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Office Furniture: Workplace Comfort and Safety


Jared Goodwin
Jared Goodwin

Office furniture is arguably as important as the location of your business. You and your colleagues will be spending at least 8 hours a day, 5 days a week in the office.

So here are some basic rules that you should carefully consider:

Dimensions: Furniture must fit the space with enough room to open cabinets and drawers. Staff must have enough room to comfortably access their desks. Workplace laws require compliance with set corridor widths for fire access.

Suitability: Furniture needs to be suitable for the purpose. A cool looking desk isn’t necessarily functional. Café style chairs and tables that adorn catalogues catch the eye, but are they appropriate for a professional office?

Additional items: Storage cabinets, book shelves and computer stands must be factored in to the available area as these will provide additional functionality, ergonomics and storage space for your office.

Workplace comfort and Safety: Office furniture has to be ergonomic, comfortable, stylish and practical. Health and safety requirements need to be adhered to as the risk of many strains, aches and other work-related ailments, have to be obviated.

Interior design: 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 others who require room to view design ideas or those who need peace and quiet.

Mood creation: Different moods can be created by using different coloured chairs, desks, or tables. Partition and screen heights offer acoustic assistance and shelving options.

Looking ahead: 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?

Pleasing ambience: Think about the impression your office furniture has to give to clients as well as staff. 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, 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 aims to appear professional, calming and inviting.

Expansion and fluidity: Think about the future; how easy is it to expand the office layout, using your chosen furniture? New employees, technology changes 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 these items apart so they can be rebuilt in a different part of the office?
Amenity and productivity: 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 requirements, will meet the needs of your staff and give the right impression to your clients and other visitors. The right office furniture will look good, be comfortable and last a long time.

Why not consider updating your office furniture today?


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