You and your employees spend nine or more hours sitting and working five to six days a week. Ever wondered why professionals complain about posture problems such as neck pain or back aches?
Back and neck pains occur because you are slouching on your desk or finding it uncomfortable to sit in your chair. Most physiotherapists and chiropractors advice their patients not to sit continuously for long hours, but often, your work demands that you spend 9-10 hours every day, chained to your desk.
The current trend is to choose office furniture, which not only looks good and enhances the image of your office, but also is ergonomically designed and is very comfortable for users.
Business furniture includes chairs, desks, molded workstations, reception furniture, file cabinets, board and conference room furniture, bookcases, office storage, break room furniture, office partitions, cubicles, etc.
- Desk - Be it working on a computer, meeting with a client or writing, a desk is the biggest and most important piece of office furniture. Buying a desk depends on the size and shape of the room. Choose desks which are wide and spacious, allowing you to spread your work without your desk looking like a hurricane just hit it! Based on the dimensions of your office and the number of people who will work within that space, choose desks which are circular, rectangular or square in shape and are available in different sizes. The desk must be sturdy and durable, easy-to-clean and contain enough drawers to put away all the things on your desk at the end of the day.
- Chair - You should be spending the maximum amount of money on chairs, given that this is one piece of furniture that is most used in the office. The chair should be ergonomically designed and adjustable, to suit employees with different heights, frames and postures. The upholstery should be firm and comfortable, leather being the ideal material (but expensive). The arms should be cushioned with the height being adjustable to suit everyone’s needs. It should provide firm support for the back, neck and shoulders and prevent the tendency of most people to slouch.
- Workstations and cubicles - Most companies prefer to have prefabricated workstations and cubicles instead of the traditional desk-and-chair furniture. However, a big drawback to buying readymade prefab office furniture (aka cookie-cutter furniture), is that ‘one size fits all’ and there is no scope for ensuring individual comfort. Rather than ordering readymade furniture, hire a contractor or decorator who will provide customized work without compromising on the overall look and uniformity.
- Filing cabinets and other furniture - Here again, don’t buy readymade products which come in fixed sizes and may not suit your overall requirements. Consider the amount of space required for storage, seating areas, cafeteria facilities, etc. and then choose the appropriate furniture. Quantity is also important since you wouldn’t want to have every bit of space occupied with some piece of furniture or the other, leaving no elbow room or space to move around.
Follow the guidelines in this article when you set out to buy business furniture and you’ll never go wrong.