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The changing face of boardrooms

Not that long ago  boardroom tables were large  and imposing, often made of a dark wood or wood veneer, with equally austere looking black leather armchairs, usually with a dark wood frame.  The boardroom was an “executive only “ area, exclusively for the use of the very top level of the corporate management, in much the same way as  executive washrooms in the old days.

But nowadays, most business cannot afford to have an expensive room for the sole use of the top level executives and board members, and don’t feel the need to have to impress their clients or contemporaries to this level, as before.

Boardrooms have in many ways been replaced by multifunction meeting rooms, which can offer a wider range of staff a wider range of possibilities.  Multifunctional furniture can allow even the smallest person in the office, to reconfigure the meeting room into many things. A staff training room, a lecture room, examination room, function room, and presentation room are just some examples of the many uses to which these room can be put.

By using flip top tables and stacking meeting chairs, the furniture can be packed away into a small space, leaving just a few tables out for the client buffet.  These tables can then be brought out again, swung into action and locked in place for that big staff meeting.

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New brochure for CHWorkspace

CHWorkspace is  very pleased to announce that our new brochure, the 2012 edition, has just come off the press and we are distributing copies to our valued customers.

If for some reason we have missed you, then please get in touch and we will post you a copy by return.

The 2012 brochure is mainly a consolidation of the existing ranges, although it has to be said that there are at least 10 new ranges of office furniture which have been added to our portfolio.

In addition we have increased our number of stocked ranges of meeting and training tables, along with some very interesting boardroom tables.

We intend to publish these changes and the new additions in greater detail in due course but overall we are very pleased with the design, feel and usability of the new catalogue.

One of the main changes which you will immediately notice is that the prices and technical description of each product is now incorporated into the main brochure. This is how it used to be, but we changed a few years ago and had a separate technical data and price list.   Most of our customers have commented that this was not an improvement so we have gone back to what suits our customers best.

All of the other benefits which we have always offered are still there though. Competitive pricing, free space planning, fast delivery, comprehensive range of products to suit all offices and businesses.

Despite the continuing recession and general decline in business, we are still looking after our existing customers and indeed attracting quite a number of new customers.

We feel that our new brochure reflects the current market, in that in general the product range is geared to more everyday office furniture requirements, rather than exclusive boardrooms or executive office suites.

Having said that, most of the products which were in our old brochure are still available from stock, if you were looking for something a little bit special then you can still use the old brochure or if you do not have one, let us know and we can send you one.  We also have the brochure available in PDF version and are working on an on line “flip page” version which you can view on your PC, or even your PDA or smartphone, if you are that inclined.

So thanks to all our existing customers for the continued support and we hope to offer you the same high quality profession service we have always offered.

And we look forward to offering our new customers the same service

Boardroom tables and value for money

Most businesses as some stage decide to buy some boardroom furniture, so that they can have a quality and luxurious meeting space for their customers, business managers and shareholders.

But invariably having the boardroom properly kitted out costs much more than originally anticipated.  The reasons for this are obvious but often overlooked.

First of all most boardroom tables are quite big and made with real wood. Real wood ( veneer) is very expensive when compared to an MFC finish normally associated with office furniture, and lots of it means a big price.

Secondly a big table means that a big number of chairs can be put around it.  If you are going to the expense of a  wood veneer table, it would not make sense to use some cheap fabric chairs to go with it, so once again a higher unit price multiplied by a large number means a bigger than expected cost.

We normally find that most boardrooms tend to have leather upholstery which further adds to the cost, but money can be saved here if a stylish fabric is specified instead.  In fact many  leather meeting chairs are now only leather faced ( matching vinyl is used on the back and base) which helps reduce costs.

At the top end of the leather chair pricing range is the quality leathers from Connelly and Muirhead for example. These are seriously expensive but the quality is second to none.
Further down the scale average quality hides are split into 3 layers, through their thickness to produce two very thin outer hides and one inner hide, which has no grain.

This middle hide  then mechanically stamped with a grain pattern on to give the impression of a real hide.
So three hides out of one can seriously reduce the unit cost of the leather chair.  However at this level of pricing most of these hides are stained black in order to hide the imperfections in the hide ( from barbed wire for example)

Also we often see vinyl and faux leather being used, and many of these imitate real leather very well.  Unfortunately many customers are put off by the word vinyl ( it was pretty bad 20 years ago) and it is now forbidden to hunt the faux for commercial reasons.

As with everything you really do get what you pay for, but there are some very inexpensive but good quality meeting room chairs out there in the market.
However there are also many which are imported form China which really do not stack up in terms of value for money, or continuity.

So, if you are going to spend a considerable amount of money on a new boardroom suite, it really would pay to speak to an office furniture dealer. Give them your budget and you may be surprised with what they can come up. After all they have been in this position many times whereas it is probably quite new to you.

Atlis office furniture from stock

Another well priced veneer executive office furniture range has joined our ranks of stocked furniture products.

Available in either a Brazilian mahogany or a Canadian gloss cherry veneer the Altis executive furniture range gives you traditional chunky style at very affordable prices.
The desk top with its double width edge gives the impression of a 50mm thick veneered top, and even the single panel leg frames and desks tops are  a hefty 30mm thick.
Two desk shapes are offered from stock with the first being the traditional and well established bow fronted executive desk, in either the double or single top design. You can also specify a frosted glass panel which fits over this desktop to create an even more striking impression.

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Tula Executive Office Furniture

Tula Reception Desk
Tula Reception Desk

By combining traditional hand crafting skills with technology based manufacturing, including CNC machining centres and computer controlled lasers for cutting our veneers, Tula produce business office furniture of exceptional quality and market leading value.

The office furniture is specifically designed for commercial use and manufactured to BS EN 527 and BS 4875 standards. Each piece is hand finished and installed by experienced fitters with a 5 year guarantee. Continue reading Tula Executive Office Furniture

Hawk Office Furniture

Georgio Office Desks
Georgio Office Desks

Hawk Office Furniture has been established in Yorkshire for more than 20 years and has been supplying business furniture to more than 400 dealers across the UK and Ireland over that time. They operate from a 10-acre site, employing a 60-strong workforce and have some of the most state of the art  furniture design and manufacturing equipment available. They are proud of their attention to detail and all of their furniture is tested by FIRA (Furniture Industry Research Association) to BS4875 for strength and stability. All products are guaranteed for five years. All timber is sourced through ‘Qualitor’ assessed suppliers holding “Chain of Custody” certificates and all manufacturing processes and raw materials are constantly reviewed for best environmental practices. Recycled materials are used wherever possible. All Hawk products are built to order, but the sophisticated manufacturing process means that your office furniture can be delivered and installed in a matter of weeks from your order. Continue reading Hawk Office Furniture