Category Archives: Buying Guides

Getting the right desk for the job

As with all things in life with office furniture you really do get what you pay for.

Cheap desks are cheap for many reasons, but primarily because they lack the functionality of more expensive desks.  This may be fine if you just want a flat surface  upon which to work but nowadays cable management is an essential requirement of even the most basic workstation and it is this capability which is missing on cheaper desks.

 So by the time you have purchased an under desk cable tray , and drilled some holes for cable ports into your desk top, you might as well have purchased a more expensive office desk, which already had these items incorporated into the design.

Many of the more expensive office furniture ranges have been designed very carefully to ensure that professional users get everything they require from their furniture. The desks are very well built, designed to easily surpass their five year warranty. They have full and integral cable management systems from floor to desk top.

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Home office furniture at affordable prices


These days everyone is looking to save money and all those cheap bargains from China seem to have gone away (probably a good thing as cheap is not the same as value for money).

So what do you do if you are looking for some good quality office furniture for your home office or study.

The man made office furniture finishes you see in most offices are fine for the workplace but do you really want it for your home?

The main reason that MFC is used for office desks is that it is cheap, very hard wearing and will not fade with time, so when you add to the office desks you already have, the finishes will match.

These are not problems we usually face at home so it would be nice to buy some office  furniture which is not  man made.

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Traditional reception chairs at affordable prices

Looking for office chairs for your meeting room can be difficult at the best of times, but even more so if you have left it to the last minute and need them urgently.
Most reception seating is upholstered to order which means a lead time of around 3 to 4 weeks.   And if you trawl the internet all you seem to find is very cheap wood framed chairs with limited choice of one or two drab fabrics.

Before you decide to buy these as your best option given your circumstances, take some time to consider these three well priced and, most importantly, available from stock reception armchairs.

The first a more contemporary chair that the rest, whilst still being a classic meeting chair,  The box sides and back are upholstered in leather and the wood legs are a natural beech or a dark mahogany  stain.

These chairs will grace any traditional office or waiting area and cost under £130 each. They are very comfortable without being too large and very well built

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A Buyers Guide to Pledge Bench Seating

A Buyers Guide to Pledge Bench Seating

Bench seating is most often used in reception areas and waiting rooms, for example in doctors’ surgeries, police stations etc. Pledge Office Furniture offer a full range of bench seating, from metallic systems that can be bolted to the floor through to fully upholstered bench seating systems.

All four bench seat systems from Pledge are based on a flexible beam system. The beam has legs at each end which can be fixed to the floor with appropriate fittings or can be free standing. Each beam can be the equivalent of two, three or four seats long. The beam is supplied in silver of black finish, but for large orders they can be sprayed to any colour you wish. Various combinations of seats and tables can then be fitted to the beam.

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A Buyers Guide to Operator Chairs

A Buyers Guide to Operator Chairs

Primo Operator Chair
Primo Operator Chair

If you look in any office furniture catalogue you will find a wide range of operator chairs with a very wide range of prices. As with most things, you get what you pay for. If you buy a cheap operator chair you may well find that it is uncomfortable and will not last very long if you use them for long periods of time. These chairs are really designed for occasional rather than full time use. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Operator Chairs

A Buyers Guide to Executive Office Chairs

A Buyers Guide to Executive Office Chairs

What is an executive office chair? The mechanisms and adjustments available in a executive office chair should be much the same as those available in an ordinary operator chair. These adjustments should include, as a minimum, height adjustment, backrest and seat adjustment and a tension control. They should also be made to the same quality and safety standards. You may well find some very cheap executive office chairs, but be aware that the quality of the mechanisms will not be as good as the more expensive models and the ergonomics will not be to the same level. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Executive Office Chairs

A Buyers Guide to Budget Executive Furniture

K.West Executive Office Furniture
K.West Executive Office Furniture

A Buyers Guide to Budget Executive Office Furniture

CH Workspace has a number of budget executive furniture ranges which are held in stock and can be delivered and installed in as little as five working days. Our budget executive furniture ranges are all top quality, designer furniture pieces which are built to last but which are also amazing value for money. The reason why they are such good value is that they are made from melamine-faced board rather than real wood veneer. MFC is used in most business furniture these days and is barely distinguishable from the real thing. In fact, in some situations MFC is actually better than veneer, since it is much more resistant to scratching, hot coffee cups etc and is maintenance free. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Budget Executive Furniture

A Buyers Guide to Glass Desks and Glass Tables

4Most Glass Desk
4Most Glass Desk

A Buyers Guide to Glass Desks and Glass Tables

One of the most surprising things about glass furniture is the very wide variation in price between the various options. This is almost always directly related to the quality of the materials used and whether or not they are mass produced. Many of the cheap glass desks and tables are made from low grade materials and are imported in bulk from the far east. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Glass Desks and Glass Tables

A Buyers Guide to Office Lockers

Office Lockers
Office Lockers

Now that call centres are a standard part of the office furniture catalogue, we need to consider all the other furniture and equipment that is required to supplement the call centre desks. In call centres it is common that office workers are not allowed to take personal equipment such as mobile phones, laptop computers etc to their desks. They also need storage space for raincoats, umbrellas etc.
Many call centres use standard office lockers as suitable, secure storage for these personal items. The standard metal lockers used to be common in factory and workshop environments, but they needed a designer touch to be suitable for the normal office environment. CH Workspace now have this type of office locker in their main office furniture catalogue. Continue reading A Buyers Guide to Office Lockers