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Are you sitting correctly?

If you spend the majority of your working life sitting at a desk, correct posture is really important. If your chair and screen are in the right positions it can help to reduce strain on your back, eyes and ligaments. Getting it wrong puts extra pressure on your muscles and discs, and can lead to backache and fatigue.

So how can you ensure you’re sitting correctly? Sit in your chair, relax your shoulders and look at your screen. Your elbows should be slightly higher than the desk surface and your thighs should be at a 90-95 degree angle to your upper body. Your feet should be flat on the floor and your eyes should be in line with the top of your screen. Adjust your chair and screen height until you’re in the right position. If your feet still aren’t resting flat on the floor, you may need a footrest.

Then, adjust the horizontal part of your seat – that’s the bit you actually sit on – until you are sitting firmly and comfortably against the back pad. You should have a small gap between the front of the seat and the back of your knees.

Now adjust the height of the backrest so that it sits in the small of your back. This is crucial for providing lumbar support and maintaining the natural inward curve of your lower spine.

Put your arms in your regular working position, for example typing on a keyboard or moving a mouse. They should be ever so slightly higher than your work surface.

Finally, release your chair’s locking mechanisms – seat and back – to allow it to move freely. As the chair moves, it will encourage your muscles to work, which helps your circulation.

We offer a wide range of ergonomic chairs from leading brands, all designed to ensure your work environment is comfortable. With a variety of fabric options available, as well as free delivery and installation (T&Cs apply), you’ll be sure to find an option that complements your existing office design and budget.

Click here to find out more. For a free quote or advice, get in touch on 0118 9883009 or email us at sales@hsifurniture.co.uk.

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Office Furniture: Why Renovate?

Swivel task chair before and after reupholstering

For every company, there comes a point when things need a refresh. When that dreaded day arrives, it can feel like an overwhelming obstacle. You may not have enough money left in the budget to buy brand new, or enough time to dispose of all your old furniture. On the other hand, it’s not going to help your company’s image or sales if your clients have to sit on ripped, shabby chairs during pitches and meetings. The fact is, office updates are an essential part of good business. It keeps things modern, fresh and clean, and makes a good first impression on potential customers. With us, refreshing your office furniture doesn’t have to be a huge project to tackle. Choose to renovate your office furniture and you’ll save time, money, and the environment too.

Style Savvy

Almost any item can be reupholstered and given a new life. Office chairs, reception sofas and general seating are all perfect candidates. The beauty of our service is in its versatility. We provide a large selection of high quality fabrics – including leather – with different colours and patterns to choose from. You can also provide your own fabric. Existing furniture can be further refreshed with replacement arms, new seats and backs, and antistatic castors. Have a look at our before and after photos to see what we can do.

Cost Effective

Office furniture renovation can cut your expenses by up to 50%! As well as the obvious saving (no need to buy new furniture) you’ll also be eliminating costly disposal fees for your old furniture. We offer free advice and quotes to get you started, as well as free delivery within a 50 mile radius of Reading (T&Cs apply). Standard turnaround time is 7-10 business days, but our experienced professionals may be able to complete in a quicker timeframe if required. When it comes to French polishing, the job can be done on site in your office! Thorough cleaning is also covered in the cost so that your furniture is totally transformed. And the best news? All of these services are covered by a 12-month warranty, so you can rest easy knowing your pieces will stay intact.

Eco Friendly

As if you needed another reason to reupholster, here’s a great one: you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint and your company’s impact on the environment. In the UK alone, more than 22 million items of furniture are thrown out each year, creating a huge amount of carbon dioxide emissions that could be avoided if we simply upcycled old or tired items. What’s more, keeping these items out of landfill prevents additional waste from being created during the manufacture of replacement items. When you renovate your furniture, you’re not only driving business and saving money, you’re also having a positive impact on our planet.

Ready to give your furniture a new lease of life?

Click here or call us on 0118 9883009 to talk to us about office furniture renovation and reupholstering.

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New ‘Ripple’ by Edge Design provides the latest in retro seating style

This new mid sized lounge chair range by Edge Design captures a hint of retro with its clean lines and soft upholstery. The gentle curves and seam detail are stunning and if you’re looking for high quality chairs that will reflect the latest trends in modern office seating – these are a great choice.

The Ripple is available with a raised wooden or polished aluminium base.  These statement making chairs are equally suited to reception or informal meeting areas and look great paired with the Edge Design Wave and Runna seating ranges.

Edge Designs Ripple Chairs

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Understanding office task chairs & their mechanisms

Office task chairs vary a great deal in cost & quality, so what are the differences between the £60 chair you can find online and a £200 chair such as the popular Inflexion task chair range?

Mechanism & Features

Mechanism type is the over riding factor which governs chair cost.  Mechanisms are very important as they enable the user to personalise their seat position to optimise comfort and support.

Here are typical examples of popular chair mechanism types, starting with entry level Operator Mechanism and progressing to the fully featured Body Balance Synchro Mechanism.

Operator
Back angle adjustment that can be locked into any position or left unlocked to follow the user’s movement.

Operator Plus
Similar to the Operator mechanism but with additional lever-activated seat tilt adjustment. Where indicated, most Operator Plus mechanisms also include tension control in the back angle movement to adjust for variation in user weight.

Operator Synchro
Back and seat recline together in a 2:1 ratio, can be locked in position or left in free-float mode to follow the user’s dynamic movement. These chairs also have adjustable tension control.

Synchro Plus
Combining the smooth operation of a synchronised mechanism, with the breadth of adjustability of an Operator Plus mechanism; the back angle can be adjusted independently of the synchronised seat and back recline.

Body Balanced Synchro
Back and seat recline in a 3:1 ratio. They can be locked in position or left in free-float mode to follow the user’s dynamic movement. The mechanism automatically adjusts to body weight for individually tailored support.

Seat Slide
A seat slider allows the horizontal adjustment of the seat length, offering increased leg support when required. This function is beneficial when the chair is used by multiple users, to accommodate differing seat depth requirements.

A guide to office chair mechanisms

Design

More contemporary or ergonomic chair designs do attract a slightly higher price, however it is still possible to source chairs that meet these criteria at an affordable price.

Guarantee

All our chairs are guaranteed for 3 or 5 years.  Should any repairs be required you can be confident that parts will be available.

Assembly

All the chairs we supply are delivered fully assembled and ready for use, often chairs bought online are delivered flat packed and need to be built prior to use.

Customisation

The vast majority of our office task chairs are manufactured to order in your choice of fabric and colour.  We can match existing furniture or provide sample swatches for alternative fabrics.  All our fabrics are suitable for office use and we can reccomend fabrics for heavy use.  We can also reccomend fabrics with anti microbial properties as required.

Free advice

We’ve been serving businesses & local authorities within Berkshire, the home counties and London for 30 years.  In addition to manufacturing our own task chairs, we represent a number of leading high quality UK chair manufacturers so can always source a chair to suit your needs and budget.   Our services include:

  • Reccommendations for task chairs that will suit your work patterns & usage type
  • Trial chairs
  • Fabric suggestions
  • Repairs, servicing & reupholstery
  • Free delivery & installation of ready to use fully assembled furniture (subject to Ts & C’s)

Do get in touch to discuss any office seating requirements.

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The ultimate local authority task chair

We are proud to serve several local authorities within the home counties & London supplying task seating, desks, screens and cost saving reupholstery of existing seating.  The task chair we generally recommend and have supplied for many years is the Rio which we manufacture in our Berkshire workshops.

  • Generous seat accommodates every size of user up to 18 stone in weight
  • Comfortable & supportive
  • Highly durable, sturdy construction which is guaranteed for 5 years
  • Inflatable lumbar support
  • Free float action
  • Seat slide
  • Arms can be folded back

Because the arms can be folded back by those that wish to work without them – the chair can be used across the office creating a uniform look. The high level of adjustability makes the Rio chair suitable for hot desking environments which are more commonly being adopted in council offices.

Rio local authority task chair

To request more information or to try a sample Rio chair, get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

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Pimlico meeting chairs a contemporary choice

The Pimlico chair family by Pledge benefits from the comfort & versatility you need in the modern workplace combined with cutting edge design that really makes a statement.  Available in 14 variants, there’s a Pimlico chair for most office seating requirements.  The standard 4 leg and the sled frames are stackable upto 6 high, ideal for conference and training applications and the swivel chairs are a contemporary alternative to traditional boardroom seating.

The chairs can be specified to suit your usage & budget requirements with or without upholstered seat for additional comfort.

Pledge Pimlico Meeting Chair Range

Colour finishes

The 4 star swivel chairs have a polished aluminium finish and all other chairs in the Pimlico range have smart chrome legs.  The plastic chair shells are available in 5 colours:  Graphite, Blue, White, Yellow and Orange. The chairs pictured above are Graphite with Orange Gabriel Europost upholstery.

Pimlico chair plastic colours

 

 

 

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Inflexion task chair wins on design & price

The Summit Inflexion task chair range continues to be a customer favouite. When customers are looking to replace a large quantity of office chairs we are often asked to bring in a few alternatives for employees to try out, what users love about the inflexion chair is its deeply contoured back which provides excellent comfort & support. The chairs also include inflatable lumbar support and an easy to use ratchet back height adjustment.  Prices start from just £201 for these premium quality British made task chairs.

The task chairs in the Inflexion family can be enhanced with the following options:

  • Headrests
  • Polished chrome base
  • Memory foam seat
  • Seat slide

Inflexion task chairs

Inflexion Chair Mechanisms

There are two chair mechanisms to choose from – Operator Plus or Operator Synchro, see our mechanism guide for more information.

If you are looking to replace your office task seating, drop us a line we’d be happy to present a range of options to suit your users and your budget.

*price is a guideline & excludes VAT (23/11/17)

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Pledge Ikon meeting chairs combine style & ergonomics

We like to offer our customers seating solutions which provide a wide variety of form factors that can be used across different office spaces for a cohesive feel. The Ikon chair range by Pledge does exactly that but with sharp contemporary design lines that also offer fantastic ergonomic support.

Ikon chairs can be configured to suit your needs & budget:

  • Leg options; standard 4 leg, cantilever, swivel base
  • Upholstery options; without upholstery, upholstered seat, upholstered back or both seat and back
  • Frames; standard black, silver or chrome
  • Seat/back colours; black, white, red, blue, grey & sand

Pledge Ikon Meeting Chairs

The standard 4 leg Ikon chairs are stackable up to 6 high. An optional trolley is available for ease of movement.

These chairs work equally well in conference/training applications, meetings or breakout areas. The Ikon stools may be paired with the Pledge Avant high round table for a cost effective, contemporary collaboration space.  For pricing & delivery info, please get in touch.

Pledge Ikon Meeting Chairs

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Kind chair range – a meeting & conference favourite

Kind meeting chairs are a great combination of modern design & comfort.  In training & conference situations where delegates remain seated for extended periods of time – a generous seat size and supportive back are essential.  The chairs are manufactured by Pledge – a leading UK manufacturer of high quality office seating.

  • Customised for you in your choice of fabric type & colour
  • Leg choices: cantilever or 4 legs
  • Stackable
  • Frame options:  black, silver or chrome

The pricing for these high quality meeting chairs starts at just £115*.

Kind meeting & conference chairs

The Kind chair family is a versatile coordinated family of chairs with options to suit all meeting, conference and general office applications. View the full range.

Get in touch to request more information or a quotation.

*Price guideline excluding VAT.

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All office chair types & styles transformed with reupholstery

Our team can renovate any office seating whether its regular operator style chairs, soft seating or even tiered theatre style seating.  Although we most regularly reupholster and/or recover chairs from the following manufacturers, we can renovate the vast majority of seating:

  • Pledge
  • Steelcase
  • Verco
  • Summit
  • Humanscale
  • Boss
  • Kinnarps

Reupholstery provides an excellent opportunity to modernise the office interior, in addition to seating we can also reupholster your office floor and desk screens.  The fabric choices are fabulous with a vast array of colour and textures to choose from.  We are happy to make fabric reccomendations or suggest a match for existing seating.  All our fabric samples are FREE.

Operator chair reupholstery

All task chairs we reupholster receive a thorough clean & service, returning to you looking like new.

Being based near junction 11 of the M4 in Reading we are ideally placed to provide reupholstery services to customers throughout Berkshire, Surrey, Oxfordshire, Hampshire and London with delivery and collection free of charge in most cases*.  If you’re outside these areas do drop us a line as we can usually help.

 

Get in touch to request a quotation or a free site visit to assess your seating.

 

*Free collection & delivery is subject to a minimum order value and applies to commercial customers.