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Ergohuman Plus

The Ergohuman Plus is in the inital stages of testing for certification to BS EN 5459-2:2000. We expect certification to be complete in early 2010.

Guarantee – 10 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Ergohuman Plus Ergonomic Office Chairs
Ergohuman Plus Ergonomic Office Chairs

Ergohuman Office Chair

The Ergohuman office chair is certified to BS EN 5459-2:2000 and is therefore structurally suitable and sufficiently stable for use as an office task chair for up to 24 hours a day by persons weighing up to 150kg or 23.5 stones.

Guarantee – 10 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Ergohuman Office Chairs
Ergohuman Office Chairs

Mirus Office Chair

The The Mirus Office Chair is the latest addition to the Ergohuman range, the Mirus chair boasts the ingeniously simple single lever control which operates the three most frequently used chair functions – seat height, seat depth and back tilt can all be operated from a single point of contact.

Guarantee – 5 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Mirus Mesh Office Chair
Mirus Mesh Office Chair

Enjoy Office Chair

The Enjoy office chair is certified to BS EN 1335-2:2000. According to this standard, the chair is considered to be structurally suitable and sufficiently stable for use as an office task chair for up to 8 hours a day by persons weighing up to 110kg or 17 stones.

Guarantee – 5 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Enjoy Mesh Office Chairs
Enjoy Mesh Office Chairs

Nefil Office Chair

The Nefil Office Chair is the top of the range from the acclaimed Ergohuman family of office chairs. The Nefil chairs are available in mesh, leather, fabric, microfibre or combinations of mesh and leather with or without headrests

Guarantee – 5 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Nefil Office Chair
Nefil Office Chair

Genidia Office Chair

The An Ergonomic Office Chair, embracing the most innovative technology and materials, our state-of-the-art Design, Research and Development centre have pushed the boundaries in task seating to unprecedented levels. The concept is a highly designed chair with revolutionary technology unique to the task seating industry.

Guarantee – 5 Year Manufacturers Guarantee on chair structure, with 3 years guarantee on moving parts and upholstery.

Genidia Office Chair
Genidia Office Chair

Ergohuman Mesh Office Chairs and the Psychological Effects of Colour

Mesh. We know it to be a breathable fabric and we’ve had experience of it in the lining in some of our outdoor coats and jackets. Creating a second layer in the garment, the mesh allows the air to circulate and we feel more comfortable within ourselves.
So what about a mesh office chair? Well, Ergohuman have embraced this fabric in their range of stunning ergonomic office seating and they haven’t just stuck to one colour either. Ergohuman has many different models of ergonomic office chair and, while you might be tempted to say “it’s only a chair”, you’d be wrong on this occasion. These chairs offer so many adjustments that, when your chair arrives, you can tailor it to your specific needs. Maybe you are short or you are tall. Maybe you have a slight frame, or you have a larger one. Maybe you already have a bad back and you want to know that your chair is working with you, (add your own name here), in mind.

So pick the chair for you.
Now let’s go for mesh and spend some valuable time deciding which colour works for you.

So, why mesh?
Well, we’ve already talked about its breathability in clothing but what about in office chair format? Remember that you will be sitting there for several hours up to lunch time, several more afterwards and that sitting for prolonged periods can make you fidgety. The flexibility of the mesh, as opposed to leather or any synthetic fabric, makes movement more accommodating, allowing you to find your best sitting position and to feel ready for commitment to the job in hand.

And colour?
Colour really does have an effect on one’s emotions and wellbeing. Think no further than the ancient Chinese, and still thriving, practice of feng shui, where the right colour in the right place can affect your health, welfare and fortune. Give me yellow or green and I will feel so positive and energetic. Maybe blue or red are the colours which do it for you. Colour really is important to your psychological comfort, so there are lot of advantages in introducing colours into the workplace.

Colour can help with so many areas of working life:-
• If a company has a corporate colour, furnishing their environment with that colour states togetherness
• If the company wishes to show its eco-friendly interests, green will go a long way to displaying that commitment
• Modern office environments do now display colour (feng shui in operation, or maybe simply personal preference) and the eye focuses on a brilliance of light, rather than a dirge of indifference.
If the individual chooses their own favourite colour, not only does it have the psychological effects already mentioned but, once the chair adjustments have been personalised (seat height, armrest adjustments etc.), it will be easier for the chair owner / user to be sure that they are sitting in their own chair. To explain this, imagine a group meeting, where every employee pushes their ‘same colour’ chair into a circle for a get-together or a team build and then, after lunch, they can’t identify the one that was adjusted to their personal needs. Colour does have importance. Imagine a packet of smarties all in one colour …. .
When the ergonomic office chair meets the needs of the employee, the employer also benefits. Going for the Ergohuman office chair range, a mesh upholstery and the right colour for the ‘sitter’, you’re already ahead of the crowd.

Ergohuman Office Chairs
Ergohuman Office Chairs

Ergohuman Elite

The Ergohuman Elite chair is now Certified in the UK and is 97% Eco-friendly

Certified to BSEN5459 (2000) Part 2 : structurally suitable and sufficiently stable for use as an office chair for up to 24 hours a day, when used by persons up to 150kg in weight.

Eco-friendly – 97% of the Ergohuman® chair is made with recycleable materials

ERGOHUMAN Elite conforms to BS 5459-2:2000 Specification for performance requirements and tests for office furniture. Office pedestal seating for use by persons weighing up to 150kg and for use up to 24 hours a day, including type-approval tests for individual components

BS 5459-2 specifies performance requirements and test methods for the structural safety and stability of office pedestal seating when used by persons weighing up to 150 kg, or when used for up to 24 hours a day, including chairs for use with tables and desks higher than those specified in BS EN 527-1.

It also specifies requirements and test methods for type-approval of bases, columns, seat actions, back stems and locking devices.

BS 5459-2 seeks to ensure that the seating will not become a danger or cause injury to users when it is used as office seating in a manner which is foreseeable

Ergohuman Elite Office Chair
Ergohuman Elite Office Chair

The Ergohuman Elite Ergonomic Office Chair is an innovative, modern, ergonomic chair that combines complete functionality with optimal comfort. The Ergohuman utilizes state of the art upholstery coupled with a wide array of ergonomic functions to make this chair perfect for any user. A synchro-tilt mechanism allows for smooth, controlled adjustments while keeping your body in an ergonomically correct position. Versatile casters allow for nice movement on carpeted or hard surfaces. This is an opportunity to sit comfortably in one of the newest ergonomic mesh chair today.

View the other ergonomic office chairs from Ergohuman.net, like the Enjoy Mesh Office Chair, Ergohuman Plus or the Ergohuman Elite Leather

Ergohuman Elite Mesh Office Chairs
Ergohuman Elite Mesh Office Chairs

The Cost-Effectiveness of an Ergonomic Office.

Ergonomics is about getting the situation to fit you, rather than you to fit the situation. So, for example, when looking at an ergonomic office chair, getting the chair to fit you would mean addressing points such as your height, your size and your job duties.

Your height is an important point to address, as a perfect sitting position will mean that your feet are flat on the floor, while your thighs are more or less parallel to the floor. It is easy to see that if your chair is too low for you, your knees will be coming up to meet you and there will be less support to your lumbar region, as your thighs are not making perfect contact with the office chair. If the chair is too high for you, your feet may not fully touch the floor, making steadiness an issue. A height-adjustable chair will help solve these needs. If you suffer from back pain you would be better off with a well designed ergonomic office chair like the BMA Axia Range of Chairs

If you are small in stature, or somewhat overweight, the armrests of the chair may not serve their purpose of supporting your lower arms, again to keep them parallel to the floor and resting on the desk comfortably.

Once the ergonomic chair is adjusted to your needs, you can identify whether the desk height meets your specifications. It’s all right getting the seat absolutely perfect but is the table or desk too high or too low for your wrists to rest comfortably near the keyboard or the paperwork?

This is where adjustable desks show their worth. As the name suggests, a height-adjustable desk will allow you to get the correct height for your perfect workstation.

The theory of ergonomics also addresses a cognitive aspect. For example, why did you place your phone to the left of your monitor and why so far back on the desk? If it’s an office tool that you use quite often, is it in a comfortable and accessible position? Why isn’t the monitor directly in front of you? Regular use of the computer will mean that your body rests in a twisted position (neck and hips) for long periods of time. The placing a heavy dictionary at the back of the desk, instead of closer at hand, will cause pressure to your hand, wrist, arm and shoulder, every time you reach for it.

Ergonomics is a serious business which, once you’ve got it right, encourages your body to respect good posture. An ergonomic desk and adjustable chair might cost a little more than run-of-the-mill office furniture but for all the right reasons. Surveys have shown that working in an ergonomic environment increases productivity by as much as 20%, the enhanced posture having the knock-on effect of increasing work satisfaction. With less posture-related illnesses and the resulting time off work, creating an ergonomic office ticks all the right boxes.

Why Have a Height-adjustable Ergonomic Desk?

Ergonomics is all about choosing something that fits the individual like a Height Adjustable Desk Similar to choosing a suit or a pair of jeans, if the item feels good, then so do you. That’s why ergonomic desks come in all shapes and sizes, taking on board the person and the responsibilities of the job.

The height of a desk or table normally falls within 24 and 27 inches and, with an ergonomic chair, the set-up should be that the user’s lower arms lie horizontally on the armrests, to meet the desk comfortably. But a chair is height adjustable, meaning that if a tall person is sitting in the ergonomic chair, there may be little clearance for the legs under the desk and the forearms may be on a downward slope, as they reach the keyboard. It therefore makes sense that desks are also height-adjustable.

So, when the ergonomic chair and the height-adjustable desk come together, they should be covering the following points:-

• the legs slide comfortably under the desk and the person’s feet sit firmly on the floor (someone with restricted growth may make use of an ergonomic footrest, to achieve ideal posture)

• the forearms are positioned horizontally, using the armrests for full support, so that hands meet the desk comfortably, without any need to bend the wrists unnaturally

• the monitor is placed directly in front of the user but set back at least 20 inches and its height should be such that the eyes look down ever so slightly, to read the screen. Some ergonomic desks have an extra shelf attached to the back of the desk top, on which a monitor can stand, though getting the eye-to-screen mathematics right is paramount, when making a desk choice. There are also monitor lift arms, which can mount a monitor at the right height for the individual

• the desk is not too deep, that reaching becomes an issue.

Ergonomic desks come in a variety of shapes – the normal rectangular, L shaped, curved front, rounded edges, split level and also with suspended keyboard tray. Height-adjustable tables also cater for work which is better done standing up e.g. looking at plans and pointing to information being discussed, or sorting information into folios or piles where, without that extra height, stooping would be necessary.

Working out what’s right for you may seem a bit of a challenge but, with the above information, you can see what ergonomics is all about. Like that suit or pair of jeans, you now know what you’re looking for.

Whats left is a ergonomic office chair like the Active Ergonomics Flo Chair or the heavy duty Bodybilt chair

Office Colours

In branding and marketing colours are carefully chosen according to the psychological effects they may have on people. There is no doubt that the colours surrounding our daily life have a direct influence on our mood and behaviour. Some years ago when I was at University I was renting a room in a superb Victorian flat along Battersea Park. The room was very spacious but the owner had painted the walls in a dark deep red, which was unusual but did not put me off from moving in. However this year I became depressed and I am ashamed to say, lethargic, I think the colour had a negative influence on me. On the contrary my flatmate who had the yellow room was always happy and energised, the girl renting the blue room was relaxed and cool headed and the guy renting the dark green room was never there!

Equally, influence by colour can be used in the workplace. Companies with old and tired furnishing tend to look quite dull, compared to some of the new modern office designs , boasting bright ergonomic chairs , modern desks and colourful office partitions . The positive use of colour is well-known in young internet companies as well as design and PR agencies – this goes beyond benefiting the company’s image, it truly promotes a creative environment. Google’s offices are well known for their coloured gym balls and funky office furniture, and even one of the first on site crèche. The psychology of colour is perhaps best measured in call centres where a buzzing/fast-paced environment is best stimulated with energizing colours rather than calming ones – expert advice from an experienced office fit-out consultant will do the trick to revamp a site. As for me, as soon as I have finished the plastering, I am off to the paint shop to buy some bright yellow paint for my home office! Watch this space!

How good is your office furniture

If I’ve heard my wife say the above statement once, I’ve heard her say it a billion times. In fact, I’ve made similar statements in my “course” of the day – like in the kitchen. I love to cook and know that if you aren’t using quality pans, appliances, and utensils, your work is harder and your results aren’t as pleasing.

We both agree that the truth of the statement is even more vital to work than to play.

When it comes to Office Furniture and Home Office Furniture ), equipment, accessories , and Supplies , your brain knows (and responds) when you’re serious enough about what you’re doing to demand that your furniture and tools be just as serious about what they’re doing!

In the history of our home business, I’ve worked on the living room couch, at the dining room table, on the deck, at the patio table, even in the bath tub. However, when I’m stationed at a top quality desk like a Jahnke Home Office Computer Desk from Office Furniture Extra (pictured below) and sitting in a chair my body finds most agreeable , like the Ergohuman Mesh Office Chair with Headrest (pictured below), the creativity flows SO MUCH more freely. It’s as though my brain cells say, “She’s serious about this, let’s give her all we’ve got, like a electric height adjustable desk”

like a electric height adjustable desk

Electric Height Adjuable Desk Ergohuman Mesh Office Chair

Since I need….no, let’s make that Since I REALLY need my brain cells to make a call to action more often, I’ve started doing all of my writing and brainstorming at my workcenter.

One of my favorite parts of my workday is when I come across fresh suppliers, online stores, and manufacturers. It’s like finding a new store in the mall you’d never seen before – everythings new and promising. I especially love when my new find is relevant to one of our blogs – then I get to tell others about it. Simply Ergonomic Business Solutions is one you’ll want to check out. Not only do they have beautiful office furniture and accessories, the delivery is included in the price on most products so you don’t get stung at the checkout.

…. Shop some more!

Feng Shui in the Office

Not sure how to pronounce it? You’re not alone. Some may argue that Feng Shui is just non sense and ancient superstition, other will have a natural respect and mild curiosity without going to the extend of putting any Feng Shui rules into practice – the common excuse being “I don’t know enough about it”. There seems to be a great deal of mystery surrounding Feng Shui, when many of the basic rules are only common sense. It is primarily based on being in control of the situation whether at home or at work. Position your bed or chair so that you feel secure and cannot be taken by surprise by someone bursting into the room. Avoid positioning furniture in straight lines along the walls. Be organic, nature is all curves, not angles, think ergonomic.

The same rules apply to the office environment . An office worker will not give his best performance with his back turned to the door, or a stream of collegues passing by or coming up on him from behind. He would feel hastled and nervous and would have to constantly watch his back. Any of us would naturally feel uneasy in such a position. Additionally being trapped in a cubicle with no view will not make the employees happy. Without adding chimes, mirrors and money plants everywhere, great benefits can still be added to the workplace by applying some of the main Feng Shui rules. Ideally it is best to first draw up a plan of your office , superimpose the Pa Kwa map and see where each area falls. Areas such as rest, wealth, friendship, health and pleasure need to be used wisely – the wealth area being ideal for the shop’s till while the friendship area could be used by the sales-team to enhance relationships with clients. Understandably, this may not always be possible as office space is often at a premium. However small changes will improve the workforce happiness and should have an immediate and long-term impact on sales, creativity and staff retention.

In Japan, it is not uncommon for employees to refuse working in bad Feng Shui positions; these rules are indeed taken very seriously. Pillars have to be moved and office partitioning has to be rearranged to create a positive working environment for all employees. To maximise the space in my home office I actually confess that I have my back to the door. But all is not lost, as Feng Shui offers a range of remedies. In this case I just have to hang a mirror on the wall to alert me of an intruder! I see this as a temporary solution and I am quite keen to apply most of the Feng Shui rules as soon as I buy a new office desk and matching filing cabinets. All whats needed now is a stylish mesh office chair like the Ergohuman Plus Mesh Office Chair from Simply Ergonomic.
Ergohuman Plus Mesh Office Chair

The Cost-Effectiveness of an Ergonomic Office.

Ergonomics is about getting the situation to fit you, rather than you to fit the situation. So, for example, when looking at an ergonomic office chair, getting the chair to fit you would mean addressing points such as your height, your size and your job duties.

Your height is an important point to address, as a perfect sitting position will mean that your feet are flat on the floor, while your thighs are more or less parallel to the floor. It is easy to see that if your chair is too low for you, your knees will be coming up to meet you and there will be less support to your lumbar region, as your thighs are not making perfect contact with the office chair. If the chair is too high for you, your feet may not fully touch the floor, making steadiness an issue. A height-adjustable chair will help solve these needs. If you suffer from back pain you would be better off with a well designed ergonomic office chair like the BMA Axia Range of Chairs

If you are small in stature, or somewhat overweight, the armrests of the chair may not serve their purpose of supporting your lower arms, again to keep them parallel to the floor and resting on the desk comfortably.

Once the ergonomic chair is adjusted to your needs, you can identify whether the desk height meets your specifications. It’s all right getting the seat absolutely perfect but is the table or desk too high or too low for your wrists to rest comfortably near the keyboard or the paperwork?

This is where adjustable desks show their worth. As the name suggests, a height-adjustable desk will allow you to get the correct height for your perfect workstation.

The theory of ergonomics also addresses a cognitive aspect. For example, why did you place your phone to the left of your monitor and why so far back on the desk? If it’s an office tool that you use quite often, is it in a comfortable and accessible position? Why isn’t the monitor directly in front of you? Regular use of the computer will mean that your body rests in a twisted position (neck and hips) for long periods of time. The placing a heavy dictionary at the back of the desk, instead of closer at hand, will cause pressure to your hand, wrist, arm and shoulder, every time you reach for it.

Ergonomics is a serious business which, once you’ve got it right, encourages your body to respect good posture. An ergonomic desk and adjustable chair might cost a little more than run-of-the-mill office furniture but for all the right reasons. Surveys have shown that working in an ergonomic environment increases productivity by as much as 20%, the enhanced posture having the knock-on effect of increasing work satisfaction. With less posture-related illnesses and the resulting time off work, creating an ergonomic office ticks all the right boxes.