A Buyers Guide to Office Chairs: What to think about when choosing an office chair: executive? leather chair? cheap office chair? from Discount Office Furniture Online
Selecting the right office chair for you is important. Any piece of office furniture is an investment, not just because it needs to last but it also needs to be perfect for the person who is using it. If you are comfortable you will feel happier while you work. And a happy worker is a productive worker. Chairs are particularly important because they support our backs. This is a buyers guide to office chairs and what to consider when choosing an office chair.
What is your chair for? The chairs that you buy will depend on the needs of your business. Different people in your organisation may be performing different roles which require different types of chair.
A busy receptionist, for example, will probably need a chair that is very versatile, that can swivel and that is on castors for easy movement around the work area. A computer operator will be sitting for long periods in one position so you have to provide a chair with good back support. A meeting room or boardroom chair, although not used all day every day, might benefit from deep padding to keep attendees focused on the meeting and not on the discomfort they are feeling. A deep padded leather boardroom chair such as this designer version might be appropriate in this case.
So, you need to ask: What needs to be done in my business? The functions that are performed in your business will dictate the kind of chairs that you need. The closer the match between what you do and the best chair for the job the better for you and your employees.
Buy the best that you can afford. It will be an investment that will pay for itself. It’s much better to buy once than to end up with battered old chairs that are uncomfortable. Consider the following:
- Are the chairs I need going to be used a lot? If so, they need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear.
- How long are you expecting them to last? Are you going to budget for future office refurbishment or will your furniture need to last well into the future.
- What sort of warranty does the company offer?
Discount Office Furniture Online offers a range of cheap office chairs from £73 with free delivery, with budget leather chairs from only £87. ALL of our office chairs have been built to last and, as such, we offer a 5 year warranty on all of our chairs, even the inexpensive ones.
Health and Safety
This is vital particularly as back-ache is one of the biggest causes of time off work in the UK. According to health and safety guidelines you are considered a dedicated computer user if you spend two hours a day at a PC. Sitting can create great strain on the spinal column leaving you not only in pain but feeling very tired by the afternoon. The Health and Safety Executive (the HSE) has produced guidance on working with VDUs and how to adjust their work stations.
Ergonomic office desks and chairs are increasingly popular as people understand the health and productivity benefits of ergonomic chairs and ergonomic working. Ergonomic chairs have multiple adjustments to ensure that you and your spine are as supported in the correct position and you are comfortable in your posture.
Leather Obusforme Ergonomic Chair £824
We also stock top of the range ergonomic leather office chairs to provide comfort and support and to help you to increase your productivity. And if you are looking for a complete DDA compliant setup for your workstation, do look at our electric height adjustable, sit-stand ergonomic desks.
Office Chair & Comfort
If possible your employees need to be consulted about their chair requirements and health issues.
Adjustable chairs are very important. Individuals can then make their own environments as comfortable as possible. This is particularly important for workers who will be sitting on chairs for a long period of time and even more important for those operating computers as the chair to desk height ratio is crucial to avoiding things like repetitive stress injury of the hands and wrists.
Our high-backed ergonomic chair with adjustable arms is an affordable option at only £115 +vat and allows multiple adjustments to ensure comfort.
It is recommended that individuals try out their chairs for comfort before a purchase is made.
What is your company image? If you are trying to create a particular style of environment then your choice of furniture will need to reflect this. Are you an executive? do you need to create a certain perception? Do you need a contemporary look to your reception furniture or are you seeking a more low-key, traditional impression.
cream leather executive chair £117+vat
When you are designing a space you should always take into consideration how you want the place to ‘feel’ and the image that you want it to convey. This will be even more important if you will be hosting clients in your office. As an example, if your company image is young and forward thinking you need to reflect this in every purchase that you make. If your office is already set up with no particular style in mind then choose the one that most appeals to your own sense of style.
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Whatever your requirements, whether office chairs, desks or a furnishing a full office do call our advisors on 0845 293 7282 to see which is the right chair or office furniture for you.