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Which office board is best?

Monday, December 04, 2017

Whiteboard, pin board, cork board, blackboards. There’s so many board options that choosing one can be tricky. Here we’re giving you the low down on each board type so you can figure out what best suits you and your workspace.

Blackboard

Blackboards may have a long past, but that doesn’t mean they are passé. Office blackboards are great for visual and tactile learners, are easy to use, encourage creativity and will always be there for you – even in a power outage! They’re affordable and fun, and can benefit a wide range of office types, from creatives to mathematicians. 


Whiteboard

Whiteboards, the more modern version of the blackboard, are incredibly useful in today’s offices. They work wonders for design-thinking innovators, group brainstorming sessions, presentations and in-office communications. There are a range of whiteboard options, including mobile whiteboards, flipcharts and double-sided boards. 

Laser Etched Whiteboard

Whiteboards with etched designs are a great planning tool for busy offices or individuals. With options like year planners, management boards and gridded boards, as well as custom designs, these more specific office whiteboards are extremely useful for scheduling and planning in modern offices.


Pin Boards and Cork Boards
Pinterest didn’t get its name out of thin air – the original pin board works wonders for organising an office, allowing you to easily leave brief messages and memos for co-workers as well as reminders and to-do lists for yourself. Whether you choose a pin board or a cork board is a matter of personal preference and style. 

How to choose an ergonomic office chair

Monday, December 04, 2017

Given the huge number of hours we spend sitting at our office desks during the working week, ensuring you have the right task chair is hugely important to your health, well-being and productivity. 

A supportive desk chair helps with efficiency and productivity at work, as well as comfort and physical health. A problematic office chair - which could mean a good chair for the wrong person - could lead to aches and pains, repetitive strain injury, headaches and more.

Whether you’re fitting out an office for fifty or setting up a home-based office for one, with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming when it comes time to choose. So we've put together this guide so you know what to look for when making your decision.

The right ergonomic chairs will offer the following features:


Adjustment

Height adjustment, arm width and seat angle are just some of the adjustment options that a good office chair will offer. Our sit stand desks all come in different heights, shapes and sizes, so a chair that tailors to your unique needs is crucial.


Office chairs should be easy to adjust in height. Feet should be flat on the floor (or a footrest) with thighs parallel to the ground.


An adjustable seat depth/seat slide function allows you to slide the seat forward and backwards to suit your leg length. 


Armrests should be adjustable so they can provide additional support while working or resting. Adjustable armrests allow you to get closer to work, provide correct arm height and can also pivot.


Lumbar Support

A good office chair needs to support your lower back. Lower back pain, leg pain and sciatica are all common complaints among office workers, so it’s in your best interest to support yourself or your staff with a supportive chair. Having proper support can make a world of difference to your comfort levels. Your lower back should fit comfortably against the lumbar support.


Recline

Having the ability to recline limits the pressure placed on your spine and seat bones. Reclining while you work or rest improves comfort during long periods of sitting.


Base

Make sure your office chair is on appropriate wheels (there are different requirements for carpet than for hard surfaces or mats) and moves around and swivels easily. You want your movements to be free, easy and unimpeded to get the most out of your time at your desk.


Material

Choose a quality office chair that is made out of comfortable and breathable material. You’ll likely be sitting in this chair for eight hours a day, so you need comfort over style. Look for chairs with breathable material and quality seat cushioning for ultimate comfort.


Choosing a chair with visual appeal can certainly add enjoyment to your office set-up, however comfort is crucial so make sure your chosen chair will ensure you are comfortable as your work, and will help to prevent pain and discomfort.


We have a wide range of ergonomic task chairs available to suit different requirements. View our collection here or contact us if you would like more information.

Why sit stand desks are taking over offices everywhere

Friday, November 03, 2017
Retail and hospitality workers complain of sore backs after standing all day long. Office workers have similar grumbles after hours spent sitting at a desk. So, what’s the answer? 

Both! 

Sitting all day long isn’t healthy, but neither is standing. Luckily, the office worker experience has been flipped on its head as Sit Stand Desks take over offices everywhere.

Here’s our top 5 reasons for becoming a Sit Stand Desk convert.

1. Improve Your Posture

Sitting at your desk for hours on end is not great for your posture. Being able to go from seated to standing allows you to improve your posture without the strain on our knees and lower back that non-stop standing causes.

2. Keep Active at Work

A busy day in the office often means you only stood up to grab your lunch, which you then proceeded to eat at your desk. If you’re too busy to get out for a walk or stretch your legs, a Sit Stand Desk is the perfect solution. Adjusting your desk from Sit to Stand keeps the blood flowing and the body moving while giving you time to get your work done.

3. Ease Pain

You might start the day with the best of intentions, sitting with your legs planted firmly on the floor, your back straight and your shoulders relaxed. But by the day’s end you realise your legs are crossed, you are slumped over and your shoulders have crept up to your ears. Worst of all, you have no clue how long you’ve been sitting in this horrendous position!

Changing your desk from Sit to Stand partway through the day effortlessly forces you into a better position, easing the pressure off your sciatic nerve, lower back and neck. 

4. Good Ergonomics

The buzz word of the office world and for good reason! Ergonomics is the science of designing and arranging the objects that people use to make them as efficient as possible. The height adjustable sit to stand is an example of good ergonomics – it has been scientifically tested to make you healthier and more efficient at work. Who doesn’t want that?

5. Change is as Good as a Vacation

We’re not suggesting you forgo your next vacation, but you’d be surprised how much a positive change can affect your attitude towards work. If you’re in a slump or feeling those end-of-year blues, this is the perfect time to make a change. A new user or electric sit stand desk will shake up your everyday work routine, re-energising you both mentally and physically. 

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