Office Furniture to Create a Positive Workplace

July 30, 2013

Your office can have a big effect on your physical and mental well-being. The right environment can be a great place to work, while the wrong one can cause you an untold number of problems. Furniture at work complaints are one of the biggest reasons why people don’t like their working environment, and correcting these problems can make a world of difference.

Funiture at work complaints need to be taken seriously because full-time workers tend to spend around eight hours in their office. The wrong chair can give you lower back pain, a poorly elevated desk might lead to carpal tunnel syndrome due to a lack of wrist support, and the wrong monitor or position of the monitor can cause eye and neck strain.

Resolve these problems by making sure you have the correct chair for your body type. You should sit at the back of the chair and the front should be just behind your knees (which should be level with your hips). If this isn’t the case for you, then discuss with your office manager about changing your chair for a better size. The height of your chair should leave you with full support for your wrists through your arm being bent at a right angle and your forearm then being at the same height as the desk. If this means that your feet can’t sit flat on the floor, then you will also need a footrest, and a rocking footrest can be good for increasing circulation when sedentary.

Your monitor should be in a position where you can view it comfortably, although zoom settings will help if needed. The top of the monitor should be in line with your eyes for optimum comfort when viewing. Most monitors have adjustable stands, but if using a laptop you may need an additional stand for the best position.

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3 Tips for Kitting Out a Home Office

July 23, 2013

Working from home may be the Holy Grail of working life for most folks dragging themselves through the daily commute, but it can present issues for those who are able to make the transition long-term. What about time management? Will there ever be a reason to change out of their pyjamas, again? Is the bed a workable desk-substitute?

1. Plan the environment

Sitting on the couch in pyjamas with a laptop balanced on their legs is fine for the odd bit of home work, but it’s not a healthy long-term solution. The home office needs to be properly designed to facilitate the job healthily and productively. For example, it’s pretty much impossible to work in the same room as the family watching TV and kids cascading around the furniture!

Choose a space, adapt it for working from home and guard it from outside influence, e.g. toys, household storage, etc.

2. Don’t forget risk assessments

According to the NHS, around 7.6 million work day were lost 2010-2011 due to musculoskeletal disorders like back pain. Many of these were the result of furniture at work problems like poor posture and the wrong office chair for an individual’s needs (N.B. Working lying down in bed is not good for the spine!)

Look into common furniture at work problems like poor lighting, the causes of back pain, and so on. The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) is a great online resource for folks working from home. They carry plenty of free online guides and checklists on their website.

3. Light it right

Poor lighting can cause eye pain and impact on the mood of the environment. Opt for several lighting sources to keep the space bright, free from shadows and as close to natural sunlight. Mirrors make great light diffusers in small or dull spaces.

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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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Avoiding Pain at Work

July 3, 2013

It is estimated that around 60% of adults are affected by back pain at some point in their working lives, with the culprit usually being furniture at work. Problems often come from poor posture – sitting hunched over a computer, at an awkward angle, slumping and crossing your legs. Pain related to posture can be severe and cause long-term issues if not addressed. However, the good news is that furniture at work problems can be easily solved through providing quality office furniture.

Tim Hutchful, from the British Chriopractic Association, claims that it is all about the adjustability and positioning of your equipment, saying: “Ergonomics depend on the size of the operator, so the chair needs to fit your body shape.”

It’s not just about the chair either – the position and, in particular, height of your desk and computer monitor can also affect your posture. Your keyboard should be central to your body and any other items you need, such as your desk phone, within easy reach so that you don’t have to strain. The top of your computer or laptop monitor should be just below eye level when seated to avoid excess strain on your neck and shoulders.

Your chair should be chosen based on your body size and should be at a height so that your feet are flat on the floor (or a footrest) and your knees in line with your hips. If there are armrests, your arms should be at right angles at the elbow and perfectly in line with your desk or keyboard.

As well as getting the right furniture, it is important to take regular breaks and get some movement. Aim to stand and walk around at least once an hour (or more if you are in pain), and even set a reminder in your calendar to make sure you don’t forget.

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