5 ways you can refresh your office space in 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Refresh your office walls with a touch of colour
When you and your staff first come into the office on a Monday morning, you don't want to be greeted with shabby wallpaper, peeling paint and a general feeling of a run-down area. This is likely to negatively affect your team's work output and make you all clock watch until 5 pm comes around. Refreshing your office space allows you to bring colour and light into your room. It also provides an excellent opportunity to invite team members to discuss what they would like to see in their working environment.
When you refresh your office space, the first thing you should think about is the colour. Sprucing up the walls with a lick of paint and bringing in decorative and colourful touches can make a massive difference to your room. If you lack ample space, why not keep your walls neutral and use wall hangings and plants to add colour? Don't forget to add your awards, team achievements and mission statement to the decoration of your room. This will impress clients when they come to visit, but it will motivate your team to keep working to their full potential!
Are you making the most of the space you have?
If you have a team of people working in your office, it can often be easy to dump the desks in the easiest space to fit your team in. You may then suddenly find that your office space looks cluttered and a little out of shape. Sometimes all you need to do is move things around to refresh your office space and make it feel larger than it is. Start by removing all your office equipment and cleaning your room. Then think logically about where you would like staff to sit and how this would look. Do some staff work closely together so need to have desks together? Do you need a small reception area where you can greet clients and make them a coffee before bringing them in?
Once you have planned your office space perfectly, bring your furniture back in slowly to be sure everything fits well as you are repositioning. Be aware when you bring in furniture of any trip hazards across the floor that will need to be safely taped down or tucked away. You should also ensure that staff are not sitting too close to the toilets or kitchen area - this can often make for disruptions and unhappy teams!
Increase the natural light in your office
Having access to natural light throughout the day not only improves our mood but can keep us healthy, thanks to the vitamin D we get. If your office has multiple windows, take advantage of this by letting in the light that keeps your staff happy. Be aware of monitors and screens facing into the sunlight, which could affect your team's ability to see the screen. You can avoid any screen glare by planning your office carefully and still giving your team the natural light they deserve.
Create a breakout area where your staff can relax
One of the things which is a bit of a problem with the current office trend is that people are sitting at their desks for too long. An excellent way to mitigate this problem is to create a breakout area where staff can gather, chat, and take a break. Breakout areas can be used for short meetings and where staff can relax. Breakout areas are also a good way to get people to talk to each other.
Your breakout space is where your staff can come when they need five minutes away from work to get creative and keep them motivated. Ask your team what they would like to see in their breakout area. Perhaps some comfortable chairs, a large table and maybe a coffee machine?
Refresh your office furniture for a brighter look
The workplace has become the world's most prominent office, with most employees spending over 8 hours per day in their workplace. Not to mention that the average worker spends about 1/4 of their life in the workplace. As such, it's no surprise that employers are looking for ways to design their offices in a way that not only attracts top talent but also helps employees be more productive (and thus more profitable). One way they can do this is by investing in refurbished office furniture.
Upgrading your office furniture doesn't have to be an expensive task. Visiting Recycled Business Furniture will give you access to all the office furniture you need at a fraction of the price because it's high-quality secondhand furniture. Choose from matching ergonomic chairs, adjustable height desks and breakout furniture to give your team the comfortable break space they deserve. We can even deliver and build your items onsite!
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Recycled Business Furniture has the perfect office furniture for you
There is a lot of talk around the world about the topic of recycling and reuse. We know that old furniture doesn’t belong in a landfill. We also know that plenty of people could benefit from recycled and reused office furniture. Our aim at Recycled Business Furniture is to provide savvy employers and business owners with the opportunity to purchase high-quality top of the range office furniture for a much smaller cost.
If you are looking to refresh your office in 2022, why not start by paying a visit to the RBF showroom based in High Wycombe? Take a look at our available products and start planning an office upgrade to increase your teams' output and keep them motivated for the rest of the year.
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.