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7 Key Pieces of Office Furniture Every Workplace Needs

July 27th, 2021 | Best Office Furniture

An average person spends about 90,000 hours at work during his lifetime—that’s a fifth of their life spent at the office. Therefore, it just makes sense for business owners and managers to think about the kind of workplace environment you want to create for yourself and your co-workers. 

Your office environment should not only be designed to help your employees perform their duties. It should also be a place where they can relax, enjoy, and create long-lasting relationships with colleagues—things that also affect their overall productivity. 

In order to achieve that, you need to have the right office furniture. Having the right furniture pieces is the first step towards making a comfortable working environment. Here are the 7 key pieces of office furniture that every workplace needs.

 

Quality Chairs and Desks

Trends come and go when it comes to office floor designs but one thing’s for sure, you will always need quality chairs and desks. We may have gotten rid of cubicles with open floor plans but can you really imagine a workplace without chairs or desks?

There are two (2) things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right chair for your office: comfort and ergonomics. People are going to sit on these chairs for 40 hours a week so definitely, it should be comfortable.

Ergonomics, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated but essential. When a chair is ergonomic, it means it’s designed to provide the needed support for a person and the tasks they need to perform. 

Each individual is built differently and requires different settings for a chair to meet the support they need. Find an ergonomic chair with adjustable seat height and headrest, good seat depth, and stability. This would allow your employee to customize their chair’s setting to make it fit according to their preference.

In choosing a desk, make sure it’s spacious enough for your employee to effectively perform. A bad office desk can lead to serious back problems. Therefore, you want to choose a desk that accommodates the height of your chair and effectively supports your employees’ posture. Check out our article on the common desk mistakes you should avoid preventing bad posture.

 

Conference Tables for Meeting Spaces

Every workplace needs a meeting space to meet and brainstorm with co-workers, entertain clients, or have a staff meeting. And because of that, you will need a good conference table.

Estimate how frequent or how large the teams are that need collaboration during these meetings when choosing a conference table. If you feel like frequent collaborations are necessary to perform your employees’ tasks, you may also consider looking into buying conference tables or communal desks over individual desks to cut costs.

 

Living Space Furniture

Living spaces are your break rooms and outdoor patios where your employees can take quick breaks. Adapting a culture of taking frequent breaks is important for employee retention and productivity. Therefore, encourage it by giving them a space to do it.

Create lounges with coffee tables, bookshelves, chairs, couches, and even television. Having a place in your office where your employees can take a break and recharge can definitely improve their mood as well as strengthen the bond between co-workers.

 

Cabinets for Storage Spaces

While many offices are going paperless and store important documents in the cloud, those items that need physical storage shouldn’t be forgotten. Best to choose multifunctional desks that have built-in hidden storage cabinets for aesthetic purposes.

 

All-in-one Printer, Scanner, and Copier

Back in the day, to have these three (3) functionalities, you needed several devices. Now with advanced technology, you can get all of these applications in one gadget. Depending on how your office is laid out, you may need one of these in each department or area to avoid disruptions or walking up and down stairs.

 

Whiteboards or Smartboards

Whiteboards are essential in brainstorming and presenting important information in a group setting. Dry erase boards are very common, however it can be a struggle to use those as they get dirty and are difficult to clean sometimes. Not to mention, it can also be hard to read from afar.

Consider upgrading. Smartboards are like giant iPads that use touchscreen technology and function like your traditional whiteboard only without the hassle of keeping it clean.

 

Cafeteria Furniture

Having a place where employees can eat is essential in building interoffice relationships. It also encourages them to pack lunch instead of dining out which will help them save money. 

Choose cafe furniture that will be comfortable enough for your employees to eat and big enough to encourage interaction between teams.

 

Are you starting a business or planning to expand into an office space? Or perhaps, you need a total rehaul? Talk to us at Arenson Office Furniture in San Diego, where you can find all the office furniture every workplace needs.

 

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