Aspects to Consider when Creating a Home Office

August 30, 2012

Like many other people these days, you may well be looking into the possibility of working from home. To be sure, the prospect of eliminating long commutes and staying out of office politics makes it a very tantalising prospect indeed. However, in order to achieve this alluring goal; you will need to have a suitable home office area which will enable you to work in a professional way.

Of course, the aspect which will determine whether or not your home office is ‘suitable’ is the manner in which the room as a whole can be furnished. In essence, this means that you need to consider a whole lot more than simply what kind of desk to buy.

In fact, you will need to invest in a number of furniture items and office essentials if your home office is to be truly fit for purpose. Indeed, office chairs, filing cabinets, desktop filing systems, organisers, document ring binders, shredders and label makers are just some of essential bits and pieces which you will need to turn your spare room into a fully-fledged home office.

However, whilst all of the above items are indeed essential, your primary concern will of course be to purchase a good-quality desk that will suit your needs. Naturally, home office desks vary greatly in design, size, style, colour and materials so you will be sure to have plenty of options available. Although there are several aspects which you will need to consider before opting for any particular desk, the amount of space you have available will no doubt be the determining factor.

In fact, if space is no issue at all (i.e. you’re blessed with a very large home office) then you may even choose to invest in a couple of desks – one for writing, and another for computer-related activities. However, if you are not blessed with space in your spare room then you will need to make sure that any desk you choose will be able to comfortably accommodate a personal computer or laptop.

Storage is also a very important aspect which needs to be considered when creating a suitable workspace within your home. Filing units are typically the best bet in this respect as they are very effective storage solutions which can complement your computer workstation and give your office a more professional look. If you are very tight on space however, then table-top filing systems may well be a more suitable option.

With the many and varied office furniture options available these days, you can rest assured that you will be able to find the solutions you require regardless of what your financial budget might be. Indeed, you will soon be able to transform your spare room or designated space into a place that exudes professionalism as well as style.

If you would like to find out more about creating a stylish and functional office area within your home, browse our pages further or call our sales hotline on 0844 4159700.


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How Meeting and Conference Tables can Help to Make your Company Look More Impressive

August 20, 2012

In order to ensure you achieve the best possible end results, you need to consider a great many factors when choosing new office furniture. Indeed, the right furniture can promote your company ethos effectively and confidently whereas the wrong furniture can leave your organisation looking awkward and unsure of itself.

Fortunately, there are office-based furniture options available these days which can convey every type of vibe so it doesn’t matter if you want to convey your company image as being friendly and informal or driven and intense; there will always be solutions at hand that will help you to achieve your aims.

Of course, the furniture you choose will also have to reflect the type of work you do. For example, if your employees generally work on projects in teams then you will need to source office desks that are able to accommodate groups of people rather than just individuals. Similarly, if your company is in the business of delivering presentations or hosting conferences then you will need to purchase furniture items that will reflect this.

Clearly there is a lot to consider, so taking a little time out to weight up the various factors is highly recommended. It can often be handy to surf the ‘Web when you are considering your options as popular search engines can quickly make you aware of what the latest trends are regarding office-based furniture.

One trend which has become very popular recently is that of incorporating meeting and conference tables into an office space.

There are a great many meeting tables available on the market these days, some of which can extend up to nine metres and provide seating for up to 28 people at one time. These impressive and functional furniture items are available in a wide selection of materials and facades, including the ever-popular solid timber variants which always deliver a truly classic look. Of course, there are plenty of other ranges on offer that come in an extensive variety of sizes, shapes and veneers, so you can rest assured that you will be able to find the exact right style of meeting table or conference table to meet your needs.

In addition, modern conference tables can also provide you with some great ‘optional extras’ in the technology department too. Indeed, the technological and ergonomic advances made over the last decade means that many conference tables now come complete with integrated audio/visual options such as in-desk AV ports and AV presentation walls built in. Certainly, having high-quality integrated systems installed in your office will make it far easier for you to carry out impressive presentations as you will not have to worry about tangled wires or wobbly displays spoiling your pitch.

So, if you are thinking about adding furniture items to your office that will help your company to look more impressive, it could well be worth your while to consider investing in a high-quality meeting or conference table.


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Modern Office Desks for the 21st Century

August 10, 2012

It is fair to say that the average British office environment has changed enormously over the last three decades. Indeed, it was very common for offices in the 1980s to be noisy places that echoed with the persistent clickety-clack of typewriters and resonated with the solid clunks of filing cabinets. Moreover, open-plan offices were a rarity as the dominant thinking back then was that people could work better if they were surrounded by screens that would deaden the noise.

Of course, the rise of computers changed all of this.

Indeed, the introduction and increased use of computers in offices forced office furniture manufacturers to re-imagine their designs and create furniture solutions which would be able to accommodate the needs of the modern office worker.

Although it may not seem like it, the humble office desk is one item of occupational furniture that has changed a great deal over the last three decades. To be sure, modern desks are now designed, used and complimented in a completely different way to how they were twenty or thirty years ago.

Cable management
One of the most immediately recognisable aspects of modern desks is that they are designed to accommodate a wealth of electric and electronic cables. To be sure, today’s modern desks not only come complete with cable management holes in the desktop (‘grommets’); many of them also have power points attached to them or sometimes even built into them.

With office workers statistically spending more time at there desks than ever before, it is integral that they are able to feel comfortable whilst they work. Ergonomically designed desks can be of great assistance as they can be adjusted to suit a user’s needs and can provide plentiful amounts of space for computers and office essentials. In addition, curve or wave-shaped desks are also far more common these days as they can help users to enjoy more efficient levels of access. The best way to take advantage of ergonomic desks is to compliment them with ergonomic office chairs.

Like desks, storage options have developed markedly over the last few decades. To be sure, desk-related storage options such as pedestals have changed considerably to meet the needs of the 21st century office worker. This can be seen most clearly in the fact that mobile pedestals are now far more popular than fixed pedestals. The main reason for this is that mobile pedestals are so easy to move. Indeed, these handy storage solutions can be moved to suit people who are left (or right) handed; can be moved from under the desk when extra space is required, and can be easily transferred to another desk whenever a user is required to move to another working location.

Here at Furniture At Work (TM), we are proud to offer a wide selection of modern office desks to suit the needs of 21st century workers. To find out more, simply browse our web pages further or call our sales hotline on 0844 415 9700.


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How Modern Office Furniture can Help to Reduce Workplace Injuries

August 5, 2012

The gradual introduction of computers into office workplaces during the 1980s changed desk-bound working environments for evermore. Indeed, typewriters were made redundant almost overnight and efficiency rates increased exponentially across the board. To be sure, computers were a good thing. Computers were the future.

However, it soon became clear that computers brought problems with them that had not been foreseen. Indeed, by the time of the mid 1990s, computer related injuries such as persistent backache, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury had become a significant problem for both employers and employees in modern offices.

Once the scope of these problems was fully appreciated, office furniture manufacturers changed their designs to better accommodate the needs of office workers who used computers on a daily basis. These design changes were very significant as they proved to be the basis for the furniture which we all use today.

So what exactly were the changes that were made to reduce those work related injuries? And furthermore, how can today’s modern furniture options help to prevent office injuries?

Read on to find out.

Once manufacturers became aware of the type of computer-related injuries and conditions that office workers in the 1990s were experiencing, they introduced the concept of ergonomically designed furniture. In essence, this type of furniture was designed to offer flexible comfort to accommodate individuals rather than uniform function to suit the average person. The main changes that were achieved in this process were that office chairs could be easily adjusted to comply with a user’s needs and that desks were designed with curves so that they could be accessed more easily. Although ergonomic solutions were initially expensive, they soon became the norm as most manufacturers embraced the new concept and therefore prices came down.

Space planning
Another concept which has gained great weight over the last two decades is that of space planning. Indeed, space planning can be invaluable when it comes to reducing injuries within the workplace as simple measures such as rearranging desks so that chairs do not back into walkways are easy to achieve and yield great benefits. Similarly, positioning storage units in areas that are easily accessible can also help to reduce the risk of injuries as it minimises the need for employees to stretch and strain themselves.

Another area in which modern furniture solutions can be of assistance in offices is that of reducing mental injuries. This is because the inclusion of suitable office desks, chairs and storage units can increase productivity in the workplace, therefore deadlines will be met earlier and levels of stress will be lower.

We here at Furniture At Work (TM) are proud to offer a wide range of ergonomically designed office-based furniture which can help to reduce the risk of injuries occurring in the workplace. To find out more or view our excellent products in greater detail, either explore our pages further or call our sales hotline on 0844 415 9700.


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How to be a Professional and Productive Home Worker

August 1, 2012

Mobile communications technology has certainly changed how we work as a nation. To be sure, many more people are now choosing to work from home either as remote workers or as freelance professionals. In fact, it has been estimated that almost one in eight people in the UK now work from home; this means that several million people every day now get to stay at home whilst every one else has to commute to work.

However, whilst working from home may sound idyllic (slobbing around in pyjamas, getting up late etc), there are in fact several drawbacks to this particular kind of arrangement. Perhaps the most significant of these is that productivity levels can all too often take a tumble when people start to work from home. The main reason for this is that those making the switch from office working to home working do not successfully create an area in their home which feels like a suitable place to work.

In fact, people often go out of their way to indulge their new-found ‘freedoms’ when they first start working from home. Indeed, it is quite common for fledgling home workers to lie on the sofa (or even in bed) with their laptop simply because they can. To be sure, there is something quite satisfying about being nice and cosy in bed with a laptop when everyone else is freezing on their winter commute.

However, this satisfaction is short-lived and ultimately, unhealthy. Not just unhealthy in the physical sense but also unhealthy in the productive sense. This is because working in this fashion will encourage a home worker to develop unproductive habits early on that will impact on their ability to deliver optimal work results. Over time, this will result in them less being productive in their occupational output.

Quite simply, working in rooms which are packed with distractions or are designed for leisure purposes will not help a home worker to be as productive as they need to be. No, in order to get as much work done as possible, home workers need to create a space within their home that makes them feel professional and productive whenever they are in it.

In short, they need to have an office in their home.

Indeed, a designated room with a corner desk, office chair and filing cabinet can make all the difference when it comes to working from home. This is because a home office doesn’t just provide workers with a sanctuary away from the distractions of domestic life; it also puts them in an environment which is synonymous with work and achievement. In addition, sitting in ergonomic office chairs and working at ergonomic desks is far healthier than slouching over a kitchen table or lying on a sofa.

Without doubt, the addition of some suitable office furniture in a designated room can help home workers to feel far more professional and be significantly more productive.

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