Sep 17, 2015 2:00:59 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Recent medical research has proven that prolonged sitting can be as detrimental to an adult’s health as smoking. It's been found that sitting for extended periods of time is a contributing factor in the development of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In fact, a recent study at the Texas A&M Health Science Center concluded that students who used a standing desk became more attentive in class in contrast to those who merely sat. Regardless of whether you’re a student or a professional in an office setting, the benefits that standing desks can have for your productivity and health may surprise you.
The Texas A&M study examined 300 Texas schoolchildren over a 12-month period to compare behavior in classrooms between students who used standing desks and students who used regular desks. In the fall and spring, researchers designated an engagement figure for each student, which was calculated by finding an average for their number of on-task as well as off-task behaviors, during each classroom session. The study found that overweight students in particular benefited from standing desks. They were more focused during classroom sessions and burned up to 15 percent more calories during a single school week. Despite these results, most students lack access to standing workstations.
Cost serves as a primary barrier as standing desks can require a $500 investment for a single desk. Moreover, traditional desks and chairs in schools were actually designed more for the janitors benefit. They were designed so that janitors could stack them seamlessly, not for optimizing student performance.
Researchers believe that this is a potentially huge failing for the educational system, which will have repercussions down the line both in terms of academic achievement and the overall health of students. On the other hand, the benefits of standing workstations can translate beyond schools and into corporate work environments, as well. This is an environment where similar emphasis has been placed on control and maintenance instead of optimizing performance and the health of workers.
Given the findings of the Texas A&M study and the potential practical benefits of using standing desks in schools and work environments, experts believe that more studies will be done on the subject over time.
If you're ready to discover how standing desks can improve your concentration and productivity at work, browse our selection of desks now.
Aug 6, 2015 10:14:57 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
Even if you think that the desk chair in your office is quite comfortable, sitting for long periods of time could still be causing permanent damage to your back, shoulders, and other parts of your body. Most people think that sitting in a desk chair is the most comfortable way to work, but in fact, it can be painfully uncomfortable due to ergonomic issues. Sitting too much during the work day is currently considered one of the greatest health issues in the United States because of the number of people it affects and the degree to which it can influence ones health.
What does this mean? The way you work should be reconsidered: with minor adjustments you may be able to sit comfortably all day long, avoid painful diseases, such as arthritis, and improve your mood.
If You Must Sit...
First of all, try to stand up at work as much as possible, whether that means standing at an adjustable desk or walking to the break room. Whenever you're seated, make sure that you're doing so in an ergonomic computer chair.
It's also important that, whether standing or sitting, you make sure you are maintaining a healthy posture. When sitting, you should sit as close as possible to the desk with your upper arms parallel to your spine and your lower arms perpendicular. Your hands should be resting on the work surface comfortably. You should be able to adjust your desk higher or lower until your elbows achieve an optimal 90 degrees. Your knees should also be bent at a 90 degree angle, despite the short term comfort of kicking up your heels. You should practice maintaining this posture for as long as possible, and stand up to stretch when you find yourself getting uncomfortable.
Standing is Best
It is strongly recommended that you also have an adjustable work desk, which allows you to stand up and work for at least part of the day. This allows you to not only develop a keen awareness of your posture, but there are also studies that suggest workers achieve greater efficiency when they are standing up.
Standing up also prevents ankle swelling, something that even otherwise healthy people can suffer from when they sit for long periods of time. Swelling can occur simply from sitting in a chair that is higher than optimal, and that’s why an adjustable standing desk is an attractive option. Of course, when paired with one of the best ergonomic office chairs on the market, it's an even more effective work set-up.
Shopping for new office furniture? Check out the selection of premium adjustable desks and ergonomic chairs here, at Biomorph.
May 21, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
In addition to an adjustable desk, choosing to buy an ergonomic office chair is one of the best decisions you can make for your health and productivity, if you're one of the many people around the world who work at a desk for several hours each day. Knowing how to choose between the ergonomic desk chairs that are available, however, may be a little less obvious. Today's post will provide some helpful pointers that are meant to simplify your search.
Why It's Important to Find the Right Ergonomic Office Chair
When you sit for extended periods of time in the wrong chair, it doesn't take long for small aches and stiffness to evolve into more serious and even permanent injuries. People who sit in poorly designed chairs instead of quality ergonomic desk chairs are more susceptible to circulation problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and the list goes on. Taking the time to find the best ergonomic chair for your specific work needs will pay off in more ways than one both now and in the future.
What to Look for in a Desk Chair
Above all else, you want a chair that allows you to adjust its various parts or components. The more you're able to customize your chair to suit your size and shape, the more comfortable and productive the workspace.
The Height of the Seat: You need to be able to plant your feet firmly on the floor, with your legs bent at a 90̊ angle at the knees.
The Depth of the Seat: When a chair is too deep, it can restrict circulation in your legs. Ideally, you want to be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front edge of the seat. Some ergonomic desk chairs will allow you to adjust the seat depth by moving the backrest forward or backward.
Back Support: Back support, and specifically lumbar support, is crucial in a quality desk chair. You should look for a chair with a lumbar support that can be made to fit snuggly into the curve of your back, reducing the opportunity for you to slump forward in your seat.
Adjustable Recline: Look for a chair that will allow you to adjust the recline on the backrest so that you can shift your weight in the seat for optimal comfort.
Armrests that Move: It's important that you be able to move the armrests up or down so that no matter the height of your work surface, your arms can be kept at a 90̊ angle and the palms of your hands can rest on the work surface.
Of course, an ergonomic chair that's paired with a poorly designed desk or table will limit the effectiveness of your workstation. For the best possible work set-up, a carefully selected ergonomic chair paired with an adjustable desk is the way to go.
Are you ready to discover the benefits of working in the most healthful and comfortable way possible? Browse the selection of premium ergonomic office furniture in our product line.
May 12, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
There's a great deal of well-supported research demonstrating how health and work productivity dramatically improve when people spend less time sitting in chairs. Standing desks, like those in our line of premium, ergonomic office furniture, allow users to adjust their workstations, thereby reducing the number of hours they spend seated each day. But the key to better health and improved efficiency isn't just about standing while you work - it's about moving.
You're probably thinking that it would be nearly impossible for you to incorporate more movement into your day if you work at a computer and are expected to get anything done. In actuality, however, there are several clever ways you can not only limit the amount of time you spend sitting by converting your adjustable office desk to the standing position, but also increase the amount of moving you do, while you work.
Schedule Time with Your Adjustable Office Desk
Even those with an adjustable office desk can lose track of time and forget to adjust their desk and change their position. By simply scheduling time to stand, you can incorporate more movement into your day. Some people set alarms on their smart phones or use other helpful devices like the Wellness Switch, which reminds you when to stand and tracks the number of minutes you spend standing. This switch will even tell you how many calories you burned at the end of each day.
Move When You Stand to Work
Instead of just standing still while using your adjustable office desk (which can be just as uncomfortable as sitting for long periods of time), take the opportunity to stretch and move your legs. Knee bends, shifting your weight back and forth, swaying and even rolling your shoulders are all good ways to incorporate a little more movement while you work.
Pair Standing Desks with 'Active' Seats
Believe it or not, there are actually chairs and stools available that allow you to easily maintain movement and optimal posture while you sit at your desk. The Saddle Stool from Humanscale, for instance, keeps muscles engaged and active while you're seated. Moving from side to side at your workstation also helps to maintain circulation in your legs and keeps you alert.
If you're ready to reduce the health risks associated with the way you work and are looking to step up your productivity, start adding more movement to your work day. To begin, equip your workspace with an adjustable office desk that gets you up out of your seat and working from a more comfortable and healthful position. For information on what you'll need for a more active way to work, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.
Apr 30, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
It's in the best interest of every employer to equip their staff with comfortable office workstation furniture. Poorly designed and constructed desks and chairs create uncomfortable working environments and often lead to higher rates of repetitive stress injury and lower work productivity. If your staff can't work comfortably, their health and your bottom line suffer!
So, if you're looking to revitalize your office's working environment with new furniture, there are some things you should keep in mind. Doing so will ensure that the ergonomic desk chairs and workstations you purchase will provide you with the best possible return on your investment.
How Will the Furniture be Used?
For starters, you need to choose office workstation furniture and/or ergonomic desk chairs that are the right fit for the tasks being performed. Will the people using the workstations and chairs be working on computers and doing a great deal of typing? Will they be doing other work at their desks, as well, such as hand writing notes? Or, will the furniture be part of a specialized workstation, such as in the health care field?
The Size & Shape of Your Work Environment
People often start shopping for ergonomic desk chairs and desks or tables without giving any thought to how the furniture will fit in their work space. Before selecting furniture, be sure to measure the size of your space and to consider the layout of the new and existing furniture. You will also want to take into account the type of equipment that's used at each workstation and the type and location of light sources.
What Office Workstation Furniture Will You Need?
- Ergonomic desk chairs that allow users to adjust armrests and chair height for optimal comfort
- Adjustable desks and sit-stand desks, in particular
- Monitor arms that allow users to adjust the height and angle of the screens, unless you purchase desks with dual surfaces
- Adjustable lighting
As with most things in life, the amount of money you spend on the furniture for your workplace will undoubtedly determine your satisfaction. Inexpensive furniture, for instance, is often poorly designed and constructed from inferior materials, which leads to a less comfortable fit, fewer options for adjustability and a shorter lifespan. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of your investment; will paying slightly more in the short-term lead to greater satisfaction in the long-run?
For information on the range of premium adjustable office furniture available from Biomorph, please get in touch with us: (888) 302-DESK.
Apr 23, 2015 2:00:00 PM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
While many people are aware of the dangers of sitting for long periods of time or that poor work posture can lead to injuries, there are still a large number who are failing to use their office workstation furniture correctly or whose furniture is poorly coordinated. It's not enough to simply purchase ergonomic desk chairs or adjustable desks for your staff and to expect a dramatic improvement in work productivity and a decrease in the number of repetitive stress injuries. For optimal health and productivity, all of the various components of a workstation must be used as they were intended, synchronized, and working together to provide the best possible fit.
Coordinate Your Workstation
To begin, quality ergonomic desk chairs and workstations are a must if you wish to reduce the risk of negative health effects and poor productivity. In particular, studies have shown that reducing the amount of time you spend sitting each day is of particular importance and that an adjustable, sit-stand desk can dramatically improve comfort and efficiency on all fronts.
Now the key is to use your office workstation furniture as it was intended:
A Few Points About Posture:
- Your upper arms should be parallel to your spine, elbows at a 90̊ angle and hands should be able to rest comfortably on the top of your workstation. Adjust the chair's armrests to reduce strain on your neck and shoulders.
- Minimize reaching by sitting as close to your desk as possible
- Legs should be bent at a 90̊ angle, as well
- Shift your body to the back of the chair, as sitting on the chair's edge will lead to slouching
The Height and Depth of Ergonomic Desk Chairs:
- To minimize swelling in the legs, ankles and feet, adjust your chair so that your feet can be firmly planted on the ground. If this isn't possible, use a stool to bring feet and legs into the proper position - avoid leaving legs and feet to hang.
- For good circulation, you should be able to fit your fist between the back of your calf and the front of the seat's edge. If you can't, it's likely that your desk chair is too deep.
Computer Monitor Height:
- When looking straight ahead, your eyes should focus on the center of your computer screen. A dual-surfaced desk that allows you to adjust the height of your monitor(s) is ideal. If your desk isn't equipped with this feature, however, consider using a monitor arm that allows you to quickly and easily adjust the height of your screen.
This is really just the beginning in terms of how your office workstation furniture can be put to work to ensure the best possible fit for people of all shapes and sizes. Of course, the quality and design of your office furniture will play a large role in determining its effectiveness, but knowing how to select and use your furniture for optimal health and productivity is also of the utmost importance.
For help designing the workstation that's best for you or your staff, please call us: (888) 302-DESK.
Sep 9, 2013 7:01:37 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
When shopping for a new home office desk, most people are looking for the following; a durable desk with a great modern style that’s not only a functional work surface but also comfortable. The only thing preventing most people from owning a modern home office desk with all these qualities and more is that they’re looking for them in all the wrong places!
You Won’t Find Desks like these from Low-End Brands
Whenever you buy a desk for your home office from a low-end brand, you’re forced to make sacrifices; style for quality or comfort for function. When you shop online or visit our NYC showroom, you will find everything you’re looking for in our great selection of modern, ergonomic office furniture.
Our line of state-of-the-art desks is not only in-line with the latest style trends but all of our furniture is also fully adjustable, meaning every user, no matter their shape or size, can achieve the perfect fit. Biomorph desks are made of only the most durable materials, making them a wise long-term investment for both your home and your health. What’s more is that you will never find such high-quality office furniture from a low-end brand that can also convert to allow users to work from a standing position.
There’s a desk for every discerning New Yorker in our line of furniture at Biomorph. Check out our selection online. Better yet, come see our ergonomic desks and chairs in person at our NYC showroom.
Your Home Office Deserves a Desk from Biomorph
Sep 9, 2013 6:57:36 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
There’s a distinct difference between the home office desks, furniture and other products offered by Biomorph and those you would find at a chain department store. While many business owners are willing to invest money into quality furniture for their office buildings, few think twice about buying poor-quality desks or furniture for their offices at home. Here are just a few of the many reasons you can and will experience the difference when you outfit your home office with desks and other furniture from Biomorph.
Biomorph Furniture Lasts Longer
When you add one of our desks or chairs to your home office, you’re making an investment that will outlast many of the other products on the market today—by a long-shot! Yes, the initial price tag for Biomorph furniture might be more than others, but you will be making a long-term investment in quality home office furniture rather than many smaller investments to replace poor-quality furniture that falls apart and isn’t comfortable. All of our desks and chairs are made from only the most durable materials so that every piece is built to last. When you buy Biomorph, you buy quality.
You Deserve to be Comfortable when Working at Home
Record the amount of time you spend in your home office over the course of one week and you will likely be surprised to learn that you sit at and use your desk a lot more than you had originally thought. At home, what seems like small tasks done at the computer, here and there, can add up to several hours a week. If you’re spending this time sitting at a desk or in a chair that isn’t well-suited to you or other people in your family, injuries can develop over time from poor posture and your risk of several health problems increases.
Make an investment in your health and your home by outfitting your home-based office with furniture from Biomorph. Call us at 888-302-DESK today.
Sep 9, 2013 6:54:01 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
When they think of workstations or office furniture, people often forget that it’s just as important, if not more important, for a desk to be properly fitted to the person using it as it is for the desk to be functional and able to coordinate with the existing decor. The good news is that you can find commercial office furniture that’s not only fully functional and in-line with latest style trends, but also designed with ergonomics and your health in mind. The solution is an adjustable desk from Biomorph.
Biomorph offers a full range of home and workplace office furniture, including adjustable desks of various shapes and sizes as well as sit to stand desks that provide their users with the ultimate in comfort and practicality. No other commercial furniture on the market today can offer consumers a total solution for their working environment.
It seems that every day another study is released that demonstrates the negative long-term effects of prolonged sitting. Health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart attacks are on the rise and part of the reason for this is because so many of us spend hours at a time, sitting at a desk. This doesn’t even include the long list of physical conditions, aches and pains that are caused by too much sitting and sitting at ill-suited workstations.
Whether you have a home or commercial office, now’s the time to invest in the furniture that will help protect your health. Call 888-302-DESK to learn more about the line of Biomorph furniture that can and will be an asset to your health and well-being.
Sep 9, 2013 6:51:04 AM| By Stephen Barlow-Lawson0 comments
The only thing people get when they buy cheap home office furniture is the short-term satisfaction of spending less money. Cheap furniture offers few rewards because it doesn’t last, wreaks havoc on the bodies of the people who own and use it, and can even increase people’s risk of a number of health conditions. Concerned? You should be.
Forgo Cheap Furniture and Invest for the Long-term
When you purchase cheap furniture for your home or your workplace, you only save money in the short-term, as poorly made furniture doesn’t last and, before you know it, you will be shopping to furnish your office yet again. Why not make a one-time investment in office furniture that will literally last a lifetime and continue to reward you with comfort and improved productivity, every time you use it?
You Owe it to Your Health to Invest in Quality Office Furniture
None of the cheap furniture people buy for their home or workplace offices can also claim to reduce the risk of a number of serious health conditions, including diabetes and heart attacks. When you shop at Biomorph for your home or workplace office furniture, our staff will help you select the chairs and desks that will not only provide you with exceptional comfort and functionality, but will also allow you to achieve the best possible fit, helping you reduce your risk of physical injury. What’s more is that our desks can convert to allow users to stand while they work, a position which doctors say is exponentially better for health.
Weigh your options and decide whether cheap home office furniture will really satisfy your wants and needs now and in the future, or if a one-time investment in a Biomorph desk or one of the chairs from our selection might not be a smarter investment.
Call us at 888-302-DESK to find the ideal office furniture for your home or workplace.