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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Beneficial Extra Services

September 2, 2013

Many negative furniture at work reviews are directed at companies who ship large numbers of flat-packed furniture to customers yet offer no assembly service. Without specialist equipment or knowledge, the average workforce may be required to then take time out from their normal routine to build the furniture themselves. This naturally results in the customer becoming more inefficient themselves, especially when you factor in errors and the potential of missing components. Bulk orders should always come with an offer to assemble the furniture as well, especially if there are no skilled people for the job at the company.

Expert Help

It is worthwhile remembering that many of the pieces of furniture on offer can be quite complex with multiple different parts that need to be fitted together. For the more luxurious piece of furniture, any damage could devalue the furniture significantly. With help from the supplier, the customer could not only step back and relax and allow them to go about their business, but they could also ensure that there is no damage. If it still does occur, the liability is with the supplier and not the customer as well.

Important Positioning

Being able to oversee the project and ensure that everything is positioned correctly can also save lots of time. Some companies do assemble, but do not ensure that the furniture is in the right place which can be a source of bad furniture at work reviews, especially if they have to be disassembled before being moved to the correct area. Having everything ready to be used as soon as the construction is complete can ensure that businesses benefit from the new furniture as soon as possible.

While not every supplier offers these services, some do so and do it for free. This can really give a business much more for their investment.

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Key Office Furniture Trends Revealed

August 11, 2013

One industry leader, when interviewed about future office furniture trends, has stressed that items which allow businesses to run a flexible workplace are increasingly likely to be the most valuable.

The office interiors boss said that modern businesses were looking to maintain a flexible working environment while keeping expenditure minimal. Adaptable, functional and multi-purpose items desk chairs and the like are set to be in strong demand.

He added: “It’s clearly not easy to predict what the working environment might look like in the future, or how working practices, office layouts or staffing levels may change. So items which can help fulfil a range of current tasks and be responsive to constantly changing needs could increasingly become a business essential.”

The development of lighter, smaller computing technology has also had an impact. Office chairs still need to swivel and be completely adjustable, but also to have more padding and support allowing users to comfortably access tablet devices and laptops.

When it comes to meeting room furniture, the trend could be towards a greater demand for tables consisting of a number of smaller units that can be altered to suit larger gatherings, or smaller meetings.

More than ever, businesses have to make the most of space that is available. This can be seen in particular in the growing use of bench desk in general working areas. They can be used by more people in a smaller area than standard desks.

Another popular trend is for desks with increased levels of storage.

So bear these points in time next time you place an order for furniture in your office.

Buy Furniture Online from Furniture at Work™

Whether you’re looking for chairs, desks, storage lockers or anything else, see what we have to offer if you’re buying office furniture online.

We’re based in central Glasgow, and our affordable pricing structure really sets us apart from the competition. (Learn more about our best price guarantee – we won’t be beaten on price.) What’s more, our dedicated call centre is open 12 hours a day, from 8am to 8pm, meaning we’re able to take your call and answer your queries long after some of our competitors have knocked off for the day. What’s more, we’ll do it all for the cost of a local call.

We set up in 2001, selling office furniture nationwide in the business-to-business marketplace, starting life as a mail order company.

Since then, we’ve grown to become one of the UK’s top office furniture specialists, offering the nation’s lowest prices. With one of Britain’s biggest collection of these items, we have everything your home office, school or other workplace needs.

We offer free shipping on all UK mainland orders and deliver to any floor, take away and recycle all packaging and we won’t keep you waiting for your order – we aim to have it with you the day after you place your order.

Visit our website today and learn which of our more than 145,000 online products are right for you.

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The Importance of High Quality Office Furniture in the UK

August 10, 2013

If you’re planning on moving into a new office then you will undoubtedly be looking for the best office furniture at work to suit your requirements. With so many office furniture options available on the market, it can be a struggle to identify the best products for your needs, which is why it pays to read up on the styles to ensure you make an informed decision.

Reception Furniture

Your reception area will be the first room a guest will see upon arrival; therefore, it’s essential you make the right impression to evoke confidence in your company. Opt for comfortable reception seating as your clients or customers may spend a lot of time waiting for their appointment. Also, take the size of the reception into consideration, as stuffing large furniture into a tiny room will be incredibly unsightly.

Office Chairs

Operator chairs are a fantastic option for the workplace as they’re fully adjustable and are therefore ideal for use within the office area. There are so many operator chair options available – such as ergonomic, high back and more.

Executive leather chairs are superb for meeting and conference rooms as they’ll add a touch of professionalism to a room – and they’re also a great way to impress your clients.


Storage is an essential in an office environment as it can boost productivity within the workplace. Therefore, you should ensure you include the appropriate office storage systems to ensure you stay one step ahead of your clients and customers. Filing cabinets are a great way to archive old documents, such as personnel papers. Budget bookcases are also a wonderful solution for storing boxes, industry books and more.

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Is Your Home Prepared for the Flexible Working Revolution?

August 8, 2013

A major new report published this summer suggests a change in workplace practices to include more flexible and home-based and flexible working could bring about an £8.1bn boost to Britain’s economy through reduced costs and greater productivity.

The report, The Flex Factor, from think tank RSA and Vodafone UK, is based on a nationwide study of thousands of bosses and employees. It states that some five weekly hours’ productivity could be clawed back – that’s over £4,000 annually for each staff member.

Equally, the study reports that smaller businesses in particular, who want to reduce overheads while maximising the potential of their staff teams, are leading the way in the shift to increased flexibility at work.

Already nearly half (46%) of employer organisations usually give staff access to a business laptop computer, while a tenth provide tablet devices and a quarter offer use of a Smartphone.

Well over three quarters of British workers are employed by organisations offering some type of flexible working arrangement, but a significant minority of over a tenth who want flexible working are either not given the chance or are not aware they can request it.

Nearly 65% who had worked flexibly claimed their job satisfaction had improved as a result, the survey also revealed.

It seems that the challenge is now for all organisations to think of how different workplace practices could slash outgoings while maximising time, space and resources.

While flexible work isn’t just about being home based (it covers, for example, varying start and finish times) home working is a big part of it. And it brings many benefits, from being able to pop on a wash at lunchtime to being there when the children get home from school to eliminating the slog of commuting.

If you work at home, even for some of the time, it’s important that you are properly geared up to do so without distractions and without, say, having to clear away the dining room table for mealtimes.

Part of that means having the right home office furniture in place.

Home Office Ideas from Furniture at Work™

If you’re stumped for home office ideas, see what we at Furniture at Work™ have to offer before you do anything else. We’re a leading UK office furniture supplier, with everything you need to work well at home, from tables to bookcases and filing cabinets – and all at great prices.

Based in central Glasgow, our dedicated call centre is open 8am – 8pm and staffed by dozens of office furniture specialists. We offer next day delivery of fully assembled home office furniture, and we’ll even take away all packaging for recycling.

We also offer 30-day trials of our products, together with flexible payment terms. Swift delivery is made possible thanks to our extensive network of trucks and couriers allowing rapid distribution UK-wide.

What’s more, we won’t be beaten on price – check out our best price guarantee. Give us a call today or visit our website and learn more.

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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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