The type of office furniture that a company decides to purchase depends on various factors, the nature of the business, company budget, floor space, number of employees etc.
Arm Rest Support
Most employees prefer chairs that allow good armrest support. People who have to spend long hours in front of computers feel that right armrest support will help in reducing their neck and back pain. Computer accessories, such as monitors, keyboards, UPS and printers, which are within reach and at comfortable heights, can help in reducing problems arising out of wrong body postures. The furniture layout should be designed in such a way, that people can work comfortably and access other parts of the office.
The Desk Situation
Whereas twenty years ago everyone wanted a heavy desk with plenty of small drawers and cubbies, today’s most common request is for a desk that will hold a computer, perhaps a laptop, and then the peripherals such as CPU, printers and telephone and/fax equipment.
Providing a double or a single pedestal desk may be helpful in keeping the regularly used files in desks. In case you work from a laptop and not from a PC, a compact desk, free from attachments, could suffice. It is suggested that the extension of an L-shaped desk can be an ideal option, as it also helps when conducting a meeting.
Making Size Count
Interior specialists recommend that the choice of office furniture should not be either too large or too small. Extra large and heavy furniture tends to fill space and overcrowd a room, while extra small furniture can leave many vacant spaces and give the appearance of an un-established business. The correct furniture size allows enough leg space for employees to sit comfortably and do their work and will create a more functional and business atmosphere. It is suggested that a standard 75-77 centimetre desk height, from the floor level, can allow proper space for the user’s leg.
The right office furniture can create the right image for a company. Over ornate and expensive furniture may sometimes be harsh on the eyes and could give the impression that the company’s services can be expensive, compared to the opposition. Again, outdated and shabby furniture will suggest that the company is unprofessional and perhaps, not doing so well in the industry.
Consider Key Elements
Keep in mind, that employees, who are usually out of office, for most of the day, may not require the same level of comfort and functionality, which the in-house staff need.
It is well worth remembering, that cheaper furniture may not be as stylish, but it may be the most functional. The more expensive might be stylish, but unsuited for use on a daily basis. Office furniture experts can assess your office space and ensure that you make optimum use of the existing space. While choosing appropriate furniture for your office, consider the key elements, which are utility, cost, style, and the last, but perhaps the most important elements, the safety and comfort of your employees.