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Office Furniture - Buying Tips

When you decide to buy office furniture don't cut corners. If you are just starting your business or furnishing a home office and your budget is small, start by purchasing a few quality pieces that will last. You can add additional matching pieces as your budget and needs grows.

If your budget is limited, give some thought to how you can use one piece of office furniture for multiple uses. For example, a file cabinet can also double as a tabletop for placing your fax machine, copier, and printer.

If you are selecting home office furniture, walk through the room and visualize when you intend to place your desk, file cabinets, and tables: Look at where are the phone jacks and electrical outlets are in the room.  Decide where is the best place for your new desk. Determine if there is enough light from the windows.  If not, you may need to add floor lamps.  Decide the best color pattern for the home office area.

You should take measurements of your room before you select any office furniture pieces. This will save you time and help you know what will furniture pieces will work best in your workspace.

Think about the work flow in your office and how you will function in it during the day. A stylish office can look great, but if it's not as functional as you need it to be, you'll find your new office to be more frustrating than productive.

You should also consider any health problems you may have. If you have problems with your back, select ergonomic office chairs that provide lumbar support, and sit-to-stand desks that allow you to change the height of your desk during the day.

Selecting the right office furniture does not have to be difficult.  Our office design specialists can answer any questions you may have.  Give them a call at 877 878-8770

When selecting new office furniture consider the following:
  • office measurements
  • source of lighting
  • position and number of electrical, cable TV, and telephone outlets
  • type and style of office furniture
  • carpet and wall paint colors
Office Chairs - Buying Guide

When shopping for office chairs you need to pay attention to the quality of the fabric, vinyl, or leather.  You also need to pay close attention to the ergonomic adjustments that the office chair you are purchasing include.  The guide below will help you better understand the many different features our chairs offer.  Take a look before you buy to make sure you are getting the features you need to make your work environment not only comfortable, but productive and affordable as well.

Office Chair Buying Guide

Ergonomic products like articulating keyboard platforms, adjustable monitor arms, and footrests can improve your posture, increase your comfort, and enhance your productivity at your desk. Here are a few simple guidelines to advance your position at the office.

BENEFITS of Height Adjustable Tables and Desks

 According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), back injuries are the number-one work-related hazard in the United States. Among their recommendations for preventing back pain at work (as well as at home) if you must spend long periods sitting at a desk, is to try to stand once an hour and stretch.

Indeed, changing position throughout the workday, whether one═s job is done primarily in a standing or sitting posture, has been shown in previous studies to reduce back pain, as well as other symptoms such as foot swelling and spinal shrinkage. Improvements in worker productivity have also been noted when people are able to vary their posture, as in one study where employees using ˝sit-standţ adjustable furniture reported feeling more energetic and less tired at the end of the day.

10/18/2007 - Cornell University has conducted a study and research into the benefits of an Electrical Height Adjustable Desk compared to that of a Fixed Position Desk. This is only a small extract of the whole study; This report describes results for a study of electric height-adjustable work surfaces (EHAWs) conducted in two companies. A total of 33 computer workers from the two companies worked at fixed-height work surfaces (FHWs) and then at EHAWs for between 4 and 6 weeks.

Participants completed extensive survey questionnaires immediately before and then 4-6 weeks after using the EHAWs. Results showed significant decreases in the severity of musculoskeletal discomfort for most upper body regions.

In the EHAW condition daily discomfort ratings were lower in the afternoon and productivity ratings improved. Written comments about the EHAWs generally were positive. There was a strong preference for using the EHAWs

STUDY CONCLUSIONS: The results of this study suggest that there may be a number of benefits associated with using the EHAWs. Apart from some minor increases in the frequency of experiencing some musculoskeletal discomfort, there were substantial decreases in the severity of many upper body MSD symptoms after working at the EHAWs. These changes occurred over a relatively short timescale of 4 to 6 weeks which suggests that the potential benefits may be even greater after longer time periods of use. There were significant improvements in comfort ratings for all aspects of the furniture workstations with the EHAWs, and there was almost a unanimous preference for the EHAW arrangement. A majority of the written comments on the surveys also supported this view. Exploration of the longer-term impact of EHAWs on MSD symptom frequency is needed.