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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.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORKSTATION

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORKSTATION

What does workstation mean?

A workstation is an area where an individual performs daily work-related tasks, for example in an office setting this might include a desk, writing area, computer and storage area for documents. The workstation should provide the user with space to carry out their typical work duties by allowing the person to use an organized area in order to increase the efficiency of their job tasks.

Since the invention of the desk and filing cabinet, office design was focused on only one thing: space. More specifically, filling that space with as many desks as possible. There was no other motivation but making the most out of the available space, to get the max number of workers in there. Fortunately, times and attitudes have changed. Companies are starting to realize that their employees are the number one asset in the company and are trying to make the time spent in the office as pleasant as possible. As the office evolves from a beige, efficient torture chamber to a comfortable, colorful bay of productivity, different types of office workstations are coming to the forefront. Workers and fostering creativity and productivity are the focus now.

Different Types of Office Workstations

  1. “L” Station

Just like the name suggests, the “L” station is basically L-shaped desk that can be placed in corners where they take up no more space than necessary. Two corners can be placed side by side, four can be placed with their corners meeting in the middle and three can be positioned in architectural features like pillars, therefore turning that obstruction into usable space.      

  1. Side-by-side Workstation

Are also known as linear, straight or row-type workstations. As the name would suggests, these workstations consist of multiple desks that run side-by-side with another. This type of workstation is ideal should for longer spaces. You need to make sure you choose desk runs that allow enough space for each individual to avoid that cramped feeling effect. Side-by-side workstations can come with built-in adjustable partitions that make them suitable for privacy or collaboration depending on the needs of the team.

  1.  Back-to-back WorkStation

This type of workstation is fast becoming the most popular type of office workstation in the modern office. They come in a variety of arrangements. The most basic has one desk separated from another by means of a partition and is referred to as 2-way workstation. However, there are also 4-way and 6-way workstations available. There are different spans too, so you can choose which best works for your space and how many people you want to fit in there.

  1. Sit-Stand Electric Height Adjustable Office Workstation

Nowadays, ergonomics is the word on the mind of many companies and business owners. The risk of sitting at the desk all day has become more widely known. A sit-stand desk that is adjustable can improve posture, circulation, mood and energy levels. Solo sit-stand workstations tend to take more room than the average so they may be best suited in closed office environments.

Conclusion

Hopefully, the points above have helped you better consider the space available of the office, as well as its layout, showing how different workstations work better in different circumstances. Making the best use of your office is about being efficient with the space first and foremost. The more people you can fit ergonomically and comfortably in a space, ensuring it meets their daily working needs, the better. Browse our products or get in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

QUICKSTART GUIDE TO BUYING A SAFE

A safe is a secure cabinet with a simple or complex lock used for storing valuables. Items ranging from essential documents and cash to jewellery should be kept securely in a safe to protect them from burglars. In addition to protecting valuables from theft, safes can also protect your valuables from elements such as fire and water.

In this guide, we show you how to buy the right safe.

  1. Know the size of the safe you require

The valuables you intend to keep in the safe will determine its size. In addition to this, you should also think of how many items you want to store. When buying a safe, it’s important to bear in mind that, over time, the number of valuables you acquire will likely increase. We always recommend purchasing a safe that is slightly larger than what you anticipate you need.

If you intend to secure the safe to the floor, then you will need to consider the surface area required for the base. The installation of a wall and floor safe varies, so you will need to ensure you have the correct amount of space available. We always advise employing a professional (like us) to install your safe, as they will be able to offer you advice and ensure your safe delivers maximum security.

  1.  Know the threats to be secured against

Not all safes are made equal and the type of items you want to store will determine the type of safe that will be best for you. Many safes are designed to not only protect valuables from thieves, but also safeguard against disasters. Homeowners increasingly opt to use a small fireproof safe to store items including photos; passports, birth certificates and other important legal documents. According to reports, fire is the most common cause of asset loss, followed by burglary and then water. The level of protection a safe provides differs greatly. If your main concern is keeping your belongings hidden from burglars, then an underfloor is a safe bet 

  1. Know how much protection you need

Safes provide different levels of protection: standard, medium, high and maximum. Many safes protect your valuables from burglars, but not all will protect against every possible threat.

As we’ve touched on, there are three main things you will typically want to protect against: fire, water damage and theft. Many safes are now made from fireproof materials, meaning that, in the event of a fire, the safe and its contents will remain undamaged. This includes paper documents and cash. However, as firemen move in to hose down your property, your belongings won’t be able to withhold the damage. Of course, cost is a big consideration for many and a balance has to be struck between staying within budget and buying a safe that will cater to your needs. We advise that you buy a safe with just the right degree of protection, depending on the type and value of items you wish to store.

  1. Consider the safe’s accessibility

The type of lock on the safe you buy will determine both its accessibility and the level of security provided. A simple lock and key mechanism will provide easy access but are more vulnerable.

Locks can be picked by thieves or your keys may be stolen. A biometric lock system, on the other hand, is by far the fastest and safest security method. These locks scan your fingerprint to grant access. While this further protects your items against theft and unauthorised persons gaining access, it could mean that a friend or relative without authorisation won’t be able to access your medication or other belongings in the event of an emergency.

Are you looking to buy the right safe? Our quick guide should point you in the direction of what you need. At Victoria Furnitures, we stock a range of high security safes. For additional advice, reach out to us on email or call/WhatsApp and we’ll talk you through the process of choosing the right safe for your needs.

OFFICE STORAGE

An organized working environment offers so much more than just a visual appeal. Clutter sends signals to the brain that there’s extra work to do. So, working from a messy desk or cluttered office will be enough to trigger a negative stress response. By organizing your office, you reduce the frequency of that stress. In addition, being organized will help you become more efficient. Searching for paper, files or brochures in a disorganized workspace just wastes time. So, let’s look at some storage solutions to help you create a more organized office.

  1. Filing Cabinets

Files are used for sorting and organizing paperwork, and filing cabinets are used to keep these files. Filing cabinets vary in size depending on what they can store. A4 or foolscaps are the standard file sizes. When considering a filing cabinet, you may want to think about if you want it to be a lateral filing cabinet, which will take up more floor space or a taller narrower vertical filing cabinet. Filing cabinets have lockable drawers and often available in either steel or woodgrain finishes to compliment desk ranges.

  1. Office pedestals

Pedestals are separate units from the desk, providing extra space for stationary items and documents. Usually, they have either 2 or 3 drawers with the shallower top drawers storing stationary items and the lower drawers for filing documents. Desk high pedestals are often fixed, freestanding units and mobile pedestals on castors fit neatly under the desk. 

  1. Bookcases

The bookcase is one of the most popular storage solutions due to its versatility. While many people only think of using a bookcase to store their books, they can also be used for many different items such as awards, magazines, knick-knacks and even company-related information or tools. Perhaps the main disadvantages of using bookcases is that everything that is stored on the shelf is visible, which in some cases could look unsightly.  A solution for this would be opting for a combination unit. These are usually made up of cupboards on the lower section and book shelves above.

  1. Tambour Cupboards

Tambour door or roller shutter cupboards are a clever and innovative way of making use of limited space. It saves space since there are no folding, hinged or sliding doors to get in the way.

A tambour door system in front of an entrance is ideal as it avoids conflicts between the front door and the cupboard door.

  1. Shelving Unit

These units consist of three basic components: posts, beams, and shelves. One of the best things about this type of shelving is that it can utilize unused air space. Another great benefit is how simple this style of shelving is to assemble and can be done in just minutes. Shelving units are a very versatile storage solution which can be used to store almost anything such as surplus boxes, apparatuses and other office supplies. 

MISTAKES WHILE USING A HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE TABLE

With all the many benefits of a standing desk i.e. posture improvement, reduced back and neck issues as well as burning more calories, you could miss out on some of them if you don’t know how to properly use the table. Height adjustable tables are a relatively recent invention and there isn’t so much information out there giving people the proper directions of using them, and this has led to many mistakes that have compromised their use and effectiveness. So here are the mistakes to avoid and how to effectively use a standing desk.

  1. Wearing uncomfortable shoes

Heels and other types of formal footwear are known to induce pain in many parts of the body. We therefore suggest wearing comfortable shoes while using a standing table. Orthopedic shoes are the best type of supporting footwear. They also come in a variety of fashionable styles, so you will not have to choose between fashion and comfort.

  1. Standing on a Hard surface

Standing in a stationary portion for a long time on a hard surface can cause pain to your joints leading to discomfort and if you’re not comfortable, it is less likely you’ll stand again even if it is only for a short period of time therefore diminishing the effectiveness of an adjustable table. Make sure the floor underneath your feet is soft by acquiring a carpet, soft rug or an anti-fatigue mat. This will help lessen the amount of pressure and stiffness on your joints. 

  1. Wrong ergonomic position

The purpose of a height-adjustable table is to ensure the height is ideal for you. It is therefore very necessary to learn about the ergonomic position while using a standing table. How you stand determines your comfort level and affects your posture and output.

  1. Under utilizing the memory feature

Having an adjustable table with a memory setting is very useful. It allows you to move to the correct position without having to alter it manually once you have found the appropriate height for your desk. It can be very aggravating and time consuming to have to adjust the height of your standing desk every time you change positions. If you have this feature on your standing desk, take the time to set the height now to save yourself time and effort in the future.

  1. Not Switching positions

If you’re continually standing at your desk, you’re setting yourself up for future foot and joint problems. Switching between sitting and standing prevents you from becoming too comfortable in one posture and injuring your back or feet. We encourage changing positions every 20-30 minutes. In addition, it is also critical to have the right kind of support when you’re seated. An improper back support can lead to lower back pain, neck pain and other problems. These problems can be solved by getting an ergonomic chair.

Conclusion

So long as you can avoid these few common blunders, you will be able to get the most out of your standing desk. At Victoria Furnitures we have a variety of height adjustable tables from simple desk risers to the top-of-the-line electrical adjustable standing tables. Click the link to see more https://www.victoriafurnitures.com/product-category/office-desks/standing-electrical-adjustable-tables/

PROS AND CONS OF A GLASS DESK

If you’re looking for a new desk for your office there are so many factors to consider such as shape, size color, height adjustable and material. When it comes to materials your desk will be made from, there are usually only a few options, wood and glass. Of the two, there is no doubt glass is the classier option. But before you get carried away with the pleasing aesthetics that comes with having a glass desk, it is important to keep in mind it’s pitfalls. So before pulling the trigger on that shiny glass desk you need to consider all its pros and cons.

Why is a Glass Desk Ideal?

  1. Brightens up your space

The transparency of glass provides the illusion of a more open and lighter space, by introducing glass furniture; you can transform the smallest and darkest of rooms, making them appear well-lit and uncluttered.

  1. Easy to clean

Glass being a non-absorbent material makes it easy to clean compared to wooden desks which can absorb stains and spillages.

  1. It’s tough

Many people think that glass is fragile and could shatter easily but these are unfounded fears. Modern tempered glass is extremely tough because it goes through a manufacturing process by controlled thermal or chemical treatments, making it four times stronger than regular glass. Although tempered glass can break, and shatter, it does so in a safe way (relatively small and harmful pieces) compared to regular glass which breaks in to large, irregular shaped shards.

  1. Oozes style

Perhaps the biggest pro for having a glass desk is the fact that it’s very attractive and looks super modern. If you have guests having this sleek appearance shows you are a professional organization that are adaptable and keen to move with the times, and these days such qualities could be the difference between a business deal and no business deal.

What to consider when buying Glass Desks

  1. Cost

Glass desks can be more expensive than regular desk and there are two main reasons why that is. The first is the painstaking process of cutting, drilling and fitting with a tabletop. The second reason is that glass isn’t necessarily the cheapest material, and with that said we still think buying a glass desk is still a worthy investment

  1. Dust and fingerprints

Glass is very prone to fingerprints, smudges and dust which means that it must be cleaned regularly and perhaps a little higher maintenance than other desk top surfaces.

  1. Cable management

A glass desk is not ideal when it comes to cable managements because it allows you to have a clear view of the cables, so if you’re planning to set up your desk and are concerned about cable management then a glass desk is not the right choice.

  1. Heavy

This is not really a problem if you’re planning to stay put for a few years, but if you like to move around you may find moving your desk could be a two-person job. Additionally, there is the risk of breaking or chipping it when dropped, which could easily and really hurt your toe or hand if you are not wearing something protective. 

Conclusion

At the end of the day, glass is class and looks both modern and chic. It has longevity too that is unrivalled against regular wooden desks. There is no doubt that by buying a glass desk you will feel elevated and professional, you may even find your thinking even becomes clearer as a result!  Check out (https:(//www.victoriafurnitures.com/product-category/office-desks/high-end/flx-series/) for the biggest range of glass furniture (executive desks, conference tables, round meeting tables and even coffee tables) around, where you’re sure to find something to fit your requirements and your budget.

SHOULD YOU BUY A NEW CHAIR?

When you look around your office you may see some things that need replacing. Some things may stand out, like getting a fast new computer or a printer that doesn’t jam and some may go unnoticed like your office chair. The office chair is the most important component of office ergonomics and having the wrong chair can cause many problems that reduce your ability to work effectively and efficiently. Here are some things you need to look for to tell if you need to replace your chair.

  1. Damage to the chair or its parts

This is probably the most obvious reason you should replace your desk chair. Of course, some kind of damage will be more noticeable than others like some parts of the chair falling apart. There are some early signs of damage that you can look for e.g., loose or stuck wheels, knobs or levers such as those controlling the seat height or the backrest that do not allow you to make adjustments, then you need to consider getting a new chair.

  • Flattened seat cushion

Over time, the foam in your seat begins to compress and flatten. When the seat cushion compresses there is less support on your body weight, this exerts stress on your lower back, causing pain. Pain on your lower back can not only affect your productivity at the office but also your ability to do tasks in your daily life.

  • Improperly fitted chair

There is a possibility that your chair was never right for you. For instance, if you took over an existing office space that was already furnished. Some chairs may have armrests too far apart that can’t be adjusted inwards far enough to suit your body. Other chairs may have backrests designed for people who are taller or shorter than you. If you will be spending much time in your office chair then it may be worth replacing it with one that is best suited for your individual needs, your body will thank you for this.

  • Personal preference

Sometimes there isn’t any scientific reason to replace a chair. The reason could be as simple as how comfortable it is or it’s color which is just as good of a reason to replace your office chair as any of the reasons above. Choosing the right chair for you is important as you spend so much time sitting on it. You may not love your current chair and at the same time you may lack a reason to replace it. Listen to your body, it knows better.

Do I Need a New Chair?

Are you still wondering if you need a new office chair? If you have additional questions, we are here to help. We also have a wide array of chairs to choose from, ranging from quality budget friendly task chairs to top of the line orthopaedic chairs, all in various colors and designs. We’ll give you free expert advice that will help you find the chair that best suits your needs.

7 BAD POSTURES YOU’RE PROBABLY MAKING WITHOUT KNOWING

When working at an office and spending hours sitting at your computer you can often forget to sit in the right posture therefore leading to muscle pain. The muscle pain could cause discomfort and uneasiness which will make you less productive at your workspace. Being aware of all the bad postures you can make at your desk will make it easy for you to avoid them and this will have a positive impact on your health and productivity.

  1. Slouching

It is easy to find yourself slouched over your phone or laptop/computer for long hours. Being locked on the screen for a long period of time while slouched can take a toll on your muscles, joints and ligaments and make you suffer from severe lower back pain. To avoid slouching you first have to make it a habit to check your posture throughout the day and make necessary corrections (https://www.victoriafurnitures.com/how-to-properly-sit-at-a-computer/)

  1. Hunching your shoulders

Hunched shoulders are when you roll your shoulders forward thus increasing the curvature of your upper spine and pulls the head and neck in an unhealthy tilt. To prevent this, when seated your buttocks and shoulder blades should touch the back of your chair with a slight arc on your lower back. Also try to keep your neck inline with your shoulder blades and with your chin slightly up. An orthopaedic chair is also essential as it allows the user to align the curve of the chair with the spine and keeps the back supported throughout the day. (https://www.victoriafurnitures.com/6-features-to-look-out-for-in-a-good-orthopaedic-chair/)

  1. Gazing downwards for prolonged time

Looking down at your keyboard or smartphone lying flat on the desk for a prolonged period is a bad posture. Your head is heavy, so when you place it in a tilted position for a long period of time will exert pressure on your neck and upper back. To avoid this posture, hold your head high parallel to the floor. In addition, keep your computer and hand-held devices in line with your sight. A monitor arm or desk riser would really come in handy.

  1. Standing more than sitting

You probably have an idea that standing is good for your productivity and health, however prolonged standing is as bad as prolonged sitting. To avoid this, it is better to stand for shorter durations and regular intervals.

  1. Using your couch for work

Using your computer while sitting on your couch for a prolonged time will definitely make you adopt a bad posture. The solution for this, is simply considering setting up a home office consisting of an ergonomic office chair and office desk.

  1. Adjusting your office chair based on your feet placement only

You probably believe sitting with both feet resting flat on the floor, is the right position and it’s true to some extent but in the long run it’s not enough and can lead to bad posture. To manage foot position, you need to get a footrest. Another tip is to achieve the proper posture at the computer you need to focus on your forearms. They need to align your desk’s height and form a right angle with your arms

  1. Not stretching throughout the day

You can often become too bound to your work at the desk that you hardly get some time to move and stretch. Staying in one position for a prolonged time will make your muscles sore and lead to bad posture therefore it is essential to change your position and stretch frequently and at regular intervals.

HOW NATURAL LIGHT AFFECTS EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY

Natural light at the workplace affects several health aspects such as mood, Vitamin-D levels, eyesight, and sleep. A study carried out by HR advisory firm, Future Workplace, revealed that employees sitting near the window are more likely to show up for work and have heightened productivity compared to those sitting under artificial light.

Mood Enhancement

Natural light enhances mood. Light has an effect on the hypothalamus in the brain which influences the body’s internal clock and the production of melatonin and serotonin. Those not exposed to natural light are more likely to see a drop in their mood and as a consequence – their productivity.

Creativity

Those who work in the arts, be it writing, painting, singing e.t.c would agree that natural light is vital in stimulating creativity. Therefore, installing large windows at the office would expose employees to as much natural light as possible and therefore vastly improve their creativity and productivity.

Vitamin-D

Natural light from the sun is the main source of Vitamin D and those not exposed could develop a deficiency. A Vitamin-D deficiency can lead to problems with the bones, teeth, and muscles which could lead to other health issues. These health issues could impact employee productivity.

Eyesight

Research conducted by Cornell University in 2017 revealed that office workers reported a 51% drop in eyestrain and a 63% drop in headaches as a result of exposure to natural light. Eye strain can be attributed to a condition called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and is said to affect 70 million employees around the world. CVS could be reduced significantly by the introduction of natural light. Improved eye health will enable employees at the office to concentrate more at work, therefore, improving their work output.

Sleep

Another benefit of natural light is better sleep. Research conducted by the Northwestern University of Chicago concluded that office workers who spent time in artificial light had 46 minutes less sleep than those in offices with windows. And it’s known, more sleep equals higher productivity as sleep is important in the restoration of the body and mind.

5 WAYS YOU CAN INCREASE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY AT WORK IN 2022

Becoming more productive in the office may take time, but using these tips can help you make small changes that will have a big impact on your productivity and increase your career success.

  1. Create a regular sleep schedule

The success of all the other tips for increasing productivity at work are dependent on this first tip. The reason being quality sleep improves both mental and physical health thus allowing us to focus on task without underlying fatigue or exhaustion.

Monitor your sleeping habit for a week or more, noting the time you go to bed, the time you wake up and the number of hours you sleep on average. 

  1. Plan your calendar

With the introduction of smartphones and other hand-held devices, you can easily create a calendar that you can use track your activities of the day. Use your calendar to investigate your workflow and productivity making sure to take notes for review in order to eliminate time wasters.

  1. Create goals and break them into tasks

Most professionals are tasked with goals whether they’re sales goals, service goals or other goals related to the mission of the company. Annual goals are achieved when they’re broken down into specific doable tasks that can be attained on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

  1. Create contact time vs focused time

An office environment even a home office is filled with numerous distraction’s such as phone calls, emails, texts and face-to-face conversations. Schedule quiet, task focused time when you’re not available for meetings or calls, allowing you to create time to work through your necessary daily tasks.

  1. Create scheduled breaks

While you may have been granted limited number of breaks by your employer that allow you to leave your desk during the day, you can create small breaks for yourself while you tackle your tasks, you can use stretch exercises to move your muscles and improve flexibility and blood flow while seated at your desk.

FAUX LEATHER VS GENUINE LEATHER

Real leather is a strong, flexible and durable material obtained from the tanning or chemical treatment, of animal skins and hides to prevent decay. The most common leathers come from cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, pigs and hogs, and aquatic animals such as seals and alligators.

Faux leather (also referred to as leatherette or vegan leather) is artificial or synthetic leather.

There are three primary types of faux leather: Polyurethane (PU), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Silicone.

These leathers are used in making clothing, upholstery and product covers but each is better for certain applications than others.

PU leather which is the most realistic imitation to genuine leather in regards to surface feel and overall appearance. PU leather is softer, more flexible and breathable hence commonly used for making high-wear products such as clothing and furniture upholstery that come into direct contact with the skin.

PVC or Vinyl leather is not breathable as PU leather therefore it is ideal for products that need to repel moisture such as book bindings or cases for electronic devices. 

Silicone which is the newest innovation of the three leather constructions and is suitable for virtually any application since it possesses the advantages offered by both PU and vinyl. It is also the most environmentally friendly in terms of production process.

ADVANTAGES OF FAUX LEATHER COMPARED TO REAL LEATHER

  1. Economical – Faux leather is typically cheaper than real leather
  2. Durability – High quality faux leather is very durable and will last a long time, it can also withstand scratches and scrapes that would mar genuine leather. It is also not prone to cracks like real leather and does not fade easily in UV light.
  3. Low maintenance – Faux leather is stain resistant and easy to wipe with a rag and warm water. Also, unlike real leather it does not retain moisture therefore will not become warped or cracked
  4. Fashion – vegan leather can easily be printed on, providing an enormous variety of textures and patterns. In addition, it is easier to cut and sew than genuine leather and needle marks are usually less noticeable as the threads blend seamlessly with faux leather.

DISADVANTAGES OF FAUX LEATRHER TO REAL LEATHER

Vegan leather has a lot more variance than real leather. Some vegan leather is high quality and durable, however this comes at a high price. The cheaper variant does not last as long and cracks after a few years of use.

Faux leather does not age as well as real leather. Genuine leather develops an attractive luster or patina over time. 

Faux leather is not puncture proof or tear resistant like real leather.

5 TIPS TO DISTINGUISH REAL LEATHER AND FAUX LEATHER

  1. For real leather look for tags that say, real leather, genuine leather, top/full grain leather or made from animal products. If it is labelled “man-made material” it is definitely synthetic leather. But if it doesn’t say anything at all, chances are good the manufacturer wants to conceal the fact that it isn’t real leather. Of course, used goods may have lost their tags
  2. Check the surface grain, the little “pebbles” and pores, for imperfections and uniqueness that signal genuine leather.
  3. Press into the leather looking for color change and wrinkles, real leather will wrinkle and change color slightly while faux leather will just depress down under your finger, retaining rigidity and shape upon release.
  4. Smell the leather. Real leather has a natural musty smell while synthetic leather has plastic-like smell. If you’re still unsure about the smell you can hold a flame up to a small hard-to-see area of the leather product for 5-10 seconds. Genuine leather will char slightly and smell like burnt hair while synthetic leather will actually catch the flame and smells like burnt plastic  
  5. Drop a small amount of water on the leather. Real leather will absorb the water droplets in a few seconds, fake leather will simply puddle up on top.