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.
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.
Many of our customers have asked us for breakout and reception seating which is a bit more funky than usually seen in the average office furniture supplier’s portfolio, so we have obliged
Thirty different ranges of styles range from exciting to wacky, all available in a wide spectrum of fabric patterns and colours, and all at very competitive prices.
All of the chairs and sofas are made to order in about ten days, which means that not only can we deliver almost as quickly as we can with our stocked reception furniture, but we can offer our customers endless alternatives with regard to dimensions, fabrics and finishes.
We can stain any of the displayed woods to match your existing office furniture, and match or compliment the fabrics on your office chairs or office screens.
Each year we try to extend our range of office furniture which is available from stock, and this year we have exceeded even our own expectations.
We have increased the variety on offer in most areas including our ranges of canteen and restaurant furniture.
Last year we introduced some very contemporary glass tops canteen tables and these have proved very popular. As well as being stylish and easy to clean they are also only slightly more expensive than our standard wood finish tables.
For this year we have introduced the Brunch Bistro table, which has a very attractive curved wireframe leg. This design feature is reflected in the matching canteen chair backs which also have an elegant arched appearance.
The Brunch Bistro range of canteen furniture is available in a natural beech or dark wenge finish. The leg frames are available in a satin aluminium finish or chrome for that traditional look.
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 seatingis 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
As every year passes we find ourselves spending more and more time dealing with the bureaucracy of the business and less with providing office furniture.
This is no doubt the same for all small businesses (defined as a business with less than 250 employees) and to many it may seem to be such a huge waste of time and effort.
But there is a reason for most of it, and this reason is to make sure that everyone adheres to certain business standards and codes of practice. This makes is safer for employees and gives a more level playing field for competition.
Unfortunately it always seems that it is the smaller business that it the most affected by additional legislation. Already working to their maximum capacity, the time consuming non profit making paperwork is left for another day.
Bigger companies can afford, due to economies of scale, to employ staff or even teams of staff to make sure that the business fully complies with all relevant legislation.
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.
CHW are pleased to offer two new leather office chairs from stock this year.
They are all new styles which complement our modern office furniture ranges.
Both chairs are upholstered in corrected grain leather, and the operating mechanisms are sourced from the mayor European manufacturers. This ensures consistent and reliable operation for many years past their warranty period.
Although more expensive than some of the supermarket offerings, these chairs are made to a significantly higher standard, from quality materials.
The result is a more comfortable chair which will stay that way for much longer, and which will take more weight for longer periods than cheaper inferior chairs.