Posts Tagged ‘Office Furniture’

What Makes a Good Ergonomic Office Chair?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Ergonomic Office Chairs & SeatingIf you work in an office environment, like I do, chances are pretty good that you spend at least 8 hours or more per day sitting. Sitting over extended periods of time can really takes its toll on your body. Sitting in a cheap or non-ergonomic chair can lead to bad posture, back pain, neck pain, headaches and much more. So what features should you look for in an ergonomic office chair? Here are a few tips.

I have sat in a lot of different office chairs over the past several years, some very comfortable and others that led to daily ibuprofen use to relive aches and pain. Prolonged use of dysfunctional office chairs can lead not only to short term, but often long term back pain and other ailments.

While the chair you use will depend on the job you perform at work, I have come up with a list of ideal features for typical computer office use.

Height Adjustment – A chair that sits at an improper height can cause you to tilt your head at unnatural and strange angles, which can in turn lead to neck pains and headaches. I highly recommend using an office chair with height adjustment. This will allow you to keep the chair adjusted to where the monitor is at about face level.

Lumbar Support – If you suffer from back pains and aches like I do, a lumbar support can be a lifesaver. While you can buy after-market lumbar supports for existing office chairs, they can often shift around and cause a lot of hassle. Buying an office chair with adequate lumber support is the best option.

Posture Support – When sitting in a flat-backed chair, it is very easy for the spine to begin to slouch one direction or another, which can quickly lead to breathing issues and back pain. Many office chairs now mold the seat backing to provide posture support by keeping the back straight and aligned. This is often done by providing a deeper channel along the back of the chair where the spine runs and more padding on both sides of the chair to keep you upright.

Armrests – This feature isn’t critical unless you type all day long like I do. Having used chairs with and without armrests, I can’t go without an armrest. For me, armrests help keep my arms supported while typing, allowing me to type faster and putting less strain on my wrists, arms and hands. I have suffered the early effects of carpal tunnel syndrome and sincerely feel that armrests have really helped me out. Adjustable armrests are especially nice as they can keep your arms and hands at keyboard level.

Casters – This may seem like a no brainer, but casters are very important for an office chair (combined with a chair mat). This allows you to make fine-tuned positioning of the chair and is far less hassle than lifting and re-positioning the chair.

These tips will all help you find a better office chair. While these tips cover traditional office chairs, there are also non-traditional chairs that many people claim to love. One of these chairs is what’s known as a knee chair or a kneeling chair.

Kneeling Office ChairsKneeling chairs help promote posture by eliminating lazy slouching and put the body, according to some experts, in a more natural position. I have used these chairs and have to say that I really like them, however, I think they are best suited for home office use rather than long-term 8+ hours a day office use. That is my opinion. Many people use and love them for daylong use.

Another non-traditional office chair is an exercise ball. We have a couple of people here that use them and claim that they provide very comfortable seating along with the ability to build inner core strength. This option is not for me (actually hate it), but again is a huge hit with many people.

At ABC Office we carry a large selection of ergonomic office chairs designed to provide comfortable and affordable seating throughout the day. You can find our entire selection of ergonomic office chairs here, ergonomic drafting chairs here and our entire selection of office furniture here.

Executive Wood Presidential Podium Review

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Executive Wood Presidential PodiumAre you looking for a podium that has class, a professional look and is made from high quality wood? If this is what you’re looking for, you may want to consider the Executive Wood Presidential Podium (found here). This is my review.

They don’t call it the Presidential Podium for nothing. It has a very similar look and feel to the podium presidents have used at the White House for years. This podium is ideal in professional environments for giving speeches, lectures and presentations. Here are a few things you may not know about the Presidential Podium.

To begin with, the Presidential Podium is made from solid hardwood materials. This wood is available in a selection of Walnut, Cherry or Mahogany finishes. The fabric finish is a available in black, red or blue. The blue fabric is designed to match the look and color of the podium the President of the United States uses. For comparison, I am including a sample picture of President Obama using a similar Presidential Podium in this article.

The Presidential Podium is not just designed to look good. It is also very functional. The back of the podium features a shelf for added storage. The compartment inside the Presidential Podium is very roomy.

Barack Obama Presidential PodiumThe base of the podium conceals a couple of hidden rear casters. This makes the Presidential Podium easy to tilt back and move around. It weighs in at 250 pounds shipped, so the casters are definitely a huge plus.

The top of the Presidential Podium has a dropdown surface. This allows the speaker to adjust the surface from an angled to a flat surface. This is especially ideal for people who want to use a laptop on the podium. The podium itself measures in at 50 ½” high, 26 ½” at the widest point and is 23 ¾” deep.

If you are looking for a podium that is well built and designed to easily last for years, this may be a good option for you. I certainly consider it to be one of the highest-quality podiums around.

You can find the Executive Wood Presidential Podium here. You can find our entire selection of wooden office podiums here. The Presidential Podium is also available with a built-in speaker, amplifier and microphones as the Presidential Evolution Podium found here.

New Padded Wooden Oak Indoor Lobby Benches from Wooden Mallet

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Padded Oak Wood Lobby BenchesWe are proud to announce that we have just added eight new padded wooden lobby benches to our site. These benches are part of the Dakota Wave series of furniture from popular furniture manufacturer Wooden Mallet. These new benches are very nice and we expect them to be a hit with our customers.

These new wooden mallet benches are available in a variety of fabric colors, patterns and wood stains. Four of the benches feature standard fabric options and the other four feature designer fabric options.

Each bench is made with a one-inch thick solid oak frame for added stability. The seats are padded and covered in high quality fabric. You will find these new wooden lobby benches in waiting rooms, lobbies, libraries, halls, schools and more. They are low profile and easily fit up against a wall, in a corner or in the middle of a room.

One nice thing about Wooden Mallet furniture, versus the competition, is the build quality. These aren’t made from cheap pressed wood. The solid oak wood used in these benches is designed to hold up and easily last for years.

The best thing about this new line of furniture is that it is affordable, economical and cheap! Choose from a single, double, triple or quadruple bench design.

New Dakota Wave Lobby Benches from Wooden Mallet:

Stop by and take a look. Do you have some questions about this new line of furniture? Call us at 1-800-658-8788.

What is a Double Rub? Furniture & Fabric Tests

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Model 300-SV Stackable Chair from OFMI had a few people today ask me what a double rub was. We have it listed on our site along with many of our fabric padded chairs, sofas and furniture. A double rub is a test done on furniture fabric to see how long it will hold up.

Essentially a machine with a roller goes back and forth on a fabric-covered chair (double rub) to determine how well the fabric will hold up. The more double rubs it can handle, without wearing out, the better the fabric.

The manufacturer OFM rates many of their chairs based on double rubs. OFM’s 300-SV fabric stackable chair is rated at 750,000 double rubs, which is a lot. This means the fabric on the 300-SV Comfort Class stackable chair has some high-quality fabric on it. Not all fabric will list the double-rub rating.

You can find our entire selection of padded office chairs here.

Advantages Of A Kneeling Chair

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

If you’re like me and work in an office, you probably sit in a chair for good portion of the day. If you’re lucky, you’re using an ergonomic chair that conforms to your body for better posture and comfort. Regardless of the chair you are using, sitting in a chair all day long can take its toll on your back and neck. If you have already tried several chairs and still can’t seem to get comfortable, you may want to try a kneeling chair.

Kneeling chairs position your body in a way so that a lot of the pressure put on your lower back is directed towards your legs. This position is much more comfortable for many people and it isn’t uncommon for one using a kneeling chair to see a significant improvement in back pain. Kneeling chairs are also a great way to improve posture.

Many people look at a kneeling chair and immediately think, “that just doesn’t look comfortable.” Using a kneeling chair, due to the angles involved, is nothing like kneeling on the floor. These chairs are designed for ideal and optimum comfort. I have used one of these chairs personally and can vouch for its comfort.

We just recently added a Safco brand kneeling chair to our site. It is reasonably priced, in comparison to other office chairs. Please feel free to stop by our site and take a look. You can find it by clicking here.  You can see our entire selection of office chairs here.

ABC Office Announces New Line of Office Furniture, Chairs and Workstations.

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Office FurnitureABC Office is please to introduce a new line of office furniture. The furniture is designed to help purchasers, on a budget, find new furniture they can afford.

Hours are spent in the office, often staring at a computer screen. Because so much time is spent in the office, it is important that the environment is tolerable. Many workers still sit in front of cold, dreary, World War II era military surplus desks. When employees are placed in a more pleasant environment, they will be more productive.

Budgets can often be tight. Purchasing managers are expected to do a lot with little money. ABCOffice.com has heard these concerns and is pleased to announce a new line of European inspired furniture. These desks are designed not only to look good, but also save space while providing functionality. These desks can hold a computer, monitor, printer and more. There are several models, colors and styles to choose from.

Along with a workstation, or desk, a comfortable chair is also an important part of maintaining a good working environment. Older chairs can lose their support, and some models don’t provide enough support. This can lead to back problems and other aches that divert attention from the work at hand. Height adjustment, mobility and back support are very important. It is also recommended to always keep your office chair adjusted, so the computer monitor is at eye level and a full arm’s length distance away to prevent eyestrain.

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