Over the last 20 years there have been big changes in the general design of office furniture and office desks in particular.
For many years before this not a lot had changed. Technology had improved the design and finish of office furniture, and costs had reduced, mainly due to the larger number of office desks which were needed.
But in the main the office desk was essentially a rectangular work surface, supported by 4 legs and with some under desk storage attached.
Before the advent of computers, there was very little need for anything more than this. A secretary could join a return desk to her main desk, so that she had somewhere to put her typewriter, and an executive could join two rectangular desks together using a quadrant section, to produce a really big double desk layout.
And even when computers started appearing, for a few years not a lot changed, except that now in the office was a dedicated computer workstation, to which people went to use the computer when required. You have to remember that at this time Personal Computers were so expensive that they were not really personal, but shared between a department or section.
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Most businesses, when budgeting for their new office furniture, don’t always allow an amount to cover any additional cable management requirements which they may have.
Most office desks will have some form of cable management, although on some of the budget office desks, the facilities will be somewhat limited.
So you should spend some time to work out exactly how your new office desks will be used, and what level of cable management you will require. Different styles of desk need different forms of cable management so it is important to get it right before deciding on they style of desk you like.
Also you need to look at you current office wiring, as perimeter cabling and floor boxes need different cable management systems.
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We all spend too many hours in the office, with most workers spending more of their waking hours at their office 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.
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We are often asked if we can help with office furniture planning and the answer is always yes. Our sophisticated CAD design systems can produce 2D and 3D renditions which are almost life-like. Most of our office desks and chairs have already been drawn to scale for use in our CAD systems so we can literally just drag and drop the items into place as required making space planning quick and easy.
We are happy to visit your offices to take all relevant measurements to enable us to produce a scale drawing, but obviously this is subject to our work load, your location, and the amount of planning required.
Sometimes it is just not economically viable for us to travel hundreds of miles to measure up just few office desks.
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Over the last 12 months we have seen an explosion in customers wanting to have their office desk tops finished in white, and also expressing a preference to have white desk frames as well.
Luckily most office furniture manufacturers have risen to the challenge of this new finish and have added white to their standard options list.
We stock a number of ranges of office furniture which are available in a white finish, from stock, with a white desk frame option available at no additional cost.
These requests for white desks and accessories seems to have originated in the domestic furniture and kitchen market, where white has become exceedingly and increasingly popular.
More and more architects and house builders have been incorporating white finishes into their new designs and consumers have wanted to continue their theme through their home furniture and then through to their office desks and storage units.
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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.
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A while ago we mentioned that more and more customers are asking us about bench desking, and it seems the numbers of enquires just keep on climbing.
The way we work today has meant the radial or wave style of desks are becoming less popular, mainly because they are now unnecessarily large. They were deigned for use with large CRT monitors, which in the main are now obsolete. With a flat screen an 80cm deep desk is deep enough to place the screen in the optimal position.
So saving redundant desk space , means that more desks can be fitted into the same space, or more area dedicated to other uses, such as file storage, meeting areas, or breakout areas. Another advantage is that the bench desks are invariably cheaper than a similar wave or radial desk.
In addition, when the desks are laid out as a long line of desks ( which is effectively what bench desking is) the intermediate legs can usually be shared, which further reduces the overall price.
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We have noticed over the last few years that we have been using much smaller office desks in our CAD designs than we used to.
We think that the main reason is that more is expected from the average workspace. It has to work harder for its cost so more workstations are specified in the brief.
Also more has to be crammed into the working area. 15 years ago break-out areas had not been heard off, and if staff wanted to relax they used the canteen area if there was one, or just went down the road to a café or pub.
The second reason is really to do with technology and how this has changed the way we work. Nowadays most of our work can be done on a computer in front of a screen or even a laptop.
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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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