what type of seating do you need?
The first thing you need to think about is what you need from your seating. Ask yourself questions like;
Who is it for?
What job do they do?
What sort of use is it going to get?
Unless you use height-adjustable desks the likelihood is that many of your team will spend a good proportion of their time in the office sitting.
It's the detail in this statement that unfortunately sometimes gets overlooked. There are many office furniture retailers, both online and offline who offer extremely low-cost seating, however it's important to consider from the outset, that this can sometimes come at the expense of you, your business and your teams future health.
Not always, but sometimes the price you pay for your office seating is reflected in it's quality. Needless to say, everyone wants the best deal they can get, but it's as equally important to ensure that your office chairs are of a high quality.
Operator seating has come a long way since the days of swivel chairs in a choice of blue, black or red fabric. The choice of coloured mesh, fabrics, leathers and vinyls available today is outstanding
With a very similar appearance to operator seating, 24hr seating is typically stronger, with more durable fabric to support prolonged use. Typical applications are call centres and medical establishments which operate a 24hr shift cycle
An important consideration when choosing any office furniture, and not just your seating is ergonomics.
Now this may sound like an industry buzzword, but ergonomics is vitally important when it comes to your office furniture. As we've already looked at, very often staff can spend a considerable amount of time at their desks.
Ergonomics is the science used in the design and development process when manufacturing high-quality commercial office furniture.
The word has Greek origin, stemming from the words; "ergon" meaning "work", and "nomoi" meaning "natural laws". It's essentially the study of how humans interact with man-made objects.
Ergonomically designed seats provide additional lumbar, back, shoulder and neck support. They have an increased number of options when it comes to chair adjustment, to allow the user to find the most optimum seating position for comfort and support.
The purpose of ergonmically designed office furniture is to improve posture, and comfort for the user, and to reduce unnecessary fatigue, stress or personal injury which are real outcomes from using poorly designed, low cost seating or furniture.
Other considerations in this area are accessories such as monitor arms, under-desk CPU holders, angled foot rests and height adjustable desks.
The importance of good posture cannot be emphasised enough.
High quality, ergonmically designed office chairs have the additional benefit of coming with long term warranties giving you peace of mind that you're making a sound investment in your office seating.
Executive office seats are typically leather, ergonomically designed and fully adjustable. Very often executive seating ranges come with matching visitor or conference style chairs. This allows executives to maintain a consistent style throughout their whole office.
Ergonomic seating provides additional support where it's needed the most - your lumbar, back, shoulders, neck and head. They come with the most flexibility when it comes to chair adjustment to find your optimum working position.
Conference seats are the style of chair you would expect to find in a meeting room, executive office or waiting area. Available in fabric, leather, vinyl and in the more modern mesh-back they also come in a variety of colours and styles.
When it comes to seating for your business, it can and does extend beyond your office and boardroom. You may need to consider seating for your reception or waiting area, you may even have a breakout area for your staff, or perhaps a dining area or canteen.
A growing trend is to have seating areas for staff coaching, training and impromptu meetings where the formality of a boardroom is not necessary.
This trend has been reflected in the product lines which are currently available from the UK's leading manufacturers, and is an area which we predict will continue to grow in popularity over the coming months and years and we're excited by many of the innovations which are currently under development.
Our consultants can help you find the right seating, whatever it's purpose. With access to one of the most comprehensive ranges of seating from the leading manufacturers in the UK and worldwide we can ensure you tick all the boxes when it comes to comfort, well-being and style.
To discuss what you need from your new office seating or if have any concerns regarding your current seating please get in touch and we will be happy to arrange a survey to assess your requirements and provide a tailored recommendation along with a fixed price quotation for assembly, delivery and installation.