The demand for white office furniture seems to be increasing as each year goes by, presumably as a result of many architects specifying white furniture and fittings for the domestic market.
Consequently many UK manufacturers have been quick to add a white finish to their office furniture ranges.
And one of the most popular styles of desk at the moment is the bench desk.
This is because they are very efficient at optimising the number of employees, in a given area, and are more space efficient than the circular pods of worktops which used to be called call centre desks.
Their shape means that they are easy to make, and therefore relatively cheap. They are usually available in a range of sizes from 120 cm wide up to 180cm wide.
The depth of these desks almost always used to be 80cm, but with the advent of flat monitors and cheap monitor arms, 60cm deep bench desks are now available.
We get lots of calls from customers who would like to improve the sound quality in their
offices. Too many times we have heard that the noise from a colleague when they are on the phone is very distracting and they would like to resolve this problem.
Well, CH Workspace do sell proper acoustic screens which will do the job but it’s not as simple as that. The difference in price between a basic cloth upholstered screen, and a sound absorbing screen is significant. At least double would be a good estimation in most cases.
This is because a basic office screen is, in simple terms, a board with fabric over it. The board is solid and has a couple of holes drilled into the base, into which the screen clamps fit.
If you order a pinnable screen, then the board is a soft fibreboard into which pins can be pushed.
We all spend too many hours in the office, with most workers spending more of their waking hours at theiroffice desk than at home. So to help you we have come up with our top ten best improvements to make you happier at work :-
1) Decent Office chair – Most businesses do not spend enough money on an office chair. A decent, fully adjustable synchronomic operator chair with height adjustable armrests will only cost a few hundred pounds. Most are guaranteed for 5 years which equates to twenty pence a day to help look after your staffs back. Think about it; just a couple of days off with back-ache in 5 years would cost more than the chair did.
2) Quality lighting – As we recently discovered, the cost of changing your standard fluorescent bulbs to natural daylight ones was money well spent. The lighting is ( as you would expect) more natural, and less tiring. This means less headaches and increased productivity.
Most offices start out as well planned professional environments, but over the years, additional office furniture and equipment is added as more staff are taken on and the business requirements change from that which was originally envisaged. As a result the office looks a little untidy and the general noise level starst to increase, again over what was originally anticipated.
But instead of just allowing this natural progression to take place you should consider getting an office furniture professional in to have a look at your environment to see if there are any changes which can be made.
Quite often relatively small changes can have a major effect on the office.
If you have a number of staff in a relatively small area, with plenty of hard surfaces, then background noise is going to become a big problem, and even bigger if your workspace is mainly open plan.
There are many professional ( and some quite expensive) ways to deal with noisy offices, and these methods have been addressed in other articles, but here we are dealing with just generally improving the workspace with a few dividing office screens.
There are many sophisticated office screens systems out there in the market and we are privileged to be able to offer some of the best available, to our customers, but what about the other end of the market, where all you want is just a basic divider to break up a large office or to define the reception area.
The most common offering is literally just a fabric covered board, which sits on a tubular steel foot, and is edged with a thin PVC strip, or linking dumbbell.
They do what they are supposed, and are quite cheap, but they are certainly lacking in terms of style and design.
CH Workspace are always on the lookout for new and interesting office furniture and related products and we were told about this one by our office refurbishment side of the business. They had just completed an Art and design studio refurbishment and had used these innovative expandable walls to divide the main open plan areas into separate meeting spaces and break out areas
The concept is strikingly simple. What looks like a thick block of paper 2 metres high is in fact a flattened honeycomb of nonwoven polyethylene material, which can be pulled apart like a concertina to make a wall 3 to 4 metres long. The material is tear, water and UV resistance and fully recyclable
The end section of this huge paper wall is magnetic so that one section can be easily joined to the next. The gauge and stiffness of the honeycomb structure gives the whole wall exceptional stability and rigidity, especially when you consider what the product is.
We often get calls from customers asking what size office desk they should be buying, but it is an impossible question to answer easily without more information .
It’s a bit like someone asking a car dealer what type of car should they buy. There are so many factors that to answer the question you do really need to give your office furniture dealer as much information as you can.
You need to think about this question logically, which means starting with factors that you cannot change.
For example the size of the office space and the number of people which have to be fitted into this space. Most office furniture dealers know the minimum square meterage of space, including walkways, which they need to allow per person, so can easily come up with a benchmark size of desk per person.
These days the office buzzword is flexibility. Hot desking, break out areas, mobile pedestal garages, flip top and folding tables, are all words most modern businesses understand. They mean adaptable work environments, which can change to suit what’s needed next week, not next year.
We have come a long way since offering mobile pedestals as a flexible alternative to fixed pedestals, Moving the pedestal out from under the desk gives you more room if you are training someone for example, or provides a handy additional temporary worktop when sorting or researching old files.
Meeting room furniture has also come a long way since the big heavy boardroom table. Lightweight flip top tables on lockable castors make light work of reconfiguring meeting rooms in minutes, and can be done by any member of staff.
Sound absorbing wall panels are an excellent option, particularly when combined with absorptive ceiling systems and other acoustic furniture systems.
They have a lower absorption rating than ceiling panels. Nevertheless, they provide an excellent way of reducing reverberation, particularly in areas where other options such as screens, dividers and wall art would be inappropriate.
Reducing the reverberation time is not the only bonus to using these panels. They may also prevent the formation of annoying flutter echoes which often occur between parallel reflective walls. Continue reading Acoustic Art→