check out the desks and other products we offer. Thanks to our commitment to providing superb value for money, our products may cost much less than you think, and ordering from our online catalogue is quick and easy. When it comes to finding new reception furniture, you can see us as your one-stop-shop.

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Ensuring Your Office Chair Is Comfortable

September 7, 2013

Most furniture at work complaints relate to office chairs and back pain. After stress, back pain is the second most common cause of long-term sickness in the UK, with around 7.6 million working days lost to work-related back pain (plus other musculoskeletal disorders) from 2010 to 2011.

Back pain is usually caused through strained muscles or ligaments, general wear and tear, poor posture and stress. Sitting in an office chair for long periods of time (such as a full day at work!) can cause lower back pain, as well as pain in the shoulders and neck, and aggravating existing problems. The good news, however, is that it may be painful to sit in the wrong position, but changing your posture and/or your chair can make a world of difference and is easily resolved, meaning you shouldn’t have any more furniture at work complaints.

Your company may have a dedicated staff member or department which can help you get the right office chair or help you to set up your chair properly, but if not, here are some tips to make sure you have the correct posture while sat at your desk.

First of all, establish what the height of your workstation or desk is and if this is adjustable. This will affect how you position the chair and if you need any further equipment. The base of the chair should extend from the back of your bottom to just behind your knees. Your body should basically be at right angles, with a right angle at your hips, elbows and knees. If you find your legs aren’t at a right angle but that your chair is at the right height, you may need a foot rest or to raise the height of your desk. Your eyes should also meet the centre of your computer screen naturally without having to move your head or neck.

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Top quality presentation furniture

July 8, 2013

Giving effective and engaging presentations isn’t always easy. Like a lot of people, you might suffer from nerves when you step into the limelight, making it harder to concentrate. Also, if you don’t have a lot of experience, you might be unsure how best to structure the talks.

However, there are ways to make this task easier and help ensure you look and sound the part.

The right office furniture

Office furniture might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re planning a presentation. However, in order to come across as convincing when you’re in the spotlight, you need to have all the relevant equipment.

For example, you might benefit from investing in lecterns, flip charts and whiteboards. Being able to use these items during your talk can give you an added air of professionalism.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a range of products and should have exactly what you need. For example, perhaps our laminate front folding lectern would make a welcome addition to your office. This sturdy, full-size pedestal lectern has a real impact when placed at the front of a room or on a stage. It’s also ergonomically designed for optimum reading height and has a sloping shelf for presentation material, notes or a laptop. It even has a second flat shelf for storing props and handouts.

Meanwhile, perhaps our magnetic ultra smooth whiteboards would make a handy accessory during your presentation. These items have an aluminium frame and can be mounted landscape or portrait. Our ultimate flipchart easels are also popular. They come with a double-sided dry-wipe magnetic writing surface and are available in a range of colours.

Your audience

It’s also important to consider your audience. If individuals have to use uncomfortable seating or some of them have to stand because there aren’t enough chairs, they will struggle to concentrate. No matter how good your talk is, these people are unlikely to be impressed.

If you think you could do with some extra office chairs, just take a look at our impressive selection.

Preparation preparation preparation

Once you’ve ordered any additional furniture you need, it’s time to get preparing. The more familiar you are with the material for your presentation, the more confident and clear you will be. If the talk is particularly important, you might want to run through it with colleagues or at home beforehand to get some feedback and check your timings.


Audiences can easily lose their concentration, so to keep them engaged it helps to offer handouts and to interact with people.

Also, try not to look down at your notes all the time. As long as you’re familiar with them, you should be able to make eye contact with individuals in your audience, at least from time to time. This will make your talk look more professional and dynamic.

Last but not least, make sure you don’t mumble. Speaking slowly and clearly will help you to get your message across. If you’re speaking in a big room, a microphone might help.

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