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Tips on Buying Green Office Furniture

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discounted green office furniture for saleThe Four R’s in Recycling and Office Furniture: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore

 

Does it really matter if businesses choose to follow the four R’s of recycling? Well, there are many green steps a business can take that will make a big difference for a company business, the community and the planet.

Reduce
The first of the four recycling R’s is to reduce. When considering office purchases ask yourself: is there an option that is more recyclable, or has less packaging? For example, when looking to buy office furniture consider used office furniture for minimizing packaging. Buying used also saves the furniture from ending up in a landfill. In fact just (40) cubicles will divert one tractor-trailer load of furniture from the landfill.

Reuse
Your business may be due for a move, often this means new furniture to fit the new building. Instead of eliminating existing furniture, consider having it refurbished with new paint and fabric. Electrostatic painting can refinish any metal furniture such as filing cabinets and cubicle frames. Cubicle fabric is easily replaced to accommodate new building design aesthetics. Use a space planner to ensure the best fit of your newly refurbished furniture in your new space. A CAD design of your office is also helpful to design optimal work-flow for office efficiency

Recycle
If you decide to abandon your old furniture consider selling it back. Often you can get money or store credit when working with an office furniture dealer. The main goal would be to keep the furniture from going to a landfill. Remember to look for used office furniture when buying for the new office. You will find that you will save 40%-80% off retail list when buying used.

Restore
Restore the forth “R” in recycling is relatively new to but very important. A good business will protect their assets. Consider repairing, refinishing, re-purposing, or refinish assets before you decide to throw them away. All surfaces like metal and wood can be refinished and refurbished to like new conditions. If you have chairs, cabinets or desks that are broken look to have the repaired. Office Furniture Outlet has an on site repair service, which saves you time and money.

Office Furniture Outlet of Virginia has been providing affordable new and used office furniture and services to business for over 20 years. Call us today to let us know how we can help you with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

Adjust Your Task Chair with These 4 Simple Steps

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Ergonomic desk chairs are more than just additions to a workspace: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends the use of ergonomic chairs that foster a neutral, comfortable working posture. Ergonomics not only promote good posture and, in turn, physical health, but can create a more pleasant work environment that promotes productivity.

1. Adjust the chair to your height

One of the most important aspects of ergonomic seating is the height of the chair. Sitting in a chair that is too low can force one to raise the arms to reach the keyboard, causing strain in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also encourages rounding of the spine and places added tension on the tailbone and buttocks. Adversely, seating that is too high places pressure on the thighs and back of the knees, cutting off circulation in the lower extremities.

A good chair height supports the thighs evenly and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines suggestions for adjusting the chair to your height:

  • Stand up in front of the chair and raise or lower it so that the top of the seat cushion when parallel to the floor is at a height just below the knee cap.
  • Sit down on the chair with feet flat on the floor. Ensure there is about 2 inches of clearance between the front edge of the seat and the calves. Achieving this may require you to adjust the tilt.
Herman Miller Aeron chairThe Herman Miller Aeron chair has a tilt function that echoes the natural body mechanics.

2. Tilt according to your task and comfort

In general, a slightly forward tilting chair is the most comfortable for basic computer usage. However, variation is key to avoid placing continuous pressure and strain on certain parts of the body. A backward tilt allows the user to recline slightly, and a horizontal seat is ideal for sitting erect and upright.

“The key is selecting a highly flexible ergonomic office chair.”

Since tilt should be adjusted regularly to mix up position, the key is to select an ergonomic office chair that is highly flexible and easy to adjust quickly while still providing a frame that disperses pressure and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. For example, the Herman Miller Aeron chair is designed with a tilt action that echoes the body’s mechanics and provides support that stabilizes the pelvis for a natural curvature.

3. Alter the armrests

Adjustable armrests are an important feature to ergonomic office chairs, as improper arm positioning can lead to strain in the neck and shoulders. When armrests are too low, the user might be more inclined to slouch forward to rest his or her limbs. If too high, the user may be forced to hunch the shoulders when placing the forearms on the rests.

The proper armrest height for good ergonomics should be at around the same height as the point of one’s elbow when bent at a 90-degree angle, according to OSHA. This positioning allows one to place his or her forearms on the rests with the arms slightly lifted at the shoulders, taking weight off the shoulders and shifting it to the elbow.

Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine's natural curvature.Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine’s natural curvature.

4. Adjust the backrest for optimal lumbar support

Perhaps the most essential feature of an ergonomic office chair is lumbar support, which minimizes tension on the back and prevents slouching. The aim is to match the backrest to the contour of the spine when seated in a neutral position. You may need to adjust the backrest by raising or lowering it so that it fits snugly in the natural curvature of the spine and pushes the back forward. However, high-end chairs such as the Herman Miller Celle provide a lumbar adjustment function. The lumbar support should feel firm, and you should not feel any pressure points in the back.

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