When you are looking to buy office furniture, there are a number of factors to consider, not least of all your budget. A professional working from home on a self-employed basis will undoubtedly have a much lower budget for office furniture than a company creating a workplace for numerous employees.
As a rule, try to balance low costs with reputable products: it’s essential that your equipment meets health and safety regulations. There are plenty of cheaper options available online nowadays, with supermarkets offering good value with good quality. So what should you look for in new office furniture?
What to Look For
When you are buying computer desks, there are a number of factors to be aware of. Posture is very important when working at a computer desk, as it is all too easy to get backache from sitting in the wrong position. Computer desks should have enough space for the computer or laptop as well as other office supplies needed to carry out the work, such as a phone, stationery, keyboard and mouse.
A filing cabinet may be useful under the desk to store paperwork for clients, but it shouldn’t be placed under the desk if it means that you can’t sit properly. Monitors should be at eye level to prevent neck ache, a keyboard should be within arm’s length to avoid straining and the phone shouldn’t be too far away either.
Chairs should be adjustable to allow for your legs to fit under the desk without your thighs rubbing against the underside of the desks. If you’re on a budget you might consider cheaper options such as moulded plastic or padded stackable seating but bear in mind that you and/or your staff will be sat down for up to 8 hours a day, so comfort and ergonomics are major considerations.
There are many styles available and supermarkets such as Tesco are offering many different models and types of computer desk to attract potential customers. Most modern offices stick with functionality, although there are material considerations such as leather, and a range of bold colours available if you are trying to match a particular scheme. Client-facing offices will need to think about the overall impression the furniture creates.
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