Category Archives: Office Furniture

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.

 

 

Office Desk Accessories

Office Furniture | Desk Add Ons

Following on from our “It’s Just A Desk” blog, we thought we’d explore what additions you can have on the basic platform that is your office desk.

Three Options For Office Desk Accessories

Drawers: It used to be the case that all office desks came with drawers – where else were you to store your paper, pens and other desk paraphernalia? But with the rise of hot desks and freelance office spaces, drawers have been made redundant. If a desk is not dedicated to one particular worker, those using the work station will be bringing whatever they need with them, and taking it away again.

Mechanisms: Along with having drawers, desks were static. There was no need for movement – your desk was positioned and stayed put. As we have learned more about the negative impact on our health that a sedentary life style brings with it, so our desks have adapted. You can now have a desk where you just touch a button and the height alters from sitting to standing; there are treadmill desks; and there are even “cycling” desks. No longer just a beautiful piece of carved woodwork, desks these days can come with a whole host of mechanisms.

Covers: From fancy deskshields - desk covers decorated with any type of image, pattern, or pictures that you want to upload – to full-on hooded canopies that can fold up when you require privacy or back down when you’re after a more open environment, office desks can be adapted to every working situation.

These are just three examples of desk accessories, but all go to show that a office desk is more than just a surface to place your paper upon.

If you require office desks, or any other office furniture, we have next day delivery on selected furniture prodcuts if ordered before 12pm.

Office Desks

"It's Just A Desk"

Office desks – a pretty tedium medium to be talking about right? After all, a desk is just a desk isn’t it?

More than just a surface to rest upon, desks are the central spot to create, organise and get work done. And far more than a stand-alone, singular piece of office furniture, there are several types of office desk.

Five Types Of Office Desk

The Reception Desk: This is the first point of contact most of us have when entering a work place and therefore requires special attention. Not only does it have to be suitable for the expectations of the receptionists' duties, it also has to be welcoming to any visitors. You will need to ensure all comms are easily at hand whilst leaving enough space for a welcoming face to beam out.

The Hot Desk: With the rise of the mobile workforce and of freelance workers, hot desks are becoming more prominent in both a static business office environment and in co-working office spaces. It needs to be kept clear, is the minimalists dream desk, as you won't know who will be needing to use it from one moment to the next. This type of desk is all about BYO - bring your own paper, pens, and more often than not laptop or another device. It is a multifunctional desk in the sense that you won't know what the user will be working on whilst sat here - it could be anything from accounts to web design.

The Moveable Desk: Who hasn't heard that sitting still all day is bad for your health? Yes, we know we should set a timer and regularly walk away from our desk and do something involving the body rather than the mind. That being said, we also work in a very time-demanding age; we are no longer expected to get things done within the traditional 9 - 5 working day. If you are one of those who is (figuratively) tied to their desk, it's worth investing in one that moves and allows you to either work sitting or standing.

The Executive Desk: Do we still aspire to this? To the largest office in the building with commanding vistas? The executive desk, and corresponding office space, was once deemed as a status symbol and is designed to impress. Perhaps you're after a desk that has taken over 5 months to build, uses 6 different types of exotic wood, and a custom-cut piece of Italian glass? (You have to admit; these look pretty good.) If you're looking for a status symbol and a leg up during negotiations, an expensive, lavish executive desk is for you. If you're looking for a big, expansive desk that creates a physical and metaphorical distance from the lower echelons, this is the desk that you're looking for.

The Boardroom Desk: Designed specifically for groups of people, if the executive desk just isn't large enough for you, you could, of course, claim both the boardroom and its desk as your own. However, this is usually the space for meetings, both internally with colleagues and staff and externally with clients and business partners. Your size of desk will be constrained by your physical boundaries but the style and quality needs to reflect your company branding, culture and ethos.

No doubt you could come up with other examples of office desks, but we thought five was a good number to look at. Whatever type of desk you use, first and foremost, it has to suit your working requirements.

If you want to know more about getting the right desk for you, or for your offices as a whole then please do get in touch with us.