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Forming a startup? Or looking to change the look and feel of your office? Then we have collated some of the best examples and tips about office furniture out there.
What is the best office chair for sitting long hours?
There is nothing that will wreck your posture, stress your back and buttocks, and destroy your will to live than sitting at a desk all day.
For that reason, it is important that you choose a chair that will at least make the physical act of sitting more comfortable.
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In fact, it is estimated that you (if you have an office job) spend as much as a third of your life there. Scary thought!
When it comes to office chairs, there is a vast array of them on the market. But skimping pennies on something you'll be using a lot is usually a false economy.
You are going to be spending a lot of time there, so make sure it's up to the task.
With that being said, there are some great office chairs out there. According to sites like Fupping, some of the best on the market at the moment are:
- Herman Miller Sayl Task Chair
- Serta Mid-Back Office Chair
- Duorest Leaders Executive Office Chair
- DJ Wang Grey Modern Office Chair
- Herman Miller Embody Chair
- Steelcase Gesture Chair
- Modway Articulate Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair
Whichever chair you choose, any of the above or not, be sure to take regular breaks in the day and walk around. Also, try not to eat at your desk - go out and get some air.
What type of chair is best for office work?
This really depends on you. But as we have already seen, there are some great chairs on the market. In general, you will want to select an office chair that offers:
Lumbar support - The best office chairs always offer great support for your lower back. Many higher priced ones will even have adjustable lumbar support features.
Adjustability - Most office chairs will offer height and arm adjustment, some lower-end ones may even accommodate recline adjustment. But the best ones will provide 14 different adjustments for maximum customization for the user.
Wheel Base - Pretty much all office chairs comes with a wheelbase. This is essential for maneuvering the chair and not overstretching. As most offices are carpeted, you might want to consider one with wheels best-suited for this flooring.
Swivel Base - All good office chairs should swivel freely to allow easy access around a desk (or just making yourself dizzy if you get bored). If it doesn't swivel, don't buy it.
Fabric - A good office chair's fabric should breathe to prevent the chair from becoming too hot during the day. It should also have enough cushioning so as to not feel the chair's base.
Examples of amazing office furniture
Here are some great examples of office furniture you might want to consider:
1. Forget the office chair, get a standing desk
Instead of fretting which chair is best, just forget the whole affair and stand while you work. It'll be better for you.
2. Even better, why not consider a treadmill at your desk?
Combine working and exercise in one piece of furniture. Stand, walk, or run, and work. That's multitasking done right.
3. If you really must sit, get an under-desk trainer
If you can't be parted with a chair, you can still grab some exercise with an under desk trainer. How could you refuse such a proposal?
4. Smart desks are the future
Instead of that plain old fashioned office desk, why not consider upgrading your working life to the 21st century? What's more, they can often double as a standing desk.
5. Balance mats are pretty cool too
Why not consider a balance board for your office? They have been shown to improve happiness whilst providing a decent workout at the same time.
6. Have your desk tell you to take a break
You can make your desk even smarter with the addition of activity sensors. These little gizmos dutifully watch you all day and let you know when its time for a break, or to change posture.
7. Have you considered a desk converter?
These, albeit ugly, desk converters allow you to stand up from your existing standing desk. They tend to be much cheaper too than your average standing desk.
8. How about a seat on a pole to go with that standing desk?
Yes, they do exist. If standing isn't doing it for you and your regular sitting is 'so last season,' why not consider a Mogo Seat?
It's basically a seat on a pole, nothing too fancy here.
9. Ergonomic office chairs are all the rage
Does sitting at your carefully selected office chair still make you suffer from back pain? If you really are stubborn about sitting at work, consider getting an ergonomic office chair, such as the one above with kneeling options.
10. Pretend you're somewhere else with 'digital windows'
Office accessories like Atmorph's Window is basically a digital picture frame. It cycles through various scenes around the world and even displays video and has sound output.
11. Workdesk accessories are always welcome
Devices like Logitech's multi-device keyboard not only looks awesome but it provides a handy regular wireless keyboard to your smart devices. Simply dock them and type away with ease.
12. Smartboards are all the rage too
If you have a larger budget, you might want to splash out on a smartboard like the Jamboard.
13. Need a projector? Make it portable
Yes, we know projectors are portable by design, but the ViewSonic M1 is something else.
14. Charge your phone with style
Why not consider a phone charging station for maximum phone-charging convenience. Some, like IKEA's that double up as LED work lamps.
15. Smartifier the kitchen too
Since you upgrading the office, don't forget the most important room there - the kitchen. There is a massive range of smart appliances that you can choose from including a Microwave with a built-in Alexa.
What is the best type of office furniture?
Office furniture is, obviously, an essential part of the working environment. Especially if you have employees, for obvious reasons.
Apart from computers, lighting, and other office essentials, if your staff has nowhere to sit or put stuff on, your business will likely come to grinding halt. When deciding to choose office furniture there are a few basic considerations that should be made.
Budget - Whilst it would be great to deck out your office with the latest fashionable furniture, you might soon run of cash.
Durability - Any furniture you choose needs to be able to last. Otherwise, you will find you are replacing things like chairs and desks regularly. The best kind is steel framed, but wood will also last.
Weight - You'll want, ideally, to choose lightweight furniture that can be easily moved around. This is especially true if frequent changes to office layout are envisaged.
Adaptability - You should also consider buying furniture that can be multi-purpose. Most office furniture is designed like this as a standard.
Consider Fire Safety - You should always keep Fire Safety in mind too. Try to choose the furniture that is most resistant to catching flame.
Aesthetics - While probably lower down on your list of priorities, but a good looking office is more appealing to work in (and return to frequently).
Comfort - Last, but by no mean least, comfort should always be a top priority. You are going to be spending a lot of time sitting or using this furniture, so make sure it is at least comfortable to physically use it.