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4 top tips for switching to a standing desk

Thursday, September 14, 2017

If you have recently switched to a height adjustable desk, there are some key things you can do to make the transition easier.

1. Take it slow.

Don't expect to suddenly go from a lifetime of sitting to standing all day. Your best option is to alternate sitting and standing every hour to begin with. It takes on average about two weeks to be able to stand for hours on end. If you experience fatigue early on, don't be tempted to give up and go back to sitting all day. Your body will get used to it - just be sure to listen to your body and sit when your feet or legs start to become sore. Remember, start out slow and build up gradually. Remind yourself of the health benefits of a standing desk to keep on track.

2. Have comfy shoes handy.

Standing in heels all day is not going to be all that comfortable. Leave a comfortable pair of shoes by your desk which you can easily slip on when you plan to stand.

3. Invest in an anti-fatigue floor mat.

Anti-fatigue mats are specially designed to accompany standing desks. The extra cushioning absorbs pressure away from knees, ankles, feet and hips and means you'll be able to stand comfortably for longer periods of time.

4. Keep posture in mind.

It can be easy to let bad habits slip in when standing, such as hunching shoulders or not standing evenly on both feet - leaning to one side or not having both feet even and flat on the floor can be all too tempting. Try and imagine your head touching the ceiling. This will keep you standing straight with shoulders back.

Congratulations on your decision to switch to a healthier choice of standing up at work with a height adjustable desk. Just remember - take it slow, invest in a floor mat and maintain good posture, and your body and mind will thank you for it.

3 reasons why you should change to a height adjustable desk

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Sick of sitting down all day? Have you considered a height adjustable desk?

3 benefits of standing up at work
1. It's a healthier option.
Standing all day and maintaining a good posture adds to the strength of your core resulting in a lot less soreness in the back and tailbone, compared to sitting for eight to ten hours a day. When you stand, you open up your internal organs, which allows everything to move. Sitting cramps your gut and slows things down. When we sit our fat burning enzymes start to shut down.

2. Stay focused and maximize productivity.
Standing keeps your blood flowing and mind more alert. It’s a lot harder to get sleepy at your desk if you’re standing as you are constantly aware of your body. 

3. Burn more calories!

You burn 60 more calories an hour when standing versus sitting. 

View our range of height adjustable desks here.

10 things you must know about office furniture before you make your choice

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Office furniture is arguably as important, if not more important than the location of your office. 

With the amount of time you and your colleagues spend in the office over a given week, you need to be comfortable, functional and happy in your surroundings in order to be motivated and productive.

  1. Make sure the office furniture you choose fits the room and that there is enough room to open cabinets and drawers, and that people have enough room to get to their desks, and in and out of the office. There are by-laws that require wider corridor widths for fire access.
  2. Office furniture needs to be suitable for the purpose. A cool looking desk isn’t necessarily functional. Cafe style chairs and tables might look good in a catalogue, but are they appropriate for a legal office.
  3. Don’t forget extra office furniture items like storage cabinets, book shelves and computer stands as these will provide additional functionality and storage space for your office.
  4. Make sure that your office furniture is ergonomic.  It is important that it is comfortable as well as stylish and practical. Health and Safety requirements need to be adhered to, as many strains, aches and other work related ailments could be avoided.
  5. Divide the room where possible by having separate areas for different types of staff. Those who spend all day on the phone will have different furniture needs to those who need room to view design ideas or those who need peace and quiet.
  6. Different moods can be created by using different coloured chairs, desks, or tables. Partition heights offer acoustic assistance and shelving options.
  7. Stylish hi-tech modern designs, or functional basic shapes? What you choose will depend on the nature of your business and your budget. Your office furniture may be fashionable today, but will it still look stylish in 5 years’ time?
  8. Think about the impression your office furniture has to give to clients as well as staff. Office furniture for a firm of accountants needs to be different from a graphic design company or a call centre. The office might be part of a factory or a restaurant or a shop, so it needs to be appropriate and in keeping with the company image. A design agency will want to appear creative and vibrant, whilst a solicitor’s office will want to appear calming and welcoming.
  9. Think about the future: how easy is it to expand the office layout using your chosen furniture? New employees, technology or processes and procedures may mean that the office layout has to change frequently.  Can you move desks around yourselves, or do you need the fitters to take the desks apart so they can be rebuilt in a different part of the office?  The one thing we can guarantee is the office will change.
  10. Good office furniture will encourage and assist employees to be more productive by ensuring that all they need is at hand, and they can carry out their duties without disturbing others.

These tips should help you to decide which office furniture is best for your needs and will meet the needs of your staff, giving the right impression to your clients and other visitors. The right office furniture will look good, be comfortable and last a long time. 

New to Office Furniture Warehouse - Activity Based Working Range

Monday, June 02, 2014

Activity based working (ABW) is an international trend which gives employees a choice about how, when and where they work. 
It's all about moving away from the traditional offices, which take up a lot of space, reducing real estate costs, encouraging sales staff to be out of the office, hot desking, and building spaces around collaboration. New technology is a major driver of this trend and while cost is a big factor, international research has also showed ABW improves communication and concentration in offices and ultimately leads to better staff retention, productivity and innovation.  
While the intent of ABW is clear, ensuring good design is another matter. How do you go about creating an ABW environment? What factors should you consider? The team at Office Furniture Warehouse know that encouraging interactions and creative thinking is the key to survival to all business and the physical environment can have a catalysing effect on creativity. Office Furniture Warehouse believes ABW is a science - and with years of proven results to call upon, can help take the guesswork out of the equation.
Our new Activity Based Working range 'Motion Office' also have panels with an NRC rating of 0.76 which means that 76% of the sound wave entering into the material will be captured and converted. MotionOffice dramatically contributes to reduction of noise bleed in open plan (ABW) environments!

Check out our new Motionoffice Range here