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The different types of office seating and their benefits

We spend hours upon hours in a sedentary position every day at our office desks. Whether we’re working from home or in the office, we can become engrossed in tasks and forget to stand up and move around, so it’s important that we have great office seating that can keep us comfortable, focused and in good health. 

With studies showing a strong link between lower back pain and sitting behaviour among sedentary office workers, it’s vital that we choose the correct office chairs and seating for our individual workstations. So, let’s run through the different types of office seating available and their benefits.

Ergonomic and adjustable

You may have heard of this type of office seating, especially when it comes to good posture and workplace health and safety. The benefits that these chairs can provide are recognised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on seating at work. An ergonomic office chair is one that works to accommodate humans with good back support and posture. The benefits of an ergonomic office chair are endless:

  • Can be adjusted to give desk workers good eye levels for their screens, which can help with eye strain 
  • Designed with comfort in mind with plenty of space for the buttocks
  • Has supportive padding and cushioning
  • Gives good lumbar support to help reduce lower back pain
  • It can reduce pressure on hips
  • Improves posture 
  • Helps with blood circulation with curved seating
  • Can reduce RSI with its great adjustability

Lean-on or sit-stand desks

Another type of office seating the HSE values are lean-on or sit-stand seats, which work perfectly well with sit-stand desks. These can:

  • Offer workers increased mobility
  • Help with blood circulation
  • Go with specific workstations, where conventional seating is impractical
  • Be used where workstations don’t allow for knee space
  • Adjust in height 
  • Take a part of the body’s weight when constructed in a lean-in model
  • Help with varied positioning

Multifunctional office seating

What’s great about multifunctional furniture is the variety they offer, both in style and portability. Types of multifunctional seating include:

  • Solid-stand chairs
  • Star-based chairs with wheels
  • Upholstered chairs with arm rests
  • Static seating
  • Mesh fabrics
  • Wooden
  • Plastic
  • Steel
  • Height-adjustable
  • Armchairs
  • Stools
  • Cantilever chairs

What’s great about this type of office seating is that you can instantly update any office – boosting staff motivation and morale in the process – from a fantastic, extensive range of high-quality, reputable office furniture brands. Contact us today to see what would suit your office.

Beam seating

Beam seating is perfect for:

  • Reception areas
  • Visitor rooms
  • Waiting areas

And their benefits include:

  • Being easily transportable due to the beam construction
  • Cost-effective
  • Offering more seating options 
  • Great for optimising space
  • Can offer padded or hard seats
  • Coming in a range of styles to suit different interiors
  • Due to their row design, they are great for assemblies or community rooms
  • Easy to clean and wipe down

Mesh office chairs

What’s so great about mesh office seating?

  • They offer great breathability in the fabric
  • Provide good ventilation
  • Especially great for warm environments
  • Unlike padded backs, they can offer thinner comfort
  • Highly durable
  • Less likely to fray or rip
  • Can retain their shape well
  • Can come in a range of styles and colours
  • Easy to clean
  • The fabric is taut and very supportive

Swivel chairs

Allowing you to rotate 360 degrees to the left or right, a swivel chair provides a comfortable and productive work environment, how?

  • You can move easily around to access office items
  • Saves time on not having to get up as much
  • Very comfortable with height adjustment and reclining options
  • They’re easy to transport if you need to move rooms or offices
  • It offers comfortable resting with varied arm rests
  • With 360-degrees turning, you can benefit from increased mobility and positioning to help disrupt sedentary sitting 

High-back chairs

High-back chairs are especially great for taller individuals with benefits including:

  • Offering great lumbar support
  • Helps with neck positioning
  • Can improve posture
  • Allow workers to adjust to comfortable positions
  • You can fix it at a healthy level that matches your laptop or computer screen 
  • They provide a lot of space and back support, especially good for tall people

Office sofas

Whilst the term ‘sofa’ may seem odd when relating to an office, different workplace dynamics are benefiting hugely from comfy office sofas that fit a range of workspaces – from breakout areas to office relaxation rooms. Why are office sofas a great idea?

  • They can help boost staff morale 
  • Allow for workers to bond
  • Improves collaboration
  • Helps employees have comfy breaks
  • Great for reading time and timeouts in general
  • Brilliant for informal staff meetings

As you can see, there’s quite the range when it comes to office seating. It all comes down to understanding your brand and the needs of your workplace and employees. With a whole host of benefits from each type of office seating, you can be sure to find the right one for your business. 

For any advice or help with office seating and furniture, contact our team of office furniture experts today.

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The importance of good posture in the workplace

Over thousands of years, human beings have evolved to run long distances, hunt and forage for food and spend the majority of our time outside. What we’re not designed for is sitting hunched over an office desk for hours on end.

And yet that’s exactly what’s happening in our increasingly office-based culture, with 78% of office workers saying they spend too long sat down.  That’s why bad posture in the workplace is such a common (and growing) problem.

Why is good posture so important?

Your mum was right: your posture is important. Good posture means that your bones, muscles, joints and ligaments are properly aligned, leading to them being used more efficiently.  

Good posture can also help prevent several health problems, including:

  • Increased risk of backaches
  • Fatigue
  • Poor digestion
  • Increased chances of cardiovascular issues
  • Varicose veins
  • Changes in your spinal curvature

What causes bad posture?

There are a number of different sitting and standing habits we pick up that lead to bad posture, especially when spending long hours sitting in front of a computer screen at work.

Things you may be doing that lead to bad posture include:

  • Slouching in your chair
  • Hunching your back
  • Rounding your shoulders
  • Poking your chin out when sat at a desk
  • Cradling your phone between your ear and neck

These positions can sometimes feel more comfortable than actually sitting correctly, but they’re a habit that needs to be broken to avoid health problems down the line.

The type of lifestyles we live can also contribute to the way we hold ourselves. Prolonged periods of inactivity, a lack of exercise and poor ergonomic workstations can all lead to problems with your posture.

Luckily, there are some easy ways in which you can help break these habits and stay standing tall.

How to win the fight against bad posture

It’s never too late to make an effort to start improving your posture. Take these measures now to look forward to a future of better health.

Understand your posture

To improve your posture, you need to know how you currently hold yourself.

Take a look at your posture in the mirror. See where your hands rest and feel where you hold tension (for most people, this is usually in the shoulders).

If your palms face your thighs with your thumbs pointing ahead, your posture is good. If your palms face backwards, you’re probably slouching. To correct this, pull your head back and your shoulders down and back.

Make an effort to sit properly

We often develop bad posture through how we sit. If you sit too far forward on your chair, you put additional pressure on your pubic bone, and if you sit too far back, the pressure mounts on your tailbone.

Find the right balance by keeping your feet flat on the floor, your back straight and centring your weight. You should also think about supporting your lower back to prevent aches and pains if you spend long periods of time sitting.

Try correcting exercises

There are certain exercises you can do to help counteract the damage of bad posture. The best exercises strengthen your core, extend and flex your muscles and encourage better balance. They include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Planks
  • Shoulder stretches
  • Bridges
  • Pull-ups

Make sure you’re fully supported with the correct furniture

In office environments, there is a natural tendency to lean forward towards your computer, slouch at your desk or keep your legs crossed for long periods, which can lead to increased tension and muscle strain throughout your body. One of the best ways to combat this is to ensure that you are provided with comfortable, ergonomic furniture that supports good posture.

Height adjustable desks are great for encouraging good posture, as you can decide between sitting or standing whilst doing your work, giving muscle groups a rest during the day.

The right kind of chair is also very important. You need to ensure that you’re comfortable and supported and that your chair is ergonomically designed to avoid any health issues.

For more information about health and wellbeing in the office, take a look at the best ways to encourage your staff to start exercising, or take a look at the six seating sins office workers usually fall victim to.

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The Next Hot Thing In Cool Office Design

In the offices of today, it is a lot more than just a bank of office desks with monitors and PCs/Macs being installed on each. You want it to inspire! Inspire your colleagues to push that extra bit further, think that little bit harder for that spark of creativity that gives you that one fantastic idea.

When clients enter your office you want them to be impressed. You want your office environment to represent your business. You want the look of the office to nail how you choose to market your business. Want to be seen as the cool kids on the block? Get inventive with your office design. Want to be seen as the retro kids who live for the 70’s/80’s? Where are the arcade machines? It is also true that it is the people who adopt these office spaces as their own are the ones who bring the office to life. While this is most certainly true, you must make sure that your colleagues are comfortable at their work stations to increase productivity. The best way to boost productivity in your office environments is to make sure your colleagues have the space to; eat together, play together and hang out together. The happier the colleagues, the more productive you will work.

A popular concept that small firms as well as large ones such as Microsoft, Macquarie Bank & Ernst & Young is ‘hot desking’. Hot desking is simply bring your laptop and working essentials, plunk them anywhere and you are good to go. Multiple employees can, in this arrangement, use the same desk at different hours during a day.

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Workplace Eye Awareness Month — Check YOUR Vision

Office ergonomics almost always focus on ensuring the limbs, neck and torso are maintained in a comfortable and supported position.. but what about your EYES? This part of the body is often woefully neglected when it comes to creating a healthy office environment but Workplace Eye Awareness Month, which runs throughout March, attempts to rectify this situation.

Eyes Down!

Computers, mobile phones and TV equipment are standard pieces of kit for almost everyone, whatever kind of work they are involved in. We all use these items in our free time as well, meaning that people today are spending many, many hours with their sensitive and complex eyes glued to a screen. Extended periods of screen-time can lead to:

  • General pain and discomfort
  • A feeling that the eyes are ‘tired’
  • Eyestrain from focusing on small text, leading to permanent sight damage
  • General fatigue and a reduction in the sense of wellbeing
  • Headaches, particularly in those who suffer from migraine attacks
  • Visible symptoms such as parched or red eyes

The Importance of Blinking

The reason that we blink is to moisturise and lubricate the eye and this usually happens between 12 and 14 times every minute. As we focus our eyes on a computer screen or other kind of digital display has been shown to reduce this rate by anywhere from 33% to 50%, causing the eyes to become dried out, sore and painful.

Here are some tips to avoid eyestrain in the workplace:

  • Keep your Distance – Stay at least an arm’s length away from the screen. Close-up focusing is more demanding on the eyes and increasing the size of the type on the display while keeping your distance is preferable to being close to small type
  • Beware of Glare – make sure the display settings are appropriate so this issue is minimised. Good task lighting and increased contrast can help
  • Rest & Relax – just the same as your wrists can be damaged by carpal tunnel syndrome from typing too much, your eyes can be damaged in a similar way. Stick to a 20/20/20 rule – take a break each 20 minutes and, during this, stare at an object 20ft away for 20 seconds
  • Let there be Light – choosing correct lighting for your unique premises is essential and you should seek expert help on the range of products available. DBI stock a broad selection of quality task lighting and our dedicated space planning team can provide the most competent advice

Workplace Eye Awareness Month is the perfect time to start considering your visual health and that of your employees. Start your journey with our selection of Task Lighting!

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Indoor Environment Quality – Try Our Experiment!

There are a precious lucky few people who will be able to say that the air they breathe in at work feels cool, fresh and pleasant, refreshing them. An even smaller number of these people report seeing soft-edged, organic and natural shapes and tones. Instead, a worrying majority of us at work, school, university or other public buildings have to tolerate stale or artificially-conditioned air in our lungs and dull, artificial shapes & colours on our retinas. Why? And when will it change? The answer, thankfully, is very soon indeed.

The presence of plants in the indoor environment has been proven to have many benefits on humans, from a perceived improvement in air quality to higher levels of morale, productivity and health. Studies in hospitals show that patients heal quicker and experience lower pain levels when plants are around and research on a smaller scale suggests a host of practical beneficial effects from bringing the green inside – the effects range from lower levels of employee absenteeism to a reduction in energy usage.

For any business or organisation, there are financial constraints which cannot be ignored – budget is naturally of major importance and any investment must be carefully considered for its cost-effectiveness. It is here that indoor plants have met a stumbling block and hence not gained truly widespread appeal –  a new study, which will include masses of data from social organisations, research institutes and any organisation which registers its interest and is approved, aims to make sweeping changes and usher in a new, green era.

“There are as yet insufficient concrete figures on the matter and insufficient innovative and usable green solutions,” as Annemieke Smit, the Project Leader, succinctly sums up the matter. Under her expert guidance, the research team will collate data and produce a definitive, authoritative guide to use freely when deciding future strategy, policy and actions for the business in relation to interior plants and organic office design.

Do you want cleaner air, unrivalled natural aesthetics and healthier, happier employees? Find out how with DBI – browse our select range of indoor plants and call us to get the fastest, most competitive quote.

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Good Office Ergonomics — The Three Biggest Benefits

Modern design can no longer treat carefully-implemented office ergonomics as an option. Awareness of the many health implications suffered by people as a result of their jobs continues to rise and those companies who fail to provide adequate ergonomic care for their employees lose out in a number of ways.

Here we look at three ways in which optimised office ergonomics can improve the health of both your employees and your business.

Health & Wellbeing

Numerous studies have all shown the same thing – sitting down for too long is bad for you, particularly when the chair you’re sitting on is poorly-designed for the individual.

Back and neck pain are among the most frequent health problems reported by office employees, with stress and depression naturally following.

Contemporary office desks are designed to minimise the health risks of working in an office by personalising the experience for each user.

Adjustable flexibility is key and this ethos extends across everything from desking and chairs to dedicated task lighting. Every employee should have access to the best office furniture possible and many items have an extremely reasonable price tag attached so you don’t have to break the bank to improve the health and morale of your employees for good.

Productivity & Reputation

As employee comfort increases, productivity goes up right along with it.

This is true only up to a certain point – make the office too comfortable and you might send everyone to sleep!

Chairs should be firm and supportive, creating good posture and reducing exertion by restricting motions and extending reach.

Height-adjustable sit/stand desks are the perfect complement to ergonomic office chairs and further enhance productivity.

Happy employees are more optimistic, directly affecting the planning and execution of their work. As work improves, so too does the reputation of your company.

Legality and Liability

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees and an extensive amount of older office furniture is really no longer fit for purpose.

As knowledge of the health problems directly caused by poor office ergonomics increases, we could very soon see the amount of employer liability cases sharply rise.

Awareness, Desks, DSE, Ergonomics, Workplace

Good Office Ergonomics — The Three Biggest Benefits

Modern design can no longer treat carefully-implemented office ergonomics as an option. Awareness of the many health implications suffered by people as a result of their jobs continues to rise and those companies who fail to provide adequate ergonomic care for their employees lose out in a number of ways.

Here we look at three ways in which optimised office ergonomics can improve the health of both your employees and your business.

Health & Wellbeing

Numerous studies have all shown the same thing – sitting down for too long is bad for you, particularly when the chair you’re sitting on is poorly-designed for the individual.

Back and neck pain are among the most frequent health problems reported by office employees, with stress and depression naturally following.

Contemporary office furniture – like modern office desks – are designed to minimise the health risks of working in an office by personalising the experience for each user.

Adjustable flexibility is key and this ethos extends across everything from desking and chairs to dedicated task lighting. Every employee should have access to the best office furniture possible and many items have an extremely reasonable price tag attached so you don’t have to break the bank to improve the health and morale of your employees for good.

Productivity & Reputation

As employee comfort increases, productivity goes up right along with it.

This is true only up to a certain point – make the office too comfortable and you might send everyone to sleep!

Chairs should be firm and supportive, creating good posture and reducing exertion by restricting motions and extending reach.

Height-adjustable sit/stand desks are the perfect complement to ergonomic office chairs and further enhance productivity.

Happy employees are more optimistic, directly affecting the planning and execution of their work. As work improves, so too does the reputation of your company.

Legality and Liability

Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees and an extensive amount of older office furniture is really no longer fit for purpose.

As knowledge of the health problems directly caused by poor office ergonomics increases, we could very soon see the amount of employer liability cases sharply rise.


Contact our team now and we will guide you step-by-step through our range of modern office furniture and supply you with details of our unique, highly-successful bespoke space planning service.

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How to fix a squeaky office chair

There is nothing more annoying within an office for both you and your work colleagues than a squeaky office chair that makes that disruptive sound every time you move. Especially when you’re trying to do your work at your perfect office desk! You can fix this however, and it will only take a few minutes to do so – plus your work colleagues will be grateful for the quietness!

1. Locate where the creak is coming from

Firstly, what you need to do is to kneel down beside the office chair and then move it just as you would when you were sat on it. Listen out for the creak and try and locate where it is coming from. In our experience, the majority of the time the chair will be creaking because of the swivel mechanism around the wheelbase, the sides and the back of the chair.

2. Apply lubricant

Next, when you have located where the creak is, then you need to apply a small amount of specialised spray lubricant such as WD-40 to that part of the chair; make sure you have a cloth handy to be used to wipe away any excess lubricant and to prevent the lubricant from staining the upholstery of the office chair. Look for a lubricant which is a spray one and one which contains a fine-tip nozzle, as this makes it easier to get the spray exactly where you want it – the direct area causing the creaking.

3.  Move the chair to work the lubricant

Thirdly, move the chair backwards and forth a few times in order to work the lubricant into the swivel mechanism, then leave it to sit like this for a few minutes. Test your chair to see if it is squeaking still, but hopefully it won’t be.

In the unfortunate event that you’re still lumped with a squeaky office chair, then apply another coat of lubricant to the affected area(s). If the problem still persists, then try applying the lubricant to the surrounding joins and areas to see if this works.

This should solve the problem but if not, maybe it’s time you renewed your office furniture to treat your staff both to a quieter, less frustrating workplace and an updated, comfier one.

For more information, please contact us on 0845 340 9376 or email info@dbifurnituresolutions.co.uk.

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Office storage is a required necessity

There is nothing worse than turning up to a messy office to find there is clutter all over the place. Office storage plays a vital part in ensuring that an office can run smoothly and efficiently without anything important like paperwork going missing or being lost.

Why office design is important for an organised office

Once office storage solutions have been designed and implemented, there is no excuse for clutter, mess and overflowing filing cabinets. Offices shouldn’t represent disorganisation, especially if you don’t want your values or company to represent it either. Simply implementing suitable storage solutions can lift staff morale: a clean and organised office is a happy one!

Choosing the right office storage solutions

DBI Furniture Solutions has a number of storage solutions which can be beneficial in any workplace environment, even those that can be integrated seamlessly into office desks. We take the time to listen to our customers about the types of tasks which take place in the office on a daily basis before we specify a storage solution for them. With a wide range of office storage solutions, it’s important that you get the right one for you and your business.

Filing and shelving

For all those important documents, an office needs secure filing solutions. From cabinets to electronic and mobile shelving, employees can access paperwork with ease.

Mobile storage

Mobile storage units have risen in popularity and are now in high demand because they can help ease access to important documents, whilst allowing for large volumes of documents to be stored in the minimum amount of space.

Innovative tables

To make use of work space, innovative office tables with crates and shelves – placed around workplaces – are perfect for storing boxes and handy office essentials.

Automated carousel

This is a clever piece of office equipment that brings storage to you. Employees can access multiple levels of storage making the working day incredibly more productive. This type of storage is ideal for large companies that need a lot of files to be stored with ease of access.

Bookcases

Whether it’s for a breakout area, a staff room, the main office floor or reception, bookcases are a brilliant office storage asset. You can store niche reading materials to suit your sector as well as newspapers for staff to read and start conversations over.

Lockers

Ideal for schools, offices and industrial warehouses, lockers mean people can have their valuables safely stored and secured. Especially if your office has a shower, lockers for your staff are a great asset.

Having a storage solution or multiple storage solutions within your office will mean that those daily tasks will become more streamlined and productivity will increase because less time is spent frantically searching for those important documents!

If you are short of space within your office, then speak to our expert team because we have experience in space planning and design and can provide you with a number of space-saving storage solutions, which may be ideal for what you need.

For more information, then please contact us on 0845 6830024 or email info@dbifurnituresolutions.co.uk.