Most workers spend eight hours a day on average at their desks and having an incorrect desk can make them miserable. Having the right desk improves productivity at work and also creates a comfortable and ergonomic working environment. A few notes to keep in mind when choosing office desks:
Use – The first thing that one should keep in mind, is the primary use of an office desk. The desk should offer enough working space, sturdiness as well as built-in wiring holes or channels for electrical connections to keep cords off the floor and free from obstruction.
Work Style & Environment – i.e. Messy people who spread their work around need larger desks and those who use laptops don’t really require a huge desk. One should consider ergonomics and space i.e. a compact computer desk or mobile computer cart might be ideal for someone who does not need a lot of space. For desktop computer users, keyboards need to be placed at a comfortable height.
Material – Desks can be made out of a number of different materials and one would need to choose based on the way they would use their desk e.g. laminate is one of the most popular choices because it is both durable and good-looking followed by metal or steel which is the most robust choice and wood or veneer is the most elegant choice, usually chosen by executives.
Desks at Home – It is advisable to consider a computer desk for home work spaces too. They keep things neatly organised and can hide a lot of clutter. “L”-shaped desks are often a good choice if the work desk needs to share space in another room like a bedroom or family room.
When seeking advice as to which chair to purchase, it is crucial for one to remember that this chair will be utilised almost every day for prolonged periods of time. As a result, it is never a good idea to be too frugal when it comes to purchasing an office chair.
Parts of the Chair
The backrest supports the posterior of the body (the back) and it should always be height-adjustable and gently curved to match the natural curve of the spine.
The seat should be wide enough for a person to sit comfortably, centred in the chair. Seat lifts are there to make the seat pan adjustable for correct positioning.
Armrests should support the arms to reduce stress from building in the shoulders, neck and the middle of the back.
It is always good for the chair base to be made in a five-star configuration to prevent tipping when a person leans back in the chair. One should always select an extra-wide base for extra stability.
Most office chairs have casters and it is advisable to use a different caster depending on the flooring that you use your chair on i.e. hard casters are ideal for carpeting and rubber-coated casters are ideal on hardwood floors.
*The four main factors that one needs to consider for an office chair are mobility, comfort, adjustability and durability