Category Archives: Office Desks

Standing Desks For Office Workers

As a company who supply top-end office furniture we practice what we preach. We have been using height adjustable desks for several years now and have found them to be both practical and efficient at improving our working days.

The experience that we have had in our offices has been backed up by scientific research at the University of Leicester. Publishing their findings recently in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the researchers found that office workers spend up to 85% of their workday sitting in a chair. So the research team decided to see what difference it would make to provide some sedentary office workers with a sit stand desk and compare them to workers who continued to have their usual desks.

Of the 146 NHS staff studied, 69 continued to sit at their desks and 77 were given height adjustable sit-stand desks with the research being carried out over the space of a year. The average sitting time at the beginning of the study was 9.7 hours each day,  and the amount of time spent sitting was measured at the start of the study and again at three, six and 12 months.

The results? When the workers swapped out traditional office desks for sit-stand versions, the time spent sat at their desks was reduced by more than 82 minutes per day.

As further proof that adjustable desks are good for workers, the researchers also found that the workers who spent less time sitting also experienced lower levels of anxiety and job fatigue, less back pain and more engagement in work.

Sit stand desks are not a miracle cure for office wellbeing but this research demonstrates that as part of an overall approach to putting employee’s health and happiness at the centre of office design, getting the right office furniture can improve productivity for traditionally sedentary workers.

3 Zones Of Ergonomic Design

The Three Zones Of Ergonomic Desk Design

Your office desk is your primary work space –  one unit with your computer, your phone, your pens and paper and anything else that you may need to work, including little personal objects to help you distinguish your space from that of colleagues.

A desk is just a desk – it is one space where you carry out your daily requirements.

To try and design better work stations for employees, studies have broken down the work station into three distinctive areas. Your desk is used in different ways throughout your working day, with some elements used all the time and some seldom or very rarely used.

The Three Zones Of Office Desks:

Primary: Also referred to as repetitive, this is the area that you are likely to spend the majority of your working day. Within your dedicated desk, office chair and workspace, your primary zone is the equipment that you use most frequently such as your computer screen, keyboard and mouse.

Secondary: This is the area of your work station that is used occasionally – this may be influenced by whether you are right or left handed. Your secondary zone includes occasionally accessed items such as your phone, paperwork, and reference documents.

Tertiary: The last zone, this refers to the areas which are beyond reach with an extended arm. This will cover things like reference books, physical files, spare staples and paper clips, things you may not use on a daily basis.

Why Divide Desks Into Zones?

Good question – should we really be concerned about dividing our office desks up into three zones? Simple answer, yes, we should.

With so many of us leading a sedentary lifestyle due in part to the amount of time we spend sat at our desks, the more ergonomic the design the better for our overall health. Ensuring that there is minimal strain when you are working in any of the zones will have a positive impact and therefore you need to identify what falls into which zone and arrange all the objects so that they are more comfortable to use. And by reorganising the items at your workstation you can help to create a more comfortable work space.

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.