Office Refurbishment Solutions for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises

December 30, 2012

Like many other small and medium sized business enterprises these days, you may well be keen to refurbish your company’s offices. Indeed, a change of layout and some brand new desks and chairs can help to make your premises look more impressive as well as give your office workers a shot in the arm.

However, refurbishing an office environment is not always that straightforward. In fact, there are a number of aspects which you would do well to consider before giving your office workers a mandatory week off for a ‘refurb shutdown’!

Office Layout
The type of layout you choose for your office can be integral to the productivity and morale of your office employees. In general, open plan offices are now widely regarded as being more conducive to productivity and morale than cubicle-type office layouts. The main reason for this is that open plan layouts encourage workers to interact with each other in a more personal way. This is something which is beneficial to all humans (whether they realise it or not) and as such it can lead to a more positive working atmosphere where motivation and productivity are both higher.

Desks and Chairs
Desks and chairs are of course the most significant furniture aspect to consider as they are very much the backbone of any office environment. Indeed, your company (like every other firm in the UK) may well be completely dependent on the use of computers so you will need to ensure the desks and chairs you purchase reflect this.

When it comes down to it, the most important thing to bear in mind with office desks and chairs is that they need to be comfortable, durable and fit for purpose. Having your office workers perched precariously on uncomfortable desk chairs as they struggle to operate their computer mouse will inevitably cause them to experience one of a number of short-or long-term health issues. Indeed, whilst some of these issues may seem insignificant enough to begin with (a sore neck or an achy wrist at the end of the day); they may develop over time into problems that can lead to prolonged incidences of absence. Furthermore, disgruntled staff members may even seek out compensation if they believe their health issues are significant enough and could have been prevented.

With this in mind, you may well find ergonomic desk and chair designs to be the most beneficial and wide ranging solution as they will provide your employees with high degrees of comfort and functionality, thereby helping them to do their work without being concerned about developing any aches and pains in the future.

Furniture At Work™
When it comes sourcing suitable furniture for your office you’ll find there really is no better option than us here at Furniture At Work™. Indeed, if you’re after office furniture that is comfortable, functional and affordable then we are without doubt the suppliers you need to see.

Call 0844 415 9700 to find out more

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The importance of effective lockers in a techno centric world

December 27, 2012

Lockers have long been used in a whole range of environments, including workplaces and schools. However, their importance is arguably greater now than ever before.

After all, we live in a digital age where many people are reliant on a whole range of expensive gadgets. From tablet computers to laptops, smartphones and mp3 players, there is no shortage of products on the market.

Security is paramount

These items can make rich pickings for thieves. They are highly portable and can command large sums on the black market, so it’s important that if and when they need to, people are able to keep their devices somewhere safe.

Thankfully, there are now plenty of lockers for you to choose from, meaning you won’t struggle to provide your personnel with suitable storage. Here at Furniture At Work™ we appreciate the significance of these objects and offer a variety of options.

Staff lockers

For example, if you’re on the hunt for staff lockers, you’ve come to the right place. You can take your pick from police versions, two-person lockers, cube lockers or products designed for uniforms.

By perusing our selection, you should be able to find solutions that tick each and every one of your boxes. Choosing the right products is hugely important. After all, your personnel need to have confidence in these storage items. If they don’t and they are on edge concerning the risks to their possessions, they may not be able to concentrate fully on their tasks. Also, if belongings are stolen, you may have to deal with the consequences.

Plastic is ideal for schools

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for lockers suitable for schools, perhaps plastic versions would be best. They can help you save space and they’re suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

Our products can also be incorporated into changing rooms as they can easily be washed down.

Also, they can easily be stacked, meaning you can add or remove the lockers as and when you need to.

Price guarantee

As well as finding the best products, you might also be keen to keep your spending to a minimum. We’re well aware of the financial pressures facing our customers and we endeavour to provide superb value for money.

Showing that we’re prepared to put our money where our mouth is on this issue, we offer a price match guarantee. In other words, we promise to match any better price you find elsewhere.

To make your life ever easier, we offer free quotations on bulk orders and if you’re in the public sector, you can receive instant credit.

More info

If you’d like to find out more about the lockers we have to offer, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team. We have more than 100 furniture professionals waiting to take your call.

As well as our lockers, we also offer an array of office furniture items, such as chairs, desks and room dividers, that may be of interest to you.

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Make the right impression with superb reception furniture

December 15, 2012

When visitors come to your premises, the first thing they will see is your reception. So, if you’re going to concentrate on beautifying one particular area of your office, this should be it.

After all, first impressions really do count in the world of business. If potential customers, investors, business partners or other parties are unimpressed by the look of your reception, they might be put off your organisation as a whole.

Speaks volumes

This part of your premises says a lot about your firm. If your reception furniture looks chic and stylish, and is in tiptop condition, this gives the impression that you’re on top of things and have an optimistic stance towards the future.

On the other hand, if the area looks tatty and unattractive, you risk intimating that you’re not fully in control and perhaps lack aspiration and hope.

In keeping with your style

When you’re looking for the perfect reception seating and other items to help show your company off at its best, it’s important you consider style. For example, if you organisation is trying to promote a classic, traditional image, you might benefit from picking up items that reflect this, like leather sofas.

On the other hand, if you want to come across as a little more edgy and contemporary, more minimalist and modern furniture may be ideal.

The important thing is that your reception area should reinforce the corporate image you’re trying to get across.

Practicality is key

Of course, as well as the aesthetics of this space, it’s important to consider practicalities. It’s no good if you’re reception looks superb but doesn’t function properly. For instance, you’ll need to select desks that meet your receptionists’ needs and it’s also vital to have enough seating.

If you don’t cover all the bases and make sure you’re able to greet visitors effectively and promptly, you risk appearing unprofessional.

Take your pick

Here at Furniture At Work™ we know how important it is to get reception areas right and we provide an array of office furniture UK. By perusing our website, you should quickly spot items that match your requirements.

For example, we offer top-quality desks that provide receptionists with plenty of working space. This should help your personnel to operate as effectively as possible. We even offer modular furniture that can be assembled to suit the layout of your working space perfectly. Also, we go out of our way to provide great value for money.

Attention to detail

As well as big ticket items of furniture, it is important to pay attention to smaller details. Little additions to your reception can make a big impression on visitors.

With this in mind, it’s worth considering providing reading material for individuals while they’re waiting and you might even want to place a water dispenser there for added comfort. Many receptions also have TV screens showing either news or company information.

These additions don’t have to cost a lot of money, but they have the potential to elevate your reception to another level.

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Boost your productivity with the perfect home office furniture

December 10, 2012

Working from home is many people’s dream. Being able to kiss goodbye to long and stressful commutes and getting to enjoy a healthier work-life balance are two of the major draws of such flexible setups. Particularly now during the cold and miserable winter months, the appeal of home working can be especially strong.

However, there are plenty of pitfalls to avoid when operating from the comfort of your own four walls. For example, if you don’t have the right home office furniture, you might struggle to concentrate.

Lounging around is not a long-term solution

When people visualise home workers, they often conjure up images of people lounging around in their dressing gowns lazily tapping away on their laptops or tablets while reclining on armchairs, couches or even in bed.

However, if you’re expecting to operate from home for a prolonged period, such a laidback approach won’t work. Instead, it really pays off to set up a designated working area. This space should be equipped with suitable home office chairs, desks and storage and it’s also important that you have all the technology you require, such as computers, phones and printers.

Staying motivated

When you enter this space and take a seat on your comfortable chair in front of your well-organised desk, you should find it much easier to get into the right frame of mind to start work.

Ultimately, this could significantly boost your productivity and make operating from your house or flat much more rewarding.

Protecting your health

As well as enabling you to work more effectively, proper office setups can help to protect your long-term wellbeing. If you’re going to spend many hours each day using your computer, it’s important you’re sitting in the right position and that your laptop or PC is at the correct height. High-quality furniture can help you achieve this.

Simple and cheap

Meanwhile, there’s no reason to delay investing in the necessary additions to your home. These days, it’s quick, easy and cheap to source office furniture online. Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer an array of fantastic products that could be ideal for you and our prices may bring a smile to your face.

All you have to do to make the most of these goods is take a look around our website, select the items you need and place your order. We have £15 million worth of stock ready for same day despatch, meaning you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the products.

Extra touches

Once you’ve managed to get hold of all the right items of furniture, it’s time to start thinking about those little extras that can help make your home office even better. For example, it’s a good idea to consider your lighting carefully.

Also, you might want to add some cheer to the area with the help of artwork and plants. This could help lift your mood and make your working days more pleasurable.

Paying attention to your home office can make a huge difference to your overall experiences and success.

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Affordable office furniture at the click of a button

December 5, 2012

Getting hold of the right furniture for your office is vital. Without suitable desks, chairs, storage items and other products, your working environment wouldn’t be able to function. Thankfully, there are plenty of products on the market that should meet your needs.

The trouble is, if you’re not careful, you can end up spending too much on your computer chairs and other resources and, particularly now given the tough economic conditions affecting the UK and many other countries, this could prove disastrous.

Funding initiative failing SMEs

Drawing attention to the difficult circumstances being faced by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Britain, independent finance provider Syscap recently claimed that the government’s Funding for Lending Scheme is failing to help smaller firms.

Launched in August of this year, the initiative lowered the cost of borrowing for banks and other lenders, which were then required to pass on these reduced costs on to their own customers.

Research conducted by Syscap has revealed that the interest rates on new bank loans of under £1 million rose from an average of 3.76 per cent in the second financial quarter of 2012 to 3.85 per cent during the third quarter. According to the organisation, this shows the lending scheme has made little impact on the cost of borrowing for SMEs.

More support needed

Responding to the findings, Syscap CEO Philip White said: “There is too much speculation ahead of Monetary Policy Committee meetings over whether interest rates will rise or not. That uncertainty is damaging for businesses. The Bank of England could remove that uncertainty.”

He added: “It is widely accepted that economic recovery will not take hold until the SMEs recover so it would be great to see the new Bank of England governor deliver more practical support to that vital part of the economy.”

How we can help

Here at Furniture At Work™ we appreciate the financial pressures facing businesses in Britain. While we’re not in a position to change the underlying economic factors affecting enterprises, we are able to provide cheap office furniture.

If you’re planning to stock up on items like this, it really is worth checking out our selection. You might be surprised by the low price tags attached to our products and, to make things even easier for you, we offer flexible payment terms and big discounts for bulk orders.

Plenty of choice

Meanwhile, you don’t have to sacrifice your level of choice to take advantage of our cheap office chairs and other items. We offer many thousands of different items, meaning you shouldn’t struggle to find exactly what you’re after.

Our £15 million of stock is ready for same day despatch via our dedicated fleet of 120 trucks.

Even small savings can mount up

Saving a few quid on each of your chairs and other products may not seem like a big deal, but the fact is, over time economies like this can mount up and provide an important boost to your bottom line.

To see all that we have to offer, just take a look around our website.

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Office furniture can impact on staff morale

December 1, 2012

There’s no doubting the importance of office furniture. If you lack the right items for your working space, you’ll quickly run into problems.

Before you go ahead and source new products, it may be a good idea to get to grips with the needs and preferences of your workers. After all, they will be using the furniture, so it’s important they give the items the thumbs up.

Highlighting the importance of communication

Showing that communication is key when it comes to office design, research conducted by Community Care and Unison recently revealed that many social workers are frustrated by a particular use of office desks within their organisations.

Many of these individuals are subject to so-called ‘hot desking’ procedures, meaning they don’t have their own allocated desk to work on. Instead, they use any desk that’s free when they arrive at work.

Facts and figures

The study revealed that three-quarters of social workers do not have their own space in their offices. This is despite the fact that the same proportion of respondents hated the idea of hot desking. Meanwhile, nine in ten of those polled claimed this fluid approach to working space has a detrimental effect on morale.

In addition, around 90 per cent suggested it raises their stress levels and eight in ten complained they do not have access to the same level of support.


One individual spoke of rarely seeing colleagues and managers and of sometimes having to take confidential files home at the end of the day, while another revealed they often have to wait until after work to have private conversations with their manager.

A third respondent remarked: “Little thought seems to be given to the importance of sharing knowledge and skills within the office environment. Employees feel devalued when their employer won’t even provide them with a desk and the space to put one. I don’t think it’s much to ask in the larger scheme of things.”

Meanwhile, Unison’s national officer for social care Helga Pile stated: “The survey results show that the policy of hot desking needs to be urgently reviewed.”

Collaboration may pay off

Of course, in some cases hot desking may be perfectly suitable and beneficial. However, to make sure you don’t dent morale among your employees by imposing office set-ups they don’t like, it may pay off to adopt a collaborative approach when designing the layout of your working space and choosing your office furniture.

Getting your personnel in on the decisions you make could help ensure they feel valued and ultimately it may lead to a more harmonious environment.

Come to us

Once you’ve decided on the items you need for your office, you can come here to us at Furniture At Work™ to purchase them. We offer superb value on a whole range of products and should have exactly what you need.

Whether you’re on the lookout for new office tables, chairs, room dividers or anything else, we can help and ordering via our website is quick and simple.


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