Category Archives: Office Furniture

Options For Desk Materials

Whilst not all work stations are classified as desks, the concept of the work table is omnipresent in business establishments across the globe. The office desk can come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and materials and be designed specifically for one purpose or be multi-functional.

We thought we’d go through your options for materials for desks, or work stations, as there are several that you can chose from depending upon design, function and budget.

5 Options For Office Desk Materials

Hardwood: The traditional high-end status symbol desk was made from hardwood such as mahogany or oak. These types of wood are naturally enhanced with durability and strength. But they’re not just strong; they can be crafted into the most beautiful items of furniture and because of the natural patterns no two hardwoods will be the same, providing you with a unique desk. The downside? Hardwoods are expensive – but you do get what you pay for. A desk made from oak, mahogany or mango will be able to withstand the odd scratch and last for years to come.

Softwood: We’re talking woods such as pine here. These are easier to work with and faster to process which will suit a business wanting to furnish a large office area with multiple desks on a budget. They also come in more reliable sizes and qualities than hardwoods, are easy to cut and shape and, especially in the cases of redwood and cedar, weather-resistant. Softwood desks can be painted or stained to match your colour schemes and depending upon the type of softwood can be more budget friendly than hardwood.

Bamboo: With a tensile strength that is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel, bamboo is surprisingly strong and when laminated bamboo’s strength is enhanced, providing another layer against the wear and tear of use. It also is a genuinely renewable resource as bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and is the quickest absorbers of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Glass: Moving away from the wood options, glass desks possess a lightweight, more contemporary look to them. In contrast to the sometimes-cumbersome wooden desks, glass top desks make areas appear larger than they actually are. Elegant, classy, refined, glass desks can make an office look fresh, modern and light. Perhaps the biggest drawback with glass desks is that they can be delicately fragile and chips and dents show up easily.

Metal: The workhorse of the desk world, metal is renowned to be more durable than other materials and it can last a lifetime if looked after correctly. Durable and flame-resistant, metal desks and work stations are commonly used in schools, institutions, busy kitchens and cafeterias. Metal also has the advantage of being more weather resistant and can be kept and used outside.

Which desk is best?

Which office desk material is best for you? Ultimately, the choice will be yours but the three main deciding factors when choosing come down to your budget, the design you like and the work that will carried out at the desk.

20sixltd can provide you with any type of office desk as well as other types of office furniture so please do get in touch with us for further help and advice.

Deskercise? How To Workout At Your Desk

Sitting in our Sussex offices in mid February, we have been talking about New Year’s resolutions; who made them, and who stuck to them. In the gyms that we frequent,  there was a huge increase in people using the equipment in January - but by the start of February they all seemed to vanish.

One common reason for failing in the keep fit resolution stakes is lack of time. We all have so much work to get through that taking time out to get to the gym, change, workout, and get back from the gym can take up too much of your working day.

So how do we find the work/exercise balance?

We’ve come up with ten workable ideas for exercising at (or just by) your desk.

10 Deskercises - How To Workout At Your Desk

Tippy Tappy: A simple way to keep those legs moving even whilst you’re sat at your desk is by speedily tapping your toes on the floor. This is achievable whilst you’re catching up with emails, or reading your daily updates so make sure you add reminders to get regular tippy tappy toes.

Standing Desks: At 20sixltd we all have desks that we can alter at the touch of a button from sitting to standing. Prolonged periods of sitting are linked to increased risk for diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease, whereas standing significantly increases your daily caloric expenditure. Alternate between sitting and standing whenever you can.

Legs of Steel: Take a break from your office desk and lean against the nearest solid wall. Stand straight with your back against the wall, bend the knees and slide your back down the wall until the thighs are parallel to the floor. Sit and hold for 30-60 seconds, then stand up again - but do remember to breathe!

Nobody Needs To Know: There are some desk excercises that you can do that nobody else in the office will be aware of. Toning your bottom muscles is as simple as squeezing your buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, and then release. Make sure you add as many reps as you feel comfortable with and as above, at regular intervals.

Get Your Prayers Answered: A good exercise for your arms that will leave others in the office wondering what you are praying for. Seated upright with feet flat on the floor, bring your palms together in front of your chest and push both hands together as hard as you can until you feel the arm muscles contract. Hold the prayer hands pushed together for 20 seconds. Release and repeat the sequence until you feel enough of the burn.

The Shoulder Shrug: Best done at your desk and not in board (or is that bored?) meetings, just raise both shoulders up toward your ears, hold for 5 seconds, then relax. Repeat for 15 reps.

Hold On Tight: Your head weighs a lot and your poor neck has to carry its weight, so this a great way of strengthening the neck. Hold your head in your hands and press your palms into your forehead as if trying to push the head backward. Resist the motion by engaging the neck muscles. Then clasp your hands behind the back of the head and try to push the head backward, resisting the motion with your hands. Slowly release, rest, and repeat 5 times each.

Office Desk Jiggle: If your Office chair moves let it help your body move too. Sitting upright and with the feet hovering over the floor, hold the edge of your desk with your fingers and thumb. Next, use the core to swivel the chair from side to side. Swish back and forth for 15 rounds.

Nobody Needs Know (Part Two): Another silent deskercise, this one works your core. Simply take a deep breath and tighten the abdominal muscles, bringing them in towards the spine as you exhale. Stay squeezed for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat for 12-15 reps.

Roll On Summer: It may seem a long way off but if you’d rather not see your tummy rolls when you look down you need to get working now. Place both of your elbows on your thighs, then try to curl the chest in towards the legs while resisting the movement with the arms. Hold for 10 seconds, release, and repeat times 10.

The more we move, the better we feel - and the better we feel, the more productive we can become. So if you’ve had to give up on your fitness promises because of work commitments, try incorporating these ten deskercises into every working day and feel better for it.

(We should point out that whilst we are experts in Office fit outs we are not experts in fitness itself. These are just ideas for getting you moving at your desk; if in any doubt please seek a real fitness expert’s advice) 

 

Types Of Office Chair

One Chair Fits All?

There has been a lot of talk in the world of office design about the importance of creating work spaces that people actively look forward to being in. Competition for top talent across a variety of market sectors mean that more companies are realising how important the design of the working environment is.

And getting the design right necessitates getting the office furniture right.

Four Types Of Office Chair

We feel that there are four key areas where your office chair will make an impact on your work space.

First Impressions: Upon arrival, what does your client first see? A reception area will generally be staffed and may have client seating areas as well. That initial impression of your work space can be enhanced by having fixtures, fittings and furniture to give the wow factor.

The Nitty Gritty: We know the health implications for sitting down too long, and we understand the importance of ergonomic furniture. The hours that you spend sat at your desk add up over the weeks, months, years – having a properly designed office chair can have a significant, positive impact on your overall wellbeing.

Meetings: “Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I will begin”. This may be a saying of old, but it still rings very true. Communication is hindered if you’re not sitting comfortably, and if you want your employees and your clients to really hear the messages that you are conveying a comfortable seat is essential.

Break Out: It’s not all sitting at your desk working – we need time out to eat, refresh, chat and mingle. Having seating that is fit for purpose wherever you and your employees are in the building will go a long way towards a happy work space.

Having sourced and supplied office chairs and other office furniture to a wide range of different businesses, we know how to find you the best solutions to your work place furnishings. Get in touch with one of friendly team and see how we can make the difference to your commercial interior design.

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.