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.

10 DAILY MORNING ROUTINES THAT WILL IMMEDIATELY IMPROVE YOUR PRODUCTIVITY

  1. Wake up at the right time

Being successful means waking up early – or so we have been constantly told. Waking up at ungodly hours won’t magically solve your time management problems, for some it can even be counterproductive. The trick is finding a routine that works for you and that means paying attention to when you feel most tired and most awake.

  1. Don’t immediately grab your phone

When you wake up and immediately check your phone, you’re being bombarded with messages, emails, to-dos and other stimuli which often creates a feeling of stress and anxiety. These stimuli are not giving you time and space to start your day calmly and are more likely to increase stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed.

  1. Make your bed

Accomplishing the first task of the day motivates you to take up all upcoming tasks.

  1. Exercising

Physical activity lets you de-stress, think better and sleep better. This could be a simple 10-minute jog, walk or hop on a treadmill and is more effective in the morning as it helps stimulate your endorphins and metabolism.

  1. Eat breakfast

Breakfast gives you energy for the first half of your workday and helps boost your memory and concentration. Of course, healthy options like berries, eggs, avocados, coffee or smoothies.

  1. Meditating

Meditating is a very effective way to rest your body and reduce anxiety levels, it helps you calm down and unwind. It’s easy and can be done at any time or place.

  1. Schedule your time

You know what things needs to get done, so you need to schedule your time accordingly otherwise you will wander.  How do you prioritize them? What is a precise date on which you plan to get them done? Do you have a deadline to stick to? Answering these questions and planning accordingly is easier with a schedule.

  1. Plan out mini-tasks

It’s a good idea to break up big tasks into smaller tasks. Start with a specific item and move on from there until you have finished all of it and then move to the next item on your list. The feeling of fulfillment you get when you complete a task, regardless of how small it is remains and pushes you to get more done.

  1. Take a break

Overworking leads to fatigue and that’s when you tend to get distracted or procrastinate. Take frequent breaks to avoid overloading your mind and body.

  1. Declutter your desk

Distracting items should be removed from your desk and keep only the essentials that actually help you successfully perform your job. Clutter can cause disorganization and chaos in your mind hence making it difficult to relax and focus on tasks.

5 MUST-HAVE ERGONOMIC OFFICE FURNITURE

1. Orthopaedic chair

A bad office chair can have negative effects on both your health and your productivity. A good chair should be comfortable, supportive, and most importantly adjustable. Ergonomic chairs encourage proper body alignment in order to improve posture, reduce pain and increase productivity.

2. Height Adjustable table

Reducing sedentary time and introducing height-adjustable desks has a significant impact not only on your productivity but also on your health and well-being. Height adjustable desks are motor-driven and with the press of a button, you can lower or increase the height till you reach the one you’re comfortable with.

3. 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.

4. Desk Risers

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. A desk riser is an affordable alternative to a height-adjustable table especially if you have an existing desk. By allowing you to work while standing, desk risers help you to be more focused on tasks while improving your posture, reducing neck and back pain, more calories burnt, and an overall increase in energy.

5. Footrest

Having your foot on a footrest while working not only increases comfort but also has ergonomic benefits such as reduced pressure on your back and legs. Reduced leg pressure prevents blood clots, decreases swelling and varicose veins, and prevents deep vein thrombosis.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT CONFERENCE FURNITURE

Choosing the right conference table is of paramount importance considering the conference or meeting room is the key place for strategic planning and making important decisions affecting your business.

A well-designed conference room can facilitate important discussions and can be a source of productive ideas and meetings with your customers, suppliers and associates.

The table is the main element of the conference room furniture and choosing the one that best suits your needs is not easy, considering that there is a great variety. Here are some tips to help you make the best choice.

Room Dimensions

First, you’ll have to determine the size of the room. Keep in mind that you need room along the walls to pull out chairs, room to comfortably walk between the wall and a chair and room for when the chair is being used. At a minimum you should leave one metre spaces.

You will also need to consider what other functions the room has; for example, if your conference room will house other furniture or an audio / video station, you need to consider that space too.

Number of people

You’ll want to determine the number of people you want to seat around the table. In a pre-covid world, we suggested starting with allocating each user 75 centimetres of room and up to 100 centimetres for computers or documents.

Number of seats

The capacity of the room will help you know how many chairs you’ll need. It is also important to visualize how your table will look like to avoid the mistake of pairing your table with mismatched and disproportionate chairs that may seem out of place and impractical.

Type of table and aesthetics

The first step in identifying the type of conference table is choosing the one that suits your business needs, keeping in mind the aspect of comfort and efficiency.

If the conference table is the first thing you will buy for your meeting room, think about how it will affect the design of the rest of the furniture

At Victoria Furnitures different shapes of single or modular tables are available from which to make a selection: round, rectangular, square, semicircular tables. Choose shapes that maximize the functionality of the space and the impact of the conference room appearance. Then choose the materials and colors of the tables. Make sure the materials are resistant to scratches, shocks and high temperature liquids; they must also be easy to clean and maintain. For example, the melamine laminate summarizes all these characteristics and is available in a very wide range of solid colors and imitation woods; therefore, it represents a perfect solution for a table top. Tempered glass would also be a good option if you’re after that modern, classy look.

The legs of the tables, on the other hand, should preferably be made of steel or aluminum, which are resistant, functional and not bulky materials; they are also available in a variety of finishes, such as chrome plating, powder coating in various colors and anodizing.

You might also want consider how flexible you want your meeting table to be and for this you want a table that can easily and quickly be folded, stacked, transported and stored elsewhere. These features are particularly handy in active training courses, banquets and various kinds of events.

Power sources

It is very likely that phones, laptops, microphones and an audio video station will be used in your conference room therefore it is important to consider the placement of your power sources and how they might affect the function of the table. A good solution to this is getting a power module that not only serves as power outlet for your equipment but also has USB, HDMI, VGA and LAN outlets. The power module is also mobile therefore you can move it to any place you want.

Another important accessory is the cable manager which solves the problem of disordered and tangled wires.

Comfort

And finally, think about the comfort of those sat for hours in a conference or meeting. You want attendees to be productive and focused so ensure you have the right chair that lends support to the users’ bodies and enables them to sit at the meeting for as long is required without feeling any aches and pains. Select a chair with lumbar support, with adjustable arms, with adjustable heights and even seat depth adjusters.

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.

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.

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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