The interesting history of High Wycombe chair making
Monday, April 25, 2022
An introduction to the history of chair making in High Wycombe
When you look at the town of High Wycombe today, you may not be aware of the rich history the town has in the furniture-making business and, in particular, chair making. High Wycombe, however, was once incredibly famous for chairmakers - known as turners - who had the ability to create and send out beautiful chairs in record time. Many of the disused factories in High Wycombe today were once home to chair making teams. The earliest records of the Windsor chair appears in church records in 1732. This month, RBF take a look at the history of High Wycombe chair making and what happened to this popular industry.
During the 1700s, many chairmakers lived in the town that is now known as High Wycombe, with many more living in neighbouring parishes. Among these early chairmakers, William Treacher was known for his fancy chairs. Focusing on creating chair pieces from the local woodland, these pieces were manufactured before being sent to London, where the frames were put together to be sold. Within 50 years, however, landowners made premises available to take on the creation of the chair pieces as well as the chair frames so the projects could be housed under one town roof.
The use of Chiltern Hills wood for chair making
During the 1800s, the chair making trade grew from strength to strength, and by 1860, the number of workshops around the town had grown to 150, with an estimated output of 4700 chairs per day! High Wycombe and the surrounding areas became the largest producer of chairs in the country, and this grew the population and the economy.
One of the most beautiful parts of the surrounding Chiltern Hills is the abundance of trees and wood types. During the 19th Century, this wood came in very useful to local wood artisans, known as bodgers, who would use the local wood from the Chiltern Hills to create beautiful chairs. Often purchasing stands of trees from auction houses that were then felled and converted into chair pieces, bodgers worked in sheds close to their homes and used manual tools to create the desired effect.
The Chiltern Hills timber used for crafting chairs:
High Wycombe Chair Museum
Nestled in High Wycombe, you will find the High Wycombe Chair Museum, holding all the history of furniture making throughout the town since its humble beginnings. Here you will learn more about the history of the town and its connection to furniture-making, as well as be able to view the early chair types, including the Windsor chair. This museum has a curation of photos, art pieces, and information about families related to High Wycombe's chair-making history. Set in a beautiful grade II listed building and surrounded by gardens where you can take your family to run off some steam, this museum is worth a visit.
The decline in High Wycombe chair making
After the war, many furniture making companies saw frustrating changes, including the utility scheme, which was set to last ten years. Although the demand for domestic furniture and chairs was on the rise, fuel and materials had a supply issue. This left factories having to follow the utility range for chair making. Although the shortages and controls lifted eventually, furniture workers were depleted, and many companies were forced to relocate due to the rising housing prices in the local area. This was due to London companies initially moving to High Wycombe during the war and giving the market a considerable boost.
Although there were still furniture companies within High Wycombe, many were now located in the surrounding villages, including Stokenchurch. With advances in machinery and wood treatment, fewer employees were needed to offer the same output, and employment steadily fell throughout the 1990s. Buckinghamshire New University, based in High Wycombe, still has strong links with furniture making and timber work and has gained an excellent reputation for training with woodwork.
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Recycled Business Furniture offers chairs a new lease of life
From ancient beginnings to functional and practical design, chair making has seen massive changes since the rise of High Wycombe furniture factories. Whilst Recycled Business Furniture does not make its own chairs, we are proud of being able to give secondhand office furniture a new lease of life. Our vast showroom based in High Wycombe offers businesses and domestic clients the chance to find their perfect office furniture for a fraction of its retail price.
Whether you are looking to revamp your office or you need to purchase a new set of chairs for your boardroom, you are sure to find everything you are looking for at Recycled Business Furniture. Give us a call today and book an appointment to come and find your perfect recycled office furniture.
Choosing the right office chair for your physical and mental health
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Choosing the right office chair to support your mental health
Many of us who work from a laptop spend at least 8 hours a day in front of our screens. We work from our desks, often eat at our desks and may even spend some break times at our desks. When it all adds up, a great portion of our working week involves sitting, and it's for this reason that your office chair could be the most important piece of equipment you own.
It is clear that the wrong office chair can have a detrimental effect on our bodies which could then affect our mental health. Aches and pains, weight gain and brain fog are just a few of the issues you can expect if you're chair is not right for you, so it's no wonder your mental health will be affected by these issues.
This month, RBF help you find the perfect used office chair for you, that not only supports your working week but also benefits your physical and mental health. As an experienced recycled office furniture company, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you find the chair that fits in with your lifestyle and supports your body.
How can the wrong office chair affect you?
It was reported in 2019 by the British Heart Foundation, that office workers typically spend 75% of their waking hours sitting down. From the commute to work, sitting at a desk, sitting to eat lunch and the commute back home again, it's easy to see how this percentage has come about. So what does this mean for your body and mind if your chair is not supporting you properly during your sitting hours?
Poor blood circulation
Believe it or not, your chair and positioning can greatly affect the blood flow within your body. Sitting incorrectly or not using the right office chair could affect blood flow to your neck, back, legs and shoulders. This lack of blood flow can lead to serious issues such as DVT and blood clots. Whilst exercise can alleviate some blood flow concerns, if you are spending a great deal of time sitting at a desk, then chances are your chair sitting will take its tolls eventually.
Digestion plays an important role in keeping your body fit and healthy. Food will only reach your cells if it is dissolved properly in the bloodstream. When you are seated for long periods of time, however, your digestion is slowed down and this can lead to indigestion and stomach issues.
You may have been told that sitting down for too long will make you put on weight and this is the unfortunate truth. Moving your muscles releases molecules that help to process the fats and sugars that you eat. When you are sitting at a desk for long periods, however, your muscles don't move as much and the molecules are not released, so weight gain occurs.
Decreased concentration and fatigue
We have all been trying to go to sleep at night, only to struggle as we cannot get comfortable. It is a similar thing when you are sitting in an uncomfortable chair. If you cannot get comfortable, you are likely to get distracted and your work output will be reduced. It is also thought that if your spine is not aligned to the rest of your body, you will overcompensate, leaving you and your muscles feeling fatigued and foggy.
Body aches and pains
Probably the most common issue, when you use the wrong office chair, is aches and pains, particularly in your back, shoulders and neck. Many of us will have experienced these pains before and may have even seen a professional to ease the pain. According to Unison, around 12 million days are lost every year due to sickness through back pain and it is one of the biggest causes of work absence. These aches and pains are often a result of working in uncomfortable positions or for long periods of time without a break.
Office chairs and ergonomic designs for your body
Ergonomics is a field of study that looks into how we use things. It studies how people interact with products and technology. This includes how people sit, stand, walk, sleep, etc. When we look at ergonomics in office chairs, we are focusing on the way we sit, in relation to our desks and screens, how long we are sitting in our chairs and how they can benefit our bodies.
Before you buy a used office chair, consider these questions to help you find the perfect solution:
- Do you currently have any pain in your body or have you had any operations?
- What is the current setup for your desk and screen?
- How high is your desk?
- How long will you be sitting in your chair each day?
- What adjustments would you like your chair to include?
At Recycled Business Furniture, we will look at all these questions prior to finding the perfect chair for you and your office. Everyone is unique and therefore you cannot just assume that what works for someone may work for you. We will take you through the chairs we have available, their different functions and how they could work for you.
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RBF work with clients to find the best office chair for their health
Your office chair is as important as the work you are doing. After all, if you aren't comfortable, your work output will reduce and you will end up facing the consequences. Avoid the issues we discussed above and consider getting a new chair for your desk today that supports you and your work. At RBF, we think your work is as important as your health and that's why we won't just sell you any chair, we will work with you to find the best fit for you.
As a reputable secondhand furniture company, not only do we work with you to find the perfect furniture, we can do this at cost-effective prices and with the environment in mind. The secondhand furniture we have in our large Wycombe showroom is of the very best quality and could suit your office perfectly. Visit our showroom or call us to find out more about how we can help you find the perfect office chair.
her than Recycled Business Furniture. Conveniently located in High Wycombe with close links to the M40, our showroom is open and ready for you to pick out some great recycled statement pieces for your environmentally conscious business.
The environmental benefits of using secondhand office pieces
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
The benefits of buying secondhand office pieces to the environment
Unbelievably, over 3 million tonnes of office furniture get sent to various landfill sites across the world every year. More often than not, the furniture that gets sent to landfills goes unnecessarily and creates extra pressure on the environment when it could have been cleverly upcycled and used in offices elsewhere.
Due to its components and materials, Office furniture often takes many years to break down in a landfill site, which results in extra energy used in trying to decompose it. Air pollution is created when new office furniture is manufactured. This all has a detrimental effect on our environment and goes against many corporate environmental strategies that businesses have put together in recent years.
This month, RBF look at the environmental and economic benefits of using recycled office furniture in your home or business office and the positive impacts of recycling your current furniture to companies like Recycled Business Furniture.
The economic benefits of using secondhand office pieces
With the ever-increasing costs of new office furniture, many companies turn to the secondhand market as a more cost-effective option. But how do you know that used office furniture is a good idea? As long as you're willing to put in some time to find the right pieces, you could be saving your company a lot of money. There are some great benefits to using secondhand office furniture. Not only will you be helping the environment, but you'll also save your company money, which will, in turn, allow you to be more efficient with it.
One of the most apparent economic benefits of using secondhand office furniture is that it costs you much less! Generally, clients can save up to 50% by purchasing secondhand, and they don't compromise on the quality of your purchases. By increasing our secondhand purchases, we could be reducing greenhouse gas emissions by up to 4 million tonnes in the UK alone (wrap.org.uk).
Often, in reputable recycled office furniture companies like RBF, you will be able to get your hands on big brands, such as Herman Miller and Kusch & Co, for a fraction of the price you would pay if you bought new. As discussed earlier in this article, the manufacture of new furniture creates further air pollution by sourcing and creating raw materials to packaging and shipping the furniture to your location.
Gone are the days when people used to fret over the quality of purchasing secondhand! When you buy secondhand furniture from a business that specialises in recycled furniture, you can be sure that the quality is very high. Recycled furniture goes through standards and expectation checks before being added to the showroom or website, and anything that needs fixing or replacing will be done before a sale is made.
Recycling your old office furniture to support the environment
One significant way you can help the environment is by recycling your old office furniture. This has several advantages for your business, as well as the environment. The benefits of recycling office furniture include:
Recycling office furniture reduces waste in landfills and protects the environment. With so many new office pieces being made each year, it can be hard to dispose of old furniture. As previously mentioned, many of our office furniture pieces end up in a landfill each year. It results in a build-up of debris from the materials being unable to break down and decompose efficiently.
Recycling old office furniture is a great way to reduce the amount of waste your business produces. By recycling your furniture, you can help your business to become greener. If you have an environmental strategy in place, recycling your old furniture and purchasing secondhand furniture will support your strategy and reduce your business carbon footprint.
By recycling your office furniture, you can save money. If you have office furniture that you would like to refresh but don't want to throw it away, get in contact with Recycled Business Furniture today. We specialise in large offices who have a lot of office furniture they would like to get rid of. We will collect your unwanted furniture and bring it back to our factory where it will be assessed and either repaired and placed on the showroom floor or recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.
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Recycled Business Furniture provide secondhand office pieces for your home and office
As a company that cares about the environment, we want to help our customers make environmentally-friendly decisions. We've been doing that for years — since the beginning, we've made it our mission to reduce the amount of waste created by the office furniture industry. In our earlier years, we offered used office furniture from companies upgrading their office spaces or that had gone out of business. We have a much more extensive selection of used office furniture for sale in our warehouse. We're also committing to the environment by offering our customers used office furniture made from recycled materials.
If you are looking to recycle your current office furniture or looking for high-quality secondhand office pieces, look no further than Recycled Business Furniture. Conveniently located in High Wycombe with close links to the M40, our showroom is open and ready for you to pick out some great recycled statement pieces for your environmentally conscious business.
Ergonomic furniture from RBF is the only way forward in 2022 | Recycled Business Furniture
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Ergonomic furniture from RBF is the only way forward in 2022
Choose ergonomic for your office team in 2022
Do you have a workforce who always seem to be complaining of back pain or RSI? If you're spending more on staff sickness and injuries than anything else, it may be time to consider the furniture you have in your office and how this could be doing more damage to your staff than you realise.
This month, RBF look into the benefits of ergonomic furniture and the importance of workstation comfort that will increase productivity and reduce staff sickness.
Your office furniture could be doing more damage than you think
Many of us who work in an office will spend prolonged periods sitting in an office chair, typing at a desk and using technology to support us in our roles. These 3 elements can put huge pressure on our bodies and if we have poor posture, can lead to health complications both immediately and in the future. Neck pain, high blood pressure, DVT and heart disease can all be attributed to sitting incorrectly as many of us do.
A study in 2019 by Contour of 2000 UK professionals shows that 78% of non-manual office workers suffer from RSI, backache and neck pain (to name but a few) as a result of sitting incorrectly. This number seems only set to increase as many of us opt to work from home where our desk space isn't monitored. For this reason, it's important to ensure your staff have comfortable and body-friendly workstations where they can sit in a position that will support their bodies and health.
Ergonomic furniture that is better for your mind and body
Ergonomic furniture is a great way of supporting your staff to reduce the stress on their bodies whilst they are at work. Ergonomic chairs provide support and comfort and far from being a luxury in the workplace, should be a necessity.
Reasons you should be upgrading your office furniture to an ergonomic design:
Support - traditional chairs, due to their lack of support, can often leave your body feeling unsupported and will put unnecessary strain on your spine. This will lead to bad posture as a result of having to overcompensate to avoid pain. Ergonomic chairs have an adjustable lumbar, meaning your staff members can align them perfectly to their comfort and workstation whilst ensuring they remain supported.
Back pain - nearly half of the participants of the Contour study reported lower back pain as a result of sitting incorrectly at work. Office chairs that have ergonomic design support your spine with a backrest that (unlike traditional chairs) go all the way up the spine offering support throughout.
Neck pain - Whilst this is more optional, modern designs of ergonomic chairs feature head support. Supporting your neck and head whilst you work will relieve and reduce the risk of neck pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder region.
Hip pressure - We all know how it feels to sit on a hard chair for a prolonged period. Your hips, the bottom of your back and your coccyx ache, you feel stiff and this pain doesn't alleviate immediately after standing. An ergonomic chair has the padding and depth needed to support your hips and reduce pressure.
Blood circulation - by adjusting your seat to a 90-degree angle, you will get proper circulation in your legs which will prevent swelling, numbness and tingling - another big injury featured in the Contour report.
Key health benefits of ergonomic office furniture
As an employer, you should want to provide the most supportive office furniture to your staff that will increase their productivity, provide a comfortable space to work and ultimately save on costs relating to staff sickness due to injury in the workplace. Here are some top benefits to replacing your furniture with ergonomic designs:
Posture support - as discussed above, posture support is paramount to a healthy workforce and having ergonomic office furniture can support this. With a full-length design, aimed at supporting your whole body, your posture is corrected and enhanced, leading to fewer workplace health issues.
Increased productivity - your staff's workstation is where they spend up to 8 hours each day. It makes sense, therefore, that if this is a comfortable well-designed space they are likely to work more productively and more successfully.
Reduced pain - With an ergonomic chair, bodies are correctly supported throughout the day and this will lead to reduced pain as pain points will be supported and corrected. No manager wants their staff members to be in pain whilst they are working and an ergonomic position will work to reduce this.
Staff retention - If your staff feel taken care of whilst in the workplace, they are more likely to stay with you and your company. Incorrectly designed office furniture leads to workplace injuries, time off sick and a workforce that doesn't feel comfortable returning to work.
Cost-effective - Similarly to the above point, it costs employers millions of pounds every year in staff sickness due to health issues. Make sure your furniture is not the cause of this by providing the correct support to your workforce.
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Recycled Business Furniture has furniture to benefit your workplace health
At RBF, we believe that the support and comfort of your workforce are paramount to your business success. For this reason, we have a huge stock of ergonomic chairs and supportive desks all designed to provide reduced pressure and increased comfort to your staff. We guarantee you will find a design that fits perfectly with your office and team in our large warehouse based in High Wycombe, just off the M40.
RBF has been supplying offices and teams with well designed secondhand furniture for over 18 years and during this time has helped over 5000 customers with their office spaces. From standing desks to breakout furniture and conference tables, RBF has the perfect solution for your workspace.
A recycled furniture year in review 2021 | Recycled Business Furniture
Monday, December 6, 2021
A recycled furniture year in review 2021 | Recycled Business Furniture
This year has been a great one for giving advice and guidance as businesses look into various ways to support their staff and the environment. Recycled furniture is a flexible option to not only create a working space at home for those of us that could go into the office due to Covid, but it also supports the environment by reducing carbon emissions and reusing where possible.
This month, Recycled Business Furniture looks back over the year at some of the unique tips and tricks we gave our customers.
Getting ready for home working with your recycled furniture
This year saw a rise in working from home, with many turning their spare home areas into an office space with affordable prices at Recycled Business Furniture. As many of us didn't know how long we would be working from home, it made sense that we purchased recycled furniture rather than buying brand new off the shelf pieces only for them to gather dust in the corner eventually.
Used furniture is certainly something that most of us should consider using or looking into when creating a working space in our homes. It is no mystery that certain furniture brands can make a noticeable dent in our bank accounts, both for the house and the office. For many of us, this cannot be warranted, both within and outside of a pandemic.
Many people were impacted financially by the pandemic and needed to look for cost-friendly ways to find secondhand office furniture in excellent condition, such as office desks and chairs, to create a home office. By browsing selections of used office furniture from businesses such as Recycled Business Furniture, you are sure to find a wide range of quality recycled furniture to buy that will suit the space that you are looking to fill.
Recycling your office furniture to declutter and refresh your look
Not only are businesses looking to add recycled furniture to their offices this year, but they are also looking to have a clear out. Rather than throw good quality office furniture away, savvy businesses are turning to the recycling services offered by Recycled Business Furniture.
Recycling your older office furniture can give you a whole host of benefits that you had never even considered before - check out our top benefits below:
- Reduce your carbon footprint by reducing energy consumption during transport and storage
- Save money on buying new products or hiring additional staff
- Help protect the environment by preventing unnecessary production of virgin resources
- Improve employee morale by providing them with updated furniture that makes them feel valued and gives them more space
- Increase productivity by allowing employees to use recycled material instead of purchasing new equipment
The benefits of recycling your old furniture are endless, and when you choose to part with these ghosts, it can only ever bring a new lease of life to your office. When you recycle with RBF, you can be sure that your old furniture will be disposed of correctly using our recycling facilities. If your furniture can be updated and renewed, we will take care of this, and it will then be moved to our warehouse, where it will support someone else looking to give their own office a new lease of life. Whether your furniture is being sold on or sent to the recycling centre, we will always ensure efficient and environmentally friendly processes.
Recycled furniture to boost your teams' morale
With many of us paying more attention to the impacts we and our businesses are having on the environment, many business owners chose recycled furniture to reduce their carbon footprint this year.
The reception area is the first thing your clientele and suppliers will see when they walk into your building. Kitting this out with the most stylish furniture products you can find will be sure to give you a memorable entrance. However, finding your ideal reception furniture may be a costly exercise and leave you feeling like you have to spend a lot of money to create the perfect space.
Believe it or not, recycled furniture is a good choice for business owners who want to make environmentally-friendly choices and eliminate a few of the things on their gigantic checklist. It is pretty easy to do so when looking for secondhand furniture since more and more companies are moving towards making recycling the new thing! Recycled Business furniture has a complete range of beautiful pieces that are perfect for your office.
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A very merry Christmas 2021 from all of us at Recycled Business Furniture
Its been a hectic time for us at Recycled Business Furniture this year, and we are grateful to all the clients that work closely with us. From recycling unwanted office furniture to providing contemporary furniture items to a range of businesses at reasonable prices, we are proud to be bringing in 2022 with our recycled materials and reductions in carbon emissions.
To all, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year - we hope that 2022 is successful for you all. If you would like to get in touch to purchase recycled furniture, give us a call or visit our showroom.