The importance of buying quality furniture

April 7, 2014

Whether you’re replacing worn out old furniture that has served its time, or you’re kitting out a new premises entirely from scratch, it can be tempting to try and cut costs. You might work from home and not see the point of splashing out on yourself, or you may be buying for a large institution like a school or the NHS and looking to minimise expenditure, but ultimately purchasing very cheap furniture can be a false economy.


For a start, the main issue with buying cheap furniture is the quality. You might feel you are being savvy with what looks like a bargain deal, but when that office chair breaks within the first few months you’ll be wishing you had invested more. Cheaper pieces of furniture are likely to break or wear out sooner, meaning more costs in having to replace them.


Not only that, but such cheap furniture that is liable to break can be a real hazard. If it’s just you that ends up getting hurt because a bookcase has fallen on your head that can be bad enough, but even worse is if an employee or client ends up getting injured. In these situations, and especially if you’re responsible for the safety of pupils or patients as a school or the NHS, you have a duty of care, and there can be serious consequences if someone gets hurt.


The other issue with the quality of furniture is simply comfort. A very cheap price tag is usually indicative of poor design, and the last thing you want while trying to get on with work is backache from your chair, or from a desk that is an awkward height. This applies to your workforce and clients as well – you want everyone to be as productive and comfortable as possible.


Another issue with cheap furniture is convenience. A lot of the time, that bargain you picked up means your furniture will come flat-packed for self assembly. Not only is this incredibly time consuming and often frustrating – imagine how long this will take you with a bulk order for a school! – but there is also the danger that you could assemble the furniture incorrectly. Again, this leads to the potential for causing injury. Thankfully, Furniture At Work offer a large selection of assembled items and can even offer full installation an packaging removal on certain products.


Perhaps not quite so hazardous to your well being, but just as important, is the issue of style. Sure, you saved money on that reception sofa, or on the tables in your meeting room, but what do they say about your company? (Could possibly link to previous article on ‘What your furniture says about your business’ here) You want your furniture to leave a good impression with any clients, with a welcoming atmosphere, and to create a positive working environment for your employees. Cheap, ugly furniture in out of date styles and unflattering colours simply won’t do that.


Thankfully, buying quality furniture does not need to break the bank to be a good investment. At Furniture At Work, we are price leaders, supplying high quality and attractive office furniture at excellent prices. We offer big discounts on bulk orders, and our flexible payment terms and instant credit facilities for government departments make covering the cost of the furniture you need even more manageable. Why not call our telephone support call centre for an instant quote – it’s manned by office furniture specialists from 8am – 8pm.

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Making the right impression with quality reception furniture

January 6, 2014

Your reception area is the first thing that people see when they enter your building. Therefore, it’s really important that you have top-quality, attractive office furniture in there. If you neglect this part of your premises, you could suffer a range of ill-effects.

Potential customers could be deterred, meaning your bottom line may be affected. Also, a bedraggled or badly designed reception can put off possible members of staff, hindering your recruitment efforts. After all, people want to work in pleasant environments and if your reception is substandard, candidates may assume this reflects the rest of your office.


One of the things you’ll need to think about when planning your reception area is your seating. This should look good and be comfortable for guests. Of course, you’ll also need to make sure you have enough chairs, benches or sofas. Making people stand around waiting does not look professional.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we sell a host of seating products that could be just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re after tub seats, modular units, leather suites or anything else, we should be able to help.

As well as meeting your practical requirements, it’s a good idea to make sure that your seating reflects your firm’s general ethos and style. If you’re trying to present your company as modern and chic, then contemporary designs are best. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to emphasise your traditional, professional side, maybe antique replica chesterfields would be better.


No reception is complete without a desk. As well as enhancing the look of your entrance area, this must meet the practical needs of your receptionists. This means it must be big enough, having sufficient storage and so on.

To help ensure that your staff members agree with your final choice, it may be wise to bring them in on the decision making process. This way, you can guarantee they will be pleased with the desks they get.

Those all-important extras

As well as buying these big ticket items of office furniture online, it can pay off to consider those all-important accessories that can help to make or break the overall look and feel of receptions. For example, one or two attractive pieces of artwork could boost the appearance of the space, along with a few plants. If your budget will stretch to it, it’s nice to get deliveries of fresh flowers on a regular basis to add a splash of colour and vibrancy.

Meanwhile, it may also be a good investment to get a TV for people to watch while they’re waiting, and some newspapers and magazines always go down well. If you want to be especially welcoming, you could even put a water dispenser and some fresh fruit in your reception.

A coffee table, entrance mat and coat stand can also enhance your reception

See for yourself

If you’d like to check out our collection of cheap office furniture, just take a look around our website or get in touch with our friendly and professional team.

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Are Swiss Balls as chairs really such a good idea?

November 25, 2013

Office ergonomics is something all conscious business owners should be aware of. It should feature in the initial planning of every office environment and should influence the office furniture you buy. The range of office furniture UK businesses have to choose from is vast, but you need to ensure it is set up in the best possible way too. But ergonomics isn’t always a staid and boring topic, and occasionally it gets downright quirky – all in the name of design partnering with good health practices. Take, for example, Swiss balls.

In recent years, a visitor to any trendy design company wouldn’t be surprised to see the employees sitting (okay, balancing precariously) at their desks on Swiss balls. These over-sized beach balls have been used in gyms for years for developing core strength, balance and fitness, but do they really have a place as office furniture?

There’s now gathering opinion that is starting to challenge the concept and suggests that perhaps we should all be returning to ergonomically designed chairs instead.

A laudable idea – just not a good one

According to Jeanie Croasmun, writing in The Ergonomics Report: “The intent of the ball chair developers was laudable: to take an item that seems to be beneficial in an area of health care (rehabilitation and strengthening/wellness) and apply the same principle to the office.” But while the idea may be laudable, the application, she believes, is flawed: “The exercise ball might be great for strengthening and toning in the gym or at home, but it can’t compete with a truly ergonomic chair for long-term sitting in an office environment.”

Focusing in on what’s important

Jeanie isn’t alone, and a host of other experts have started coming out against the over-use of what is effectively a piece of gym equipment in a completely alien environment.

You’ve also got to ask yourself – are they really that comfortable to sit on all day long? Strengthening your core muscles may give you a six-pack, but does focusing on not falling off your seat all day mean that you’re not focused on your work? Swiss balls as a piece of ergonomic furniture may be ‘trendy’, but it seems that, like all trends, the backlash has started and that 2014 may well see a move back towards well-designed ergonomic office furniture online and in stores across the UK.

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Confidentiality in the workplace

November 17, 2013

Regardless of what kind of business you operate, chances are there will be confidential documents that need to be kept in secure storage. Whether it’s financial records, clients details or staff files, there is a responsibility to the business owner to ensure that these confidential documents are always safe under lock and key.

Secure storage for clients

Whether you’re working from home or sourcing office furniture for a 300-person strong company, clients need to have their details protected with secure storage. The majority of filing cabinets will have central locking systems and sometimes even individual locking for each drawer. But remember not to leave the key in the lock, as that tends to defeat the point somewhat!

Confidentiality isn’t just about locking information away though, it’s also about dealing with it appropriately. If you have a locked cabinet for instance that just deals with one client, should their name really be on the tag on the front for everyone to see? In some industries that isn’t a problem but if you’re a law firm or working in connection with medical records, then that may not be acceptable.

Secure storage isn’t a consideration just for current documents and information either. It’s also important to think about what happens to that paperwork when it’s obsolete. Ensuring that you have correct confidential shredders is vital to keeping client information private, no matter how innocuous it may seem.

Secure storage for staff

Providing secure storage for staff is a top priority when looking after their needs and requirements. The extent and size to which secure storage is provided will depend on the nature of the work but, at the very least, a locking drawer in or next to each desk gives staff the knowledge that they can keep their valuables safe while they’re at work.

In companies where changes of clothes or shoes are required then personal lockers are the way forward and provide employees with their own, lockable space. In situations where long working hours are frequent, lockers also give extra flexibility to staff to keep personal items that they made need, safe.

Even in a three person office, everyone requires their own personal secure storage as well as secure storage for their clients. While it can be easy to overlook personal confidentiality in a small and friendly environment – it doesn’t make it any less vital and all employees have a right to lock up their belongings.

Security, responsibility and reputation

Businesses are only as good as how their clients view them and so it doesn’t matter how many high profile contracts you’ve completed, if you compromise your client’s interests, you’re in a bad way. Confidentiality is the absolute cornerstone of trust and one simple mistake can cost your business its reputation. Taking precautions against break-ins, unauthorised movement of files and documents and the exposure of documents when they’re being used is a good habit to get into.

Simple steps to ensure that you are deserving of your clients’ and employees’ trust can make all the difference. Investing in secure, responsible storage is an easy way to make a good start and sourcing office furniture online gives you flexibility, a wide choice and the vital ability to keep costs down.

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Why Employers Need To Protect Their Office Workers’ Wellbeing

October 23, 2013

A company’s workers are undoubtedly its most vital asset therefore it is absolutely imperative that employers do everything they can to protect the wellbeing of their staff. One of the most effective ways of doing this is by investing in suitable furniture. After all, many office workers these days spend up to eight hours a day sitting at the same workstation so ensuring they are comfortable is the least an employer can do.

Furniture at Work Complaints

It is not a surprise to learn that workers who are forced to use uncomfortable, substandard furniture invariably find themselves developing health issues of one kind or another sooner or later. However, furniture at work complaints of this kind are not things which pop up overnight; they develop slowly over a long period of time. So, whilst employees with stiff backs and other musculoskeletal problems may think they are just feeling the effects of a big night out or a poor night’s sleep, they will actually be exacerbating a problem which is only likely to get worse and worse. More people than ever in the UK now suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. It is widely believed that many of these disorders are caused by sitting and typing in awkward positions for prolonged periods of time. Disorders of this kind are related to neck pain as well as sever discomfort in the shoulders, arms, back, hips and knees.

Impacted Productivity

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), around 11.6 million working days are lost each year to work-related musculoskeletal disorders. So, alongside the moral issue of keeping employees fit and well simply because it’s the right thing to do, it is also clear to see that investing in well designed office furniture makes good business sense too.

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Meeting Storage Requirements

September 28, 2013

Many furniture at work problems arise due to poor storage solutions that are not adapted for their primary purpose. Of course, storage invariably always does get used but this does not mean that space is being used effectively. Using filing cabinets to store bulky items, for instance, may not only waste space but it could also damage the cabinet.

Versatility Is Key

Even despite data becoming ever more digitised, hard copies of important documents are still required. If these documents are private and contain sensitive data, they really should be kept under lock and key. Lockable cabinets can solve many furniture at work problems that arise, particularly if those cabinets themselves are being kept in a secure room that is rarely accessed or easily monitored.

Lateral filers are great for those offices where some storage is required but perhaps doesn’t need to be high density. Double wide foolscap storage can offer plenty of storage over time without sacrificing too much space in the office. Investing in a cabinet with a nice finish can also serve to improve the look of the office.

High Density

4+ storey filing cabinets are a great way to store large numbers of files together. The more adaptive options on the market will allow you to stack side by side with differing heights to allow you to adapt to the environment by placing some cabinets beneath workstation desks.


Multidrawer flat and wide filers can allow you to store all sorts of different items, from tools to paper. These are very handy to have around since you can store everything you need in one compact cabinet that won’t take up so much space. With a small investment in a worktop it could put to further use to give more space in the work area.

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Easy Solutions To Furniture At Work Complaints

September 26, 2013

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Many furniture at work complaints come from repeating the same action every day non-stop. For those businesses who have invested wisely, the equipment itself might not be to blame – it could be bad posture or an incorrectly set up chair, table or other device. It is important to note however, that if you expect your employees to sit and work for 8 hours a day that they need not only regular breaks but also a chair that is adjustable. Chairs that don’t adjust will cause problems eventually, since they should offer ample support for the back and hips as well as allowing the elbows to remain parallel to the worktop. Knees should also be level or below the hips, certainly not below. If possible, a foot rest might also be provided.

Ensuring that employees know how to set up their workstation effectively requires no specialist training. They simply need to follow these simple guidelines. The issue does however change for those employers who must cater for pregnant women and those with physical disabilities. This can require some expert insight if you have not already received it but should not be prohibitively priced.

Breaks And Exercise

A regular break every hour or so can not only stave off the effects of sitting but can also yield productivity increases. If some employees are suffering through sitting then it can help to do some simple exercises to make furniture at work complaints a thing of the past. Exercises designed to work the wrists, neck and spine can really help to stretch those muscles and tendons that can become fatigued during the day. Information should be available on the specifics of each exercise, although it is always a good idea to gain access to some occupational training to ensure that employees have the knowledge to keep themselves safe.

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No need to let clutter overtake your office

September 18, 2013

Clutter is the bane of many an office manager’s life. It’s amazing how quickly paperwork, files and other items can build up in working environments and if this problem isn’t tackled promptly, it can escalate.

Luckily, it’s now easy to source cheap office furniture to help combat clutter. Here at Furniture At Work™ we sell a range of items that could be just what you’re looking for.

Nip it in the bud

If you can, it’s really helpful to nip growing levels of clutter in the bud. The earlier you address the issue, the easier your task will be.

Burying your head in the sand and simply hoping things will get better is the worst possible thing to do. Over time, the mess in your office will simply get worse and worse, meaning that you’ll have more clearing up to do.

The business case

There is a strong business case for combating the clutter. When workers have to put up with messy working conditions, they can’t operate as efficiently. They might struggle to find important items to help them get on with their work. Also, employee morale tends to fall in chaotic environments, and this causes productivity to fall yet further.

Meanwhile, piles of paperwork, files and other items can pose a health and safety risk to employees. Slips and trips are all too common in workplaces around the UK. Ultimately, these accidents can result in potentially long and costly legal proceedings.

Take your pick

By perusing our online catalogue, you can take your pick from a whole arrange of storage items, including office bookcases, wooden cupboards and much more. We should have everything you need and ordering from us is quick and easy.

Best of all, we offer unrivalled value for money. This means that even if you’re operating on a limited budget, you shouldn’t struggle to buy all the products you need.

Getting your staff members on board

It’s important to bear in mind that buying these products is only one part of the story. They will prove useless if your workers don’t use them properly. Therefore, it’s a good idea to issue some guidance to your employees when you take delivery of the storage items.

Getting them involved in a general office clear-up may help to convey the importance of keeping things organised. Also, implementing careful labelling systems can help ensure that files and other objects are stored correctly, thereby ensuring they can be retrieved quickly and without any hassle.

Time for general improvements?

When you are taking a look around our website, our chairs and desks may also catch your eye. Now could be a great time to generally revamp your working area. Our products are top-quality and will stand the test of time, meaning they represent a great investment.

By tackling the clutter in your office and making sure it looks and feels the part, you can create an area that is pleasant to spend time in. Given how many hours you and your workers put in at your desks, this is really important.

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Simple Ways For Employers To Combat Furniture At Work Problems

September 12, 2013

Whilst most people may think that working environments like industrial plants and manufacturing operations are the most likely places to look for threats to employee health and well being; the truth is that run of the mill working environments, such as offices, can be every bit as harmful to people’s long-term health.

The reasoning behind this is that individuals can develop significant injuries if they are made to use items of office furniture that are detrimental to their posture. Indeed, poor posture can cause workers to develop painful musculoskeletal disorders which over time can diminish a person’s mobility – and therefore their quality of life – considerably.

Of course, employers have a responsibility to ensure the health and well being of their workers so it is down to them to sort out furniture at work problems of this kind.

But how can they do this?

Well, there are actually a number of things which can be done.

Consult Employees

Companies that take the time to listen to their employees may save themselves a lot of fuss and hassle in the long-term. Far too many business organisations confuse employees talking of furniture at work problems with employers moaning for no reason at all. This is not healthy. If workers are consistently making references to outdated desks or poor fitting chairs then chances are they need to be replaced – and company executives would do well to listen.

Invest in High Quality Office Furniture

Companies that invest in decent desks and chairs will find that they won’t have to buy replacements anywhere near as often. This is good news for employers and employees alike; after all, workers will get to use truly comfortable furniture items while their employees can look forward to making considerable long-term savings.

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The importance of good quality home office furniture

September 10, 2013

Getting the opportunity to work from home can be a relief. You can kiss goodbye to those stressful commutes, meaning more of your time will be your own. Also, you might find you’re able to work more efficiently away from the hubbub of an office.

However, there are certain pitfalls you must avoid if you’re about to take the plunge and give up office life in favour of remote working.

Avoid the couch

To begin with, you might see the novelty in working from your couch, but this will soon wear off. Lounging around while you’re getting on with your tasks sounds great, but in fact it’s just not very comfortable or practical. After a while, you might start getting pains in your neck and back because of your contorted working position.

Also, by working in your living room, you run the risk of losing important work-related material. It’s all too easy for documents, memory sticks and other items to go missing under seating and between cushions. Even worse, they may accidentally be ‘tidied’ away into the recycling or the bin.

A designated space

This is why it really pays off to create a designated area to work in complete with suitable home office furniture. Having access to good quality seating, a proper desk and some storage can make your life a whole lot easier.

It can also help you to keep a good work-life balance. If your work equipment and files are strewn all around your property, you might feel as though you’re never able to fully switch off. In contrast, if you’re able to shut the door to your home office at the end of the working day, you should find it easier to relax.

Long-term wellbeing

Over the long-term, your wellbeing can benefit greatly as a result of having access to top quality home office chairs and other items. Making sure you maintain the right posture while you’re getting stuck into your work is so important. If you don’t, you’re much more likely to develop musculoskeletal problems, and these could be painful and chronic.

The little extras

When you’re setting up your home office, make sure you pay attention to the finer details. After all, you might spend many hours in the space virtually every day.

For example, having a wastepaper bin is a must. Also, try to include some attractive accessories in the area, such as plants and artwork. This can help to boost your mood when you’re racking up the hours at your desk

Having enough storage is another crucial point. The last thing you want is to end up half-buried in documents, books and other items. This is stressful and it can be distracting.

Take a look

Here at Furniture At Work™ we’re experts when it comes to office furniture and should have exactly what you’re looking for. You can peruse our chairs, desks, cupboards, bookcases, mobile pedestals and more and, within no time, you should be able to find the perfect items for you.

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