Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cherryman - An Excellent Source for Executive Home Office Furniture

Those who have read this blog know that we are firm believers in the Cherryman office furniture line. That being said we have decided to write a post about the Emerald series office furniture, and it's excellent ability to fill your home office needs.

First and foremost, the Emerald series includes a variety of table desks, file cabinets, executive desks, credenzas, and tables to outfit your entire office in a matching series. Nothing looks worse than an office that has 25 different items, all from different manufacturers in different finishes. It just doesn't look professional.

Speaking of finishes, the Emerald series is available in both Mahogany, and Cognac cherry. These are quite popular, and if you are forced to mix and match they will actually compliment nicely until you can fill in the missing pieces.

For home offices, it is best to match the style of furniture you are purchasing to the decor of your home. While Cherryman offers several lines, the Emerald series is the most versatile and will match most any dark or light wood furniture.

Overall, Emerald series furniture by Cherryman is quite affordable. Desks and credenzas are made from real wood and include a warranty. The best part is that most all items ship out within 48 hours. That's faster than most any manufacturer online!

In conclusion, all of the Cherryman office furniture lines provide a professional look for homes and business offices. The products are extremely well made and will definitely get you some compliments on your purchase. For more information on Cherryman and designing your home office space please visit

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ergonomics Q&A with Global Total Office

The Global Group firmly believes ergonomics plays a vital role in contributing to the health and wellness in the workplace of today’s diverse population. That being said, we decided to visit Global's website, to find out there stance on ergonomics.

What is Office Ergonomics?

The study of the interactions between office workers and their work environments

What is the Goal of Office Ergonomics?

FIT the work environment and the tasks to the worker

What are the Benefits of Office Ergonomics?

* Reduced risk of injury
* Increased safety
* Increased comfort
* Increased productivity

What Does FIT Mean?

The first thought that often comes to mind when one thinks of the word FIT is physically fitting into the chair and workstation. There is more to FIT than accommodating physical size and shape. The concept of FIT also means your furniture allows you to move in and out of preferred postures and to perform your job tasks.

What are the Desirable Conditions of FIT?

Desirable conditions that should be met by your furniture to ensure a good FIT:

* Allows you to move both rhythmically and from one fixed posture to another
* Matches you physically
* Supports you and your tasks properly

FIT Conditions = Move + Match + Support

Move Condition of FIT

It has long been known that the human body was designed to move. The circulatory system, joints and spinal discs require movement for healthy functioning. As you move, your muscles help to pump blood through your body, which delivers nutrition to, and removes waste from, your tissues. In the absence of good blood flow, not only is food delivery reduced, waste products build up in your tissues that over time makes your muscles feel tired and sore. Movement also contributes to proper lubrication of your joints and proper nutrition of your spinal discs.

Even if you prefer fixed postures, or your tasks involve limited movement, you should change your posture as frequently as possible, even moving in and out of postures previously considered "bad" such as crossing your legs. The essential proviso is to avoid sitting in any one posture for long periods. Today's workplace design must emphasize this increasingly important need for movement.
Ask yourself questions about what you do when seated and your preferred postures. Some chair features are designed to allow the chair to move with you or rock for example Multi-Tilt action. Other features are designed to allow you to move from one static posture to another for example seat angle and back angle. Some workstations come with an articulating keyboard tray that allows you to change the position of your keyboard and mouse as you move from one posture to another.

Match Condition of FIT

Physically fitting into an chairs for office use or modular workstation is often the first thought that comes to mind when people think of FIT, and perhaps is the easiest condition for a user to judge. You know when your feet are dangling, or if the seat feels too deep or if the work surface seems too high. When physical dimensions are accommodated it helps contribute to good blood flow by minimizing pressure points. Also furniture that is properly matched to your body helps minimize awkward or extreme postures, for example raised shoulders, thereby minimizing unnecessary muscular effort.

Some chairs come in different sizes to address population differences in body dimensions. Others offer adjustable features, such as seat height which allows you to match the seat height to your lower leg length. Some work surfaces are adjustable in height and others come with articulating keyboard trays, to allow you to match the keyboard tray height and mouse surface height to approximately the height of your elbow.

Support Condition of FIT

Proper support ensures proper alignment of the upper body, which includes the neck, shoulders and upper back. When these body parts are properly supported while performing tasks, the muscles are in the best position to aid breathing. If your lower back is not properly supported when seated, it either straightens or curves the wrong way.

Support for the lower back should allow the pelvis to be tilted slightly forward to ensure a natural lumbar curve in the seated posture. Stabilization of joints goes hand in hand with proper alignment. Well-designed and properly used furniture goes a long way to contributing to the support condition of FIT.

Chair features such as back/lumbar height, which allows you to position the lumbar support in the curve of your lower back, are designed to provide the support you need. Proper support for the equipment and materials you use throughout your workday helps minimize muscle fatigue and pain. Workstation features such as keyboard tray height, keyboard tray angle, mouse surface height and horizontal mouse position are designed to contribute to proper support


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