Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Office Design 2016: Go Ergo From The Start
All effective makeover projects start with effective space planning. If you've visited our blog before, you know we regularly stress this point! Start by obtaining the perimeter dimensions of your space. Take note of all entry ways, power outlets, windows, and load bearing members that will affect they way your new office furniture functions.
Next, work with your team to create a realistic budget. Don't forget to account for the addition of ergonomic products that will help improve your operational functionality. All too often, shoppers take an "I'll add those later approach" to workplace accessories. Sadly, these ergonomic tools are typically forgotten and replaced with fancy wall art and lighting fixtures that do little to boost comfort.
To go ergo from the start of your project, you'll need to know what products you need. First and foremost, office comfort starts with the chair. You'll want to select an ergonomic task chair that's equipped with the adjustable features needed to help you make it through those tough days in the workplace. In 2016, "Smart Chairs" like the Living Chair from Mayline and G20 Cloud chair from Global Total Office have been incredibly popular. These user friendly seating solutions will help minimize the ergonomic learning curve. Today's best smart chairs automatically respond to weight and body movements to provide top notch comfort with next to no lever pulling and tension knob adjusting.
Looking to improve blood flow, reduce fatigue, and eliminate extended sits that can be damaging to your health? Of course you are! That being said, you'll need to go ergo from the start of your design and makeover project with the addition of a sit to stand workstation. Sit to standing height ergonomic desks are rapidly becoming the industry standard. They are the premier option for those looking to truly become ergonomically correct.
Adding a dual screen monitor arm will also help you commit to modern ergonomics. Dual mounts increase usable desk space and reduce visual strain. With a dual screen computer screen mount you'll be able to raise your screens to eye level and fight back against neck strain caused from looking down at your screens when typing. Brands like Global Total Office and Symmetry offer excellent monitor mounting solutions that should be considered for your interiors.
To operate at peak performance levels, you'll need to compute at correct angles. Articulating keyboard trays are the perfect solution. They mount directly underneath your desk surface to save space. These retractable units can be slid out of the way when not in use to improve operational functionality. This year, sit to stand keyboard trays have been incredibly popular. They promote continuous movement in the workplace that's sure to help you fight fatigue while improving blood flow.
Last but not least, you'll want to add a CPU holder. We recommend selecting one that mounts underneath your desk surface, off the ground, and on a retractable slide to provide additional knee space. If you're tired of banging into your CPU each time you move your chair in and out from under the desk, this popular office accessory is a must. In addition to a wide range of ergonomic attributes, top CPU holders from brands like ESI also protect against theft and water damage.
In the long run, it's easier to go ergo from the start of your project. Slowly integrating products is definitely an option, but you'll likely be missing out on essential comfort and functionality while you wait. Budget in advance to ensure you hit the ground running with your new work space!