Archive: July 2013
When you consider whether your office chair is ergonomic, you might think about whether your eyes are at the right height to see your computer monitor and whether your arms are in the right position for typing.
But desktop computers are hardly the only technological devices in most modern offices.
Scott Lee, an executive account manager at Scott Rice Office Interiors, says that as mobile technology becomes more commonplace in the office, furniture and office arrangements are evolving. Some of these trends are detailed in a story in today’s print edition about the modern workspace.
Even the way we sit is changing, according to Steelcase, a manufacturer Scott Rice works with. The company designed a brand new chair in response to the idea that modern workers shift between using computers, tablets, smartphones and other tools throughout the day.
“These new technologies, this new breed of devices and the new sociology we were seeing at work had driven nine new postures that we had never seen before,” a Steelcase designer says in a video explaining the study the company undertook before creating the chair. “What we heard was, people were often in pain.”
Lee says the new Steelcase chair, due out this fall, is designed to move with the body and support the back as a person shifts forward and back. Armrests are easily adjustable to, say, support the arms while sending a text then get out of the way when typing on the keyboard.
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Wood: Make sure that you protect all your wooden furniture against direct sunlight. This means that you have to place your wooden chairs and tables away from the windows but if you do, ensure that the windows are properly covered with curtains or blinds to minimize sunlight. The sun's strong rays can dry and fade the color. It is also a bad idea to place wooden furniture near air vents because forced air can deteriorate the quality of the material.
Aluminum, metal or steel: Proper maintenance of modern furniture made of aluminum, metal or steel like a large metal wall art can be done through regular dusting and occasional wiping with soft, damp cloth. For tougher dirt, wash with hot and soapy water. Rinse and then dry with a soft cloth afterwards. Never use any abrasive, strong detergent or cleansing powders to clean this kind of furniture because some of these may contain alkali, which can cause the pitting of this material. Rinse and dry afterwards.
Leather: There are specific leather conditioners that should be used every 6-12 months for cleaning and keeping the shine of the material. If there are no available instructions, clean dirty leather by wiping a damp cloth and then with a dry cloth.
Tips to Keep your Used Office Furniture Looking New
Here’s an inside trick: Buy a product used to remove pet stains called “Nature’s Miracle.” Dab it on the spot with a wet cloth, rub it until it goes away, and then evenly dry it with a hair dryer.
Wooden Desks got nicks or scratches? Use black or brown shoe polish. Just apply the polish using the foam brush type bottle evenly and blow dry. Voila! The dents disappear. You also can use a coating of wax to seal the color.
Sticky drawers? Use a stick of soap and a good rub down on the problem area will make your drawer slide like new (you may have to reapply the soap if the drawer starts to stick with time). The moisturizing agents in the soap allow the wood to move freely again.
Crayons or scuff marks on your painted walls? No need to repaint. Use a product called Magic Eraser to remove the marks.
Need to separate personnel or departments without doing a construction project and adding walls? Teknion cubicles are designed to fit easily into virtually any office space and are fully reconfigurable to easily adapt to changes in an office’s floor plan.