Category Archives: Office Furniture

Height Adjustable Desks

When we moved into our fabulous new office suite earlier this year we had a lot of work to do. Several months later and we are very proud of work space, and have included as many different elements of commercial interior fit out as we could whilst maintaining a working and fluid aesthetic. We have done this because we practice what we preach – if we are going to recommend a solution for your business requirements we will only do so if we believe in that solution ourselves.

One such example of this is our use of height adjustable desks – having installed them for our own use we couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Should you be using a height adjustable desk? We’ve compiled 3 top reasons why we think that you should.

3 Reasons For Buying Height Adjustable Desks

More Than Just A Fad: Choices of commercial interiors, furniture, fixtures and fittings go in the same cycles as all other aspects of design trends. The adjustable desk is so much more than a fad. It may sound a rather dramatic claim that sitting will kill you but medical evidence has proved that a sedentary lifestyle is very bad for your health. If you are tied to your desk then making it one that you can easily vary the height of will go some way to reducing the amount of time you spend sitting still.

Lose Weight! Surely not – claiming that your adjustable desk will help you burn those calories sounds as outrageous as saying that your desk will kill you. But we kid you not – we have delved the archives of the internet to bring you a news story from way back in 2005. A US study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta concluded that “(By) Figuring out ways to increase physical activity - not necessarily getting people jogging every day but just building physical activity into a person's day - are reasonable strategies that have the promise to combat this epidemic of obesity.” And another study concluded that you can burn an additional 340 calories a day if you spend just two hours of your work day standing in lieu of sitting.

Stand Up Straight! Were you ever barked at to stand up straight in school? Does it really mean anything? Well whether it does or not, we do know that adjustable workstations will help to improve, or maintain, a good posture. The simple act of standing improves your core strength, leading to better overall posture.

If we look at the evolution of the human being this all makes more sense. It is only in recent modern working practices that so many of us find ourselves routed to our seats. We are naturally mobile creatures and sitting all day is alien to our constitution. We may not be able to escape our desks, but we can make sure that they are working with us rather than against us.

If you would like to learn more about height adjustable desks then please do get in touch with us for a chat.

The Best Office Chair?

How To Choose The Best Office Chair

Business budgets are tight for most companies, and allocating funds to yield the maximum return is a priority for any successful enterprise. If your priority as a business is to bring in more sales, perhaps you’re not looking at splurging on office chairs – but then again, perhaps you should.

Given that the average office worker will spend as much, if not more, time sat on their office chair as they will in their bed, you owe it to your staff to provide them with a piece of office furniture that will have the least adverse effect on their health.

What, then, should you be taking into consideration when choosing the right office chairs for your employees?

Top 3 Tips For Choosing The Best Office Chair

Adjustable: The best chairs have the option to adapt to your personal shape. Just take a look around your office, we’re all different. Different heights, weights, shapes and sizes, so trying to buy a one-chair-fits-all is unlikely to suit the majority of your work force. The most comfortable chairs have adjustable arm rests, seat height, backrests and upright/reclining positions.

Movable: If you’ve ever sat in a chair that seems to stick to the carpet, you’ll know how difficult it can be to move once you are seated. This doesn’t have to be the case, there are chairs on the market that glide effortlessly across hard floors or carpeted flooring, and chairs that offer enough rotation to allow you to twist almost all of the way round and still have great back support.

Temperature: As we move away from summer, heat may not be your first consideration – but if you’ve ever got stuck to a covered chair you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be. We have to make reference to perhaps one of the most iconic desk chairs, the Herman Miller Aeron here, that has done away with foam, padding and leather. Instead it is made predominantly from woven mesh that allows air to circulate and provides initiative support. Look for chairs that won't "glue" your staff to their seats.

Referencing back to the start of this article, of course budget is going to be a big factor in choosing the right chairs for your office – but investing in your staff will help your business move forward, and with so many health implications associated with our now sedentary working life, it’s worth choosing the best office furniture that your budget will stretch to.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

The Real Price Of Office Chairs:

We conducted a quick internet search today which demonstrated that you can buy a new office chair from as little as £15. There are several options if you want to be spending over a grand on a single chair and we even managed to find one (in our unscientific online search) for £27,896.00 – and a used, rather uncomfortable looking one at that!

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If you’re in a large office or have a small budget it’s tempting to go for the cheaper options. And why not? There are several reasons why buying cheap office chairs will backfire on you.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

A recent study conducted by the British Council of Offices found a 23% increase in productivity when old or uncomfortable office furniture was replaced.

Or, to put it another way, people who said that their office furniture was “bad” were 3x more likely to claim that it directly affected their productivity.

In 2015 more than 23 million working days in the UK were lost due to office-related ill health, which includes 553,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Now we’re not claiming that all work-related poor health is attributable to bad chairs, but what is known is that as we become increasingly deskbound, poor seating can be a pain in the backside, literally and financially.

If you think that you are keeping the budget in check by buying cheap office furniture, you need to weigh up that cost against lost productivity and sick-pay. Whilst we’re not advocating spending £27,000 on one chair, our work force does deserve to have the best tools for the job – and that includes where they park their rear ends.

3 Areas Where You Should Spend On Office Furniture

The phenomemon that is Black Friday has exploded upon us over the last few years and it's all about the frantic fight to get the best deals out there. We all love a bargain, but just because something is cheap it doesn't necessarily mean that you're getting a good deal.

When it comes to furnishing offices, the majority of us are working to a tight budget. However, when you're setting the budget for your new office furniture, some pieces really are worth the expense.

Three Areas Where You Should Spend On Office Furniture

First Impressions: Having a shabby and cluttered reception desk immediately gives off a negative impression to clients. You cannot have the attitude that it's "only the receptionists workspace" because first impressions really do count. Spending more on this office desk will give your clients the right professional message about your company.

Customer Experience: Having steered your clients through your impressive reception area, you can't then take them into a pokey, ill-lit, uncomfortable conference room. To create a meeting space that’s attractive, impressive and comfortable, you need to be prepared to spend out on a suitable conference table.

Lasting Impressions: If you total up how many members of staff you have then multiply that by how many hours they are spending sat at their desks you will see how important it is that you have both the correct office chairs and suitbable workstations for each and every person within your company. Buy cheap, buy twice. Not just for the furniture but also for the health and wellbeing of your workforce.

When planning your office furniture budget it always pay to invest in the focal point of a room, such as the reception desk and conference tables, as well as on the people that you rely upon to move your business forward.