Aspects to Consider when Buying Office Furniture

June 30, 2012

If your office is starting to look a little worn or is failing to keeping pace with your business demands then you may well need to invest in some new furniture. However, there are a few aspects which you should consider before making any concrete purchasing decisions.

Desks and chairs
Obviously, office desks and chairs need to be the primary considerations for your office as they are the key drivers of office productivity. Above all else, desks and chairs in office environments need to be comfortable and fit for purpose. Having your workers sitting at uncomfortable angles, straining to type or struggling to see their screens properly will inevitably lead to a number of short-term and long-term problems. Indeed, unsuitable office chairs and desks will not only have a negative impact on the productivity of your employees; they could eventually lead to your workers going off sick with aggravated muscular complaints. Over time, this could have a seriously adverse effect on your operations, especially if you run a relatively small business.

Of course, different types of desks and chairs work well in different office settings, ergo some desks and chairs that are appropriate for some companies will not be suitable for others. However, like most other UK workers, your staff members may well use computers every day and therefore the desks you purchase will need to address this. With this in mind, ergonomic, sleek designs in light woods are often good choices as they provide high degrees of functionality whilst lending themselves well to all types of office decor. Naturally, darker woods may be a better option if you run a ‘serious’ business such as an accountancy or firm of solicitors.

When it comes to office functionality, storage is imperative. Indeed, if your office uses a considerable amount of files or papers then having storage-friendly furniture options is vitally important. Certainly, having accommodating filing cabinets and cupboards will help to ensure your office remains organised and free of clutter. Without doubt, a disorganised office can be a major hindrance when it comes to productivity, so choosing the right office furniture will enable you to nip the problem in the bud before it becomes a serious issue.

Of course, style can have a huge impact on your offices. Using stylish furniture pieces will not only help you to bring out your company’s character and ethos; but also illustrate exactly what your company is about and look appealing to guests who come to visit you. In addition, having a stylish office will also make your workers feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

Office layout
The type of furniture you choose for your office should complement the space which is available. By and large, open plan offices have overtaken cubicle-type designs and with good reason: open plan offices encourage workers to interact more and therefore engender greater communication levels. This in turn can lead to a more harmonious working atmosphere, greater motivation and ultimately, increased productivity.


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Understanding and Identifying the Need for Ergonomic Chair Features

June 20, 2012

If you run your own business, you will know just how important it is to get value for money. Indeed, in order to be successful, you need to know the value of what you will be getting in return before you decide to part with your hard-earned profits.

Although this reasoning can be applied to a wide range of areas throughout business, it can be particularly resonant when it comes to office furniture and, in particular, ergonomic chairs.

The range of ergonomic chairs available these days is vast. Many of them offer features which are integral and necessary to keep workers comfortable whilst others offer extras which may not be quite so necessary. Naturally, the amount you will need to pay will be reflected in the number of features you will want; therefore, you will need to carefully ascertain your workforce’s needs before you invest in a new fleet of chairs.

The best way to determine your needs is to make yourself aware of the many ergonomic features that are commonly available. Below are some of the most common ergonomic chair features that are currently available:

Seat height
This is a standard feature on practically all office and computer chairs. Although it may well be taken for granted, adjustable seat heat is one of the most important ergonomic attributes to have on a worker’s office chair. This is because it enables employees to ease their blood flow by relieving pressure on their thighs.

Arm height
This is another common feature which is all too often taken for granted. Like seat height, adjustable arm height can be integral to the long-term comfort of your workers. This is because being able to adjust the height of seat arms allows operators to reduce the demands made on their neck and shoulder muscles. This can be incredibly beneficial as it can significantly help to reduce prolonged discomfort.

Tension adjustment
Increasing or decreasing the chair tension allows a worker to rock their body comfortably without having to push heavily. This can be a handy feature as it can help workers to reduce their muscle fatigue.

Chair tilt lock
This feature allows users to lock their seat into a position which best suits their individual needs. In general, there are two types of chair tilt lock: single and infinite. Single tilt lock office chairs have very limited options whereas infinite tilt lock chairs allow users to achieve a lock at any angle they like.

Width adjustable arms
This feature allows armrests to be moved outwards so that they can match the breadth of the user’s shoulders. This can help to ensure workers’ forearms are adequately supported and help to reduce the amount of muscular effort required in an employees’ neck and shoulders.

Quite simply, knowing more about the various ergonomic features that are available will help you to not only appreciate which ones are necessary for your particular workforce but also enable you to make a more informed purchasing decision.


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Keep your Employees Healthy and Productive with Ergonomic Chairs

June 11, 2012

If you run a service-based company, you may well find that most of your employees spend much of their working day sitting at their individual workstations. Although sitting down all day firing off emails and writing reports may sound innocuous enough, it can in fact be unhealthy – and not just in terms of exercise.

Indeed, workers who do not have office furniture which can be adjusted to suit their individual needs run the risk of developing significant physical ailments such as chronic back ache, persistent neck pain and aggravated muscle strains. As well as affecting their motivation and productivity, these ailments can also lead to employees taking more time off work.

Therefore, it is in your best interests to make sure your offices are furnished with adjustable ergonomic chairs and desks which will keep your employees healthy, happy and productive.

Ergonomic chairs
Having well designed office chairs can help each of your workers to improve their posture. Ergonomic chairs have adjustable backrests that accomodate the natural curve of the spine; therefore, they are able to provide invaluable support for the lower back. Despite what most people may think, sitting at 90 degrees is not good for a worker’s back. In fact, sitting at an angle of around 130 degrees is far more beneficial as the slight tilt backwards ensures less pressure is applied to the lower spine.

Ergonomic desks
Unlike in years gone by, modern office desks are now available in a wide array of shapes and designs. Ergonomic desks can be especially beneficial as they are shaped to fit the body, thereby allowing workers to enjoy greater access to the worktop whilst seated. This is in stark contrast to traditional desks which often cause workers to experience shoulder, neck or back pain through persistent over-reaching.

IT Considerations
Along with suitable furniture solutions, it also vital that your employees know how best to set up and use the computers at their workstations. With this in mind, workers should make sure that the top of their monitor is never above eye level or situated less than 30 inches away. Looking at a monitor for lengthy periods of time can cause workers to develop itchy or sore eyes therefore they need to be encouraged to give their eyes a rest by taking a break or focussing on something else in the distance every now and then. In addition, workers’ computer keyboards also need to be positioned so that their forearms are parallel to the floor and their elbows remain close to their bodies. Furthermore, the computer mouse at each workstation must always be within easy reach and set up so that workers will not have to bend their wrists upwards.

Our ergonomic furniture options here at Furniture at Work (TM) are effective yet inexpensive; therefore you can rest assured that you will be able to look after your workforce without worrying about your budget.

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The Importance of Suitably Impressive Reception Furniture

June 1, 2012

It is imperative that the reception area of your company or organisation looks and feels suitably impressive. After all, this is the place where guest colleagues, potential investors and new recruits will first start to form an opinion about your company and its culture. If your reception area looks tatty and worn then your visitors may well surmise that your company is lacklustre and perhaps even lazy in its approach. Similarly, if your reception area is bland and sparse, your guests might believe your firm to be unimaginative and lacking in ideas.

Quite simply, you need to ensure that your reception area is able to make your visitors feel comfortable yet impressed. The best way to do this is to invest in suitably stylish reception furniture.

Any good reception area needs to have large, comfortable armchairs and sofas where visitors can relax whilst they wait to be met. Naturally, the type of seating you choose to have in your reception area will depend on the amount of space you have and the kind of image you want to convey. If you are limited on space then a selection of individual tub chairs may be the best choice. However, if you’re spoilt for space then you could instead invest in a comprehensive modular seating solution.

Both of these options are available in a range of styles and colours; therefore you could choose bright, bold options if you are a funky and creative company or opt for more traditional variants if your business is very serious in nature. In general, many more companies these days are choosing reception and office furniture items that have a contemporary feel. This is because contemporary tables, desks and chairs have clean and attractive lines and exude an efficiency which is well-suited to working environments.

Whilst your visitors are waiting patiently in your comfortable chairs, they will inevitably look around the reception area to ascertain more about your company. Unlike most other people who hurry through your reception area without looking, guests will take the time to scrutinise everything that they can see. Therefore it can often be a good idea to have a few select items in your reception area that will help them to form a positive opinion about your firm. For example, having a few of your industry awards on the wall will help to make a good impression, as will having fresh flowers on the tables. If you work for a creative company then having somewhat ‘quirky’ items like elaborate coat stands in your reception area can ensure your visitors get the right message whilst they are waiting.

Regardless of where you may work or what business you’re in, you will find that your reception area will benefit greatly from the furniture solutions we have available here at Furniture At Work (TM). From tub chairs and sofas to reception desks and coat stands, we’ve got everything you could possibly need to make your reception area suitably impressive!


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