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About Victoria Furnitures

Victoria Furnitures Ltd is one of the leading suppliers of high quality furniture in East Africa. We are a pioneer in the industry offering the market greater choice, innovative and ergonomic designs as well as environmentally friendly furniture.

What is a breakout area?

This is an area or space separate from the established and more formal working area and is dedicated for employees to spend time in, in order to take a much-needed break from their desk. This is an area or space separate from the established and more formal working area and is dedicated for employees to spend time in, in order to take a much-needed break from their desk.

BENEFITS OF AN OFFICE BREAKOUT AREA

1. Improves Employee Wellbeing

Allowing your staff to move away from their desks generally has a positive impact on their wellbeing. Breakout areas offer an opportunity for a change in scenery and being able to retreat to a comfortable seating area can help reduce stress at work while increasing creativity and productivity.

2. Provides Space for Interaction and Collaboration

Being confined to a desk can dramatically reduce interactions. Office breakout areas instead offer a great solution by encouraging interaction and enhancing communication between colleagues, this not only improves their productivity and creativity but also helps build strong workplace relationships.

3. Promotes Movement in the Office

The importance of moving during a working day in the office is becoming increasingly well-known and has even been linked to life expectancy and overall health. Breakout areas can offer a great incentive to get up and move around the office. Office breakout areas can also incorporate fun features such as table tennis, which increases mobility and movement.

4. Offers an Additional Workspace

Sitting in the same chair at the same desk day in, day out doesn’t always offer the most inspiring and productive setting. Breaking away from the desk to work somewhere different can be tremendous in injecting some creativity and inspiration into the working day.

5. Creates a Space Free of Distraction

Working in the midst of an open plan office can be a huge distraction for some and having the opportunity to move to a separate and more peaceful area can be a great solution. This not only improves employee satisfaction and happiness, but again contributes to productivity in the workplace.

6. Greeting Visitors

A breakout area can be an ideal space to meet up with visitors. The soft seating gives a more relaxed vibe to any meeting that you may have, making it much more welcoming and friendly than using a meeting room.

7. Adds color to the office

Colours affect moods and can inject enthusiasm in a person or cause countless emotions which can either be negative or positive. Breakouts generally come in a myriad of shapes and colors which is essentially useful in inspiring creativity.

WHY ORTHOPAEDIC CHAIRS ARE SO EXPENSIVE

Comfort

The seat and back of an Orthopaedic chair are not made of traditional upholstery but instead are lined with an intricate network of polyester mesh. This makes it light, flexible and breathable for a comfortable seating experience.

Scientific Research

An Orthopaedic chair involves a lot of research and development, testing of materials, concept iterations and involves the work and input of many scientists, engineers, designers, technologists and even health care professionals.

Quality and Durability

Orthopaedic chairs are constructed from materials such as wood, metal, high-end plastic and come in a variety of fabrics, finishes and flexible mesh. The chairs are put through rigorous testing methods for functionality and durability. These tests will determine the stability, strength, and reliability of the chair by applying standardized simulations of functional use as well as expected misuse.

Features

Orthopaedic chairs are designed with mechanisms that allow users to easily adjust the seat height, back angle, seat depth, chair tilt, arm location, seat tension and even the location of the lumbar support. The chair is able to adapt to your body type, working conditions and personal preference.

CREATING YOUR OWN CUSTOM RECEPTION DESK

They say you only have one shot to make a good first impression. When walking into a corporate office, the reception desk is typically the first thing the client sees. In order to leave that lasting impression on customers your reception desk should be attractive and in keeping with your brand.

The process of designing a custom-made reception desk can appear daunting for a buyer. Here at Victoria Furnitures we often get many questions regarding the same and as you can imagine the problem with answering this question is that there are so many option available.

When planning your reception desk design, it is best to have clear objectives that you want your reception desk to meet and the best approach to this is to first forget how it should look, (as that will come later) and focus on the environment your reception desk will be put in and how it will function.

Here are some of the factors to consider.

Height & Size

Higher versus lower reception desks can be a hard decision to make. What you need to keep in mind is that each of these serves a different function from the other. A higher reception desk is best for restaurants who have staff members who are on their feet and on the move. A lower reception desk might offer less privacy but provides a more welcoming feel when working one on one with a customer. The sizing of your custom-built reception desks also depends on how much office space you have.

Storage

You also will need to consider the amount of storage required for your reception desk.  With our made to order desks, we offer as much built-in storage as you need! The layout is designed to be as efficient as possible for both standing and sitting desks. We offer lockable cash drawers and filing cabinet drawers. Working with computers and need cable access ports to keep a neat and tidy surface? No problem!

Materials

When it comes to choosing materials for your Reception Desk, with us the options really are endless. Here is a list of materials that we have compiled to help you narrow down your choice.

Solid Wood, Corian, Marble, Glass, Veneers, Tiles or Concrete, just to name a few.

Also, just because you have to choose a material doesn’t mean you’re stuck with only one, you can get creative and combine two or more materials. For example, white Corian really goes well with walnut veneer. You could also add colorful LEDs on the edges especially at the bottom to give it a futuristic floating effect. It is also important to note the choice of materials is also dependent on the budget you have. So, it’s better to tell us beforehand so that we can advise you on the options that are affordable and won’t compromise your design.  

Design & style

This is the most crucial part of in the creation a reception desk and requires some time to get right. We advise our clients to figure what it is they really want and a good place to start is Pinterest. This will give our designers a starting point to work from. We can easily design for you something that is beautiful, but we want to create something personal to you, and exact to your needs that’s really going to make an impact on your customers.

Accessories

Accessories are what help the reception desk become more functional and improve on its efficiency. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and its ease of spread, desk screens have become an essential accessory in most offices as it creates a barrier between the customer and receptionist. Our desk screens are not only stylish but also come in various colors that can be made to match your reception desk. Other accessories include desk grommets, cable managements, monitor arms, desk risers etc.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM OR CALL US AND TELL US ABOUT THE IDEA YOU HAVE FOR YOUR RECEPTION DESK AND WE’LL BE GLAD TO TURN YOUR VISION INTO A REALITY!

ADD SOME COLOUR TO YOUR OFFICE AT HOME!

Working from home is tough! But why not make it easier by investing in a colourful modern office?

We are currently living in very trying times and we’ve all been affected in one way or another by this pandemic. Its now more important than ever that we create a wonderful space that will improve productivity, health and wellbeing as well as reduce anxiety and mental distress as we work in our new normal.

Take advantage of colour to curate out personal spaces for inspiration, creativity and most of all improving your wellbeing. Use different colours to stand out from the crowd, create unique spaces with colourful chairs, carpets, fabrics, wall art, plants and so much more. You can even choose different coloured desk surfaces in different textures and materials. The design combinations are endless.

Did you know that the colours in your space can affect how you make decisions in everyday life?   

Colours affect moods and can inject enthusiasm in a person or cause a myriad of emotions which can be either negative or positive. For example, bright colours like red and orange are known to inspire passion, energy, a call to action etc. The cool colours like greys, whites and pastels tend to inject a calming effect.

 At Victoria Furnitures, we have a wide variety of Ergonomic Office Chairs, colourful and vibrant such as the FILO Chair below. We have a wide range and depth of desk options plus other accessories like carpets, wall art, plants, basically everything you need for your home office.

HOW TO PROPERLY SIT AT A COMPUTER

Does your job require you to sit for 6 or more hours per day? If you’re reading this, the answer is probably yes. Hunching is all too easy when sitting for longer periods.

However, bad office chair posture can cause some negative side effects — including tension/pain in the neck, back, knees and hips, and poor circulation. The good news is, it’s possible to undo these potential issues with correct sitting posture, exercise and a supportive office chair. If you’re wondering how to improve posture while at your desk, consider the following best practices:

PROPER DESK CHAIR POSTURE.

  • Adjust the chair height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are in line (or slightly lower) with your hips.
  • Sit up straight and keep your hips far back in the chair.
  • The back of the chair should be somewhat reclined at a 100- to 110-degree angle.
  • Ensure the keyboard is close and directly in front of you.
  • To help your neck stay relaxed and in a neutral position, the monitor should be directly in front of you, a few inches above eye level.
  •  Sit at least 20 inches (or an arm’s length) away from the computer screen.
  • Relax the shoulders and be aware of them rising toward your ears or rounding forward throughout the workday.

POSTURE EXERCISES.

Studies recommend moving for short periods every 30 minutes or so when sitting for extended intervals to increase blood flow and re-energize the body. In addition to taking brief breaks at work, here are a few exercises to try after work to improve your posture:

  • Something as simple as a 60-minute power walk can help counteract the negative effects of prolonged sitting and engage the muscles needed for good posture.
  • Basic yoga poses can do wonders for the body: They encourage proper alignment by stretching and strengthening the muscles such as those in the back, neck and hips that get tense when sitting.
  • Place a foam roller under your back (wherever you feel tension or stiffness), rolling from side to side. This essentially acts as a massage for your back and will help you sit up straighter at your desk with less discomfort.

GET A SUPPORTIVE CHAIR.

Correct posture is easier with the right chair. The best chairs for good posture should be supportive, comfortable, adjustable and durable. Look for the following features in your office chair:

  • Adjustable backrests that support your upper and lower back, adhering to the natural curve of your spine
  • Ability to adjust the seat height and depth, armrest height and the backrest’s reclining angle
  •  Supportive headrest
  • Comfortable padding on the back, seat and arms

Victoria Furnitures sells ergonomically designed supportive chairs that encourage proper body alignment in order to improve posture, reduce pain and increase productivity. Contact Victoria Furnitures today for more information on the ideal chair for your workplace environment.

headrest orthopedic chair

6 Features to look out for in a good Orthopaedic chair

1. The Adjustable Headrest

Supports the back of the head and the upper neck, reducing tension in the shoulders and upper torso. To accommodate various users the height and angle of the headrest should also be adjustable

2. The Adjustable Arms

Armrests help to reduce tension in the upper body and allow the shoulders to relax.The arms of an orthopaedic chair should be adjustable in 3 dimensions to allow the user to place their forearms in the most comfortable position. Soft padding on the arms is also necessary for added comfort.

3. The Adjustable Lumbar Support

Support to the lower back is an essential part of what makes an orthopaedic chair. It prevents slumping and reduces stress to the spine and hips. An adjustable backrest should allow the user to align the curve of the chair with spine.

4. The Materials

A good ergonomic chair uses the best mesh and fabrics. Due the climate in East Africa, it is essential the material allows the users back to breathe instead of sweat, choosing a mesh chair really enhances comfort for the user. Seat padding should be moderate not too hard that it causes pain and not to soft that it’s not firm to support the user.

5. The Adjustable Seat Depth

Good orthopaedic chairs come with a seat sliding depth adjustment mechanism to allow the user to align their body to allow the back and upper leg to be at 90° which is gives the optimum comfort level. Whether you are tall or short you can always adjust the depth to your most comfortable position. 

6. The Adjustable Seat Height

The optimum seat height is whereby the user is able to place both his/her feet flat on the ground while seated. The back, upper leg and lower leg should all be at 90°. Therefore a good orthopaedic chair should have an adjustable seat height that the user can either lower or increase the height to their desired position.

DESK RISERS

While the majority of people sit down behind their desks, new information about health and productivity have pointed to standing desk risers as the perfect tool to improve your life.

A standing desk riser is not a complete piece of furniture on its own. Instead, it is a sturdy and sleek apparatus designed to be placed on top of an existing desk, table, or other flat surfaces. You can use one on your kitchen table, a workshop countertop, or in your office cubicle.

The variety of standing desk risers include:

  • Different sizes to fit on desks, tables, and counters
  • Adjustable settings to suit people of any height and posture
  • Styles that fit two monitors, a small laptop, separate keyboard drawers, and more

In order to use your standing desk riser with maximum comfort, it might take a bit of time and adjustment to find the right level. You will not get all the benefits of use unless you can adjust it to your unique needs.

Benefits of a standing desk riser.

If you use a computer for part or all of your day, adding in this type of desk converter will offer real benefits it does not matter if you work for a big corporation with many desks shopped together in tiny cubicles, run your own business out of your home, or provide services in a workplace with more hands-on activities.

Increased productivity 

People find that they work with increased focus when they are standing up. Part of this may be because they want to sit down again after they are done with their task. It may also have something to do with increased blood flow due to your upright position. Whatever the particular reason, you will get more done with increased efficiency in a shorter amount of time than ever before

Health Benefits

For most office jobs, you spend numerous hours every year at your desk. Sitting and staring at a computer screen for long periods of time is simply unhealthy.

Numerous studies have shown the health hazards of sitting too much. As a result of these studies, they say “sitting is the new smoking”.

To try and encourage healthier work habits, it’s recently become trendy to stand while working. This necessitates the use of special standing desk equipment to elevate the workspace to a proper level.

However, newer studies show that standing all day isn’t very healthy either. Too much standing can cause spinal compression issues or aggravate pre-existing injuries.

Rather, the ideal health benefits come somewhere in the middle. Some experts advocate for a 20:8:2 system, with 20 minutes of sitting, 8 minutes of standing, and 2 minutes of more vigorous movement, such as stretching or walking.

By using a standing desk properly and balancing standing with sitting, you can expect to see these tremendous health benefits: Improved posture, reduced neck and back pain, more calories burnt and overall increase in energy.

Affordability

You have already invested in a normal desk, replacing it with a sit stand desk (which adjusts the height of the entire table) could prove unaffordable. And even if you can afford to, where do you leave your old desk? 

Therefore, investing in a standing desk riser solves the issue around affordability as well as provides the same health benefits as a sit stand desk. And because the standing desk riser is mobile, it can be moved around to suit your workspace, whether it’s the kitchen counter, dining table, office, workstation or meeting rooms.

At Victoria Furnitures we have both single and dual screen desk risers

BENEFITS OF MONITOR ARMS

Choosing a suitable monitor and placing it in an appropriate position helps reduce exposure to forceful exertions, awkward positions and overhead glare. A monitor arm placed at the appropriate height, distance and angle can help “prevent possible health effects such as excessive fatigue, eye strain, and neck and back pain.

Monitors placed too close or too far away may cause you to assume awkward body positions that may lead to eyestrain.

Viewing distances that are too long can cause you to lean forward and strain to see small text. This can fatigue the eyes and place stress on the torso because the backrest is no longer providing support’

Viewing distances that are too short may cause your eyes to work harder to focus (convergence problems) and may require you to sit in awkward postures. For instance, you may tilt your head backward or push your chair away from the screen, causing you to type with outstretched arms.

Benefits of monitor arms

Reduce Eye and Neck Strain

The first and foremost benefit to using an adjustable monitor arm is the ability to change a monitor’s height, depth and sometimes even its angle. This customization allows a person to position their monitor in the exact spot it needs to be to prevent them from straining their neck and eyes while they use it over an extended period. Ideally, the monitor should be placed directly in the center field of vision, so the viewer does not need to look up or down to see their screen. This direct viewing angle prevents them from developing strain-related neck pain.

Versatility

With monitor mounts, a person can easily switch their monitor from landscape to portrait mode. They can use additional monitors and adjust them in the same manner, using one in each mode or both in the same position. Many developers take great pride in their development “battle station,” which means they spend a lot of time customizing their desk space to fit their preferred style and function. Being able to use dual monitors side by side at various angles and in different image modes gives users the ultimate customizable viewing experience.

Keep Desks Organized

A cluttered desk is distracting and can reduce a person’s productivity or game performance. A monitor arm lifts the monitor off the desk, creating usable space underneath the screen. A minimalist person can leave this space empty to give their desk a crisp, modern style. On the other hand, this space can be used to store pictures, pens and other things generally found on one’s desk without cluttering the area where a person usually rests their hands.

Improve Posture

An improperly placed monitor forces a person to slouch or hunch over at their desk, which can cause severe back pain and stiffness. Using a monitor arm allows a person to adjust the position of their monitor to promote proper posture. This also applies to those who use a sit/stand desk. The monitor can be positioned in the perfect spot to encourage a person to stand up straight while they are using their computer.

At Victoria Furnitures we have single and dual monitor arms both with USB connections for better wire management.

How Desk Shields can reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission

According to the research, COVID-19 is easily transmitted through exchange of micro droplets either through breathing, speaking or sneezing. Research has also shown that these droplets can stay in the air for up to 3 hours therefore the most effective way to reduce the risk of infection is social distancing (WHO recommends at least a distance of six feet / 1.8m between persons). In the case where this distance cannot be maintained due to limited space it is necessary to look for other options that are as effective. One of the options to look into, is the use of masks.

The Health and Safety Laboratory found out that cloth masks reduce the number of transmitted micro droplets by 50% whereas surgical masks can reduce the number droplets by 80%. A further option is to maintain complete distance and work from home however this has productivity and mental health consequences. The third option is to introduce shields between people.

Limitations of surgical masks

Despite the fact that surgical masks are able to reduce the number dispensed micro droplets into the air they are not able to eliminate these droplets completely especially in closed spaces with poor ventilation. In other words even with masks and a distance of 2 meters, the risk of transmission is still imminent in closed spaces such as an office or restaurant.

Limitations of working from home

Sending employees to work from home could be another option to help reduce exposure to the virus, however it might affect the efficiency and productivity of a business. Below is a list of disadvantages of working from home.

  1. Working from home is not favorable to everyone – employees living with their families or roommates face the challenge of trying to be productive while trying not get distracted by what could be happening in the house.
  2. Working remotely hurt social capital and could potentially slow innovation – social capital creates trust and fuels innovation. Working from home also decreases networking and mentorship opportunity.
  3. Home office increases the risk to employee safety and corporate security – employees are exposed to risks such as poor lighting, bad ergonomics that could harm their health in the long run. Another huge risk that could harm the company is data security breach and loss.
  4. Collaboration with other employees will be affected greatly – generative collaboration which involves creating new ideas and solving complex problems which usually takes a lot of time will be difficult to do online.

Desk shields as additional barrier to reduce the risk of infections

With no vaccine in the way yet, the society is forced to live with the COVID-19 danger over an extended period of time, therefore we need to put with the necessary infrastructure to reduce infections as a long term measure more so where people are seated closely to each other in closed spaces such as restaurants, schools and offices.

In WHO’s latest interim guidance, it advices to “Use physical barriers to reduce exposure to the COVID-19 virus such as glass or plastic window”.

The Center of Disease Control and prevention equally recommends to “Place a barrier e.g. sneeze guard between employees and customers”.

An essential part of planning to get staff back to work, means retrofitting the workplace, based on a common sense approach that adheres to governmental and global health guidelines, including physical distancing, adding barriers, cleaning and safety measures.

With that in mind, Victoria Furnitures has developed a range of Desk Shields. Desk Shields are easy to integrate into existing desks and provide the desired level of protection with different applications.

Ambience

Clear desk shields also provide a clean and well lit – trendy office setting apart from the regular wooden or padded partitioning. They are easy to maintain (Cleaning by wiping with regular detergent and cloth)

***Give us a call on 0770 876 140 or email us sales@victoriaoffice.co.ke

Stay safe and work from home!

YOUR HOME SETUP

There are key things to bear in mind while working when organizing your workspace.

-Be conscious about your seating. Your back will never forgive you for using a dining chair! Good chairs should support your back while allowing you to adjust your seat height.


-The work surface of your desk should be stable and not wobbly. A good desk should be designed in such a way to allow for mobility. Lastly if your budget allows, look into good quality height adjustable desks to allow better posture especially at home.


-Minimize clutter by having cabinets to put away unnecessary items on your desk, as studies have shown most people find clutter to be distracting hence a negative impact on productivity.

TIPS TO EFFECTIVELY WORK FROM HOME

-Get up! Dress up! Show up! – have a regular sleeping routine that ensures you wake up energized and motivated. Also, wear something different to what you slept in and avoid working in your bedroom, this creates a mental shift from ‘rest time’ to ‘work time’. You can even wear your work attire!


-Have predefined work hours to help your family get used to the hours when you’re available to spend time with them and when you’re not. If you’re having trouble focusing on tasks online without getting sidetracked, you may consider downloading apps or browser plugins that may help minimize that.


-Beat procrastination! Clearly map out your day to help to get tasks done and preventing being sidetracked.

YOUR HEALTH

-Sleep is directly proportional to productivity. Sleeping better at night can help you feel more energized during the day and can help you accomplish tasks more effectively.


-Fitness – short of there being a lockdown at time of writing this, it’s essential to get out in nature and go for a run or walk whilst practicing social distancing. A daily dose of Vitamin D will do your immunity good. You can also stay active in your home by doing home exercises.


-Nutrition – In order to keep your system in check, it’s important to have a well-balanced diet and there are plenty of resources to help you out. Key tip is to plan your meals in advance, perhapswhen planning your work commitments.

Quick tips on working from home

Always ensure that your work area has enough lighting. In addition to that, try to find an area of your house that has minimum distractions. Keep a routine and most importantly, get some sun.

How to be more productive working from home

Being productive is a function of will power, however there is a lot you can do. For example, ensure your diet is healthy, try to exercise and cut back on smart phone time