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The Fabric of your Environment

Incorporating elements of texture into your office space can transform it from cold and rigid, to warm and comfortable!

Regardless of whether your workplace encourages customer visits and interactions, having a decent place for people to sit is important.

Soft seating in collaborative spaces can turn a formalised meeting into an environment where everyone feels relaxed and ready to contribute ideas. It is also a fantastic way to add colour into an office or reception area and utilise company colours and branding. Many visitor chair options can accommodate fabric seat pads onto a moulded base.

There is also a range of products that allow you to brighten up a workspace with textural fabric wall features and acoustic panels with multidimensional effects. Bringing a little bit of home comfort into an office environment can do wonders for moral!

Fabric doesn’t have to mean difficult to clean or harbouring bacteria. Crypton is a common choice for the hospitality and healthcare industries. It is 100% recycled polyester and provides a permanent moisture barrier. It also provides stain resistance, odour control and microbial protection.

There are a multitude of options when considering applying soft furnishing elements into your workspace. So make comfort a priority and apply fabric elements as a key part in your next office revamp!


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Ergonomic ideals

Tips ensure your workspace is set up to minimise aches and pains

Regardless of whether you have the ideal ergonomic chair, there are still things you can do to correct your workplace seating to improve your comfort levels and prevent unnecessary pain.

Correct your posture

Sit up straight with your shoulders back, spine straight and your neck in a comfortable position. Some sources suggest to set a timer for 15 minutes and see if you are able to unconsciously maintain this position for extended periods of time. Get yourself into a good routine. It's worth the effort.

Seat height

Adjust your chair to a height where your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are at a 45° angle. Alter your armrests so your arms rest comfortably outstretched with adequate support towards your keyboard or workspace. The less strain there is on a particular area, the less pain you will experience as your muscles or spine won’t have to overcompensate.

If you are able to upgrade your office chair, select an option with multiple lever operations to adjust your seat height, backrest angle and seat slide options – such as the Tivoli Task Chair.

Foot rest

Having the option to stretch your legs for periods of time, and still have them supported can be solved by incorporating a foot stool. You can use any number of items to achieve this.

Monitor height

If you are unable to adjust your screen height with a monitor arm, it can be as simple as using a stack of books to create a makeshift stand. This will assist in maintaining a neutral neck position at a natural eye level to avoid unnecessary strain.

Quick tips

Other simple tips to consider include not holding your phone between your ear and shoulder for long periods of time, resisting the urge to cross your legs and wearing supportive shoes that will assist with healthy blood flow and reduce stress on your knees and back.