Custom office furniture lets you work smarter

When choosing office furniture, functionality is a key ingredient to a successful product.  That’s why your purchases should reflect custom office furniture that works for you, not against you.  As you set out to order new furniture, meet with your interior designer to discuss more functional options.  All too often we work around our existing furniture, meaning we work from wherever our desk is situated, regardless if that location works well for us or not.  

A professional designer is guaranteed to be up-to-date on all of the newest furniture designs.  So, this means that you can describe your work needs to your designer, and he or she can offer furniture ideas that will compliment your work lifestyle and the space you have available.  Designers can help you identify the appropriate size of your new furniture and will take factors such as storage issues into consideration.

Remember, the key is to work smarter, not harder.  With custom office furniture that adjusts to your work life, you’re guaranteed to compete for that “smartest guy in the room” award.

 

Custom Office Furniture

Custom Office Furniture

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Ergonomic Office Chairs are Integral Office Design

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear about office design is “what is ergonomics?”  Sure, it’s a new concept, but it’s also one that should become common in each office.  This is because ergonomics isn’t just a way to design office furniture and equipment so that workers can work more comfortably and efficiently.  Instead, ergonomic office furniture is a way of designing the actual job to meet the demands of its workers.  In short, ergonomics is a way of designing office equipment so that it is comfortable, user friendly, and supportive to each employee.

The most frequently used piece of office furniture is the office chair, so let’s start our discussion by revising the look, feel, and function of our offices by using ergonomic office chairs.  By choosing office chairs that are supportive to each and every employee’s different body shape, an office is guaranteed to create a more productive work environment.

When shopping for your new ergonomic office chairs, ensure that the chairs are adjustable to support each employee’s back, neck, shoulders, and arms.

 

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Patio Furniture Sets are Ready for Summer

The spring and summer months often play tricks on our working minds. Thoughts of evening baseball games, weekend concerts or festivals, and trips to the local watering hole often make it very hard to stick to our office chairs and desks. A view from a nearby window might help, but I’m a firm believer that all offices should give their employees play time during warmer months. If you’re picturing school recess, you’re on the right track. However, a quick mid-day game of kick ball doesn’t exactly go with my work wardrobe.

Still, many of today’s businesses are seeing the benefits of offering their employees some “outdoor time.” And, the best way to do this is to set up an outdoor area and decorate it with patio furniture sets that are both comfortable and functional. The addition of modern patio furniture to an office creates a new sense of freedom and can actually inspire creativity. Go ahead…let your employees have get some fresh air and have a little play time. You just might want to think twice when they start requesting a blow-up pool and water shields for their laptops!

 

Outdoor Office Furniture

Outdoor Office Furniture

Office Furniture Shows New Life

It’s hard to keep furniture clean, especially if your office sees a lot of traffic and wear and tear.    If this sounds familiar, I encourage you to try Crypton fabric for your office upholstery.  You might decide to refurbish old pieces with Crypton fabric, or buy new office furniture that’s made of Crypton.

This fabric doesn’t have the unattractive look of vinyl, but it performs like it.  Dirt and stains are easy to clean, and wear and tear mean nothing to this fabric.  Go ahead–let your clients’ kids jump on the fabric.  Better yet, eat your lunch in this chair without worrying about spills.  Using Crypton fabric for your new or refurbished office furniture makes a lot of sense!

 

Crypton Fabric

Crypton Fabric

Used Cubicles Have Benefits

Reorganizing your office takes not only time, but it also takes money.  While your budget should certainly account for new furniture items that will add comfort and style to the office, you might be surprised at the savings you can find in used products.  

Now, I’m not talking about abused and worn-out models of last year’s greatest product.  I’m talking about “gently used” items that are not only functional, but also meet your company’s needs.  One furniture system that you might find used is cubicles.  Often, companies switch from the office cubicle system to a more open floorplan when they remodel, so “gently used” can often look brand new if the cubicles have been well cared for.  And, if there are a few minor scrapes or scratches, you might consider giving your used cubicles a fresh look by using fabric to cover cubicle parts. 

Of course, there are also environmental benefits to this approach.  Reusing an office’s cubicles that are no longer needed means you’re saving them from the landfill, and you’re stopping the need for new cubes to be made.

If you’re in the market for new cubicles, I challenge you to consider the benefits of looking into used products.  After all, if you save some of the design budget on cubicles, you might just be able to afford those ergonomic office chairs your back has been calling for!

Give it some thought. 

 

Used Office Cubicles

Used Office Cubicles

Ergonomic Office Furniture and Arthritis

I recently found an article that discusses the links between ergonomic office furniture and arthritis.  While we’ve begun to become aware that ergonomic furniture is an important part of a healthy work environment, I had no idea of the effect it has on arthritis sufferers.  Apparently, arthritis sufferers experience a great deal of pain from manipulating their keyboard and mouse.  Additionally, they report that finding a comfortable position in their office chair is often nearly impossible.

This is yet another major reason why offices need to “go ergonomic.”  Ergonomic office chairs and keyboards will help arthritis sufferers by decreasing the amount of pain and frustration that they have to experience each and every day at work.  Often, the pain can be so severe for some arthritis sufferers that they must drastically cut back their hours or, in some cases, quit their job altogether.  

Today’s world of ergonomic office furniture provides a great deal of variety and choice.  For a healthy workplace, you owe it to your employees to go ergonomic.

 

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Ergonomic Office Furniture

Organize your Office with Personal Storage Towers

Now I have found the one piece of office furniture that I will never again be able to live without.  Check it out: Haworth’s Personal Storage Towers gives a lot of storage space while taking up just a little bit of room in your office.  Talk about space planning!  I can’t believe I ever worked without one of these.

Once I found this storage system, I was able to organize my office efficiently while promoting a contemporary look.  Paper and old files were easy to store in the bottom drawers while reference books now fill the shelves above.  And, what’s best is that I’ve placed the tower right next to my desk, so I only have to turn my chair to pull the book or file I need.  And, of course, I had to add a bit of personal flair, which was easy with the storage tower.  Plenty of room means there’s extra space to show off a vase of my backyard tulips and pictures of my main squeeze.  

Is it wrong to be this excited about a piece of office furniture?  I sure hope not.

 

Haworth's Personal Storage Tower

Haworth's Personal Storage Tower

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