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2016 office furniture brochure now available

CH Workspace are pleased to advise that our new Design 2 office furniture brochure is now available.

Our main ranges are have been CHW Catalogue cover 2016updated but remain essentially the same, but we have added a few new ranges to the portfolio.

As well as updates on our standard ranges we have added a couple of exciting ranges both in the operator and executive desk categories.

In addition our  range of office storage has been enhanced with a new line of steel tambour cupboards.

With regard to seating we have a completely new range of soft seating for reception areas and meeting rooms, as well as some very Shared spaces 161state of the art cubicles and acoustic pods,  with multimedia capabilities. These units are becoming more and more popular as office space becomes more expensive. Meetings no longer have to be conducted in meeting rooms

Gloss reception counterOur range of reception counters has also been enhanced to include glass counters and facias, with built in drop down sections to meet D.D.A requirements.

In the meeting table section we have brought back some of our larger more popular ranges and have added  some new dark wood finishes to our range of modular meeting tables.

Our range of executive office furniture now includes  Mundi and Kara, which have been revised and enhanced over the last few years, plus some new  designer ranges like Actium and  M38.  Another popular range which has been carried over is the Rio glass executive range, which is now also available with wood finish tops.

The office seating range has also been updated with some new models, both for operator and for executive seating.  More breakout and soft seating has also been added to  give the buyer more choice,  whilst still retaining that important benefit of large stocks and fast delivery and installation.

If you would like us to send you a free copy of our 290 page office furniture brochure then please click here.






Express Office Line launched

In addition to our main office furniture brochure which details over 30,000 products, all of which are available for delivery and installation within five days we now have a range of products which are held in local stock ready for immediate dispatch.

This range of office furniture includes  panel and I frame desking, desk height and under desk mobile pedestals,  all available in a wide range of desk top finishes  and styles.

The main two ranges are called WALTON and GANTON  and offer a very comprehensive range of desk sizes and shapes.

Both ranges also offer a variety of desk top finishes and well as some optional frame finishes where relevant

The Ganton range is a panel ended system which looks like a  traditional style of office desk, whereas the Walton range is a more contemporary style with I frame of corner legs frames.

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Buy the best office chair you can afford

We have often said this but will say it again, always spend as much as you can afford on your  office chairs, even if it means reducing the amount your spend on the office desks or storage cabinets.

This is because an office chair is a dynamic piece of furniture, which can have an influence on your health and you productivity.  Bad backs are the most common cause of staff absenteeism and most of this can be attributable to unsuitable office seating.  

For most people an office chair is an office chair, but in reality there is a bewildering range of confusing mechanisms and adjustment options, some which are useful and some not so useful.

And to the uninitiated it is difficult to work out which ones are really useful and which one are just gadgets or gimmicks.
At the bottom end of the office spectrum sits a basic entry level budget operator chair.  These are typically around £50 to £60 each, and will give you something to sit on, but not much else. There will be a gas ram seat height adjustment mechanism, and probably some means of altering the seat rake, but often not much else.

More worryingly are the things that are missing which you cannot see. The gas ram for instance may only be rated for 11 stones. Also the mechanism has probably not been designed for all day use. 

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Chair mechanisms explained

From £1 per week

All too often we advise our customers to go for a synchronomic mechanism on their operator chair, as it is the best mechanism by far, but invariably we find that the users of the office chair are not operating them as intended. 

The design of the synchronous mechanism is such that the back rest of the office chair is intended to remain in the free floating position, with the tension spring adjusted so that the floating backrest just supports the user’s weight.

The idea behind this design is that the users back is supported, but not completely, and this support is able to move with the user as he or she moves around in the chair, whilst carrying out typical office tasks.

Whether the user is sitting bolt upright, typing on a keyboard, or leaning back, reading some literature, all the time the chair’s backrest is supporting the users back to a significant degree.

This method of support  encourages good posture and prevents slouching in the chair, which is not ideal for prolonged periods of time.

The problem is that if the user is not familiar with this type of mechanism, the permanently floating support feels wrong, and very soon the user simply locks the backrest of the chair in his or her favoured position and leaves it like that.

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Cheap desks, expensive chairs

We know that we have said this before but when you are looking for new office furniture please remember our words.
If you don’t already know we will explain this again.

Put very simply a desk is just a flat surface on which to work and to place the things that you need for your work.

More money can buy you more space and a more stylish desk, and even a more attractively shaped desk, but in its essence it is still just providing you with a flat working surface.

An office chair on the other hand is supporting most of your body for many hours each day, five  days a weeks, for many years.

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Office furniture cable management

This area of our business is the area which causes many  headaches.

Many customers specify top end desking systems and then fail to use the sophisticated cable management systems that they provide.
For instance sliding top desks are really useful if you need to get at your cabling on a regular basis, but no good if you have radial desks and desk height pedestals.

We have also seen sliding top bench desks specified and then fitted with central and intermediate desk top fabric screens. These units, when fitted, mean that the sliding top wont slide, which negates the point of buying them in the first place.

So we usually start a new project by looking at what the client actually needs with regard to cable management for most of the time.

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Cool office chairs for the summer

Although it may not feel like it yet, the days are getting warmer and longer, and before you know it, you will be sitting at your desk, and sticking to your old leather or fabric chair.

So now is the time to think of something more comfortable and cooler.

Most ergonomic chairs made today are upholstered in an open celled foam which allows more air to circulate and water vapour to escape through its membrane.

Better quality office chairs are upholstered in wicking fabric which help keep you dry and stops you sticking to the chairs.

However, whilst we can confidently say that modern day upholstery on good quality office chairs is far superior to older or budget operator chairs, if you are looking for something really cool, then you should consider one of the many mesh backed chairs in the office seating market.

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What is an ergonomic chair

There are hundreds of office chairs out there in the market, all purporting to be ergonomically designed but you really do have to be very careful about what you are buying.
There is no recognised definition of what an ergonomic chair is, so it really is “buyer beware” with these chairs
Ergonomics means “the applied science of equipment design” which is suitably vague to cover most things.
A cheap chair imported from China could be said to be an ergonomic chair because it goes up and down and the backrest is adjustable, and it is shaped to follow  the contours of an average back, but compare this chair to a quality ergonomic chair from Pledge Office Chairs for example and the difference is obvious.
The quality ergonomic chair will have been a result of many years of research into how we use a chair in the office, what we expect from it, and how it can be best designed, using  the latest technology, to give us the maximum amount of support for the longest amount of time, for a price which  represents good value for money.

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Draughtsman chairs from CHW

CHW office furniture have introduced some new draughtsman chairs for 2010, to enhance our comprehensive range of general operator and executive seating which are always held in stock for fast nationwide delivery.

If you require a fabric upholstered draughtsman chair, then we have three  to choose from, all of which have a permanent contact backrest and a fixed foot-ring.

They are all guaranteed for five years and are available from stock for delivery in 5 to 7 working days.

All three draughtsman chairs are available in either a blue, black, bordeaux or grey fabric.

Both the seat and the backrests of these chairs are height adjustable ( Ratchet system on the backrest and gas lift mechanism on the seat)

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